Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by the community before starting to explore the temple ruins of Banteay Chhmar on foot. Although the temple is being gradually reclaimed by nature, the size and minute details remain incredibly impressive.
A picnic lunch will be served at the west gallery close to one of the Angkor era’s most amazing carvings, the Avalokitesvara which depicts a 32 armed figure.
After lunch, take a short trip to the other side of the village where you can observe another astonishing temple. Children play among the ruins and local villagers come to wash their clothes and bathe in the reservoir surrounding the temple.
Returning to your camp you can refresh yourself with some cold bubbles while watching the sun go down over the temple.
As night falls, settle into your accommodation for the night – a safari-style tent. The custom-designed tents are high quality Gore-Tex and allow substantial comfort, including toilet facilities. There are two tents. Each tent can sleep two people in comfort.
The local community will prepare a meal for you onsite using as many local ingredients as possible. You’ll dig into your exquisite local meal overlooking the temple facade in a clearing lit by torches (weather permitting). A traditional band from the local village will serenade you with traditional Khmer tunes.
When the musicians depart, you’ll be able to settle into your tent and enjoy some free time before falling asleep in comfort.
Early in the morning before breakfast, you have the option to follow your hosts to the temple and join the monks in their morning prayer. In return for giving alms they will offer you their blessing.
Head back to the camp to enjoy your breakfast before departing for your next destination.