This untouched temple is one of Cambodia’s most important—and least visited—making it the perfect destination for travelers seeking to experience the beauty of the nation’s past without the chaos of tourists. Some 56 towers decorated with faces and religious scenes stretch up to the sky through the thick jungle.
This impressive temple dates back to the Angkorian period and offers iconic examples of Buddhist images and bas-reliefs. The natural forest overgrowth and somewhat crumbling remains lend a haunting feel to this truly beautiful historic wonder, which offers travelers a perfect mix of beauty and decay temples like Banteay Chhmar are known for.
Banteay Chhmar is located in Thma Puok District in the Banteay Meanchey province in northwest Cambodia. The commune contains 14 villages. It is accessible by helicopter and private car, and sits about 70 kilometers northwest of Sisophon off National Road 56, 201 kilometers from Siem Reap.