Temples & Responsible Tourism with Banteay Chhmar
Get ready to go from one extreme to another! After the urban jungle of Phnom Penh, we’ll head straight into the Cambodian countryside to the village of Banteay Chhmar. Motos, bicycles, and kuyons filled with farmers returning from their fields manoeuvre their way around you. Women with colourful checkered krama scarves and children playing outside their bamboo stilt houses are bustling about. This is our first taste of life outside the city, and you’ll soon discover how sweet it is!
We’ll be staying with the Banteay Chhmar Community-Based Tourism group (CBT), a local cooperative organization dedicated to preserving a huge 800-year old temple complex located in the vicinity of the village, as well as developing a sustainable local tourism economy.