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Banteay Srei Backcountry Tour

Discover the Essence of Khmer Artistry: The Banteay Srei Backcountry Tour

Unveiling Banteay Srei’s Majesty

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the heart of the Angkor region with our Banteay Srei Backcountry Tour. Celebrated as the ‘Jewel of Khmer Art,’ this 10th-century masterpiece showcases unparalleled stone carvings in radiant pink sandstone, dedicated to the deity Shiva. Its craftsmanship remains unrivaled, making it a must-visit for international travelers interested in art and history.

Immersive Countryside Exploration

Dive into the rich tapestry of Cambodian rural life surrounding Banteay Srei. Our tour invites you to explore vibrant villages, lush landscapes, and serene rice paddies. Experience the soul of Cambodia through a blend of architectural wonders and cultural immersion.

What to See in the Backcountry (Beyond the Well-Known)

Beng Mealea Temple:

Often overshadowed by Angkor Wat, this mysterious and sprawling temple is slowly being reclaimed by the jungle. Its intricate carvings and crumbling corridors offer a glimpse into the ancient Khmer Empire’s past, providing adventurous travelers with a unique, off-the-beaten-path experience.

Banteay Ampil Temple:

Hidden deep in the forest, this largely forgotten temple complex is adorned with beautiful carvings and offers a tranquil escape from the crowds. Visitors can explore its fascinating ruins surrounded by the lush greenery of the Cambodian wilderness.

Srah Damrei:

Located on Phnom Kulen, this giant stone elephant sculpture is an ancient relic of Khmer art. Few tourists venture here due to its remote location, making it a hidden gem for those seeking solitude and mystery.

Peung Tbal Cave:

Visit this sacred cave, known for its prehistoric carvings and ancient spiritual significance. Locals believe it to be a dwelling place of spirits, and visitors can explore its unique formations and stone carvings in a serene, natural setting.

Chong Kneas Floating Village:

While Kompong Phluk and Kompong Khleang are better known, Chong Kneas remains a lesser-explored yet fascinating floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. Learn about the lifestyle of the lake’s residents and the challenges they face due to climate change.

Banteay Srei Butterfly Centre:

Witness the incredible variety of Cambodia’s butterflies in one of Southeast Asia’s largest butterfly exhibits. Learn about conservation efforts while marveling at the colorful fluttering creatures.

Phnom Kulen National Park:

Explore this sacred mountain, renowned as the birthplace of the Khmer Empire. Hike through dense jungles, visit ancient temples, and cool off in the beautiful waterfall. Don’t miss the reclining Buddha statue and the numerous temples that dot the area, offering a glimpse into the region’s spiritual heritage.

Kbal Spean (The River of a Thousand Lingas):

Discover the intricate carvings of Hindu deities etched into the riverbed, a pilgrimage site surrounded by lush forests and unique flora and fauna.

Landmine Museum:

Learn about Cambodia’s tumultuous past and ongoing demining efforts at this museum founded by a former child soldier. A visit here provides valuable context to the challenges the nation continues to face. The museum also showcases inspiring stories of resilience and recovery.

Cambodian Landmine Relief Village:

Meet villagers who have built new lives after being affected by landmines. Gain insights into their stories of resilience and witness the collaborative community spirit. The village is a testament to human strength and unity in the face of adversity.

Local Handicrafts Workshops:

Observe skilled artisans as they create traditional Khmer handicrafts, from intricate silver jewelry to handwoven silk textiles. Take home a unique souvenir while supporting local communities. Workshops include traditional pottery, stone carving, and silk weaving, reflecting Cambodia’s rich artistic heritage.

Rice Fields and Village Markets:

Wander through expansive rice paddies and explore bustling village markets offering fresh produce, handmade crafts, and authentic street food. The vibrant markets are a feast for the senses, providing an authentic taste of rural Cambodian life.

Engage, Explore, and Embrace

  • Community Engagement: Connect with local villagers to learn about their enduring traditions and crafts. Observe traditional fishing practices, weaving, and farming techniques passed down through generations.
  • Scenic Wonders: Navigate through captivating natural scenery, from dense forests to fertile lands. The landscapes around Banteay Srei are dotted with hidden temples, rivers, and breathtaking viewpoints, perfect for nature enthusiasts.
  • Cultural Deep Dive: Participate in traditional Khmer activities, offering insights into Cambodia’s heritage. This includes rice planting, cooking classes, and folklore performances, which provide a deeper understanding of Cambodian customs and lifestyle.

Why Choose This Tour?

Opt for the Banteay Srei Backcountry Tour for an in-depth discovery of Cambodia’s history and culture, far removed from the bustling tourist paths. Each step of the tour provides a profound connection to the heart and history of Cambodia, ensuring a memorable experience in the Siem Reap region.

Reasons International Travelers Should Choose the Banteay Srei Backcountry Tour:

  1. Exclusive Access: Visit lesser-known temples and sacred sites that reveal a unique aspect of Khmer history.
  2. Authentic Interactions: Engage directly with local communities to understand their traditions and support their economy.
  3. Tailor-Made Experiences: Customize your journey with activities and destinations that align with your interests.
  4. Historical Insights: Gain valuable knowledge about the Khmer Empire and its impact on modern Cambodia through expert guides.

Reach Out to Tola

For a tailor-made exploration of Banteay Srei and the surrounding countryside, contact Tola. Experience a tour designed around your interests, ensuring an intimate and enriching journey through Cambodia’s heritage.

Planning Your Visit

When planning your tour, consider the following tips to make the most of your journey:

  1. Timing: Visit early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds and capture the best light for photography.
  2. Attire: Dress modestly out of respect for local customs, especially when visiting temples and religious sites.
  3. Preparation: Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and comfortable walking shoes for an enjoyable experience.
  4. Guide Services: Hire a knowledgeable guide who can provide in-depth historical and cultural insights during your visit.

Enhancing Your Siem Reap Journey

For international travelers, the Banteay Srei Backcountry Tour can be seamlessly integrated into a broader Siem Reap itinerary:

  • Angkor Wat: Start with a sunrise visit to Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument, before exploring other Angkorian temples.
  • Tonle Sap Lake: Explore Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, including floating villages, fish farms, and bird sanctuaries.
  • Pub Street and Night Markets: Immerse yourself in Siem Reap’s vibrant nightlife with local cuisine, cultural performances, and unique handicrafts.


The Banteay Srei Backcountry Tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Cambodia’s rich history, art, and culture. By combining visits to ancient temples with immersive experiences in rural communities, this tour provides a unique opportunity to delve deep into the heart of Khmer heritage. Whether you’re a history buff, nature enthusiast, or cultural explorer, this tour promises an unforgettable journey through the Siem Reap region.

Contact Tola today to begin your personalized adventure and discover the essence of Khmer artistry in the mesmerizing Banteay Srei backcountry.

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