Landing in between Siem Reap province and Battambang province, there lies a quiet friendly province of Banteay Meanchey. Banteay Meanchey is a small town located northwest part of Cambodia. The capital of this province is known to be “Sisophon” .This province serves as the crossing land rather than as the tourist attraction to the tourists. Basically, there are only a few tourists who make journey directly to this place as there are not many tourist attractions that they can enjoy. On the other hand, the tourists will only cross this land just to pass to Thai border or to the neighboring province of Battambang. However, it doesn’t mean that there is nothing fun and charming to lure your heart to visit this province. If you are to pack your suitcase traveling to or across Banteay Meanchey, here are some basic information you might need to know.
Literally, Banteay Meanchey is translated to be “Fortress of Victory”. Once you reach Banteay Meanchey, you will approach the provincial sign displaying a woman holding lotus on her right-hand side. The woman was wearing Cambodian traditional costume with great jewelry. The statue depicts a decent and modest Cambodian woman with charm and wonderful styles of clothing. Therefore, it seems like you are warmly welcomed with the widely smiling beautiful woman once you step on this land.
Though Banteay Meanchey is a quiet town with not really densely populated and modern, there are enough hotels as well as guesthouse and hostels to serve the needs of everyone. You can look for the luxurious hotels as modern as the 3-star one or the less expensive one as cheap as the hostel can offer. If you are ready to go and want to book a place for accommodation, you may visit this site.
One of the recommended places you want to try is this Botoum Hotel. It offers the wide range of services including comfortable rooms with proper facilities, air-conditioners, cable T.V and of course free WiFi. This hotel is easy to access as it locates just 700 meters away from Sisophorn bus station. The Botoum Hotel is welcoming the tourists with the 24-hour service front desk, so you can book or contact it anytime you want.
Meaning Peace in English, Santapheap hotel is also another comfortable and reliable hotel you can stay in during your trip at Banteay Meanchey. It locates at the outskirt of the town on the way towards Battambang province. The service is very convenient and good with reasonable price. You can have a single bedroom and twin bedroom with the price of $5 and $7 per night relatively.
Activities/ Things to do
Don’t miss the chance to explore Banteay Meanchey if you have a chance to visit there. There are a few interesting tourist sites which are popular and most of the tourists would want to visit once they are there.
Banteay Chmar Temple
Despite seeing the ruins at Bayon temples in Siem Reap province, you can also visit the breathtaking Banteay Chmar temple ruins. The meaning of this temple simply associates with the “fortress of cat”. It is the ruins from Angkor era. The architecture, arts, and sculptures along the wall of Banteay Chmar depicts the cultural link to our modern city during Angkor period. There are more to know. You can enjoy this community-based tourism by taking the journey along with the local guide to tell you the history of the temple.
Poipet is a small town in Banteay Meanchey; however, its geographical location of bordering Cambodia and Thailand has made this small town even more developed than the provincial town “Sisophorn”. Many tourists can cross from Cambodia to Thailand and vice versa overland via this border as it is very convenient. The nearest town of Thailand with Poipet is Aranyaprathet. Most of the tourists who are from Cambodia and don’t cross to Thailand would enjoy the great park nearby the border. They enjoy taking photographs and relax. Moreover, there is also a market in between the border of Thailand and Cambodia. There are foods and stuff made by Thai and Khmer people. Furthermore, there is also a casino with which many tourists would enjoy gambling and other immoral acts.
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