Khiri Launches Luxury Camping in Angkor Temples
Tourists can now camp in style at the Banteay Chhmar temples in a remote corner of Cambodia as part of a joint conservation project spear-headed by popular tour operator Khiri Travel.
The travel operator has set up the luxury tents with the help of the local community, who will provide hospitality to guests. The aim of the venture is to provide villagers with a sustainable business and help them learn additional skills to earn more money.
“The tents are erected right alongside the temple ruins,” Khiri Travel Cambodia general manager, Jack Bartholomew, says. “Guests get an authentic, away-from-it-all Khmer cultural experience. I think it’s a very peaceful, low impact and rewarding way to enjoy Khmer heritage and give back to the local community.”
The project is also backed by the Global Heritage Fund (GHF) and the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. The aim of GHF’s Banteay Chhmar Conservation Training Project is to save the last great Angkorian temple complex in Cambodia that remains largely unstudied and unprotected. Banteay Chhmar temples were built in the late 12th or early 13th century and are now listed for potential inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The custom-designed tents are high quality Gore-Tex and allow substantial comfort including toilet facilities. There are two tents. Each one can sleep two people in comfort. Villagers cook on site using as many local ingredients as possible.
Banteay Chhmar is a three-and-a-half-hour 4WD drive from Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. Khiri recommends the tented camp as an ideal stopover on an overland journey from Bangkok or Khao Yai national park in Thailand to Siem Reap, or vice versa.
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