The only way to travel from Banlung to Siem reap is by road, and its a painfully slow journey which takes 11 hours 15 minutes to travel 444 km. It’s a long detour if you decide to travel to Siem Reap via Phnom Penh and there are few popular places to stop on the direct road route from Banlung to Siem Reap, which means travellers on this route have little option but to put up with the discomfort of a long journey by minivan.
Travel Times To Siem Reap
There is 1 direct minivan service from Banlung to Siem Reap a day which you can book online.
|07:30||18:45||$ 24.00||Asia Van Transfer|
- Passengers travel in a 12 seat air-conditioned minivan.
Buy Tickets to Siem Reap
Use the Search Form below to buy your tickets from Banlung to Siem Reap.
After booking print your electronic booking voucher to present at the Asia Van Transfer office before boarding the minivan.
Banlung AVT bus stop
- Bus services to Siem Reap depart from near Banlung Central Market at the intersection of Streets 27 and 64.
Siem Reap ATV Bus Stop
- The ATV services from Banlung arrive in Siem Reap at Hup Quang Street Central Market 579, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.
About Ta Som Temple
Ta Som is a small temple built by the Buddhist Khmer King Jayavarman VII, who reigned from 1181 to 1218. Ta Som bears similarities to the more famous Bayon Temple. The distinctive feature of Ta Som is the gopura. Gopura are entrance ways with towers on top, an architectural feature closely associated with the Dravidian architecture of Hindu temples in Southern India and an interesting clue as to the ancient origins of the Khmer Empire. Unlike the gopuras which adorn Hindu temples, the two gopuras at Ta Som features four faces pointing towards the cardinal points. There is some debate as to whose face is depicted in these gopuras, and those of similar carvings at Bayon Temple. One theory is that the faces depict Lokeshvara, the the Bodhisattva of compassion, whilst another theory is that carvings on the gopura depict Jayavarman VII himself.
These distinctive gopura are located on the outer wall of Ta Som Temple which has three enclosures. The inner most enclosure measures 20 by 30 metres and has further gopura above the entrance ways on each side of the enclosure. These gopura feautre two tiers of towers the bottom wider than the tower at the top. The carvings in the walls of the structures themselves tell an interesting story. The original temple building was altered around the time of the 13th Century when the official religion of the Khmer Empire changed back to Hinduism and the images of the Buddha appear to have been deliberately defaced and Hindu inscriptions retrospectively added to the original temple structure.