Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre

Attraction Sanday Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
03:30 PM
04:30 PM
4.00 USD

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Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre (BBC) is a social enterprise providing alternative, fair, livelihoods to rural communities in Siem Reap province.

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Why Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre is special ?

Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre (BBC) is one of the most visited tourist spots in the country, with the largest butterfly exhibition in the Southeast Asia. A visit to Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre is a great way to take a short break from the temple tours and spend some time in spectacular surroundings filled with rare and vivid butterflies. Situated about 25km from Siem Reap, it is a project with a difference, as the centre also contributes to the welfare of the community by training local people to rear butterflies for sale locally exhibits as well as abroad.

In other words, it has been primarily developed as a poverty mitigation project, and the revenues generated by way of admission fees and butterfly farming are used to employ impoverished people in Siem Reap’s remote villages. Most significantly, the centre and its activities render a livelihood to poor families without causing any species extinction or destruction to the natural habitat. In a way, the project itself is a nature-conserving initiative that educates people on the importance of raising income through the preservation of nature.


What to explore at Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre?

The key highlight of Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre is its large netted enclosure with a variety of free-flying butterflies – most of which are indigenous to the country. It is truly a great experience to feed butterflies here and see them fluttering from one flower to another. Another interesting attraction is the pupae stage. Some of the species featured here are Atlas Moth, Blue Glassy Tiger, Dark Blue Tiger, Five-Barred Swordtail, Great Mormon, Gaudy Baron, Lime Butterfly, Orange Emigrant, Peacock Pansy, Red Helen and Tailed Jay.

Visitors can also obtain valuable information on other stages of butterfly metamorphosis. If you’re lucky enough, you may sometimes catch sight of a caterpillar morphing into a chrysalis (pupa). Above all, the BBC stands out for its stunning plant and floral varieties that include, but not limited to, multihued orchids and red ixora chinensis. So if you ever plan to take a tour to Siem Reap or Cambodia, this butterfly centre is definitely an attraction not to miss out on.


How to get to Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre?

The BBC is on the way to Banteay Srey Temple in Siem Reap, and is located about three kilometers from the Landmine Museum. And here is the way to go to Banteay Srey temple.

Distance from Siem Reap to Banteay Srei is 37km (55 minutes by car, over an hour by Tuk Tuk and three hours and a half by bicycle). From Siem Reap, take Sivatha Road and continue until you reach the Angkor Wat Moat. Turn right, and continue past Srah Srang, turning right along the north edge of the reservoir, until you reach Pre Rup as the road turns North again. Turn right before the East Mebon towards Preah Dak village and then turn right again at the junction. Follow north and you will arrive to the point where the road splits into three lanes. Take the one on the left and follow it all the way to Banteay Srei which you will reach shortly after crossing a river.

Selling points

  • Fantastic little place
  • Wonderful visit for young and old
  • Amazing Colors, Amazing Shapes
  • Lovely spot to enjoy butterflies and plants
  • little oasis of beautiful flowers and greener
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  • It also has a basic restaurant on site
  • There is a lovely cafe area where you can enjoy some cold drink.
  • At BBC it is possible to experience butterflies feeding and flying very close at hand and to witness the complete life cycle of many species
  • You should watch out your children to make sure they don't get wrong with butterflies and plants
  • It's necessary to bring a hat and sunscreen as it's very hot
    What to bring
  • The wet season is better for visiting as they are more active
  • You could combine this with the Landmine Museum which is just up the road.
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Loved the butterfly park, a beautiful garden with so many gorgeous butterflies and the guides were excellent. A very nice diversion after temples and landmines!

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This is a fun stop off on the way back from Banteay Srei and features a small butterfly garden, enclosed in high netting so the butterflies can fly freely. Established and funded by a conservation minded Scotsman and the focus is on breeding the butterflies and research. The guide was interesting and knowledgeable and a great place for children to learn about these creatures up close. The tour takes about twenty minutes.

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After so many temples, the kids need a break. We came here after the rain and the butterflies were out and about. Our guides was very nice and informative. He took us through the room to see caterpillars, cages of puppa, and most fun of all, the stick insect. It was about 15" long and he put it on my son's shirt front. It then proceeded to climb up his chest and shirt collar. We had some of the best photos of him laughing while this was going on.People commented that the entrance fee of $4 is a lot of money in Cambodia when people earn $1/day. That is true in a way. However, I think it is good to support what the people are doing here. They have provided a well maintained, well organised and worthy place for us tourists, who can afford this price, to visit.Definitely worth a stop back from visiting temple at Banteay Srey temple.

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Loved the butterfly park, a beautiful garden with so many gorgeous butterflies and the guides were excellent. A very nice diversion after temples and landmines!

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