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Banteay Srei

Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Ranked #9 of 97 attractions in Siem Reap
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description:  In Khmer, Banteay Srei means “city of women” and while small, it is one of the jewels of Khmer art due to the outstanding quality of its sculpted... more »
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Combine this with a trip to Kbal Spean and you will have a taste of the Cambodian countryside. This small scale temple has intricate carvings. A pool in front of the temple has the best photo op. We once visited when it had lotus in full bloom. This is called the Citadel of Women for its tiny architecture and it... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful pink temple. Very small but worth a visit. Long time ago, we could walk inside, now we couldn't. My most favourite gate keeper is here.

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Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

It was a definite must on my list and how wonderful it was to arrive in the rain to this magical small temple bathing in all colors of wet stone, it was late afternoon and the rain enhanced the colors, no matter how and what, I took my time and was thrilled to see this little gem, detail of stone... More

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Banteay Srei has a lot of exquisite carvings, and I'd give it 5 stars if the whole experience hadn't been ruined by the masses of (rude) visitors. If you can get here when there aren't many people, I'd bet it would be one of the best temple experiences of Angkor architecture, so if this is a priority, talk to someone... More

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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Small and very out of the way but I am so glad I visited. Definitely very unique of its kind since it was a temple that was not commissioned by the King but rather a Priest. The temple is in excellent condition and love the pinkish sand color.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

There is something stunningly beautiful about Banteay Srei. One of the smaller complexes of Angkor, there is something about it that calms the soul; the ambience, for me, was surreal. Although incomparable in many ways, certainly in size, Banteay Srei, is equal in beauty and majesty to Angkor Wat itself. The approximate 20 miles to get there is so full... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We had only one day to do as much of Angkor as we could. We did the three main ones and decided to come here as it looked beautiful. We had hired a taxi driver to chaperone us all day but he wanted another ten dollars as this temple was about half an hour drive away. Having not had our... More

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Lanai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Banteay Srei is worth every one of the 20 miles north of Siem Reap you will have to travel to get to this absolutely gorgeous temple who's name translates to "Citadel of Beauty". You will love the red sandstone entrance!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

While the temple is just partly reconstructed and while a good example for the early phases of construction not very illustrative for he children, the flat-roof visitor center helped a lot to close that gap, showing with drawings and photos the process of reconstruction and the different outline of the temple in its initial state.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The best part for me about visiting this temple was the long drive through the outskirts of Siem Reap. It does take time (30-40 minutes) but you get to see the more rural Cambodian lifestyle outside of the touristy city center. I recommend combining a visit here with stops at Eastern Mebon and Pre Rup, which I enjoyed more than... More

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