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“Favorite of all the temples”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei
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Banteay Srei Day Tour from Siem Reap
Ranked #7 of 179 things to do in Siem Reap
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Owner description: This 10th-century complex consists of low walls instead of the typical spires of Angkor.
San Rafael, California
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“Favorite of all the temples”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

Long ride through the countryside gave us a more realistic glimpse at Cambodian life. We enjoyed it, but might be rough on someone older or with back trouble to ride in a tuk-tuk that long.
This was our favorite temple site because (probably due to its remote location) it was really peaceful & less crowded. Yes, you still have people pestering you to sell things, but fewer (& only at entrance/exit points). It was very quiet in the ruins. We could hear enchanting music, played by a local band at the edge of the park - they weren't asking for money, & you wouldn't even have seen them unless you walked in a fairly remote area.
One unique aspect of this complex is that it's carved from pink sandstone. The carvings seemed more intricate, maybe even feminine. There's also an interesting exhibit chronicling the excavation of the ruins.
At the exit are several vendors selling food & drinks, in a covered area with seats.

Visited September 2012
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“A must see when you get up early”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

Very different from the other temples and a bit far out (1 hour in a tuk tuk), this temple made of clay is very nice. Dedicated to Lakshmi (Hindu goddess), it's also called the "Lady Temple". The carvings are amazing. I would recommend to early in the morning before all the groups arrive. It's a pretty small temple so you can easily feel claustrophobic when it's crowded.

Visited October 2012
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“Away from it all, closer to nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

This is a little far, but worth the trip. Exquisite carvings and much quieter than the more visited temples. Stay out of the shops unless you are willing to engage in the hard selling, but we had a nice snack and drink at the restaurant. Stop at the Banteay Srei Butterfly Center on the return to fill up on even more nature and a great discussion with a local family.

Visited September 2012
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“a little ways away, but worth the trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

37km from main Angkor area, but very different than the type of temples you will see in the main Angkor area. Your driver (by car) will charge an extra $15 to make the trip, so you can see buildings that are much better preserved and with far deeper carvings. The type of rock used is reddish and seemed to stand up much better to the elements over time. On the way, you'll pass by the landmine museum which is worth a stop (sadly we did not, and I regret it). You can also make a stop to see where they harvest palm sugar and make the candies and syrup

Visited October 2012
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“Small and Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

This was one of the last temples we visited and was feeling a bit templed out, but this was a joy as the carving were beautiful and it was not too big to get around.

Visited October 2012
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