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“Not well-maintained, not really worth the stop for us.” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Neak Pean
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Full Day Preah Khan and Neak Pean Temples Tour
Ranked #39 of 181 things to do in Siem Reap
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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“Not well-maintained, not really worth the stop for us.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2014

I'm sure this site was fantastic in its prime, but it's quite a disappointment currently. The pools are not well-maintained, and the surrounding marshy areas are full of trash and muck - not a good image! It was part of the Grand Circuit tour we were doing, but I didn't even think it was worth the short stop we made there.

Visited August 2014
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“A peaceful island monastery centred on sacred ponds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

This unusual temple is approached across a timber walkway across part of the former North Baray. It is somewhat remote, but quiet as a result, and well worth a visit. Access is restricted to the North side of the complex, probably for the safety of visitors, as the whole thing is prone to flooding. It is worth reading up on the temple in advance, as there are some fascinating features, which you can only see if you know they are there. The one remaining statue is a renovation of a strange horse with many human legs, apparently depicting the legend of Avalokiteshvara, who is said to have saved shipwrecked disciples by turning himself into a flying horse. It is very hard to see from the barriers at the North end, but never fear, the statue is apparently so important that a copy now stands at the entrance to Siem Reap International Airport. Check it out! An enterprising musician sits in a bale on the timber approach, playing Thai Classical music. His efforts deserve a few coins in appreciation. We found the commercial food outlets at the car park very expensive - beware.

Visited June 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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“Lovely Pathway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is another favorite of mine. It was unlike any other temple we saw, but more for the path you must take more than the actual temple itself. Our tuktuk driver dropped us off at the entrance of the area where we had to walk on a long wooden bridge that cuts across a body of water. The small lake was lined with trees and covered with vibrant green life-form (algae? moss? I could not tell) which made for a picturesque scene. At the end of this bridge is a small temple that is submerged when it rains, which was the case when we were there. The actual temple is fenced off so you can't get in (probably as a safety precaution as it fills up with water), but you get a good view of it from there. We spent about half an hour here.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“The Most Romantic Temple of Angkor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

What makes this temple special is its location and time of visit. The temple itself it is very small and more like a monument. The actual structure is surrounded by water and nature and rarely visited by tourists or groups. Best time to be here is just before sunset when the evening sun together with flooded trees reflect on the water. Perfect end of your day at the Angkor temples.

Visited May 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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“Best to visit when pools are full...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

I think this temple is best to visit when the pools are full so visitors can truly appreciate the structure of the temple (which people used to visit because of the water's "healing properties" back in the day). I visited in April, and the pools at the temple were barely full. There's a nice wooden walkway to this small temple, which makes for a nice and short scenic stroll.

Visited April 2014
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