Last updated on Dec 28, 2013
The small complex of Banteay Srei has been compared to Indian temples and every wall depicts special carvings, included Vishnu and Shiva.
This Shiva Temple is impressive because the place is built of red/pink sandstone. And you'll also be impressed of its detailed carvings and bas-reliefs. You can see reliefs of Hindu myths on the walls and lintels.
An example of this, is a scene from the Indian epic, Ramayana. It shows how the demon king Rawana tries to kidnap princess Sita.
The site has another look to it because of the red sandstone - the atmosphere feels kind of... warmer. It's a different experience from the other sites in Angkor, and just stunning.
It's a not-to-miss temple!
It's a shame though how much a beautiful place can get "ruined" by too much people walking around, filling every corner of the area.
When I arrived at the site, I thought I was at Angkor Watt again. There was SO much people outside and inside the area, and it took ages to get in! Maybe it was timing, who knows?
Even when I got inside, it was packed. I had to walk behind a large crowd the first 50 meters in turtle speed. In addition to this, the big tourist buses, minibuses, Tuk-Tuks were parked outside, and took a lot of space. I got claustrophobic, even though I'm used to crowded places!
Is the site still worth the visit?
Yes, it's still one of the places you have to see. The place is just picture-perfect and has deserved its reputation
as one of the most popular temple sites in Angkor. Definitely in my Top 3!
Recommended time: 45 minutes
Ask the Tuk-Tuk to take you there. I remember that we had to drive for a while from Ta Prohm, before I got
there (about 30-40 minutes). It's a long drive out to the site (about 35 km from Siem Reap), so it's wise of you to combine a trip to Bayon with other remote temples like Kbal Spean.
There are practically food stalls and small restaurants inside Angkor park, and that also includes Banteay Srei.
When you get off at the site, the first thing that will hit your eyes are shops and restaurants. It's not possible to miss it.
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