Phumi Banteay Srei Travel Guide

  • Crowds on the Banteay Srei Causeway
    Crowds on the Banteay Srei Causeway
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  • Banteay Srei Main Temple and Moat
    Banteay Srei Main Temple and Moat
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  • South Side of Banteay Srei
    South Side of Banteay Srei
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Phumi Banteay Srei Things to Do

  • South Side of Banteay Srei

    The remnants of the moat allowed me to take a nice "mirror" picture of the south side of the temple.

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  • North Side of Banteay Srei

    Banteay Srei is a very small temple. There is a platform outside the north wall where you can a good view of the whole site. See also the videoclip.

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  • Banteay Srei: History & Architecture

    Banteay Srei is a 10th century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is located about 1 hour drive from Angkor Thom and is worth a visit if you have the time.Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, with decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so...

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  • Banteay Srei: Main Gate

    Although the main gate of Banteay Srei is small in size, the details and beauty of its architecture are better than some of the nearby Angkor monuments, as can be seen in the photos. Many tourists come here to witness the well preserved architecture of this ancient temple.

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  • Banteay Srei: Walkway

    As you enter Banteay Srei and move towards the moat and main temple area, there is a lovely walkway as shown in the photographs.

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  • Banteay Srei: Side Pools

    As you enter the main temple of Banteay Srei, there are two side pools with beautiful lotus plants growing in the water. Pools are a common sight at some of the Angkor monuments, including the famous Angkor Wat.

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  • Banteay Srei: Main Temple (Part 2)

    Attached here are more photos of the fine detailed architecture of the main temple area. This is especially beautiful against a blue and cloudless sky as shown in the photos. Due to preservation and prevention from damage, you can only view the main temple area from the side circumference as the centre part is fenced off.

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  • Banteay Srei: Main Temple (Part 1)

    The main temple of Banteay Srei is very beautiful, with very fine art and sculpture which is very well preserved until today. While Banteay Srei is small in size compared to the other Angkor monuments, but the level of details and architecture is better. If you have the time, a trip to Banteay Srei is a must.More photos of the main temple area are...

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  • Banteay Srei: Moat

    The main temple area of Banteay Srei is surrounded by a moat with water lilies and lotus plants frowing in the water. If you want to take nice photos of the whole temple, go to the other side of the moat and you can take photos with reflection if the water is still. Please see photos in this tip for the water reflection effects.

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  • Banteay Samre

    Banteay Samre is a temple located along the way from Siem Reap to Banteay Srei. It was built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, and is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samre, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as Banteay Srei.More photos of Banteay Samre are at...

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  • Angkor Pass

    In order to visit all the Angkor monuments, including those further away such as Banteay Srei, all visitors must obtain the Angkor Pass at a ticket booth along the road from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat (or you can get them at the Sokha Angkor Resort if you are stay there). There are 3 types of passes as follows:US$ 20 for one day US$ 40 for three days...

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  • The Three Shrines

    Walking towards the centre of Banteay Srei temple, you will see the three shrines that are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva.

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  • Going Through the Gopuras

    There are a couple of gopuras or gates that one has to walk through to visit the temple. Each Gopura tells you a different story. This bas relief on the gopura tells of a battle between two monkey princes, Vali and Sugreeva. Not sure who won in the end though.

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  • Pediment on South Library

    On the east face of the South Library (Sounds confusing huh?), you will see a pediment where Lashmi, who is a consort of Vishnu, being lustrated (Showered by water) by two elephants.If you're not into religious story, you can still admire the effort the Cambodian of the past have placed in order to bring these carvings to life.

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  • Going To The Library

    There are two libraries located within the compound of Banteay Srei. Both have pediments on the top of the doors, on two sides of each library. This pediment shows the ten-headed demon king Ravana shaking Mount Kailasa. The animals were running away and the wise men were wondering what could be done.

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  • Demon vs Man-Lion

    The story is about Hiranyakashipu (a power-seeking deity that is a demon) and Narashimha (a man-lion) in which the latter won. Hindus know the story.What is interesting here is the intricacy of the carving on limestone.

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  • Bantaey Srei

    It is said that the art on this temples walls must have been carved by some skillfull women as the intricate carvings and the 3 dimensional art wouldn’t have been possible by the hands of a man. Bantaey Srei though very small in size is considered the most beautiful of all. The ornatley carved stones on the pink hue stone is a wonder to watch.

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  • Miniature temple.

    Located in the outskirts of Angkor, 25 kms northeast of Bayon temple, this temple was close to visit. The area used to be a place taken by the khmer guerrilla.

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  • Banteay Srei

    The main reason to be here, of course, is the lovely pink sandstone temple. The carving on this temple is incredible - there is a huge amount of detail. The temple is over a thousand years old, and is a Hindu monument, dedicated to Shiva. It's not a large temple, and when I visited parts were roped of, mainly to prevent wear and tear from the many...

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  • Banteay Samre (2)

    The outer walls of the temple are constructed with laterite and sandstone; both materials are bad conductors of moisture. Looking at the walls would give you the impression that they were made of hardened sponge, because of all the holes in the stones.The temple has extensive wall and arch carvings. Even more eye catching is the row of "mini...

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  • Banteay Samre (1)

    Banteay Samre is on the way to Banteay Srei and shouldn't be missed if you're in the vicinity.However, watch out for the road conditions especially in the rainy season as the road may have turned nto a unpassable mud path.The temple is built by the same king who built the Angkor Wat and is dedicated to Hindu Gods.

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Phumi Banteay Srei Restaurants

  • Good Noodle Dish

    My guide, Peng Thai, knew a good place to eat in the Banteay Srei market area. He, Sophen (tuk tuk driver), and I all had a very tasty noodle dish (total cost was 1.50 USD for three people). I did pass on the fresh greens though. While we were there, the vendor from whom I had tried to buy a small trou found me. He had wanted 15 USD but decided to...

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  • Khmer VIllage Restaurant

    The Khmer Village Restaurant is a cozy stop-over during your trip to Banteay Srei and the Angkor monuments for breakfast, lunch and some drinks. This restaurant serves nice local food, as well as rice and noodle dishes, plus soft drinks and beer.It is popular, and many tourists were there for lunch when I was there in November 2009. The price is...

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  • Good hot food nearby

    Opposite to the entrance to the temple are a number of open air restaurants....or should that be wooden shacks. They consist of a roofed terrace shielding a restaurant of grand tables and chairs.The food available at these restaurants is actually very good and, washed down with an Angkor beer, is a perfect way to end a trip to Banteay Srei and...

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Phumi Banteay Srei Transportation

  • Walk around Banteay Srei

    Being a tourist destination, the paths surrounding Banteay Srei are well-paved. Besides the monument itself, there are some interesting surrounding sites such as a big lotus pond with lots of freshwater fishes and some ducks, wooden bridges and local architecture, a huge souvenir shop area etc.Best time to visit Banteay Srei and walk around is...

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  • Journey to Banteay Srei from Siem Reap

    The road journey from Siem Reap to Banteay Srei takes about 1 hour by Tuk Tuk. The road is well-paved, and you will pass by some scenic villiages and rice fields along the way. There are also many stores at the roadside selling various stuff such as food, fruits, groceries etc.More photos taken during the road journey are at the travelogue section...

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  • Tuk Tuk

    If you want to visit the Angkor Monuments, the best and cheapest way is by the local Tuk Tuk (carriages pulled by motorcycles). The official Tuk Tuk drivers will wear a vest with their numbers stated at the back of the vest, so this is controlled and safe. Usually, the driver will charge by per Tuk Tuk per day, and each Tuk Tuk can take about 3...

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Phumi Banteay Srei Shopping

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    by victorwkf Updated Sep 8, 2010

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    There is a huge souvenir shop area at the entrance area to Banteay Srei. There are many souvenir shops and some eateries here for you to explore after your visit to Banteay Srei.

    Souvenirs range from local wooden handicrafts, paintings to the usual items such as T-shirts, key chains, magnets etc. Lots of souvenirs to chose from, and remember to bargain especially if you are buying a lot :)

    Souvenir shops outside Banteay Srei
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    • Architecture
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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Phumi Banteay Srei Warnings and Dangers

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    by euzkadi Written Oct 24, 2005

    The area around the Banteay Srei used to be covered by mines. It´s already cleared, but i don´t recommend to walk outside the mainroads or marked tracks. On the way to the temple is possible to see beautiful ricefields, with water buffalo´s.

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Phumi Banteay Srei Favorites

  • Sen Pidor Rice at Banteay Srei

    There is a small Sen Pidor Rice field at the entrance of the Banteay Srei monument. Sen Pidor Rice is one of the rice species in Cambodia, and rice is widely grown in Cambodia and many other neighbouring countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Laos etc.

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  • Lotus pond at entrance area

    There is a big lotus pond at the entrance of the Banteay Srei monument, where there are lots of lotus plants and flowers, as well as freshwater fishes and ducks. There is a wooden walkway on top of this lotus pond and it leads to the toilet area.

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  • Rice fields along the journey

    Along the 1 hour journey from Siem Reap to Banteay Srei, you will see many rice fields on both sides of the road. Southeast Asia countries (including Cambodia) are the biggest producers of rice in the world, which is the main staple food in many Asia countries.Rice plants need water to grow, so you will see many water channels next to the rice...

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