Banteay Srei lies 38 km from Siem Reap, requiring extra travel time. Drivers usually charge an extra fee in addition to their normal charge for your day trip.
The temple's relatively small, constructed using some pink/red sandstones.
The walls are densely covered with some of the most beautiful, deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple.
Some scholars said that Banteay Srei is a replica or miniature for Angkor Wat, but dedicated to the lady.
- Road Trip
Western Baray reservoir
Locals flock to the Western Baray reservoir to swim, fish and relax during weekends and holidays. In the middle of the reservoir stands the Western Mebon ruins. This can be reached by renting a small boat out.
Around the reservoir, there are planked thatched sheltars strung with hammocks for the locals to rest before they go for another swim (recycled tyres are used as make-shift floats). There're also a few stalls selling BBQ meat such as frog and chicken, soft drinks and fruits.
Our local guide explained that during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, many locals were forced into manual labour to repair and construct railings around the reservoir.
The reservoir is now the only source of tapped water for irrigating the fields around it. About close to 50 villages are dependent on it.
- Budget Travel
Daytrips to Tonle Sap lake
If you have a few days left here after visiting temples, you can take a day off to the Lake (one of the biggest in Asia) and see the many canals and how people live in huts over the waters.
Better in rainy season, as the water is higher.
- Sailing and Boating