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Banteay Srei, miss or not? (angkor itinerary)

  • kattkaa

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    Hi everyone,

    I have a quick question. Is Banteay Srei not to be missed or can I omit it and not feel like I've missed something great?

    If yes, is it possible to do the Big Circuit and Banteay Srei in one day?

    We have 3 & 1/2 days in SR, one at the main temples, one cycling to Bang Mealea and one for a trip to the lake (possibly Kompong Phluk). I know there is a tour that includes Beng Mealea and Banteay S - that is the one we were originally going for - but I would so love to do a bit more biking in that area before leaving to PP and flying home.

    Any opinions / advice would be so much appreciated.


    #1 Posted: 30/5/2012 - 20:19

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  • Nokka

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    I loved Banteay Sre; it is quite different from any of the other temples. It is quite a small complex with extremely intricate and beautiful carving work. We enjoyed the longish tuktuk journey out there, through a very rural area - lovely in the early morning cool. We combined it with a visit to the landmine museum which is reasonably close, also very good.

    Is it worth it ? Difficult to say for you with your timescales and other priorities, but I'm certainly glad we went. I'd say it's possible to do all that, if up and away early, in a morning.

    #2 Posted: 31/5/2012 - 02:21

  • immi

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    Both Beng Mealea and Banteay Srey are beautiful by their own means.
    To me BS is the most beautiful of all temples in SR. It is quite small, but the deep carving is making the difference.
    BM is a bit far off, but well worth a visit. Very much like Ta Phrom, but very few people.
    If you have time go and visit them both!

    #3 Posted: 31/5/2012 - 07:13

  • kattkaa

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    So do you guys think it would be possible to do BS and the large circuit (maybe not every every temple on it) in one day by a remork?

    #4 Posted: 31/5/2012 - 07:33

  • exacto

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    I agree with Nokka that Banteay Srei is different than other spots. Small, with exceptionally detailed carvings and an unusual color (pink?) stone. As much as I like the temple complex out there, I also think the best part is the ride out past the rice fields.

    Personally, I don't think you can do the large circuit and Banteay Srei in one day without seriously rushing. I'd either try to get out to Banteay Srei early in the morning on one day and make a half day out of it, or not go at all and do something else with the time. Cheers.

    #5 Posted: 31/5/2012 - 09:15

  • sankeegan

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    likewise to the other contributors, I loved Banteay Srei, you have to see Angkor Wat, but after that I think BS is a defo on the must see list. I think its about 20km out of Siem Reap so its a half day for sure but an early start and you can come back and see other temples within the big or small circuit after.

    #6 Posted: 31/5/2012 - 10:35

  • Nisseyaklom

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    Banteay Srei is the most beautiful of them all, skip the lake instead, biggest tourist trap in Cambo

    #7 Posted: 5/6/2012 - 04:16

  • Vickyjin

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    Please don't miss Banteay Srei, it's the best one after Angkor Wat and Bayon.I loved it so much.

    #8 Posted: 12/6/2012 - 14:06

  • Rasheeed

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    Was at Banteay Srei a couple days ago. An afterthought on the Kbal Spean route. Hadn't been there in a couple years. Amazing. Go.

    #9 Posted: 26/6/2012 - 03:24

  • kattkaa

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    Thanks for all your replies guys.

    We did go and it was beautiful - definitely a not-to-miss-temple.

    My favorite is Beng Mealea tho (too bad you can't climb on your own).

    #10 Posted: 26/6/2012 - 08:17

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