Banteay Srei was built in the second half of the 10th century and is about an hour from Siem Reap town centre. It’s distinguished by the red earth and delicacy of it’s decoration. Banteay Srei, translate as “City of Women” or “City of Beauty”. It’s small compared to other temples and the fact that almost all of its surface is decorated.
The drive from town to Banteay Srei is worth it because you’ll get to see villages and their people going about their daily activities, including farming and fishing. On the way you should stop at some of the stalls on the road for a browse, everything from wooden carvings, bamboo basket weavings to palm sugar. It’s a little bumpy but I reckon it’s more fun by tuk tuk.
thanks mate. Amazing the nmbuer of people wandering round in flip flops there [email protected] absolutely! A good tuk-tuk or moto driver is worth their weight in gold around Angkor @Andrew Angkor Wat is only a few km from the city of Siem Reap, which has many tens if not hundreds of guesthouses, hotels etc ranging from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars a night. Although the complex is huge, the roads are probably the best anywhere in Cambodia and a tuk-tuk or motorbike driver will be able to take you from Siem Reap all around the temples and back again (waiting for you at each place) for $10-$20 depending on distance, nmbuer of passengers etc. There’s certainly no need for the tour bus or minibus experience unless that really is your thing. And yup, it’s totally amazing!