Banteay Srei

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.