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Banteay Samre, Siem Reap

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Explore the well-restored Angkor Wat architectural style at Banteay Samre, a Hindu temple built at the beginning of the 12th century under Khmer rulers Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II. Thanks to modern technological advancements, archaeologists have returned much of the temple to its former glory, especially the intricate carvings on the facade. Its towers and balustrades resemble the Angkor Wat towers, as well as those of the Khmer temple of Phimai in Thailand. Consider combining your visit with a trip to another 10th-century holy site dedicated to Lord Shiva nearby. To visit Banteay Samre and get the most from your holiday in Siem Reap, create itinerary details personal to you using our Siem Reap vacation generator.
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  • If you have taken the 3-day pass, this temple should be in your itinerary. nothing special. Do take note on the carvings that are also different from the large temples.  more »
  • Banteay Samre in Cambodia is somewhat "off the beaten track", located away from the more visited Angkor temples. The temple is named after the Samre, an ancient ethnic Indochinese tribe most likely re...  more »
  • Banteay Samre should be on your short list of temples to visit in the Angkor region. Beautiful temple and grounds. Fantastic bas reliefs. Uncrowded.  more »
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  • Great temple to visit .. outside the city and so not so crowded. Also the carvings in this temple are much more intricate than any other temple in this region.
  • Don't miss ! A medium sized temple with beautiful laterite walls that is considered to be one of the most intact and well restored temples in Angkor. Every pediment on GBE roof of every tower, gate and even the central shrines have detailed carvings of scenes from Hindu mythology. Quite stunning
  • One of the most lovely, haunting sites in the Angkor Wat area. The Apseras have particularly great depth and definition; the spong trees will leave mental images that'll long live with you; and the crowds here are smaller than at the larger sites. You are completely free to wander the grounds and clamber amongst the ruins.
  • Hidden gem. So quiet so you can even meditate here. Few tourists were here when we visited it on a late afternoon. You can find cashew nut trees there.
  • Great temple. Calm, since it is not part of small nor large tour. Good conservation. Worth negotiate with your (Tuk Tuk) driver to come here. To get here you pass through some local villages,what is nice as well.

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