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Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

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Banteay Srei, Cambodia

The Basics

Dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, Banteay Srei was built by a scholar priest who probably tutored King Jayavarman V. See the site’s three towering shrines, a sanctuary, and two libraries, decorated with scenes from theRamayana, as well as two ornate gates, a causeway, and a number of rest houses.

The temple is northeast of downtown Siem Reap and many tours combine it with other sites in that direction, such as Kbal Spean (which is known for the River of a Thousand Lingas), Beng Mealea, or Phnom Kulen National Park. You can enter Banteay Srei with a 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day Angkor Pass.

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2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
$93.75 per adult
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Excellent service
Sam was amazing in providing a private tour and insights into the history of ankor wat. The second day of temple is a must as well and the guide adapted to spending more or less time where we preferred :) The customer service was exceptional in also arranging to pick us up from the airport on the first day instead of the hotel for an small fee. Would highly recommend this tour and our guide and driver Sam 1 and Sam 2!
vgiambanco, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Angkor Wat

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Easy way to reach Banteay Srei & Big tour, without a hassle
alciobanu, Feb 2020
Full-Day Banteay Srei & 4 Temples Join-in Tour
Pick-up was made on time, shuttled to the HQ of the tour operator where we were assigned to specific buses for each tour. We had enough time at each of the temples. Free water was offered. Lunch was taken at a pricey restaurant, compared to prices in Siem Reap, but the food was very good. Overall, it is a good & easy way to do the Big Tour at Angkor & reach Banteay Srei for a good price, with a guide & without having to negotiate a price.
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Grand tour and. Banteay Srei
ronpearson, Jan 2020
Grand Tour and Banteay Srei Group Tour
We had a great tour with our guide Se. He was very friendly and helpful and had very good English. He tried his best all day to give us a great tour. He was very knowledgeable about the temples and also shared personal and cultural information with us too. He told us about the flora and fauna. Lots of guides can’t tell you the name of trees you are seeing but Se could. Well done. It was a long busy day but he kept us going and got everything in. Five stars.
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Easy fun reliable
jameshowse9, Jan 2020
2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
So easy, fun and great to see to many temples it really took the stress out of us having to organise it and know which temples were best to see etc. Guide was so knowledgeable and gave a real insight into the history and life in Cambodia !
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We would strongly recommend the tour
n0rico0427, Jan 2020
Beng Mealea, Banteay Srei & Roulous Group
The tour was more than we expected. We had a great time with a guide who has amazing knowledge and hospitality. We questioned a lot about those temples and back ground history, but he answered all of them and made us more interested in Cambodia. We would like to appreciate to our guide and also to the driver. They made our trip impressive and satisfying. This opportunity leads us to have interest in Cambodia and its history more than before. Thank you so much.
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A M A Z I N G!
tony p, Jan 2020
2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
This tour has been great. Location was magic but most important my tour guide (Vanna) has be perfect. This guy introduced me perfectly the Kmar’period and he could answer to every single question I had. I could expand my conversation with him , and talk about the history of the Country in general and other topics. He was great! The tour itself is very intense (21 sites in 20h and 40000 steps to do) however it is the best way to explore and understand the Magic of Angor Wat
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outstanding
sameergheewala01, Dec 2019
Full-Day Banteay Srei & 4 Temples Join-in Tour
great day and our guide - Chanda from SiemReap Shuttle was amazing, an archeologist by profession his insights were delightful and made this a very memorable day . thank you chanda.
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Sunrise Angkor Wat and other area temples tour
Patty H, Dec 2019
Angkor wat sunrise and Banteay Srei temple Private Day tour
Our guide Pin Vannak was absolutely fantastic! We had a family of 8 adults, and we left very early in the morning and visited Angkor Wat and 8 other area temples. Pin was energetic and knowledgeable and answered every question we threw at him. I highly recommend this tour.
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Worth every penny. Jimmy is the man!
VERONIKA S, Jan 2020
2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
This was an exceptional experience. I learned so much from Jimmy and saw everything I wanted to see, including some water buffalo at the side of the road. Jimmy is also an exceptional photographer and has a supernatural ability to get everywhere just before large groups of people come, so I felt like I had some of the temples all to myself. Highly recommended.
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Great tour
Bgayathri B, Dec 2019
2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
Excellent tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. His name was samath and our driver was Srieng. Both of them were outstanding in their service and took a lot of pride in their work.
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Siem Reap Shuttle Tours- Grand tour
Freedom44988282989, Oct 2019
Full-Day Banteay Srei & 4 Temples Join-in Tour
The tour provider was very organized and as described the tour was a small group of 8. Our guide Sopheap was very knowledgeable and friendly. He provided an informative tour of Banteay Srei and 5 other temples. His English was generally good but when explaining something in great detail his pronunciations were difficult to understand. Typical of many tours the lunch stop at our expense was at one of the most expensive restaurants (2-3 times the local restaurant prices). Fortunately we ate at large breakfast before the tour and ordered a small lunch. We would recommend this tour with the noted shortfalls.
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Nice Tour
AshrithPatil, Dec 2019
2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
Driver & Guide Picked us up from our Hotel promptly on-time. They were friendly all throughout. It was a comfortable car. They gave Lemongrass cold towels for face & Water after each and every Site visit in Angkor Wat as the temperatures during our tour was high. This was a nice touch of service. Keep it up!
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Angkor Wat
patfV526OY, Dec 2019
2-Day Angkor Wat Small, Big Circuit and Banteay Srei Tour
Excellent. Sopia, our guide and the driver were excellent, on time, and knowledgeable. They went beyond on taking care of us. Seeing Angkor Wat at sunrise was a special experience.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Banteay Srei is a must for photographers and anyone with an interest in Angkor art and architecture.

  • Buy an Angkor Pass in advance; it is not available at the complex.

  • The site offers bathrooms, souvenir stalls, parking, and a number of eateries around the temple.

  • The Banteay Srei complex has accessible bathrooms. Low steps lead up to the temple structure, so travelers who rely on wheelchairs can only admire the carvings on the outside.

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How to Get There

Banteay Srei is around 22 miles (36 kilometers) from downtown Siem Reap and 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the Angkor Wat temple complex. The site is far enough from the main complex that most visitors choose to head there on a different day, but the sites can all be visited in one day if necessary. There is no public transportation to the complex, so most people join a tour, hire a driver, or book a private guide.

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When to Get There

Banteay Srei is open from early in the morning until late afternoon seven days a week. The site is quieter in the mornings and late afternoons, when the temple’s colors are also at their most beautiful and photogenic.

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Kbal Spean and the River of a Thousand Lingas

If the carvings at Banteay Srei pique your interest, then Kbal Spean, about 7 miles (12 kilometers) up the road, makes a great addition to the day. A beautifully carved riverbed, which fills with water between July and December, it’s also known as the River of a Thousand Lingas. Beside the lingas (phallic symbols representing the god Shiva), carvings include gods, goddesses, and even animals, while there’s a waterfall to cool off after your hike.

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