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Citadel of Samré (Banteay Samré) Tours

Citadel of Samré (Banteay Samré)
A heavily restored 12th-century temple, Banteay Samré feels more like a citadel. The Khmer emperor Suryavarman II built the complex, which includes a hall, two libraries, a temple, a dry moat, and fringing walls. Though Banteay Samré is smaller than many other Angkor-era monuments, it boasts some impressive carvings.

The Basics
Gain admission to Banteay Samré with your Angkor Archaeological Park admission ticket, available as 1-, 3-, and 7-day passes. While it’s not one of the must-visit Angkorian sites, travelers often stop here en route to other Angkor monuments east of Angkor Wat. Some tours include visits to the 10th-century temple Banteay Srei, the hilltop temple Phnom Bok, and/or Kbal Spean, the carved riverbed in the middle of the jungle. You don’t need to join a tour to visit Banteay Samré, but as signage is almost nonexistent, many travelers will get more out of visiting with a guide.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Banteay Samré will be of interest to history buffs.
  • As at all temples in the Angkor Wat area, a dress code applies. Wear shirts that cover shoulders and pants that cover the knees.
  • Rough paths and low steps make Banteay Samré challenging for travelers who use wheelchairs.

How to Get There

Banteay Samré is located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) northeast of downtown Siem Reap, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from Angkor Wat, and on the road to Banteay Kdei. There’s no public transport and it’s too far to cycle, so a tour is your easiest transport option.

When to Get There
One of the quieter of the Angkor Wat archaeological sites, Banteay Samré is open from early morning until late afternoon seven days a week: Visit at a time that works for you. December through April, the dry season, is generally the peak time to visit Cambodia, and Angkor Wat is no exception.

The Cucumber King
Banteay Samré takes its name from the Samré minority people. A shaggy-dog story tells the tale of a cucumber farmer who killed a king by accident while protecting his crop and was then appointed king in his stead by a sacred elephant. Finding himself ostracized as a peasant ruler, he moved away from the main Khmer cities and set up his capital at Banteay Samré.
Address: Sok San Road, Angkor Wat 17000, Cambodia
Admission: Varies
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3 Days -Guided tour of All Major Temples and Kulen Mountain Waterfall

3 Days -Guided tour of All Major Temples and Kulen Mountain Waterfall

3-Day package tour we focus mainly on all the main temples on Small & Big Circle & Banteay Srei & Kulen mountain waterfall and ancient temples in Rolous Group. Day 1 we go to see all the main attractions on the Small Circle Road with Angkor Wat and 2nd day we go to see the holly mountain Phnom Kulen with waterfall and 1000 Lingas carved under riverbed for produce holly water in the purpose of Hindo ceremony in the ancient time. The last one on 3rd day we go to see amazing sunrise over Angkor Wat with temples on the Big Circle and temples in Rolous Group and the late afternoon we take you to shopping at Artisan D'Ankgor & local Old market if you would like.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$158.00
Price varies by group size
From
$158.00
Price varies by group size

3-Days Major Temples & Kulen Mount Waterfall

3-Days Major Temples & Kulen Mount Waterfall

3-Day package tour we focus mainly on all the main temples on Small & Big Circle & Banteay Srei & Kulen mountain waterfall and ancient temples in Rolous Group. Day 1 we go to see all the main attractions on the Small Circle Road with Angkor Wat and 2nd day we go to see the holly mountain Phnom Kulen with waterfall and 1000 Lingas carved under riverbed for produce holly water in the purpose of Hindo ceremony in the ancient time. The last one on 3rd day we go to see amazing sunrise over Angkor Wat with temples on the Big Circle and temples in Rolous Group and the late afternoon we take you to shopping at Artisan D'Ankgor & local Old market if you would like.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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From
$160.00
Price varies by group size

4 Days - Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea

4 Days - Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea

For 4 days you will visit all the most must to sees in and around Siem Reap with some remote attractions as well. Day 1 we cover to see all the major temples on the Small Circle road and Day 2 we driving to see the holly mountain Kulen mountain National Park. At this places you can see the carving under riverbed as the water flow over to create the holly waters. Beside Kulen mountain the same day we will temples Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre & Pre Rup. 3rd day we will go to see sunrise over Angkor Wat as it's really amazing. After sunrise we go to templess on the Big Circle like Prah Khan, Neak Poan, Ta Som & East Mebon, in afternoon we will drive to the South part of Siem Reap to see 3 major temples in Rolous Group. Day 4 the last day we will take the long driving to see temples in Koh Ker Group & Beng Mealea as these remote temples rarely visited by tourists and very quiet and peaceful & you can see the nice view of the countryside along the way as well.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$247.00
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From
$247.00
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4 Days - Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea from Siem Reap

4 Days - Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea from Siem Reap

For 4 days you will visit all the most must to sees in and around Siem Reap with some remote attractions as well. Day 1 we cover to see all the major temples on the Small Circle road and Day 2 we driving to see the holly mountain Kulen mountain National Park. At this places you can see the carving under riverbed as the water flow over to create the holly waters. Beside Kulen mountain the same day we will temples Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre & Pre Rup. 3rd day we will go to see sunrise over Angkor Wat as it's really amazing. After sunrise we go to templess on the Big Circle like Prah Khan, Neak Poan, Ta Som & East Mebon, in afternoon we will drive to the South part of Siem Reap to see 3 major temples in Rolous Group. Day 4 the last day we will take the long driving to see temples in Koh Ker Group & Beng Mealea as these remote temples rarely visited by tourists and very quiet and peaceful & you can see the nice view of the countryside along the way as well.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$247.00
Price varies by group size
From
$247.00
Price varies by group size

All Major Temples and Kulen Mountant Waterfall in 3 Days

All Major Temples and Kulen Mountant Waterfall in 3 Days

3-Day package tour we focus mainly on all the main temples on Small & Big Circle & Banteay Srei & Kulen mountain waterfall and ancient temples in Rolous Group. Day 1 we go to see all the main attractions on the Small Circle Road with Angkor Wat and 2nd day we go to see the holly mountain Phnom Kulen with waterfall and 1000 Lingas carved under riverbed for produce holly water in the purpose of Hindo ceremony in the ancient time. The last one on 3rd day we go to see amazing sunrise over Angkor Wat with temples on the Big Circle and temples in Rolous Group and the late afternoon we take you to shopping at Artisan D'Ankgor & local Old market if you would like.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
Price varies by group size
From
$160.00
Price varies by group size

Private 03 Day Tour- Fully experienced Trip to Ancient Temples

Private 03 Day Tour- Fully experienced Trip to Ancient Temples

This is a fully designed itinerary with all main temples in an archaeological Park. For those who are focusing mainly on temples will be satisfied and meet their desire. Tonle Sap lake is the most interesting place listed on the top ten places the travelers should not miss during their trip in Siem Reap.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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From
$304.62
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Taking safety measures

All Major Temples and Kulen Mountant Waterfall - 3 Days

All Major Temples and Kulen Mountant Waterfall - 3 Days

3-Day package tour we focus mainly on all the main temples on Small & Big Circle & Banteay Srei & Kulen mountain waterfall and ancient temples in Rolous Group. Day 1 we go to see all the main attractions on the Small Circle Road with Angkor Wat and 2nd day we go to see the holly mountain Phnom Kulen with waterfall and 1000 Lingas carved under riverbed for produce holly water in the purpose of Hindo ceremony in the ancient time. The last one on 3rd day we go to see amazing sunrise over Angkor Wat with temples on the Big Circle and temples in Rolous Group and the late afternoon we take you to shopping at Artisan D'Ankgor & local Old market if you would like.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$158.00
Price varies by group size
From
$158.00
Price varies by group size

Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea - 4 Days

Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea - 4 Days

For 4 days you will visit all the most must to sees in and around Siem Reap with some remote attractions as well. Day 1 we cover to see all the major temples on the Small Circle road and Day 2 we driving to see the holly mountain Kulen mountain National Park. At this places you can see the carving under riverbed as the water flow over to create the holly waters. Beside Kulen mountain the same day we will temples Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre & Pre Rup. 3rd day we will go to see sunrise over Angkor Wat as it's really amazing. After sunrise we go to templess on the Big Circle like Prah Khan, Neak Poan, Ta Som & East Mebon, in afternoon we will drive to the South part of Siem Reap to see 3 major temples in Rolous Group. Day 4 the last day we will take the long driving to see temples in Koh Ker Group & Beng Mealea as these remote temples rarely visited by tourists and very quiet and peaceful & you can see the nice view of the countryside along the way as well.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$245.00
Price varies by group size
From
$245.00
Price varies by group size

4 Days - Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea in Siem Reap

4 Days - Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea in Siem Reap

For 4 days you will visit all the most must to sees in and around Siem Reap with some remote attractions as well. Day 1 we cover to see all the major temples on the Small Circle road and Day 2 we driving to see the holly mountain Kulen mountain National Park. At this places you can see the carving under riverbed as the water flow over to create the holly waters. Beside Kulen mountain the same day we will temples Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre & Pre Rup. 3rd day we will go to see sunrise over Angkor Wat as it's really amazing. After sunrise we go to templess on the Big Circle like Prah Khan, Neak Poan, Ta Som & East Mebon, in afternoon we will drive to the South part of Siem Reap to see 3 major temples in Rolous Group. Day 4 the last day we will take the long driving to see temples in Koh Ker Group & Beng Mealea as these remote temples rarely visited by tourists and very quiet and peaceful & you can see the nice view of the countryside along the way as well.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.00
Price varies by group size
From
$245.00
Price varies by group size

Private One Day Tour to Kulen Mountain, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre

Private One Day Tour to Kulen Mountain, Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre

The cradle of Khmer civilisation is located 40 km northeast from Siem Reap and is an important pilgrimage site for Cambodian people. Phnom Kulen often lies shrouded in mist but on a clear day one can see the loaf like shape on the horizon across the flat plains of Siem Reap province. The sites atop Phnom Kulen include a Buddhist Pagoda with giant Reclining Buddha, Hindu carvings in the stone river bed and an impressive waterfall under which swimming is possible. On your way back you will visit a small temple of Banteay Srei well known for its beautiful delicate carvings in warm pink sandstone. This late 10th Century temple is fairly compact and very different from other Angkorian temples. To round off your day you may also visit Banteay Samre – a larger temple which is often overlooked by tourists and looks gorgeous in late afternoon light.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$176.05
per group
From
$176.05
per group
Taking safety measures

All Major Temples and Kulen Mountant Waterfall in 3 Days

All Major Temples and Kulen Mountant Waterfall in 3 Days

3-Day package tour we focus mainly on all the main temples on Small & Big Circle & Banteay Srei & Kulen mountain waterfall and ancient temples in Rolous Group. Day 1 we go to see all the main attractions on the Small Circle Road with Angkor Wat and 2nd day we go to see the holly mountain Phnom Kulen with waterfall and 1000 Lingas carved under riverbed for produce holly water in the purpose of Hindo ceremony in the ancient time. The last one on 3rd day we go to see amazing sunrise over Angkor Wat with temples on the Big Circle and temples in Rolous Group and the late afternoon we take you to shopping at Artisan D'Ankgor & local Old market if you would like.
More
  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$161.00
Price varies by group size
From
$161.00
Price varies by group size

Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea - 4 Days

Major Temples & Kulen mountain & Koh Ker & Beng Mealea - 4 Days

For 4 days you will visit all the most must to sees in and around Siem Reap with some remote attractions as well. Day 1 we cover to see all the major temples on the Small Circle road and Day 2 we driving to see the holly mountain Kulen mountain National Park. At this places you can see the carving under riverbed as the water flow over to create the holly waters. Beside Kulen mountain the same day we will temples Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre & Pre Rup. 3rd day we will go to see sunrise over Angkor Wat as it's really amazing. After sunrise we go to templess on the Big Circle like Prah Khan, Neak Poan, Ta Som & East Mebon, in afternoon we will drive to the South part of Siem Reap to see 3 major temples in Rolous Group. Day 4 the last day we will take the long driving to see temples in Koh Ker Group & Beng Mealea as these remote temples rarely visited by tourists and very quiet and peaceful & you can see the nice view of the countryside along the way as well
More
  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$245.00
Price varies by group size
From
$245.00
Price varies by group size

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