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  • 573dk9999
    Iowa City, IA493 contributions
    This place deserves to be higher on the list. Don't put off seeing this place until you are too old to do it. Climbing the stairs to the top is highly recommended.

    Many people want to see it at sunrise, but while it might be beautiful, the best photography is in the afternoon with the sun behind you. A lot of walking and climbing stairs. Might be better in a couple of years when the walkway is repaired and the plastic floating causeway is removed.
    Written 6 February 2023
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  • Todd R
    New York City, NY21 contributions
    Another excellent Temple to see when you are in Siem Reap. I would highly recommend seeing this Temple. It is both impressive and beautiful.

    The challenge with all of the Temples in this region is that if you try to visit every one of them you will get "Templed Out" You have to pick and choose the ones you really want to see and this is one of them that should be on your list (along with Angkor Wat and Ta Phrohm)
    Written 3 February 2023
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  • Todd R
    New York City, NY21 contributions
    I was on a seven-day bike tour that ended in this region. We visited several Temples including the Temple City of Angkor Wat. This Temple is a must see just like Angkor Wat. If you are a photographer, make sure to bring your camera gear because there are going to be some amazing images. Just like the other Temples there are a lot of buildings and ruins to look at and take pictures of. What separates this one from the rest is that the natural elements have taken over parts of the buildings. You will see tree rates that engulf building like an octopus wrapping its tentacles around something. You will see trees growing through buildings. It is truly beautiful and a must see here!

    If you have seen the movie Tomb Raider, this is the Temple in the movie.

    I am not leaving photos since there are thousands of reviews with photos and there are also a monstrous number of photos from this Temple on the web.
    Written 3 February 2023
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  • Linda Y
    Frisco, TX5,648 contributions
    Located about 32km (20 miles) northeast of Siem Reap, you may be wondering if the 1-hr drive here is worth it. Most definitely! It’s one of the smallest temples, but I think the most unique with its pinkish hue and delicate stone carvings. Hard to believe this well-preserved temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, dates to the 10th century. We arrived in the late afternoon and practically had the place to ourselves (the setting sun provided a great photo op too). The name Banteay Srei means ‘Citadel of the Women’. It is said that the elaborate carvings are supposedly too fine for the hand of a man, and the temple must have been built by a woman.
    Written 25 January 2023
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  • TonyB
    Helsinki, Finland86 contributions
    So many beautiful temples everywhere in this area. I think this one is worth visiting on your 3 day temple tour but not if you only have 1 day to explore. Enjoy!
    Written 4 February 2023
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  • David
    Oxford, UK1,264 contributions
    The Angkor Archaeological Park is quite simply one of the best places I have been to. So many fascinating sites to look at. Exploring to do. The beaten track to go off. The entry ticket is amazingly good value, and ensures the maintenance of the Park, as well as facilities which support visitors, such as the Restrooms which are near all of the more-visited temples.

    It so so amazing to see the great work which has been done by many dedicated people over the years to ensure that the Park can be visited.

    I look forward to it's continued preservation.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Callum Douglas
    Hamilton, New Zealand32 contributions
    Definetly add this landmark to your itiniary if in Siem Reap, as it is a great way to spend a few hours. We went at sunset and stayed for a few hours (not into the late night scene) and thoroughly enjoyed our time there (good food and drinks, night markets, local/pub music, and all sorts of other random stuff). However, this is a walking street, so don't expect too much different if you have been to another.
    Written 14 January 2023
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  • Leannie
    Hanoi, Vietnam1,258 contributions
    This temple was a little out of the way compared to the others but worth the bike ride. It's certainly not as huge as the others but has a great entrance walkway and what we didn't notice until we left was a little visitors centre at the entrance which actually has the temple history and information including in English - probably would make sense to have started there. Never mind, the temple was impressive and great to wonder round with not too many other tourists
    Written 23 January 2023
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  • Veronica G
    Hoboken3 contributions
    Daniel was by very far, the key factor to make our visit along two days in Siem Reap absolutely amazing.
    He is a very well trained driver, having an exceptional knowledge about the roads as well as the tracks to let you experience the most amazing excursion throughout all sites.
    Excellent english speaker; very polite, kind, and properly nice and friendly when is time for it.
    Perfect driving, never felt unsecured or at risk, at all, very important for us ...
    This guys is more than a single tuk tuk driver, you can spend out all the day talking million of different topics with an absolutely perfect sense, which makes too more pleasant all the visits.
    With out any hesitation, he is highly recommended, won't fail.
    Thanks Dani, and best of luck, you totally deserve it :)
    Written 5 February 2023
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  • Purnima Jain
    Bengaluru, India1,729 contributions
    This temple is just up from Bayon Temple, where this temple adjoins the southern enclosure of the Royal Palace. Some climbing of staircases, which provide some great views of the complex and surrounds. This temple is part of the Angkor Thom complex of temples! Baphuon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King are all in one sequence, adjacent to each other and all of these can be done just by walking from one to the next as we did.

    The side adjoining the Terrace of the Elephants is the East side. On the western side, the retaining wall of the second level was fashioned into a reclining Buddha 60m in length. Walk the entire perimeter to reach the other side to see it. It's in open-air, so you only have to enter the complex and not the monument, though you do have to climb a ton of stairs. The Reclining Buddha, though huge, is not in great shape, the lower half is totally gone and you have to really use your imagination to make out the features of the remaining top half. You wouldn't even notice it exists unless you really know what you are looking at.

    Steep stairways lead to its upper terrace and to awesome views of "Angkor Thom", as well as of part of "Angkor Archaelogical Park" but climbing up may be quite difficult and physically demanding.

    Baphuon is approached by a 200m elevated walkway. Clamber under the elevated causeway leading to Baphuon for an incredible view of the hundreds of pillars supporting it.

    There aren't as many carvings in this temple.
    Written 15 December 2022
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  • Robert K
    Adelaide, Australia220 contributions
    Although not often visited by group tours Pre Rup, built by Rajendravarman II around 962, is on the Grand Circuit and definitely worth a visit. There is a wooden staircase at one side which is safer (and less harmful to the monument) than trying to climb the steps.
    The stone carving is not so exquisite as at Angkor Wat or Banteay Srei but it is a classic Hindu mountain style temple and, according to our taxi driver, a good place to see the sun rise.
    Written 12 November 2022
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  • Xhara71
    Rochester, UK366 contributions
    For me the second most impressive temple in the Angkor wat region, and when I visited (before 10am) I had the place virtually to myself. (3 tour buses turned up after 11)
    Lovely setting with the water at the entrance and you can climb the temple for nice views at the top. The smaller temples dotted around it are dedicated to natures elements and are examples of what you would see if you went to Lolei or Preah Ko if you're short of time
    Written 30 January 2023
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  • Purnima Jain
    Bengaluru, India1,729 contributions
    The area consists of a central temple with four wings, preceded by a hall and also accompanied by two libraries, the southern one remarkably well preserved.

    The eastern causeway and entrance are the most impressive while on the western side you can walk for around 500m along the dirt trail and see remnants of a stone causeway that leads to the edge of the now dry East Baray.

    The highlights of the site are numerous and include the well-preserved bas-reliefs on the frontons, tympanum/pediments, and lintels plus the remains of the ancient sarcophagus. Though I will admit that they are not as extensive as in other temples.

    There is parking at the front of the site at the eastern entrance along with toilets and drink stalls.

    A visit here can be combined with a trip to Banteay Srei.
    Written 22 December 2022
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  • Kirstin G
    Canterbury, UK278 contributions
    This temple didn’t have the wonder but awe of Angkor Wat but had a sense of peace. It is in a quieter area of the archaeological park and you can hear birds and nature, rather than people chatting. I would recommend adding this temple into your itinerary.
    Written 15 January 2023
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  • Purnima Jain
    Bengaluru, India1,729 contributions
    Nestled between Baphuon Temple and Terrace of the Leper King lies Terrace of the Elephants. Compared to the Terrace of the Leper King this is extremely long.

    Purposed as a viewing platform for the King to watch the return of his victorious army as well as preside over public ceremonies, the lower foundation terrace walls have stone carved elephants lined up side by side, with their long trunks extending to the ground like columns, flanking the terrace access stairs. Their heads are topped and adorned with stone detail. Along the terrace foundation walls beyond the access steps the elephants stand in full body profile, along with mythological demons and animals.

    We started walking along the main road from Baphuon Temple and saw a lot of elephant carvings, then somewhere in the middle we saw an entrance with Garudas and Lions and this leads to the entrance to the Royal Palace. Nothing exists of the Royal Palace except for Phimeanakas Temple.

    Continuing along the same main road towards Terrace of the Leper King, we saw more elephant carvings, but right before the Terrace of the Leper King, there is a section of Terrace of the Elephants which is very ornate with amazing carvings of a multi-headed horses etc. I think they call it Grand Staircase, here you first climb up to the terrace and then you climb down a bunch of stairs and there are lot of carvings on the walls. The top of the terrace has impressive naga balustrade figures as well.

    The 350m-long Terrace of the Elephants – decorated with parading elephants towards both ends – was used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall.

    Along its length, the front wall is decorated with near life-size carvings of elephants alternating with a section of garuda and standing lions.
    Written 16 December 2022
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