Morning Start at 07h30 or 08h00

Kbal Spean and Banteay Srei , known as the “Citadel of Women” Kbal Spean The valley of a 1000 Lingas, Entrance to the area closes at 3:00pm. Combine with a visit to Banteay Srey and allow a half-day for the two. Take the road straight past Banteay Srey about 15km. requires a moderately easy 45 minutes uphill walk though the paths in the shade.Leave for the “Jewel” of Angkor, Banteay Srei, known as the “Citadel of Women” or “Citadel of Beauty”, presumably referring to its size and delicacy of its decoration.Unlike the major sites of Angkor, Banteay Srei was not a Royal Temple. It was built not by kings, but by Brahmin priests. Often described in terms as the ‘Jewel of Khmer Art”, Banteay Srei is a temple of great beauty and compares with little else in Angkor. Its miniature scale almost always surprises visitors and the near total decoration of its surfaces is exceptional.

Kbal-Spean

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Afternoon Start at 14h30

Banteay Samré, and Ta Phrom or Tomb Raider temple was built in the 12th century,Banteay Samré is the one of the most complete complexes at Angkor and restored using the archaeological method. The method entails complete deconstruction of the building, numbering of its component part and then painstaking reconstruction. Ta Phrom or Tomb Raider temple was built in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII as a royal monastery. It was dedicated to the King’s mother. This temple was chosen to be left in its natural state as an example of how most of Angkor looked, upon its rediscovery in the 18th century. Shrouded in jungle, the temple of Ta Phrom is ethereal in aspect and conjures up a romantic aura with gigantic roots and branches intimately intertwined with the stones and probing walls to form a natural roof above the man.

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Ta-Prom

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