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“Well preserved and compact”
Review of Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Having read some the earlier reviews, I think there is some confusion between Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei. Banteay Samre is the one made from grey sandstone near the south east corner of the Eatsern Baray. Banteay Srei is the one made from red sandstone, located about 20km north east of Angkor Thom.

Anyway Banteay Samre is a well preserved (restored) compact temple with a single tower (very much like the main Angkor Wat tower), surrounded by the usual galleries and walls. It is very compact with small spaces between the structures which gives the illusion of the building and walls being much higher - a bit like midtown Manhattan.

There are fewer (group) tourists here so one can spend a quiet time wondering around and understanding the basic concepts behind Angkorian architecture, making a visit here before the major sites such as Angkore Wat or Preah Khan a worthy investment.

Thank E150A
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Great temple to explore and not many other tourists around to spoil your shot.

Very peacful place that is not too far away from Angkor Wat to discover.

Some of the steps are steep but worth it to see this temple up close.

Restaurant across road from entrance is good for food/drink break.

Thank JohnRoseJnr
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

This temple is my number 2 of all Angkor temples (after Ta Prohm). Although it is located outside of the small and big rounds, and you need to pay extra 15$ to the taxi driver(for fuel), it worth the visit. We visited this temple on the way to Banteay Srey (to pay extra only once :) ) This temple is awesome and it was completely empty. We took amazing shots.
We had an awesome driver/guide, which I recommend to all of you:
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g297390-d6522493-Reviews-Angkor_Guide_Sam_Day_Tour-Siem_Reap_Siem_Reap_Province.html

Thank Kristina B
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Don't know why I like this temple above the 10 others we visited but its just stunning. Possibly more of the Indiana Jones feel as opposed to the Lara Croft feel ?

Thank KeithM1075
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Its distance from East Baray this Wat ensures that is receives fewer visitors than most others at Angkor. Because of this distance this Wat has had plenty of time to be excellently restored.

We really enjoyed this Wat because of the peace and quite you got here. Thanks to the heads up our yuk yuk driver this happened to be a place where we sat and snacked.

Thank ThePixelz
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