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.
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