Banteay Srei, Kbal Spean
|Banteay Srei Temple, Outlying, Angkor|
Banteay Srei, the Pink Temple
Visited Banteay Srei 2 times: morning - afternoon was the opportunity to capture a beautiful morning scenes and fully appreciate the historic site in the afternoon when fewer tourists there.
|Entrance, Banteay Srei Temple, Outlying, Angkor|
|Superb Carving, Banteay Srei Temple, Outlying, Angkor|
|Blind Window and Colonnette, Banteay Srei Temple, Outlying, Angkor|
The pink sandstone building and delicate pattern carving, Banteay Srei also has exhibition centre presenting the archaeological and historical interest. This requires a fairly long time to visit.
After finishing the exhibition, I think Musee Guimet Paris probably is one of organisation who own most magnificent Angkor art collections outside Cambodia.
|Way Up to Kbal Sapean, Outlying, Angkor|
|Kabal Sapean, Outlying, Angkor|
|Visnhu Lying on 7-headed Naga Throne, Kabal Sapean, Outlying, Angkor|
|Lingas in Quincunx Form within Yoni under River, Kabal Sapean, Angkor|
|Waterfall, Kabal Sapean, Outlying, Angkor|
Kbal Spean, 1,000 Lingas
We have to walk up to the mountain for 1,500m, which is easier than you think. Along the way, there are rocks and trees to shade and some resting stops. In January, water level in stream is relatively low, some of the sculptures dry, a bit disappointed. However the underwater sculptures for worship the God and smart way to produce Holy Water are the wonderful ideas.
Also on the same route we could go to Phnom Kulen.
3 Historic sites are located Northeast of Siem Reap city. By limited time it is not easy to get all 3 on the same day.
Banteay Srei 32km from Siem Reap and 21km from Bayon, Angkor Thom
Kbal Spean 50km from Siem Reap
Phnom Kulen 50km from Siem Reap, 15km from Banteay Srei and 20USD for foreign visitors charge.