Cambodia Day 3 – Banteay Srei

16 Apr

This post is part of our adventures in Cambodia.  For other posts in the series please click here.

After two days of tuk tuk travel, we had booked a car for day 3.  Li had an ambitious schedule that he negotiated with the driver that had us going from the north east to the south east side of the temple area.  Looking at the distance and the dust on the road, we wanted windows that closed to attack such an itinerary.

Our start times were consistently earlier and this morning was no exception.  We had no time for a leisurely breakfast to make sure we got on the road.  The car was air conditioned and very comfortable and we headed out ready to explore.

Our first stop was the “ladies temple,” so called because of the delicate carving there.  Unfortunately about 30 buses of Chinese tourists had the same idea to see it as well.  Of all the temples we saw over the week it was the smallest and we hit at peak time.  The carving was nice, but in general not up to the hype.  My advice is to go in the afternoon if possible to make sure that you can truly appreciate the details.

Going back through our photos (now almost two months later) I am struck by the lack of other tourists in our photos.  Li has a knack for making it seem like we are the only people in the area.  Rest assured though – this temple was packed to the gills!

Have you gone to a place which has been a bit of a let- down?  From the photos, you can see that it is still very beautiful – but just not what I expected.  This was also the temple where we got “scammed” by one of the local touts.  They were selling books about the history of all of the temples which they offer to sell for $1 USD.  I finally decided I would buy and then all of the sudden the price jumped up to $11!  When we started to pay attention, it seemed like this scam repeated itself over and over again.

We didn’t buy the book – and now I’m letting our photos speak for themselves.  Would you visit?

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4 Responses to “Cambodia Day 3 – Banteay Srei”

  1. expatlingo April 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Mental note: avoid Cambodia at Chinese New Year! Or perhaps now it’s just always that crowded…

    I was let down by Ephesus in Turkey. Probably also because of all the crowds. It was that exact day that I learned to really despite big groups of cruise ship tourists. We completely were overrun by groups following “Princess” and other cruise line placards.

    • gkm2011 April 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

      I have had an aversion to flag carrying tour guides since my days living in Toledo, Spain where Japanese tour groups would crowd the narrow streets. Sounds like Ephesus was similar.

  2. Kristin May 24, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Well, to me the carvings do look beautiful but I can imagine the experience getting a little spoiled by too many tourists… And I also guess that by now you are just so used to seeing all these beautiful buildings! I always felt that way when exploring Spain e.g. – every village was indeed picturesque, but in the end they are all quite alike and I could definitely feel my interest fading.
    Li did a great job then at taking those pictures. They are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

    • gkm2011 May 25, 2013 at 8:24 am #

      I think that if no one had been there I would have been able to enjoy each detail, so I am glad that the photos show the peaceful side and the details.

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