5. Banteay Srei, Built in Early 9th CenturyTime Needed To Explore: 45 mins-1 hourThis is one of my favourite temples! The unique deep brown shades of the stone and the carvings especially caught my attention.
Bantãy Srĕi, also known as lady temple is an old architectural beauty with very intricate carvings everywhere
The impressive Banteay Srei stands 30Km from Siem Reap and its modern name means the ‘citadel of beauty’ and correctly so. It is the most intricately carved structure of the time made of red sandstone.The best time to visit the temple is late afternoon when the sun’s rays fall at a slant giving this structure a pinkish-golden hue.
Situated about 30 minutes out of Siem Reap, Bantey Srei stands apart from the rest of the Angkor temples because of its diminutive frame. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in intricacy. It is as if the sculptors were running out of stone -- every single piece of stone you see will be carved with incredible delicacy and beauty -- and what seems like a tiny complex turns into a labyrinth of beautiful yellow sandstone. Don't be surprised if you have several audible gasps as background music. Most might be coming from you. If you had to pick only one temple to go to at Angkor, make it this one.