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Banteay Srei, Pre Rup, Eastern Mebon, Takeo, Baphuon

  Duration: 5h
  Transport: Bike - 3 wheel remork - car

On the second day, the circuit will take you to five more temples of Shiva cult of 10th and 11th century, which present some architectural similarities and differences from the temples proposed on the first day.

Start by Banteay Srei Temple, which is famous for its pink sandstone construction and displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art.

Like Lolei Temple, which you visited on the first day, Eastern Mebon rises up from the middle of an immense dry reservoir. You can imagine that you are standing on an artificial island. Next to it, Pre Rup has beautifully carved false doors on upper level, as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. Then, go on the top of Ta Keo Temple, built around 1 000 A.D. and never completed. An impressive view of the surrounding forest can be enjoyed from the top of this monument.

Finally, Baphuon is one of the most ambitious architectural projects ever launched by a Khmer king. It was originally a temple-mountain dedicated to
Shiva when it was built in the 11th century, with an immense statue of a reclining Buddha being erected on its western face in the 16th century.

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