These three temples are further afield from Siem Reap than most of the others. Built in the 10th century, Banteay Srei and East Mebon are two of the oldest temples at Angkor.
This is one of the most popular temples to visit even though it’s about an hour tuk tuk ride from Siem Reap. It was built in the late 10th century as a Hindu temple under the reign of Rajendravarman. It was constructed mainly with red sandstone, hence the red color of the buildings. The many decorative wall coverings and the buildings being miniature in size when compared to Angkorian standards are a couple of reasons why this temple is referred to as the “jewel of Khmer art”. Plan two hours driving time (roundtrip) when using tuk tuk and another 45 minutes to an hour for your visit.
Banteay Samre was built in the 12th century as a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. It’s a few miles east of the main Angkor temples of the Grand Tour Circuit. This is a good temple to visit when heading to see Banteay Srei. Plan 30 to 45 minutes for your visit.
Built in the late 10th century, East Mebon is the first temple built after the Khmer capital returned to Angkor after temporarily in Koh Ker. It stands on what was an artificial island at the center of the now dry East Baray reservoir. It was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Plan 30 to 40 minutes for your visit.