Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean
After breakfast, ride for some 45 minutes through scenic countryside to the Shiva temple of Banteay Srei, “the Citadel of Women” (late 10th century, by Rajendravarman). This unique small delicate pink sandstone temple is considered a true crown jewel of classical Khmer art, due to its very delicate carvings which cover almost its entire surface. (Approximately from 1 hour visit)
Picnic lunch at Kbal Spean: Choice of Khmer menu, Western menu & a Vegetarian menu
In the afternoon, hike 45 minutes through the forest to reach Kbal Spean, the “River of a Thousand Lingas” (11th to 13th century). The carved Lingas are symbols of fertility and attributes of the Hindu God Shiva. They were for two centuries chiselled into the rocky riverbed to ensure the water passing over them be charged with spiritual energy and fertilize the rice fields and lowland plains. This is one of the most striking proofs of the importance of water in Khmer civilisation. (Approximately 2 hours visit)
- Early morning departure recommended (before 8h30) to avoid large crowds!
- To contemplate Sunrise, leave around 5h00!
- In the afternoon and to escape the heat, departure around 15h00 is suggested!