Published: August 7th 2007March 28th 2007
After yesterday's lie-in, it was back to 4:15AM, as we wanted to see the sun rise at Banteay Srei, which is further away from Siem Reap than the main temples. It was a good decision to go there, as the rose-coloured stone looked excellent in the low sun. The site was also small (both in size and proportions - some of the doorways were barely a metre high), almost free of tourists, and covered in detailed carvings.
Next up was Banteay Samre, which also had some interesting carvings, then Neak Pean, a unique island temple consisting of a cruciform arrangement of pools that probably looks a lot better in the wet season, and then we returned to Preah Khan to tackle it with the map the right way up.
Shortly after midday, having seen a plethora of pediments, a lifetime of lintels, a gross of gopuras, and a myriad mandapas, we decided that Angkor had been comprehensively done and headed back to Siem Reap.
There are more photos below