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Citadel of Samré (Banteay Samré)
Citadel of Samré (Banteay Samré)

Citadel of Samré (Banteay Samré)

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Sok San Road, Angkor Wat, 17000

The Basics

Gain admission to Banteay Samré with your Angkor Archaeological Park admission ticket, available as 1-, 3-, and 7-day passes. While it’s not one of the must-visit Angkorian sites, travelers often stop here en route to other Angkor monuments east of Angkor Wat. Some tours include visits to the 10th-century temple Banteay Srei, the hilltop temple Phnom Bok, and/or Kbal Spean, the carved riverbed in the middle of the jungle. You don’t need to join a tour to visit Banteay Samré, but as signage is almost nonexistent, many travelers will get more out of visiting with a guide.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Banteay Samré will be of interest to history buffs.

  • As at all temples in the Angkor Wat area, a dress code applies. Wear shirts that cover shoulders and pants that cover the knees.

  • Rough paths and low steps make Banteay Samré challenging for travelers who use wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

Banteay Samré is located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) northeast of downtown Siem Reap, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from Angkor Wat, and on the road to Banteay Kdei. There’s no public transport and it’s too far to cycle, so a tour is your easiest transport option.

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When to Get There

One of the quieter of the Angkor Wat archaeological sites, Banteay Samré is open from early morning until late afternoon seven days a week: Visit at a time that works for you. December through April, the dry season, is generally the peak time to visit Cambodia, and Angkor Wat is no exception.

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The Cucumber King

Banteay Samré takes its name from the Samré minority people. A shaggy-dog story tells the tale of a cucumber farmer who killed a king by accident while protecting his crop and was then appointed king in his stead by a sacred elephant. Finding himself ostracized as a peasant ruler, he moved away from the main Khmer cities and set up his capital at Banteay Samré.

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