Banteay Srei temple is located around one hour ride from the main Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap, because of this reason some people may not have time to visit it. Well, let me tell you, if you do not visit Banteay Srei you will be missing one of the most fine and beautiful samples of the Khmer art.
Banteay Srei is unique in many ways, but it is its miniature size that call more the attention. It is curious that so much beauty could be packed in such small place. It is said also that this temple was not built by a monarch but by a priest, so it is the only building of this kind that can be appreciated today.
Personally, what I liked the most was the attention to the details of the carvings of the temple. The carvings are so delicate and full of details, all the place is covered with exquisite carvings. We visited the temple at first hour in the morning so we had some precious minutes with the temple relatively empty to appreciate the wonderful carvings.
Some other stories say that Banteay Srei was sculpted by women, given the delicate work of the carvings, but there is not proof of this statement; however it is nice to imagine that this temple is the result of women work.
In summary, a great and refreshing place to visit, if you have the time to make the de-tour until Banteay Srei you will not be disappointed!