Before entering Banteay Samre we checked out the causeway and cruciform terrace. This is something many tourists miss because they go directly into Banteay Samre. I'm so glad we didn't miss this part. It was beautiful! The terrace is believed to have been added many years after Banteay Samre was built. Banteay Samre was believed to have been built during the first half of the 12th century and the terrace was added in the 13th century.
Banteay Samre: Even though this temple was smaller than many of the others it was one of my favorite.
Many (if not all) of these temples were built as Hindu temples. In the Hindu faith the lotus flower stand for beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, and eternity.
Then over the years Cambodia switch to Buddhist country and the lotus flower for Buddhist represents purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness.
(That is what is going on in my mind anyway.)
Anyway, I'll end today with dinner - This is a green curry of some sort. I must say Cambodian food was NOT my favorite. It is Thai inspired, but it just doesn't match up to Thai - Cambodian food is much more bland.
Mango shake + Banana shake + 4 beers + 2 meals = $9 USD.
Remember in Cambodia you pay in US dollars.