Srah Srang

Attraction Srah Srang Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
05:00 AM - 06:00 PM
08:30 AM
09:30 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Nature
Kids
20.00 USD

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Srah Srang, royal bath in English, is a beautiful reservoir offering a quiet place to relax and enjoy the terrific view of sunrise and landscapes.

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Why Srah Srang is special ?

Srah Srang, the “Royal bathing pool” is a large pond East of Angkor’s capital Angkor Thom. An attractive and quiet spot, the water reservoir measuring 700 meters long and over 300 meters wide is filled with water to this day.


The pond was dug out during the reign of King Rajendravarman II in the 10th century. It was an ablution pool, a pond used for ritual washings.


In spite of its name “Royal bathing pool”, Srah Srang was for the benefit of all people. A 10thcentury inscription found nearby calls upon people not to bathe animals in the srah thus polluting its waters, and not led herds of elephants destroy the earthen dykes.


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What to explore at Srah Srang?

- Embarkation terrace: A multi tiered embarkation terrace with Naga balustrades was built on the West side of the pond. The terrace was probably used to embark on a boat to the artificial island in the center of the Srah, where once stood a sanctuary, of which virtually nothing remains today. On the cruciform terrace stood a wooden pavilion which has long gone comprising of two inner courtyards surrounded by galleries. Flanking the top of the stairs to the jetty are two large stone lions overlooking the water.

- Sunrise and sunset viewing spot: The Srah Srang is a popular place to watch the sunrise (from the embarkation terrace) and sunset (from the East side of the Srah) with a very nice reflection of the sun in the waters.

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How to get to Srah Srang?

From Siem Reap, take the road to Angkor Wat. When you arrive at the moat of Angkor Wat, turn right. You will pass Prasat Kravan on your right. Then, you will arrive at Banteay Kdei and Srah Srang.

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Selling points

  • Royal hangouts, beautiful landscape
  • Spectacular and very suggestive scenario
  • Peaceful, magnificent, pleasant
  • Great to wind down during midday
  • For sunrise without the masses
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3.0 days
Estimated
457.90 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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  • you can walk all the way around its edge; on one side runs a series of restaurants for tourists, the other is home to a small village
    Things to do
  • At the main platform there are also drinks vendors and a couple of local restaurants should you be in need of refreshment
    Things to do
  • On the west end of Srah Srang, there is a multi-tiered sandstone terrace. The sunrise is best viewed from atop this terrace
    What to see
  • The very sparse remains of an island temple can be seen poking out of the middle of the lake during the dry season when the water is low
    What to see
  • At the back there is a mythical creature comprising a three-headed serpent, the lower portion of a Garuda and a stylized tail decorated with small serpent heads.
    What to see
  • You need to bring along a torch and mosquito spray
    What to bring
  • It's necessary to bring a hat and sunscreen.
    What to bring
  • You should carry your camera so that you won't miss any great shot.
    Photography
  • some fairly strong-willed kids will also try to sell you trinkets and postcards
    Experience
  • You should beware if some guy comes and offers to show you good places to take photos, he will want to get paid for giving you a "tour".
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  • In the wet season, the island temple is completely swallowed by Cambodia’s immense rainfall.
    Environment
  • The best time to arrive at Srah Srang is in the early morning or late afternoon before sunset
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  • Entrance fee is included in the Temple pass
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  • Srah Srang always has water and is surrounded by greenery. According to one French archaeologist, it offers at the last rays of the day one of the most beautiful points to view the Park of Angkor.
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  • It's recommended to go sit off to the left (if you are facing in the same direction as the lions) on the public benches as these give an excellent view as the sun rises above the trees.
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"The Royal Bath" is an alternative for Sunrise viewing.

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amazing sunrise .... ruin by some reconstruction work ...

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Early birds! Your turn! 4am - and you'll get fascinating dawn ;)

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Beautiful and peaceful place to watch the early morning sunrise. Our guide had many happy memories of growing up and playing in the water here

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Gud food around, can try incase hungry from the big round:)

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Sometimes small is grand.So it is with this less touristy attraction which boasts an equally splendid sunrise to rival Angkor Wat.Its a very picturesque baray opposite the east entrance of Banteay Kdei. Consisting of a multi tiered landing platform,it is adorned with naga balustrades and guardian lions. The very sparse remains of an island temple out in the middle of the lake during the dry season when the water is low. This complex deserves the time to imagine and contemplate its wonders.

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Srah Srang is located across from Banteay Kdei and is a picturesque baray full of water. There is a landing platform with naga balustrades and guardian lions at one corner of the baray. A welcome relief after a hot day temple hopping.

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It is easy to by-pass this body of water when viewing temples, but stop for a look. When you are out in the heat of the day you can tell why the ancient royals wanted bathing ponds in which to cool off. You may see local children playing in the waters.My favorite part was the restaurant, Mali Srahsrang. It gets tiring trying to get a drink or something to eat at the stalls as all the vendors aggressively vie for your business. It is very nice to step into a cool indoor restaurant (with table clothes, no less) for lunch. The entire facility, including WC was very clean. We (I treated by guide and tuk-tuk driver to lunch) were there around 11:30 and it was pretty empty (another relief after the hustle and bustle of the major temples.)The prices were a bit steep for Cambodia, but the food, including fish amok served in a coconut and beef lok lak was delicious and the relief it all provided was well worth the cost. We paid around $25 dollars for 3 meals with drinks.I highly recommend you eat at Maly Srahsrang when you are at Angkor Archeological Park.

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Sometimes small is grand.So it is with this less touristy attraction which boasts an equally splendid sunrise to rival Angkor Wat. Its a very picturesque baray opposite the east entrance of Banteay Kdei. Consisting of a multi tiered landing platform,it is adorned with naga balustrades and guardian lions. The very sparse remains of an island temple out in the middle of the lake during the dry season when the water is low. This complex deserves the time to imagine and contemplate its wonders.

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Beautiful and peaceful place to watch the early morning sunrise. Our guide had many happy memories of growing up and playing in the water here

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