- Hilaire Belloc
Ta Nei temple in Cambodia is one of the smaller Angkor temples and was built under Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century in the Buddhist style. The temple is located some 14km from Siem Reap and 4.5 km from Angkor Wat within the main UNESCO archaeological park just to the North of Ta Keo temple. For tourists Ta Nei temple highlights include the increasingly rare opportunity to explore an ancient ruined temple untroubled by Angkor crowds or local vendors.
Travel from Siem Reap to Ta Nei temple around 14km (23 minutes by car, 30 minutes by Tuk Tuk or an hour and a half by bike) either via Srah Srang and Ta Prohm or through Angkor Thom and the Victory gate. You can visit Ta Nei temple at any time of day; most Angkor temple tours and tour bus crowds do not venture here as theer is no vehicular access. A Ta Nei Temple plan can be useful for orientation but this small temple is easily navigated. An expert local tour guide from Siem Reap will ensure you find the site through the forest trail and get the most value from your time at the site.
One of the smaller Angkor Temples, Ta Nei was built under King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. Some scholars believe that the temple was constructed as a hospital. It is now in a fairly ruined state and approached only via a track through the forest.
"Escape the Angkor crowds by walking some 10-15 minutes through a forest track to reach this small temple. The absence of any vehicles ensures the tourist buses stay away. As a quiet temple site if you arrive early you may even see a snake basking in the sun on the stonework. A great place to rest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of these beautiful temples.
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