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“A quiet gem amongst the giants”
Review of Phimeanakas

Phimeanakas
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Private Tour: Angkor Wat and The Royal Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap
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Angkor Wat Helicopter Flight with Private Tour of Temples
Ranked #65 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed June 27, 2012

Many tourists visit the more famous Elephant Terrace but may miss out on this treasure. Just a few minutes walk through the gate at the back of the Elephant Terrace platform, Phimeanakas is a small tiered pyramid temple standing alone. There is a planked staircase where you can climb up to get a view of the surrounding forest. Next to the temple are two bathing pools, one of which is huge and still retains a little water. This was where the king's harem bathed and only women and eunuchs were allowed here, it seems.

Although the temple is not very impressive by the standards of some other temples, it's relative isolation and lone structure creates a very different atmosphere, made special by the quiet and serene surroundings. You can almost hear the concubines splashing and giggling around in the pool. If I had more time, I surely would have enjoyed just sitting at the foot of the temple and just absorbing that ambiance. It was unlike any other temple I visited in Angkor.

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Reviewed June 13, 2012

The slop to the toward the gate is look like a camouflage. From outside we hardly see the gate because of the vegetation. Try from the other side of the temple. The area is quiet shady so you can visit at day time without being exposed to sunshine.

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

Located within Angkor Thom and not as imposing as the other temples but still not to be missed. It is constructed in three tiered, pyramid design and the top tier offer views of the nearby Baphuon temple. Some of the walls still bear intricate designs and inscriptions. Ancient bathing pools surround the temple.

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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Inside the Royal Palace was started by Rajendravarman and used by all the later Kings. Lions guard all four stairways to the central tower, it is now ruined but was originally covered in gold.

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