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.