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“Coitus with snake-woman was not an option for tourists....only the king”
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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$582.50*
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Angkor Wat Helicopter Flight with Private Tour of Temples
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Cambodia Highlight 6 days
Ranked #64 of 184 things to do in Siem Reap
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed September 28, 2013

Impressive laterite and sandstone pyramid.lacking surviving carvings leaves it artistically uninteresting,but its great for an early morning scramble,providing a nice view from the top.
The western staircase is the most scalable. Its at the back. Phimeanakas is located inside the ancient Royal Palace compound and served as the king's temple. Legend has it,that the golden tower that crowned the temple was inhabited by a serpent,which would transform into a woman. Hey, i am all ears now!! the kings of Angkor were required to make love with the serpent every night,lest disaster befalls him or the kingdom.
Just the thought of this devotional conscription,makes me dream of coiled snake- woman. In this oppressive heat,dreaming comes easy.

Thank Eli B
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Largely in ruins but still the tallest scalable structure in Angkor Thom. Staircase at the back of the temple with guardrails all the way to the top. Climb up for an impressive view of the surroundings.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

A long climb up but the view is worth it. Be sure to climb the topmost level, although this can be very challenging (as you'll see in the photo)...

Visited this temple twice. It was crawling with tourists on a Saturday afternoon and practically empty on a Sunday afternoon. :)

Thank ZipY_11
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Is an interesting myth behind it, that intrigues me to see it. It is said that the temple was inhibited by a naga which would transform to a woman, the king of Angkor was suppose to make love with the serpent every night to avoid disaster on the kingdom. Exiting the royal palace area, we came upon 2 ponds, which was said the small one is for the male (king) and the big one is for the female (king's wives), another theory was said that the ponds were for aquatic sport for the king to watch.

1  Thank NiaHans
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Another long steep steps temple to climb up. Must be very careful. I really scared to go up there even i used the new stairs. But i saw 3 western teenagers are really brave, they used old stairs to climb up...Salute!!!

Thank Eunice_Lau
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