Thousands of years ago Angkorian people construct great temples in three mountains – Phnom Bok, Phnom Bakheng and Phnom Krom. Phnom mean Mount in Khmer language. Temples are related to Hindu goddess and also known for the triple sanctuary dedicated to the Trimurti which means three forms.
South of the city centre, Wat Athvea is an attractive pagoda on the site of an ancient temple. The old temple is still in very good condition and sees far fewer visitors than the main temples in the Angkor area, making it a peaceful spot in the late afternoon.
It may be kitsch, it may be kooky, but it’s very popular with Cambodians and provides a diversion for families travelling with children. This is the Cambodian Cultural Village, which tries to represent all of Cambodia in a whirlwind tour of recreated houses and villages
The Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre is a worthwhile place to include on a trip to Banteay Srei and the Cambodia Landmine Museum.
When King Yasovarman I (r 889-910) moved the capital to Angkor proper, he built Phnom Bakheng as his capital. The temple, a 65m five-tiered pyramid, is a study of Hindu numerology. At the summit, five towers form a quincunx to echo the five peaks of the heavenly mountain.