Beng Mealea, Siem Reap Province

Discovered in the jungle, the gigantic ruins of Beng Mealea offer fabulous scenery reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie. Built in the early 12th century, possibly as a prototype to Angkor Wat, this enormous temple complex is surrounded by a huge moat measuring 1.2 by 0.9 km (0.75 by 0.56 mi). Feel the power of nature as you admire intricate stone carvings and finely chiseled blocks of stone covered by lush vegetation. Roots and crowns of ancient trees protruding from even older stone structures provide shade. Some tours include lunch served under a tent next to the ruins, but regardless of how you visit the complex, you should stick to the boardwalks and beware of snakes. Plan trip to Roluos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Ben-Melia remains was a quiet and quaint relics. And pond in front of the ruins, and you can rest at home hung over. Continued pretty much ruin ruins, deep approach and will go to the river. Ahold said that there are still landmines around the ruins, walking out of the ruins of blindly said.
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  • I just got off the taxi was the "gate". From there they walked it. Customers who checked so far in ruins? I became good at it appeared gradually. It was the ruins became a model of Laputa Castle in the sky. It is the corridor here I climb up the narrow stairs descend, could ruin a hard. I thought I was coming with good walking shoes. Chinese people who stop on the narrow stairs and to shoot at their own POV. Please do not block the road! Enter into the world of their own! Her foot is bad and it is dangerous! Anyone else have not persecuted if you joined Japanese group tour we also might be. There was no toilet in the ruins. Staff toilets where the ticket was purchased. Visit, 1/2/2018
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  • I like to avoid crowds and tourist traps when I travel so on the insistence of my cab driver (who I know just wanted me to use him for a few hours), I decided to go to Beng Mealea. It's a cool destina...  more »
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  • Nice wooden walkway through a large portion of the site. Was hoping to see more stone carvings. The weathering on this site is distinct on the larger statues. Only saw a few intact carvings. The tree roots in this place is amazing, very strong.
  • A must visit addition to your Siam Reap tour. The temple is barely touched, except for a wooden walkway that makes it easier for you to visit the top of the ruins. Have your guide share tales that are dipcted in the murals for a fuller appreciation of the history. Take your time, at least spend an hour and half.
  • Wow, this is by far the best temple I've been to in Cambodia. I swear, this is something out of a video game. The colors are so rich and eye catching. It's about 1 hour and 40 minutes away from Siem Reap, but totally worth the trip. You won't be disappointed. The place is pretty humid, so be sure to bring a water bottle.
  • In my opinion not worth the long trip from Siem Reap. It is not that mystic as supposed to be. A lot of stones lying around making a mess and not a kind of natural spectacle. The temples in Angkor are really more fascinating! And if there is a glimpse of mystic with this temple then the Chinese Walking Dead Groups are destryoing anyways the atmosphere! If you come here after 9am, then no chance to have a little silence or space to do photographs.
  • Our favorite temple in Siem Reap, we went in the afternoon and there were barely any tourists, lots to see, it really feels like being inside an Indiana Jones movie. We spent about 2 hours. There are some guards walking around in uniform, they speak very little English and will try to start guiding you to places were you should take pictures and then ask you for 2usd per person.

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