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 Siem Reap with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Beng Mealea is 70% collapsed and restoration work have not started yet. Like Ta Prohm, trees and roots did lots of damages. The famous Japanese animation Laputa was inspired by this temple.  more »
  • I have been in Angkor several times and Beng Mealea a couple of them, and it is still my favorite. In the complex of Angkor near Siem Reap, there are many impressive, like Ta Prohm, Bayon or Angkor Wat temples, but Beng Mealea is special. It is much more remote, so provided that have not reached the busloads of South Koreans, it is easy to visit the temple with total peace of mind. It is completely eaten by the jungle, and travel is simple (although enough stairs) since just follow wooden pallets. I recommend approximately 2 hours. If they have just arrived buses with people, it is convenient to anticipate or expect to be going, since it does not enjoy equal.
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  • Temple gorgeous and luckily still less traveled by tourists like so many others. See these ruins dominant and dominated by trees and roots, evokes something mystical and surreal ... one of the most beautiful temples
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  • Incredible. Must visit. Exploring the many nooks and alcoves of the temple ruins was a real highlight. We hired motorbikes from siem reap and made a day trip out of it.
  • I arrived at the eastern gate and could see that access would be difficult. There were a group of guides sitting in the shade fifty meters to the right so I approached them and enquired about the guiding fee. USD 3 for an hour was a bargain so, without further ado, I let the guide take the lead. Note: the local guides are invaluable for small details and information which, if you wanted to do it alone, you would miss out on completely. Also, the guides at all of the sites I visited spoke reasonable English as well. Even though some the site looks look a bomb has gone off – jumbled masses of stone work everywhere – the park staffs have made negotiating the site easier by putting a boarded walkway in place. My guide, being aware that I was keen on getting some good photo’s, made a point of doing detours off the walkway to look at stuff that was less accessible. A more in-depth report on this site can be seen at my travel blog: megaworldasia dot com
  • It's 1.5 hr drive from Siem Reap but it's our favorite temple of all visited. This temple is much less restored compared to most others. The ruins and trees all co-exist naturally. The atmosphere is very peaceful and mysterious. From the fallen big stones, you can picture how grand it should look in the old time.
  • Genuine. Better than any of the others...did you find the spider?
  • So beautiful. A must go place in Siem Reap.

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