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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  • I strongly recommend you to go visit this Beng Mealea jungle temple because it is really not to be missed. Being 1h30 mn - 2 h away from the city, it is much quieter than the usual temples and it is l...  more »
  • Went to benmeria ruins and Preah Vihear in the field '. It was worth going a bit far but. Benmeria is only known as Angkor Wat in the East, sits tucked away in the jungle. Angkor Wat ruins and also mysterious atmosphere might be out is. Lying fell rolling stone is the branch of a tree, or like in the big swing collapsed. You can slowly letting the thought at the time, few visitors.
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  • Beng mealea temple it's oldest temple. It's second city . offer kulen mountain. I have been there with my family.... That place we spend about 2 hours to reach there.by car from siemreap.  more »
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  • It's really embarrassing as I am Khmer but I think that this place is lake for swimming. It's historical building and I really pity the oldest of the temple. My friend spend nearly 2h 30mn to walk around and we really in love with design of the build. I do proud this place in the forest. I want to go there again with my professional camera to capture all amazing building.
  • About 2 hour tuktuk ride away from the usual backpacking hostels - guide recommended for me to leave at 6am, and reach by 8. It was the best advice: I managed to catch the gorgeous sunrise on the way there, and was the first to reach and had the entire place to myself to explore and take uninterrupted photos. Fast forward to 9.30, the place was teeming with tour buses and crowd 😂 cues time to depart.
  • 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.
  • An hour drive from Siem Reap, Beng Mealea is one of the most beautiful temple in Siem Reap. Basing on its style, Beng Mealea was known as a 12 century temple during the period of Angkor Wat. With its trees overgrown temple, Beng Mealea attracts many tourists visiting at the present day!
  • Accessible by motorbike. This temple has no restoration or minimal work done. There is work underway by the Chinese to help restore this Cambodian treasure.
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