Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Cambodia  /  Siem Reap Province  /  Historic Sites  /  Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea, Siem Reap Province

(1,000+ reviews on the web)
Ruin
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 to see Beng Mealea and other attractions that appeal to you using our Preah Vihear Province itinerary maker.
Create a full Preah Vihear Province itinerary

(Preah Vihear Province is the nearest city to Beng Mealea)

map

Plan your trip to Siem Reap Province

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Siem Reap Province by other users

10 days in Cambodia BY A USER FROM INDIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Cambodia & Vietnam BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN January, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Asia BY A USER FROM KENYA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Cambodia & Vietnam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Cambodia & Vietnam BY A USER FROM INDIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Cambodia BY A USER FROM OMAN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Asia BY A USER FROM INDONESIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Asia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Cambodia BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in Asia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 35 days in Asia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • It was built as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting buddhist motifs.[1] Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its...  more »
  • This beautiful place is one of the major stops for Chinese and Korean tourist agencies. Halfway through our visit on a Sunday, two bus loads of loud Chinese tourists crowded through the narrow wooden ...  more »
  • Incredible place. Tall and big trees with strong leguminous plants everywhere in this ancient temple. Worth going if you love nature and trees.  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • A bit out of the way, but if you're not willing to dish out the Reil for Angkor, like me, It's a great option. Big enough to get away from the other tourists & explore.
  • It's about 1.5 hours away from Siem Reap area, but totally worth visiting this temple during your time in Angkor Wat. It's one of the must see. Not very crowded here, and it's mysterious atmosphere to explore around the entire site. Lots of bugs, and watch out for snake. Do wear bright color like red, yellow, blue to take photos with. Beautiful places.
  • Amazing temple, you can enjoy the place without crowds and in a natural setting because of its natural deterioration. It's far from the city so many people will avoid to come here.
  • I've been three times. All three times it was my favorite. It's like you're the first time explorer