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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • The best nature-ruined temple. Fewer visitors than Ta Prohm. Occasionally you might be able to have the whole place to yourself. I am still amazed at how the tree roots can, not only grow among the cracks of the temple, but also seemingly jump across the void. The placing of the wooden board walk and stairs help to make a lot of the temple accessible.
  • 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.
  • The best !!! Beauty, nature, mysterious place . A must visit temple out of all 👌🏼
  • A great one-day experience. Beng Mealea is located about 65 km from Siem Reap. The journey with a tuk-tuk takes about 2 hours but gives a special taste to the experience. Beng Mealea hasn't undergone important renovations and must give a pretty good idea of the Angkor temples when they were re-discovered in the middle of the nineteenth century. It also gives a idea of the challenge of renovating these temples and the titanic work accomplished in Angkor. Our feeling has been reinforced by the low rainy sky, the humidity and temperature we found there during the monsoon. The atmosphere is worth the trip. After our visit, we took our lunch at the Rum Duol Angkor restaurant and headed to Kampong Phlunk, a fishing village on the Tonle Sap ... a nice complement, even if it gives the impression of a trap for tourists.
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