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Beng Mealea, Siem Reap Province

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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 Siem Reap itinerary maker.
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  • it's very long way from SiemReap , on the other side of Phnom Kulen(compared with its counterpart "Kbal spean" ).most beautiful Naga balustrade on the south gate is welcome me at the entrance .it's pi...  more »
  • Beng Melea is quite a ways out of Suem Reap. Took us over an hour to get there. The Temple has much greater number of trees growing among the temple structures but almost all the growth is much, much ...  more »
  • I wanted to see a temple not too touristy and less traveled to Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea, given the great reviews it seemed perfect. In fact it is very nice, small, in 2 hours you can visit. It is 40 km from Siem Reap and the entrance fee is $5. Nestled in the jungle, Pacific, but we were unlucky and our tour has been ruined by a big group of Chinese tourists who cried, spat and threw garbage everywhere. I don't believe that education and the respect we can teach all over the world, but I think, like Angkor Wat, there were rules and someone to enforce, perhaps this type of people you couldn't afford to behave like that.
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  • As an ancestor of Angkor Wat Temple, this temple was structured like Angkor Wat nowadays. This temple, in the first place, also has water surrounding the temple too; however, due to the unfavorable environment over there, the water is already dry. Moreover, temple has been damaged severely and heavy and big rocks are fallen down. On the other hand, the wall of the temple is full of vine, which is viewed a factor protecting the temple. On top of that, walking through the temple, people would feel comfortable and relaxed, since the environment there is almost all covered by the shadow of the trees.
  • If you have time, definitely worth the trek out. The ruins were memorising. Spent most of the time imagining what it was before.
  • If you want to go away from the main temples, this is a great option. It has very few tourists around and it is really nice to enjoy the lost aspect of the Angkor temples, such as the trees growing out of walls and the piles of bricks. It is also nice to have a quick view of cambodian rural houses.
  • Nice jungle temple. Really worth the trip out.
  • This Place is around 40 km outside of Siem Reap. If you are lasting out in Siem Reap for an extended period, I would recommend you see this spot. You will probably require to rent a car to produce here as there is a new stretch of highway for cars. I did not see any tuk tuks along the route.