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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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  • Similar to Ta Prohm that it is engulfed by the jungle that looks like a set of an Indiana Jones film...it is well worth the slightly longer drive out...it has significantly lower volume of tourists bu...  more »
  • A bit of trip from town we went by aircon taxi as it is about 2 hours by tuk tuk (taxi $50). Trip there was interesting seeing countryside and a few towns/ villages on the way. For me this would be a ...  more »
  • Just about 2 hours drive from Siem Reap to the temple are an attraction in advance! Palm trees and to an azure of blue sky picture book scattered red gravel roads, green fields of rice :-) Arrived, it comes with a few dealers and a small bog pond something in the Woods and already standing in front of the collapsed entrance of BEng Mealea. The entire Tempeanlage is totally a few exceptions the weather to decide covered whole walls of towering trees and collapsed. Totally mystical, especially when something to stay away from the Sun. Tickets cost $5 What is also acceptable for this absolute highlight. Definitely not as extreme run over like Ta Prohm. Who about a half to three-quarter day time has, should be the real attraction not miss,
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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.