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 Province with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Low level depending on the ruins, the ruins of Angkor Wat area in collaboration with the international advanced repair repair. A few years ago was unusual appearance. Do you blame on the outskirts of benmeria, but a daring repair, can often be found of the old leave. The MOSS grown on the crumbled stone feel the passage of time with Japanese sight I think. I think it should go into the surrounding countryside should look zippy route ruins of Angkor Wat area you can explore only one day if you have more than 2 days if repairs are not going. I, a taxi driver from the airport to the hotel using negotiated on the price, I went to Banteay SREI via benmeria. Charter fee is $ 70. Wanted to say just benmeria if you're good at $ 60. I think because it remains both a long way from the City Charter in the hotel and going to be around $ 100. However, keep taking photos if you negotiate with the taxi driver be required a deposit of $ 10 each, so always have a taxi driver identity card and license plate. I will go to the Tonle Sap Lake at the same rates from benmeria road to the city, so if they wish. However, the Charter's boat to explore the Tonle Sap Lake about $25 per person is included. This 3 months, around the time is approximately 8 hours. Not advisable are tuk-tuk if you want to go even cheaper, but longer distance of roughly paved road. Car Charter also chartered tuk-tuk is the same, but driver attaches importance to displacement than the Charter. Low wages, it also is from Japan and almost nearly as high gasoline prices, though. Move anywhere as long, half-day Charter if in 4 hours, 1 day Charter if eight hour range, distance is not extreme, if the path in tourist places, lunch break, coffee break in the.
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  • I visited Beng Mealea in the middle of 3 days of temple-visiting in the Angkor Wat Archaeological Park. I honestly think it's a bit overrated. For "jungle temples", Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and Ta Som hav...  more »
  • The collapse of the line is located in the east of Angkor Temple, about 50 kilometers from the distance, about a 1.5-hour drive, the road is far away, it is best to travel by car, not recommended to ride a tuk. Collapsed tickets are not included in the admission of Angkor, need to buy separately, five knives per person, there is a ticket booth in front of the monument. Here is a square type of monastery, there are four gates, the general driver will send visitors to the South Gate, and then wait here, go into a circle after we found that four export is the same, was prepared to come out from the East gate, but the nephew always feel less turn 45 degrees, fortunately at the door took a photo, carefully compared with a small amount of access , and turned One-fourth laps before he found the entrance. It is one of my favorite temples, and it is not yet repaired, it is a huge temple that still sleeps in the forest. Because it is built with Sandy rock, the damage is relatively serious, almost irreparable, and Angkor Wat are other monuments compared to it is more real, you can see the state of the monument when it was discovered. The green moss on the ancient stone, the rhizome jumbled the thousand year old tree, here is full of the mysterious beauty!
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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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