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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  • This temple located about 60km away from Siem reap. We went their by car and take about 1hour drive. This temples extremely beautiful. Still has many tourists even it was far. Not much restaurant for ...  more »
  • It is recommended to go early in the morning when there are no people. The birds are quiet and beautiful places, and you can get in touch with Cambodian history. There is a modern and beautiful cafes on the premises of the building where you pay the entrance fee, so it is convenient to use the toilet there. I was able to use wifi in the cafes.
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