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Beng Mealea

40 km east of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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As featured in Daytrips from Siem Reap
Ranked #8 of 248 attractions in Cambodia
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Beng Mealea A mystical and secluded forgotten temple which is not heavily visited like the other sites of Angkor due to it's remote location.  The... more »
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

after reading many reviews here, i was really excited to wander the ruins of beng mealea without the insane crowds of large-group tourists that throng other more popular destinations. instead, by 9:00am (in july 2014, during the so-called "low season"), the place was overrun by obnoxious tour groups, making it very hard to enjoy the temple in peace. the site... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is amazing ruin temple. It take 5 USD for entrance ticket. Be careful when taking around, I almost lost here because of the gates are the same, so that I cannot recognize which is entrance gate.

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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was by far our favourite temple. We thought we were all templed out but decided to check this out. We took a tuk tuk from Siem Reap which was an experience and the best (but bumpiest) way to see the countryside. It's about 60km out, so it is a long ride. It cost $5 to get in, which was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I read a post or a guidebook explaining hos secluded the Temple is and Howard magical it is to be there all alone. Geographicallt it is secluded and the trip there through the countryside is great, but the timing needs to be right in order to avoid the crowds. After that - well, onde you've seen Ta Prohm, this is... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The most amazing and coolest temple I saw around Angkor. It's similar to Ta Prom, but here you actually go climbing over the ruins and hanging from branches. Really incredible temple ruins and you get to channel your inner Indiana Jones to venture through the complex. Definitely worth a visit!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I've visited Angkor Wat three times. Last week, I decided to pay Siem Reap a call, and my regular guide asked, what about some temple ruins away from he crowds? I agreed. I enjoyed this place. It wasn't at all crowded, I did a lot of walking, and my pictures turned out good. Just 10 years ago, no one perhaps... More

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Vientiane, Laos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The site is so different from other temple sites in Cambodia. Beng Mealea is a must see for the international visitor and resident alike; a mysterious and wondrous place. The ruined temple has massive trees and vegetation growing through and over it in most places, and has a certain beauty all its own. It shows how the mighty civilisations can... More

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

For a start, I love a jungle temple, and had wanted to visit this one for ages. It is about two hours out of Siem Reap town so obviously not as frequently visited. I went in low season and there was barely anyone there, which was fabulous. I would highly recommend getting one of the staff there, or even one... More

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We combined this with a visit to Koh Ker. It was totally awesome! As other reviews have indicated, as I started to take the boardwalk, a woman said, "Go this way to go in the temple." She of course followed us. When I asked how much, she said $10. I said $5. She quickly agreed. I think I could have... More

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Texas City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Without visiting Beng Mealea, it means that you don't know how the temple looked like when they were hundred years forgotten. It was like I was in the movie of the Indian Jones - the temple of dooms. The temple looked green because of the monsoon rainfall. Even it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Siem Reap, but... More

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