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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 #9 of 253 attractions in Cambodia
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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Singapore, Singapore
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the temples around Siem Reap in the first day. After seeing the sunrise in Angkor Wat, we went directly to Beng Mealea. The trip took about 1 hour with the car. Entrance fee is $5 (not included in the Siem Reap temple entrance ticket) There are ruins and you could walk and climb the stones, through the doors... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is one of the once-off-the-beaten-track temples deserving a day tour from Siem Reap. A good road makes it easily reachable from the city, hence an obvious increase in the number of people you can find there any time. But still, a must-see, a jungle clad temple, where piles of stones are scattered anywhere, and liquid-mercury-like roots offer great photo... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This is around 40km from Siem Reap, but it is worth a visit. It is more similar to Ta Prohm than to Angkor Wat - the jungle is trying to take it back! When we got there (around 10:30), it was quite crowded. There is quite a lot to see, but much is in a poor state of repair. We... More

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Seminyak, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

It is a little bit of a mission to get out to Beng Mealea, but you will be thoroughly rewarded upon your arrival. The majority of the temple is in a state of ruin, but this is in no way a bad thing and adds to the mystique of the place and it is what makes this an essential temple... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

From reviews online, I really expected Beng Mealea to be a temple deep in the jungle and far, far away from humanity. It wasn't - yes, it was far away, but the inevitable hawker's market makes it impossible to miss Beng Mealea from the road. The temple was surrounded by an extant moat - a bonus, really, covered by water... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We had the luxury of time while in siem reap which many people doing a whirlwind tour through the country won't have. However, if you have 3 days or so in siem reap I would really recommend visiting this remote ruin. Approximately a 1hr45min tuk tuk ride out of the city, you can combine this visit with a half day... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We visited this temple along Bantey Serai, Kabal Speen. We hired a AC car, even then it was tire some. This temple is far way from rest of the temples which are in and around Angkor Wat. This temple is completely ruined and covered by trees. Few kilometers before the temple they have a ticket counter for the temple entrance... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Beng Mealea is a huge Temple in the jungle that covers one square kilometer and a definite must see. It is about 65 kilometers from Siem Reap and took us 2 hours by tuk tuk. There are 2 ways to go there, one is a good sealed road and the other way is on a bumpy pot holed road that... More

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

You get the best of mysterious jungle-clad temples but without swarms of tourists! This is a whole-day journey (about 40km from Siem Reap) and in requires a separate ticket (5$) but it is undoubtely worth it!!! The place is huge, it took us 6 hours to go round and still we haven't explored all of it's nooks. There are local... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This temple is over 70-km from Siem Rep so less visited. We went early morning and almost had the place to ourselves - apart from some local kids playing. Nature has definitely taken over here, with the temple mainly in ruins. Apparently pulled down by elephants when the temple builder lost a war! Definitely worth a wander/ scramble.

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