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Beng Mealea

Address: 40 km east of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Ranked #7 of 256 Attractions in Cambodia
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

We visited a number of temples during our stay and this temple was by far the best and for only $5 entry. It is over an hour drive from Siem Reap town, but well worth it. I would imagine it is best going private outside of the tour bus times. We had a very knowledgable tour guide who arranged the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

If you're planning to explore some regions outside Siem Reap don't miss this mysterious jungle temple which is said to be the blue print for Angkor Wat. If you are still in the countryside around 4.30 -5pm you will have the pleasure of seeing all the cows coming home.

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Lystrup, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

On the way to the temple see the local market in Damdek (about halfway from Siem Reap) - very peaceful and great place to learn about local fruits and trade stuff. It is a beautiful temple area and you feel like a part of an Indiana Jones movie as the temple is not restored and the trees have been allowed... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Not nearly as crowded as the other temples and much bigger, the Beng Mealea temple lets you climb all over it. We entered through the front (yes you can climb through although it's a challenge). There are wooden walkways for those looking for a less strenuous experience, but the temples remote location allows you to see it without 5000 other... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Beng Mealea is one of those places you have the impression you have seen it before......because you have in many different movies to include the raiders of the lost ark. Beautiful!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Get there early or at lunch. We rocked up around 930 in the morning only to be greeted by about 15 bus loads of Chinese tourists who were loud, pushy and were taking photos of us (the only western couple to be seen). Everything calmed down around 1130 when all the bus loads left for lunch. The actual temple was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

i couldnt believe how amazing this temple was! its basically a ruin which you can climb all over to explore the inside and outside areas of the Temple, I was climbing over boulders and rocks and it was such an experience! felt like Indiana Jones lol - but honestly one of my favourite ruins, and not only in this country,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

After a great walk up the Kulen Mountain, we stopped in to see this temple with our guide. he gave us the whole story of the temp E which is still quite eerily covered with trees and roots. There were not many tourists which was great, we'll worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It's definitely not a secret place anymore and we saw bus-loads of Korean, Chinese and Japanese people walking through it. Some are so crazy and walk their own way through the stones, that can be very dangerous, very easy to slip. During dry season we also didn't see that much of mystic green moss on the stones. But to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It is a little further out of town but it is well worth the trip. It's fun to explore the temple and climb through the ruins. It's surrounded by jungle so it's nice and shady, out of the heat. You can make the trip by moto with a guide, which was enjoyable.

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