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Beng Mealea

40 km east of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Ranked #7 of 205 Attractions in Cambodia
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This temple takes a while to get to but it is so so worth it. Quiet, mysterious and overgrown. Hire a car though - for the couple of dollars extra it will be a lot more comfortable because it is quite a long way home. Also wear decent shoes, some of the 'paths' are a bit rickety. Combine with a... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We are parents of three teenage sons and we find ourselves in Siem reap semi-regularly. They are all over sightseeing at the temples and when I suggested venturing out to visit at Beng Mealea there were groans all 'round. However once they were there they loved the freedom of this temple visit. I wouldn't hesitate to visit at this temple... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

If you’re looking for unpreserved jungle ruins Beng Mealea is the real deal. To get there - A tuk tuk ride to the temple is breezy and dirty but you experience the sights, sounds, smells (and taste - dirt!) and is great for photography if your camera is set to take out motion blur. My tuk tuk ride took 1hour... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This temple is a bit far out compared to all the other ones. But it was definitely worth it. It was really like a sanctuary hidden away in the jungle. It's really big, which we weren't expecting. Lots of climbing ladders and stairs, so i really do recommend comfy footwear! They aren't as strict on the clothing here as they... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This Temple is away from all the touristy Temples of Angkor Wat but as equally beautiful. The drive out there is absolutely relaxing & the scenery the best Cambodia has to offer. The People are simple kind farmers making a living and make you feel welcome & comfortable. The kids in the Temple are out to make a little buck... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I hired a tuk tuk driver for the day to drive me through the cassava & ricefields from Siem Reap for two & quarter hrs each way to Beng Melea for US$80 and this is definitely worth doing through the back roads and once at the temple there is a long entrance raised stone driveway to the entry where a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Beng Mealea is about one and a half hour drive from Angkor. It is not as crowded as Angkor Wat when we were there in the morning. There is a entrance fee of USD5. This is a jungle temple that is overrun by vegetation. This temple is not restored and it was in ruins, making it unique.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This site requires a car if you want to visit from the Angkor area however it is well worth it. I would HIGHLY suggest visiting as early as you can. The tour buses began arriving shortly after we did (around 10:00 am) and the boardwalks were completely filled to the point of being uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is a way around... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Definitely worth the time to travel here. So much green around. The ruins looked amazing after being overrun by the vegetation.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Beng Melea dates from the 11th century. It has been overrun by vegetation and was constructed in a distinctly Angkor Wat style. It was built before Angkor Wat, so may have even served as a 'prototype'. The temple covers over 1sq kilometre, and the walk to it is an amazing snake walkway. At the side of the road, we were... More

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