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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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Kalgoorlie, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Berlin, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We loved everything. The long Tuktuk-Tour to this extraordinary temple and the temple itself. We met a very cool guide at the entrance and he showed us where you can walk on the huge boulders, leaving the wooden path behind. I've been here 5 year ago, but only went on the wooden path before, but this time, I had a... More

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London
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great to walk along and off the walkways. Climbed rocks and squeezed through small doors. Got there around 8:30, didn't get a guide and got lost while exploring. Found civilisation again an hour later when more people started turing up.

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