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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 249 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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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

My favourite temple in SiemReap. It was a long journey but it was worth it. We went there by hired a TuKTuk, and it took us more than two hours to get there. We stop along the way here and there, and visited the local life, and some temples that is away from AngkorWat as well... We spent a few... More

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Rahway, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was our favorite temple in Cambodia. When you first get there, you look in a room full of rocks, and think "oh, that's cool." Luckily a guide approached us and showed us how to maneuver OVER those piles of rocks. Moral of the story: HIRE A GUIDE. This is definitely a temple where it's worth it. This is a... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Second to Angkor Watt you must visit Beng Mealea. It has the most amazing ruins and architecture and the temple it's self is enormous!! You will not regret going there. I must see for a history geek and photo geek.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is the best place in siem reap. Here you can climb the un-restored beautiful ruin. If you come early when there are a few people. You will feel like the real explorer who just found the un-touch ruin. It's the experience you can't find anywhere.

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Lanai, Hawaii
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Though unrestored, and in a fairly ruinous state, the large temple of Being Mealea is a must see as its one of the major monuments of the classical period, in the style of Angkor Wat. Its chaotic state, with collapsed galleries and towers (the central sanctuary is virtually a pit, with no superstructure whatsoever) may be due to a variety... More

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Kingsley, Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was fortunate to have 20 minutes here with just my guide - no other tourists, just after lunch ... sublime! The atmosphere is incredible, so peaceful ... nature still has a grip on this place and it deserves to be kept in this unrestored state forever. Just beautiful.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Mr. Chhen our guide took us to this is magnificent unpreserved temple. and we did a trail walking into the rumbles and it was just like in an adventure. We did not complete the whole thing due to the rain. The stone covered with moss can get slippery when they are wet.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Of all the temples I visited around Siem Reap, this was by far my favourite. It's over an hour's drive from town so isn't nearly as busy as the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park but still has the occasional busload turn up now. Having said that, they don't tend to stay so long so you can just wait then... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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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