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Address: 40 km east of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Fantastic Jungle Ruin

This ruined and tree covered temple complex is definitely worth the trip (about 65km from Siem Reap). It's less visited than the main temples at Angkor and if you avoid the tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This ruined and tree covered temple complex is definitely worth the trip (about 65km from Siem Reap). It's less visited than the main temples at Angkor and if you avoid the tour groups that do sometimes go there (we found mid to late afternoon was good) then it's really atmospheric and you feel like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, especially... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It's a bit of a way out - an hour and a half each way - but worth it. Like Ta Prohm it is overgrown by the jungle, only more so. It's a lot busier than it used to be, so try to get there before 9, or after 11 as this is when the coaches are there and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visited here after lunch and as it was extremely hot and humid it was a welcome relief to be under the canopy of trees surrounding this site. This site was built in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple even though there are some Buddhist motifs. It is situated 78 ks from Siem Reap and covers an area of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

Visiting this temple was the highlight of our time in Siem Reap. We had read reviews advising of the distance and cost to get here, so prepared ourselves for the long day with lots of water, sunscreen & insect spray. We managed to negotiate our tuk-tuk for $35, but upon returning to our hotel we decided that we'd had too... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I would say that the best part is the ride going to Beng Mealea. The countryside is very relaxing and will give you a glimpse so the Cambodian life. I enjoyed seeing the traditional Cambodian houses and looking at rice fields. The temple itself is a wonder! Intricate carvings on every corner. Magnificent trees. Ruins that can tell a thousand... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a great time romping all over this place with our boys, ages 1, 7 and 8. As Sam S said, pretend your Indiana Jones. Just to clarify, there is a board walk and as long as you are in the temple, you have to stay on it. From other reviews, I thought we would be free to climb... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Ruinous, jungle-clad, Indiana Jones experienced, non restored temple. It just reopened for tourists in 2002.

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Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Beng Mealea is a little off the beaten track. It is roughly an hour's tuk tuk ride from Siem Reap but it is definitely worth the travel to get there. As it is a little farther from the main temple complexes it is also less tourist heavy. You can wander around at your leisure and find many areas of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Since Pra Tohm is so crowded these days, Beng Mealea now holds the title of the real Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones experience. This place hasn't been restored, which gives you a feeling of being in an abandoned place. It also gives you a feel of how powerful the nature is that it can bring down such collosal monuments. You walk through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited as part of a full day tour, therefore started at Beng Mealea early in the morning and were the only ones there! It is an amazing temple and you can climb in and around the temple getting a feel for the magnificent temple as it once was. Highly recommend you include in your itinerary.

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