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Beng Mealea

40 km east of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Ranked #8 of 250 Attractions in Cambodia
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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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you're looking for a place that is more in "ruins" than the main Angkor buildings, this is the place for you. There are less tourists than the main circuit, though there will still be tour groups appearing now and then. But the best part is that if you're into scrambling around without red tape, this is a good place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Great relaxing drive out seeing the real country side of Cambodia & the land, animals, farming & general living of the Khmer people. Beautiful temple covered in the vines similar to Prah Thom but with out the chaos of the crowds. Very peaceful place & the children running around wanting their $1 for information is cute but annoying at times... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This place is a gem! It is quiet and large site, with rubble everywhere but half the fun's in making your way across the entire site! We were there mid-morning but did not feel the heat as much as in the other attractions, largely because the place is surrounded by a forest. There was no entrance fee and we paid... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Choose a tour package which covers this particular gem if you are in Siem Reap and doing your rounds of the temples. This temple is not within the Angkor complex and quite a drive from Siem Reap town. This temple was left as is (in ruins with no restoration work done) from the day it was discovered but can be... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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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 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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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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