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Address: 40 km east of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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Jungle Calm and a Lil'Indiana Jones

It would be WRONG for you to visit Ankor Wat and not see Beng Mealea. This temple is off the beaten path and i certainly not in the same vein as the more commodified bigger... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is well worth the 1.5 hours to get to, it is quite large, covered in trees and you can even walk through a gallery that is still intact. The only downside is the bus loads of tourists who also were there. They littered in front of us and refused to pick it up when we challenged them; were very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It would be WRONG for you to visit Ankor Wat and not see Beng Mealea. This temple is off the beaten path and i certainly not in the same vein as the more commodified bigger brother. This temple makes Tomb Raider look like it was shot on Universal's studio grounds. Expect to get a tour guide at the entrance to... More 

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Greater Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Having discussed our trip with the Concierge at the Sofitel Seam Reap, we set out at 0700 arriving at 0815. To our delight there were only about six other people walking around the site and the peace and quiet was beautiful. After the touristy set up around those sites closer to Seam Reap Beng Melea was wonderful. As we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We stayed in Siem Reap and took a 2 hour tuk tuk ride to get here. It was definitely worth it. Though the temple is mostly in ruins, you can imaging how grand it must have been during its prime. Even though it is in ruins, navigating yourself around is quite adventurous, you have to climb through and around giant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I visited Beng Melea in the early afternoon. At that time, there were few tourists around. One can leisurely explore the vast complex, climbing up and down the ruins. Amazing temple. There were also wooden walkways especially in the middle portion so that you can have a good view of the ruins. Fortunately for me, the bus load of Chinese... More 

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Vung Tau, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

After listening to the advice of other travelers we went early in the morning. To our delight we were on our lonesome except for the workers on the grounds. They offered us a private tour and we explored every little section of the temple which made it well worthwhile. My camera memory card was full by the time we had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Arrive at BEng Melea as early as possible. The sunlight through the trees onto the ruins is spectacular. If you arrive early you may be lucky like us and have the entire place to yourself. Beautiful and one of our favourites

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This was the last temple we saw on our whirlwind tour of Siem Reap and I definitely had some temple fatigue.... until I saw this place. We went in the afternoon on a Monday at the end of March and found there was almost no one there. At first I was bummed we had made the drive, because the front... More 

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southampton , United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

amazing place were the trees have taken over and nothing has been restored, think ta prohm but actually clambering over the ruins, a local guide took me climbing up and down the stones, through ancient halls and described to me what the history of each area was(think it was allowed) go in late afternoon to avoid Chinese hoardes

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I went very early in the morning this week and there were no tourists there at all...Chinese or others, i was alone and was told to go in a particular direction by someone who turned out to be an official guide. He then took me through the temples where we scrambled over the ruins which was dangerpus and exremely difficult...and... More 

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