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Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

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Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

I was thinking about the following itinary:

Day 1:

arrive 1 pm.

afternoon: old Market, Landmine museum,..

sunset: Pre-Rup

Day 2:

sunrise Angkor Wat

visit Angkor Wat - Ta Prom - Preah Khan (and lunch somewhere in between) - (Neak Pean?)

afternoon/ sunset: Bantey Srei

Day 3:

morning: Angkor Thom (bayon,...)

lunch (in SR?)

afternoon: Banteay Samre

sunset Angkor Wat

Day 4

Tonle Sap, floating villages,..

departure 7 p.m.

Beng Mealea seems to be very beautifull so I would like to visit it, but I don't see how I can change my plan to fit it in. Or is it too tight?

Does anyone has a suggestion?

Thanks

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1. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

Personally? I'd head off first thing in the morning on day 4, ie before 7am, to beng melea, and stop at bantay srei on the way back (remember your angkor pass).

If you have time, you could do a quick trip to tonle sap on the way back, but i would be more inclinced to add in kbal spean instead.

tonle sap is very nice and all, but the memories and sites from beng melea/bantay srei/kbal spean, will stay with you for much longer! You could also think about stopping at the new landmine museum too - its near bantay srei.

that would fill your day quite nicely!

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2. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

I would personally reschedule day 4 and go for Beng Mealea instead. Are you worried about Temple burn out?

Tonle Sap is a bit of a let down to be honest, I would really try to fit Beng Mealea in and see a temple in a raw state without the crowds

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3. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

Hello,

Thanks for the replies.

I decided to take a full day to see at least Beng Mealea and Bantey Srei. Is it possible to add Kbal Spean in the same day or will this be too tight? And if possible, can someone tell me something about the tavel time between these temples?

Do you think there will be some time left for e.g. Bantey Samre on the way back, and/or maybe a sunet at Pre Rup?

Thanks,

Ilse

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4. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

leave first thing in the morning, go to kbal spean - get there before it gets hot! the walk/climb up takes aroun 30-45 mins, about 20 mins to get down. Take some water! Explore the carvings at the top, or have a quick dip under the waterfall. Then head to beng melea, have lunch at a little restaurant over the road. will take an hour or so to go around beng melea, again make sure you have water and very good footwear! - you will be clambering up and down rubble, thro windows and over roofs!

you should be able to get to bantay srei by 4pm and have some lovely light for photos

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5. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

Sounds great! Thank you.

I read somewhere (www.canbypublications.com) that temple area at Bantey Srei closes at 5:00 pm. Is this correct?

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6. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

Shuts after sunset, so that varies. same goes for all the temple sights

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7. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

Your itinerary will work and could include Beng Mealea and the Lake as well.

In May 2007 the Land mine Museum moved out 20kms from Siem Reap on the road to Banteay Srey; so can be visited; on the way to or from there. Artisans D’Angkor craft Workshops are worthwhile and free entry.

There are plenty of places to eat round the temples, so you don’t need to go back to town.

For your last day:

You can start off by visiting the spectacular and little known Kompong Khleang. It is one of the wonders of Cambodia; yet few people know about it.

Kompong Khleang is 1h 15m drive east of Seim Reap on good roads. You can get a boat to the Lake and the settlements of Kompong Khleang; which have approx 30,000 people living in high stilt houses.

It made its wealth through fishing and is very much a working town with no tourist facilities other than 3 or 4 new trip boats, which double as work boats when there are no visitors. This contrasts with the Tourist floating village of Chong Khneas near Siem Reap which has over 150 tour boats

You will not see many (if any) tourists there and no beggars’ hawkers or hassle either. No one demands money for taking photos; in fact the charming people are happy for photos to be taken. We often take prints back to villagers which are much appreciated. This can give new openings for more photos of the villagers at work in the fish market or kids at the pagoda on the island at the centre.

There are few English speakers here; so a specialist guide will enhance your experience.

Only a very few specialist tour operators and knowledgeable tourists go there. Visitors have an incredible experience and almost all reckon it is one of the highlights of their stay here.

It is just over 1 hour to Beng Mealea on tarmac road via Damdek. This is without doubt my favourite of all the temple ruins. In my frequent visits over 4 years, I still get a thrill about going there; which no other of the Angkor Temples give.

The spectacular towers cloaked in vegetation, atmosphere and lack of tourists are unique in Angkor. You can gain an even more incredible feeling of discovering a lost jungle temple if you take little known “secret” routes. If you need further info please contact me.

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8. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

Your plan looks all right but I would rather go to Beng Mealea in the morning and then to the Tonle Sap (just for a change from the temples).

If you are not temple-tired you can go to Koh Ker after or before seeing Beng Mealea (then no lake or it would be too rushy). It is on the same road, just an hour or 1.5 hour (don't remember exactly) further. You can take a taxi that will take you to both temples.

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9. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

Goiing to Beng Mealea first then Tonle Sap later will work OKas well

Attempting to go to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea in a day and to get back in time for a 7pm flight would be at best unwise.

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10. Re: Does Beng Mealea fits in this itinary?

Does anyone know the opening hours of the new landmine museum near bantay srei?

Is it possible to see Bantay Srei at sunrise, then see the museum and then go to Kbal Spean?

Thanks,

Ilse