Beng Mealea, Siem Reap Province

Must see · Historic Site · Ruin
Discovered in the jungle, the gigantic ruins of Beng Mealea offer fabulous scenery reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie. Built in the early 12th century, possibly as a prototype to Angkor Wat, this enormous temple complex is surrounded by a huge moat measuring 1.2 by 0.9 km (0.75 by 0.56 mi). Feel the power of nature as you admire intricate stone carvings and finely chiseled blocks of stone covered by lush vegetation. Roots and crowns of ancient trees protruding from even older stone structures provide shade. Some tours include lunch served under a tent next to the ruins, but regardless of how you visit the complex, you should stick to the boardwalks and beware of snakes. Plan trip to Svay Leu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Beng Mealea, or the Temple of Doom, is about a 40 minute drive from Siem Reap so probably too far for a tuk tuk but it's well worth it when you get there. Like everywhere we went in Cambodia it was...  more »
  • I loved Beng Melea and thought it was every bit as impressive as it’s more famous counterpart, Ta Prohm, but without the crowds!! The walkways are well maintained so you are not scrabbling over the...  more »

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