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Beng Melea
Beng Melea

Beng Melea

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Sights and Museums, Monument, Temple
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40 km east of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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My favourite temple! Worth the 1.5 hour drive by tuk tuk, they call this the jungle temple. Covered in vines and trees, this temple has not been restored, but that is part of it's ... Read more
beauty. You will truly get that Indiana Jones feeling here. Combine your visit with a trip to either Kompong Khleng ( another half hour away from Beng Mealea ) or Kompong Phluk since they are enroute. if you love Ta Prohm, you will love Beng Mealea, trust me it's worth it.

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Kuala Lumpur

An 11th century temple during the reign of Suryavarman II, Beng Melea is still somewhat off the beaten track, beyond the tourist trail. Large parts of the temple compound and galleries are reduced to piles of rubbles, stones, broken doors and corridors, overgrown by jungle due to abandonment and neglect over the centuries.

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Kuala Lumpur

This 12th-century temple may be about an hour plus away from Siem Reap, but it's one of those places that will get the adventurer in you all excited.

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Klang

Awesome and amazing to see these trees build on the walls. Thu guide said the birds put the seeds on the roof or wall, then after many hundreds years, nobody care about it and later somebody found it.

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San Francisco

Beng Melea is the ultimate jungle temple experience. What I loved most about this particular temple was seeing how nature was able completely rip apart this beautiful ancient artifact. I also enjoyed scrambling around the rocks and basically just being a big kid. :) Beng Melea is a bit more out of the way than some of the other temples on the Siem Reap circuit which means... fewer other tourists... which is awesome. Out of all the temples this one was my favorite because it made me realize what hard work it must be for archaeologists to put temples like this back together. It's well worth the drive out to it and I'd definitely suggest that you wear sneakers since you'll want to check the entire massive temple out. This is definitely a temple you shouldn't miss!

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Brooklyn

Definitely a highlight of the Angkor area. Visitors who make the effort to visit this temple will be well rewarded. The temple is at least as large as Angkor Wat but hasn't been restored. This is a place to really feel like Indiana Jones as you walk around and explore the vine enshrouded ruins.

A highly recommend paying the extra to have one of the locals guide you here. They'll help you navigate the sight more safely and can point out a few hidden gems.

Note: exploring here probably isn't entirely safe. It isn't restored. As a result, the structure doesn't have some of the reinforcements that other sights do. You also need to do some climbing and it is certainly possible to fall.

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Shanghai

崩密列 45km away from the main site. requires extra ticket. but it's state is more pure and original. not big but nice.

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Local from Siem Reap

The forest temple Beng Mealea was built as a Hindu temple, but there are some carvings depicting Buddhist motifs. Its primary material is sandstone and it is largely unrestored, with trees and thick brush thriving amidst its towers and courtyards and many of its stones lying in great heaps. Sabai Adventures offers a full day tour to Beng Mealea crossing the rural Cambodian countryside through rice fields and rural villages to explore the forest temple.

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Shanghai

Beng Melea is a bit of a trip (about an hour from Siem Reap), but precisely for this reason, it's worth going to. Most tourists don't make the trip and that means you can escape the crowds you'll find everywhere else if you head to Beng Melea. It's a huge and very impressive temple that reminds you of Ta Prohm as it is also overgrown with trees. It's been less restored, but that also adds to it's appeal. Our kids really enjoyed climbing all over the piles of stone and exploring. Check it out if you have enough time. Well worth it!

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Tampines

An Archeological Playground. It's very far away from Siem Reap town. If you are very adventurous, do like me because I pillion ride a bike from Siem Reap all the way to Beng Melea. If not, best to get a driver and a car. It will be dusty but the journey to this amazing ruin temple is worth it!

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My favourite temple! Worth the 1.5 hour drive by tuk tuk, they call this the jungle temple. Covered in vines and trees, this temple has not been restored, but that is part of it's beauty. You will truly get that Indiana Jones feeling here. Combine your visit with a trip to either Kompong Khleng ( another half hour away from Beng Mealea ) or Kompong Phluk since they are enroute. if you love Ta Prohm, you will love Beng Mealea, trust me it's worth it.

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Beng Melea, meaning 'lotus pond', lies about thirty miles from the collection of temples at Angkor Wat, and is well worth the trip. Unlike many of the other temples, Beng Melea has never been restored leaving it to nature's devises since the 12th century. Gigantic trees sit atop the temple holding the stones and ornate carvings firm in their rooted grip.

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Try to know cambodia heritage .
To many wonderful temple in Cambodia

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Local from Siem Reap

Try to know cambodia heritage .
To many wonderful temple in Cambodia

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This temple is about 50 km out of Siem Reap, but well worth the journey.

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