Beng Mealea In Siem Reap

Beng Mealea in Siem Reap, Cambodia

A Forgotten Shrine that will take you back in time
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About Beng Mealea, Siem Reap

Located 40 km east of the Angkor group of temples and 77 km from the city of Siem Reap, the Beng Mealea is also a Hindu temple built by Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. The temple is built from sandstones and has Buddhist motifs carved on its walls in a few places. The World Heritage Site has a largely unknown history other than being built by the King Suryavarman II, the temple is smaller than the main Angkor Wat temple but still larger than most in the country and has extensive carvings from the Hindu mythology. 

Made out of sandstone, the temple itself remains largely unrestored with tree and bushes covering almost entirety of the temple and the structure lying in giant stone heaps all over the site. The architectural style is similar to Angkor Wat, and the temple itself used to be the center of a town with its own complete moat and walls. Even though the site faces east, the entrances from the other 3 sides and the site is made up of three galleries and a central sanctuary. 

The jungle temple has become a major tourist attraction and is one of the hidden temples around Angkor wat that the majority of the tourist population did not know about before. Built on the ancient Preah Khan Kompong Svay royal highway, the temple is a great opportunity for trekking through nature to find this hidden gem of Cambodian history. The temple gives the feeling of natural reclamation, and the abandonment feels enticing for people looking to search for a piece of history itself. The piles of stone and fallen walls and structures give access to many otherwise unreachable places making this one of the most fun places to explore.

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    Thank you Bamboo Hat Tours. My friend and I went to Cambodia and Vietnam. Just returned on the 12th. Sophie was really hands on. She coordinated everything perfectly and was just a call away. The hotels were very comfortable and the guides (The only guide with the red hat in Cambodia, Thom [May have got the name incorrect but she is 24 with a kid and fiercely independent for someone from her clan] in Sapa Valley and Tom at Halong Bay) were extremely efficient, helpful, and they put things across to us in simple, understandable english, which is a feat as english isn't their mother tongue and as guides who barely make 250 dollars a month during peak season, we were apperciative of the effort that they put in. I had read a lot on Angkor Wat, Sapa Valley and Halong Bay but what these guides told us was nothing short of a treasure trove of knowledge- straight from the horses' mouths, in this case, native Cambodians and Vietnamese. The staff at the hotels ((Mekong Angkor Palace, Diamond Legend Hotel, Apricot Cruise and Beautiful Sapa Hotel) were so so helpful as well. Everyone, including the lovely Pho lady and family beside Diamong Legend Hotel, was kind and uber hospitable. We are now planning a trip with Bamboo Hat for next April (Loas and Myanmar)...so will be contacting Sophie again. Why? Cause she and everyone associated with Bamboo Hat are damn good..thats why. :)

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    Jharna's 7 days trip to Siem Reap

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    Sumedha's 10 days trip to Siem Reap

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    Delhi

    Manjeet's 10 days trip to Siem Reap

    But of problem faced with communicating with the hotel reception in general due to language issues, Nicely laid down International buffet breakfasts in all prpoperties and kudos to the attitude and humble attitude across stall in all hotels

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    Jaipur

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    Nitesh's 6 days trip to Siem Reap

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    Vietnam

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    Chennai

    Venkataramanan's 11 days trip to Siem Reap

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    Tvinaykumar's 6 days trip to Siem Reap

    The hotels Skyloft & Comfort Bungalow at Kandy & Nuwara Eliya respectively were just budget hotels & not 3 star. The Mandara resort at Mirissa was very good & we strongly recommend this hotel for its location. The hotel at Bentota was changed at last minute from Earl's reef to Waskaduwa. We were provided a Suite room but there were cockroaches & lizards. Looks like the room was kept closed for many days. Veg food was a big problem in this Bentota hotel. The Madu river boat ride is waste of time & money. Dont recommend such worthless locations. The Whale watching at Mirissa was awesome. We saw 3 big Whales & 1 baby Whale. The Elephant orphanage was worth visiting. The Paramotoring (water sport) was a good experience & worth trying. It's like flying in the open.

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    Bengaluru

    Vaishakh's 4 days trip to Siem Reap

    We had an amazing vacation in Cambodia and grateful to SOKHORTEY Travel & Tours for the same. Their responsiveness to queries was very prompt. Right from the time of arrival to departure the experience was amazing. Our guide Mr. Ra was very friendly and knowledgeable. He ensured we get the best experience. Accommodation and travel were also great. We had a 4-day itinerary and it was good enough to explore major attractions in Siem Reap. Cambodia is definitely a great destination and looking forward to future trips.

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    Beng Mealea literally means ‘Lotus Pond.’ It is also called the Jungle Temple.

     

    The site is built on the way to Preah Khan, and there are a number of attractions near the ancient temple. One can visit Koh Ker or the Kulen Mountain near the temple.

     

    Beng Mealea is largely an abandoned temple which has just become accessible to visitors. There are no public facilities so to speak of, and one should not expect to find public bathrooms here.

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