Beng Mealea , Roluos Group, Kampong Plok ( $68 USD )
Don’t miss this fantastic temple site about 1.2 hours by car from Siem Reap. There is a $5 per person entry charge (it is not covered by the Angkor pass) and a toll on the privately built road. The site is large and pretty much as it was discovered. Like Angkor Wat, it was built with a moat round it but much of this has dried up although there is water and a good stretch of lotus plants/flowers in the remains of the moat at the entrance.
A long sandy walk takes you up to the original entrance range which has collapsed. A little to the right is a set of stairs leading to the start of a wooden boardwalk, which is where most visitors enter. However, if you wander round the outside of the wall you can enter the site over another small set of stairs near the library on the north eastern corner of the site. Local (unofficial) guides tend to hang around to help visitors who come without an official guide and will lead you Indiana Jones style over rocks, under partially collapsed archways and through seemingly hidden corridors before re-joining the boardwalk route to near the top of the now collapsed central tower.
It’s well shaded and the boardwalk makes it suitable for visitors of all ages. Great photo opportunities abound and as this temple gets far fewer visitors than the likes of Ta Prohm, you will never have to wait for pictures in the best spots.
There is also a sign near the entrance telling of landmine clearance by a German group so, as with all temple sights in Cambodia it’s a good idea to stick to the well-trodden paths.
Beng Melea is a beautiful temple, quiet, almost wild . You get the opportunity to see some of rural Cambodia and it is easily combined with a visit to the Roluos group. Go there before the big tour groups put it on their itineraries.
You may notice that there is a live minefield on the side of the rural road connecting to the highway. You can tell how few visitors they get by the fact that the local children haven't learned to beg from them.
After your breakfast i pick up you at 7:00 am and bring you go to see Beng Mealea Temple, it is 70km from the town. east side of Siem Reap
After you finished the trip here, I bring you go to see Kampong Phluk ( Floating Village) at Tonle Sap Lake.
And then go to see Roluos Group, after go back to you hotel.
The crowds who come to Cambodia’s Angkor region are spoiled for choice when it comes to temples to visit. Within kilometres of the tourist town of Siem Reap are dozens of sites which can take days to explore. It’s no great surprise that visitors feel there’s enough to see without venturing too far – and fair enough, a lot of these people don’t have much time to spare.
But the Angkor region is by far the biggest tourist drawcard in Cambodia and now attracts about two million people a year. So it’s hard to escape the tourist masses and find a site less trodden. That’s why the trip to Beng Mealea is so worthwhile.An hour in the car from Siem Reap Is all it takes to discover a temple far from the crowds and in such a state that you can believe you are the first to find it, hidden and lost in the Cambodian jungle.I arrive in the late afternoon with two other tourists. We are literally the only people here. The sun at this time of the day is low in the sky and is casting an orange hue across the land. But the colour is struggling to break through the trees. In the years Beng Mealea was abandoned, nature took its course and the whole site has been overrun by plants. Trees grow out of stone, vines are wrapped around gateways, and roots have stretched through walls. Combined with the parts of the temple which have collapsed from neglect, it creates a sense of romantic rustic ruins.Exploring the site is an adventure in itself. To access the best parts, you need to climb over piles or stones, scramble up walls and swing around trees. This is not Tombraider – this is the real deal. you need to “rock and roll”.Each new challenge – whether it be clambering up an over a collapsed wall or edging your way along a ledge – reveals a new section of the temple.
Beng Mealea is as large as the central part of Angkor Wat and is about 200 metres on each side. It’s a large site which seems even bigger when each step needs to be carefully negotiated to prevent a fall.The beauty of dilapidation is the charm of the time spent amongst the trees and the piles of standstone. It was not long ago that a new road made Beng Mealea more accessible but it’s still not on the short-term visitor’s radar. Tour buses do come out here in the morning but there is certainly not a regular stream of travellers.
- Welcome Drinks and cool towel during the Trip
- All taxed included
- Transportation During and around TownPrice Excluding:
- Entrance fees on the archaeological site
- Lunch at local restaurant
- Driver’s Tips
- Boat Ticket at Floating Village
- Professional Guide not IncludeNote:
If you need to Apsara Traditional Khmer Dancing
Show+Buffer Dinner cost US$12 pax
|@ Angkor Area Temple Pass :|
* 01 Day : $37 / Person
* 03 Day : $62 / Person
* 07 Day : $72 / Person
|@ Other Entrance Fee(s)|
* Boat Ride + Entrance Fee : $20 / Person
* Beng Mealea Temple Fee : $5/ Person