Beng Mealea, Siem Reap Province

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 Siem Reap Province with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • According to the story, i was proud to say that the research team at my university was involved in the excavation and restoration work. It's quite a distance from Siem Reap, and it's going to be hard working in the scorching heat. It was a ruins that felt more romantic in the situation that it was still in the jungle. However, it seems to have finished removing the land mine at last, but it was a difficult place.
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  • This is the site where the famous Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki based one of his well known cartoon "Laputa, Castle in the Sky". It was one of my favourite cartoon. Seeing this site made me feel li...  more »
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