Ready for part three of “Two Days in Angkor Wat?” Well, ready or not, here comes Beng Mealea!
Further than Banteay Srei, which was highlighted in Wednesday’s post, Beng Mealea is about 40 kilometers from Siem Reap. Due to its distance from Siem Reap, many tourists miss this temple because the hour long drive is too far for Tuk Tuk drivers to bring tourists. Despite the distance, do not miss this temple. Beng Mealea’s crumbling exterior walls, with overgrown trees and vegetation, and lack of tourists makes this temple one of our favorites. We had the temple to ourselves for about an hour and enjoyed climbing the ancient ruins, all to ourselves!
DAY 1: Temple 3 – Beng Mealea Temple
The fact that so much of Beng Mealea is still in a ruined state, makes visiting so much more interactive. We arrived at Beng Mealea around lunch time. We purposely chose to have lunch later, to further enable our time with the temple to be as tourist free as possible. If possible though, I recommend visiting early in the morning, but I guess this advice applies to all of the temples. Beng Mealea also requires an additional admittance permit, which costs about $5.
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