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KOH KER | BENGMELEA TOURS

Koh Ker was the Capital of the Khmer Empire for a very brief period from the year 928 to 944 AD. In this short time; some very spectacular buildings and immense sculptures were constructed. Left to the jungle for nearly a millennium and mostly un-restored; this great archaeological site has been rarely visited until very recently.

This remote area has no towns and only a small village in cleared forest nearby. The village of Sra Yong is a few kilometres away.

Koh Ker is relatively easy drive but involves an early start to get a good full days sightseeing and returning to Siem Reap in the same day. The site is 130 km north of Siem Reap and the road, repaired in 2004, is in decent condition (by Cambodian standards) with a black top road as far as Beng Melea temple and a wide new dirt road in good repair from there. There are no public transport for tourists but taxi and cars can be arranged at hotels and guests houses. Two small restaurants provide basic food at the entrance to the the temple complex near Prasat Thom.

The ancient Khmer city is in a distant jungle location with up to a hundred ruined temples including a huge stepped pyramid; the largest in the region. More ancient temples are being found in the jungle; so there is a true sense of discovery here. Many of the temples were built in brick using a mortar made from tree sap. It is quite remarkable how well they have stood up to the test of time

The entry fee is $10 payable at the booth near the entrance to Beng Mealea temple 60 km to the south west

 

Bengmelea Temple

here is no place like Beng Mealea to make that dream come true! This old temple site has the perfect setup for a one day Angkor adventure. One day that you will not forget anytime soon.

The temple is located some 40km from Siem Reap, or a two hour drive on a good road. 

It is not generally well known to the tourist because until some time ago, since the road to Beng Mealea was in bad condition.

All this means that there are almost no visitors at Beng Mealea!

Although it was discovered in 1990, even today, this place is still lying low, waiting for visitors to discover it.

to Beng Mealea

The place is literally located in the middle of the jungle. Trees not only grow around the templAngkor Beng Mealea - Rubbles on front area. e, but also on the temple walls themselves.

In contrast to Angkor Wat where you'll notice how hot it is to walk outside the temple, in Beng Mealea, it is cool and shady.

The large and tall trees surrounding makes it feel secluded and tranquil.


Shady entrance lane to the temple. What a forgotten temple this is.

To reach the main temple, we needed to walk about 10 minutes from the drop off point.
Pools along the entrance lane, Just like Angkor Wat.

After a short nice walk, we saw the main building and the outer walls of Beng Mealea.

At this point, Beng Mealea looked just like an old temple, not adventurous enough.

 

 


 

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I just came back from an excellent 3-day trip in Siem Reap 27th Of May 2012 with my mom. We went on a two-day touring trip to see the Angkor Wat and got Mr. Phat\'s services, we also asked them for roundtrip airport transfers. I found his site online and emailed him months before our actual trip and he instantly replied. His was the only site I felt at ease with. He didn\'t ask for payment right away and said we could pay at the end of the tour. I remember thinking that he\'s a guy who is sure of his services. So I booked a tour. I was slightly worried at first whether he would really pick us up at the airport or not. We arrived at 10:30 pm, but there he was. with a van instead of a car. He said we were lucky because it was low-season. We were the only guests at the moment. For two days we used his van with no extra fee. They were always on time. And right after every temple visit, they would be waiting for us with cold drinks (A MUST for some temples! I swear). Once, he even rushed to one of the temples with new umbrellas because it suddenly rained. He didn\'t charge us for those as well. He is a Cambodian local with his small self-run business. His English is at par with the some of the guides, and he\'s very helpful with shopping and local excursions. He also knows a lot about Siem Reap and the temple complex. All in all, an excellent guide. Someone I\'d recommend to family and friends! Email: teddy_carla@yahoo.com
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