"Explore a temple with no tourists! Beng MeLea" Cambodia Off The Beaten Path Tip by Bali-Babe
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Beng MeLea is an amazing temple that is rarely visited. It is located a few hours away from Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, where the jungle just grows right up through the remains of the temple. If you like the Ta Prahm temple in the Angkor complex, you will absoluted love Beng Melea. Beng Melea was rediscovered only last year, and the temple has not been rebuilt. Jungle roots are forcing stones from the temple upwards, and children from the area will escort you through the complex, directing you to which stones to step on. Nothing is roped off or really safe. It is very hot there, even though the jungle is shielding you from the sun. The sound of the bugs, or the jungle orchestra can be overwhelming, which adds to the mystere and adventure.
Be careful where you step! Don't go off the paths because of the land mines. This area has mostly been cleared of the mines, but don't take any chances!
To get here, I hired a taxi driver from the Angkor Village Hotel in Siem Reap. You can hire the driver for the entire day for about $40. It's a long and bumpy ride there, but well worth it! There are also other temples to see along the way to Beng Melea. One temple on the way is Banteay Srei temple which is an old sandstone temple. It is a bit different looking than the Angkor complex. See my travelouges for a picture.
Also on the way to Beng Melea is Kulen. I didn't get a chance to go there, but apparently there are still tigers roaming this area. You would need a guide, and would need to arrive there very early. I think the park closes at 12:00 noon.
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