BENG MEALEA80 km from the center of Siem Reap
This temple site is located 80 kilometers from Angkor Wat and only be accedes by the public since a small number of years. The road to Beng Mealea is the same road that leads to the impressive Koh Ker temple and a visit to Beng Mealea can best be combined with a trip to Koh Ker.
What to do and see at Beng Mealea?
Beng Mealea is among the biggest temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. The temples and walls have fascinating carvings that attracted people from all over the world.
The architectural style used to build Beng Mealea is similar to that of Angkor Wat and therefor it is believed that the temple must have been build during the 12 century.
Unlike many ancient sites in Angkor, the Beng Mealea has not been restored in any way. This makes it a perfect site for people who are interested to view a temple in its purest form.
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TEMPLE RULES?
How to get to Beng Mealea?
Hiring a tuktuk will probably an impossible task, since the temple is almost 80 km from the center of Siem Reap and 40 km from the impressive Koh Ker temple.
Your best choice is the $30 Day trip to Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. You’ll visit both sites by air conditioned mini van and you’re accompanied by an experienced tour guide.
If you want to visit the site on your own, hiring a car or a motorbike driver are your less better options.
How much will it cost?
Access to the Beng Mealea was added to the Angkor Pass in 2020. This means that if you have an Angkor Pass, you don’t have to pay extra to enter the temple. Koh Ker is not part of the Angkor Pass and requires an entrance fee of $10.
You can buy the Angkor Pass at the official Angkor Ticket Office, which is located on the road to Angkor Wat. You need to bring one photograph and pay $37 for a day pass, $62 for a three day pass or $72 for a 7 days pass.
What you should do!
Combine a visit to Beng Mealea with a trip to Koh Ker. Use a respectable tour operator and visit both sites during a tour with an experienced guide.
What you should not do!
Hire a motorbike and visit this site on your own. It takes 2,5 hour to drive by motorbike and roads are not always in great condition. If you do want to hire a motorbike, keep in mind that Cambodian law requires you to have a Cambodian drivers licence to drive a motorbike over 150cc.