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Beng Malea, a temple which has been left to nature  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Beng Mealea

  
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80 km east of Siem Reap. Along with Ta Phrom and others, this is a temple which has been left to nature, but unlike Ta Phrom only a few trees have been removed.

The result is the visitor clambering over ruined walls (exactly the sort of thing you are asked not to do at other ruins!) and through windows to get access to areas where nature is running riot. 

Lots of trees growing out of walls, and creepers hanging over ruined buildings, and consequently great for some atmospheric photos.

Much of the standard walk is along wooden decking for those who don't want to clamber. This can be taken in as part of a trip to the Roluos Group, or a long day trip with Banteay Srey and Kbal Spean, though this will entail about 5 hours travelling in total on some very rough roads.

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There is a $5 entry fee to Beng Mealea. Though you may want to cast a wary eye toward custodians bearing Äspara Authority armbands and local kids following you in an attempt to extract guide fees, there are, in contrast to other temple sites, almost no vendors here.

Type of place: Monument/Building
Location: Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia







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