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Beng Mealea, Svay Leu

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Discovered in the jungle, the gigantic ruins of Beng Mealea offer fabulous scenery reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie. Built in the early 12th century, possibly as a prototype to Angkor Wat, this enormous temple complex is surrounded by a huge moat measuring 1.2 by 0.9 km (0.75 by 0.56 mi). Feel the power of nature as you admire intricate stone carvings and finely chiseled blocks of stone covered by lush vegetation. Roots and crowns of ancient trees protruding from even older stone structures provide shade. Some tours include lunch served under a tent next to the ruins, but regardless of how you visit the complex, you should stick to the boardwalks and beware of snakes. Plan trip to Svay Leu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • The coliseum is also an experience, a distance from the city, a whole fragment of ruins in the forest, is also a rich history, the experience is also quite interesting, mainly natural scenery and... 
    The coliseum is also an experience, a distance from the city, a whole fragment of ruins in the forest, is also a rich history, the experience is also quite interesting, mainly natural scenery and...  more »
  • It is a bit far from siem reap city and better to get there by car, this temple is amazing and ruined but the jungle around the structure is more attractive. 
    It is a bit far from siem reap city and better to get there by car, this temple is amazing and ruined but the jungle around the structure is more attractive.  more »

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