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From Siem Reap: Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temples Tour

1. From Siem Reap: Koh Ker and Beng Mealea Temples Tour

Depart Siem Reap and journey through the beautiful countryside to explore the ruins of Beng Mealea temple on the ancient royal highway to Preah Khan Kompong Svay.  Built out of sandstone as a Hindu temple in the 12th century, Beng Mealea has been partly reclaimed by nature where remains of the towers and courtyards can be seen in the thick brush of the dense jungle.  Travel on to Koh Ker, abandoned to the forests north of Siem Reap, and see some of the linga-shrines reclaimed from nature. Marvel at the ruins of sacred sites such as Prasat Thom, Prasat Pram, and Prasat Chrap, and get fascinating insights into the history, culture, and religions of the time. Relax in a nearby restaurant, where you can try traditional curries, soups, and stir-fries at your own expense. After your tour, be transported back to your hotel.

Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

2. Angkor Region: 3-day Private Tour of Top Temples

Day One:  Get picked up from your accommodation at 8:00 am by your driver and tour guide and travel directly to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple that covers over one square kilometer. Enjoy the adventurous and mysterious feeling of exploring a temple complex largely overrun by vegetation and off the beaten tourist path. Discuss your lunch preferences with your guide before stopping at a local restaurant. Afterwards, head to the floating village Kampong Phluk on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Enjoy a guided boat trip through the floating village. Then get dropped off back at your accommodation. Day Two:  Get picked up again at 8:00 am and purchase a 3-day temple pass before heading to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Visit some small temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Then head to the jungle temple Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Refuel afterwards with lunch at a local restaurant. Then make your way to the Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei. Gain insight into the history of the powerful Khmer Empire before heading to Phnom Bakheng to see a gorgeous sunset. Day Three:  Get an early start at 5:00 am on the final day of the tour. Get picked up and see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Following this, you can choose to visit more temples including Pre Rup and Banteay Samre. Then head to Banteay Srey, arriving before most of the crowds. Marvel at the most intricately carved temple in all of Angkor. Afterwards, see a traditional Khmer village and learn about palm sugar production. If you are interested, visit the Landmine Museum and learn how decades of conflict, foreign occupation, and brutal civil war and genocide have impacted Cambodia.  Afterwards, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back, stop at a few more temples such as East Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, and Preah Khan, a fascinating vast monastic complex. The return trip will take you through many beautiful villages and provide you with great photo opportunities. Get dropped off back at your accommodation at the end of your day.

Beng Mealea Temple & Koh Ker Temple Tour

3. Beng Mealea Temple & Koh Ker Temple Tour

You'll start with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Siem Reap, then your driver will take you through the lush Khmer countryside to the remote Beng Mealea temple. Explore the 11th-century ruins emerging from the tangled overgrowth of Cambodian jungle at Beng Mealea, before sitting down to enjoy a picnic lunch in the grounds. After taking in the beauty of the temple, drive 1-hour onwards to Koh Ker, north-east of Siem Reap. Discover the ancient Koh Ker temples, once known as Chok Gargyar. Explore the 30 major structures of the mysterious site and walk through the ruins of sacred buildings and religious sculptures. Some of the giant sculptures from Koh Ker now make up the collection at the grand National Museum in Phnom Penh. After your action-packed day visiting Cambodia's lost temples and mystical jungles, you'll be driven back to your hotel in Siem Reap.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

4. Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain, Beng Mealea, and Tonle Sap Tour

You will be picked you up from your hotel at 8:00 am and take you to purchase a ticket of Kulen Mountain. We will then head to Phnom Kulen National Park for approximately 1 hour. This journey takes you through rural Cambodian villages, where you may observe locals going about their everyday lives and admire beautiful landscapes such as rice paddies and traditional dwellings. Stop off at the Palm Sugar Village and witness how Cambodian people make their own sugar to supply their families and villages. Afterward, we continue to the hilltop of Phnom Kulen, and our knowledgeable local guide will take you to the most spectacular tourist attractions in the national park, including the largest and most beautiful waterfalls, the reclining Buddha sculpture, and the River of Thousand Linga, which was constructed in 802 AD. In the afternoon, we will have lunch at the local restaurant before heading to Beng Melea, the mysterious 12th-century temple in the middle of the jungle. This temple is heavily overgrown with vegetation, trees, lianas, and mosses. This temple is surrounded by a rainforest due to it being abundant for over 300 years. When it is not fully restored, many local and international tourists fall in love with the area. Continue to take a local boat from the ferry to explore the famous floating village of Kampong Phluk. There, you can see firsthand what everyday life is like for the many families who make their living primarily from fishing. Most families live on the lake shore in brightly colored houses on long poles, so the high water levels are not a problem during the rainy season. Explore the flooded mangrove forest surrounding the area, which is home to a variety of species, including crab-eating macaques and 3,000 inhabitants. We will then take you to visit a Buddhist monastery built on an artificial island. Drop you off at your hotel.

Siem Reap: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

5. Siem Reap: 4-Day Angkor Wat and Beng Mealea Tour

Day 1 Following an early morning pickup by your driver, head to the sprawling jungle temple of Beng Mealea. Here, you can marvel at the flora and fauna of the area. Then, enjoy a local lunch at a restaurant where your guide will give you important details for the rest of your tour. In the afternoon, stop at Kampong Phluk, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest lake in South East Asia. At around 4:30 PM, purchase a 3-day temple pass at your own expense for the upcoming days. Then, drive to Phnom Bakheng to watch the beautiful sunset before heading back to your accommodation in Siem Reap. Day 2 Start your day at 08:30 AM with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. First explore the major sights including South Gate Angkor Tom, Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, North Khleang, and South Khleang. Then visit some smaller temples off the beaten track such as Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Savor a delicious lunch at a restaurant before heading to the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, the filming location of the Tomb Raider movie. Afterward, return to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day 3 Journey out at 08:30 AM and head to Preah Khan to explore this vast monastic complex. Next, visit the temple of Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei. Stop for lunch before heading to Angkor Wat. Enjoy some free time to explore this fascinating monument at your own pace, before returning to your hotel in Siem Reap. Day 4 Head out in the early morning to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat for the experience of a lifetime. Then continue the tour to marvel at the Angkor's most intricately carved temples Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei. Arrive before the masses of crowds and enjoy a visit to a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar plantation. The nearby Landmine Museum can be visited for a cost of $5 per person. In the afternoon, stop for lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Roluos Temple Group. Here, admire the selection of monuments and temples representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Khmer Empire. Return to your accommodation at the end of the day.

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

6. Siem Reap: Angkor Wat 5-Day Sightseeing Tour

Day One: Phnom Kulen National Park Start your tour at 7:30 AM and travel to the Phnom Kulen National Park. This is where the 500-year long Age of Angkor began. Phnom Kulen is the mountain on which King Jayavarman II initiated the royal 'God the King' Linga cult in 802 AD. Day Two: Beng Mealea - Kampong Phluk Floating Village - Phnom Bakheng Begin your day at 8:00 AM and travel to a sprawling jungle temple, Beng Mealea, which covers an entire square kilometer. Have lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). On the way, stop at the Kampong Phluk floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. At 4:30 PM, purchase a 3-day temple pass for the next three days. Then, head to Phnom Bakheng to see a fantastic sunset. Day Three: Angkor Thom - Ta Prohm Starting at 8:30 AM, you'll head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Then, visit some of the smaller temples, including Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, and Ta Keo. Once again, stop for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense). Afterward, head to the jungle temple, Ta Prohm where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. Day Four: Preah Khan - Angkor Wat  Starting at 8:30 AM, visit Preah Khan, a huge monastic complex. You'll then visit some other temples, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Banteay Kdei followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Head to Angkor Wat and explore this incredible monument at your own pace. Day Five: Angkor Wat - Banteay Samre - Banteay Srei - Roluos Group Have an early start at 5:00 AM to view the fantastic sunrise at Angkor Wat, followed by a visit to one temple, Banteay Samre. Then, head to Banteay Srei and see a traditional Khmer village and palm sugar production. Head to Roluos Group, where monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya are located. This was also the first major capital of the Angkorian-era of the Khmer Empire.

From Siem Reap: Beng Mealea and Koh Ker Temple Private Trip

7. From Siem Reap: Beng Mealea and Koh Ker Temple Private Trip

Take a wonderful tour to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea where the temples are literally hiding in the jungle. First, we will visit Koh Ker group where there is a Mayan-like temple called Koh Ker. It is a 7-tier-pyramid temple with the height of 35 m. On the temple top, we can view the gorgeous forest around the temple. There are over 30 monuments in the ruins that we can explore. After that, we continue our trip to Beng Mealea, known as the sister of Angkor Wat. The temple’s name means Lotus Pond where travelers often admire its unique structure.

Siem Reap: Koh Ker, Beng Mealea, & Tonle Sap Private Tour

8. Siem Reap: Koh Ker, Beng Mealea, & Tonle Sap Private Tour

Join your private guide for a tour of Koh Ker, Beng Melea, and the  Kampong Phluk floating village. Start your tour with morning pickup from your hotel and make your way to the remote archaeological site of the Koh Ker Group in northern Cambodia. Visit Prasat Thom, part of the Koh Ker Group, believed to have been the state temple of King Jayavarman IV. This temple creates an imposing sight with its 7-tiered pyramid shape and numerous shrines. Learn all about the formerly powerful Khmer Empire as you tour the area with your guide. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Beng Melea, a 12th-century temple in the middle of the jungle. Discover the most ruined temple in the Angkor Park, heavily overgrown with vegetation, trees, lianas, and moss. Next, take a local boat to explore the famous floating villages of Kampong Phluk. Take in views of the lake shore with its brightly colored houses and discover the way of life of local fishers before returning to Siem Reap.

Koh Ker & Beng Mealea Full Day Private Tour

9. Koh Ker & Beng Mealea Full Day Private Tour

You depart from your hotel in private transportation for a full day excursion to explore the remote temples of Koh Ker and Being Mealea. Your first stop is Koh Ker temple. This 7-tier-pyramid temple was once known as Chok Gargyar and was once the Khmer capital. It is a mysterious and remote archaeological site, which you will be able to explore without the crowds. Over 30 structures are within the ruins of the sacred building and it is possible to climb to the summit to take in the rewarding views. You stop for a short break for you to enjoy your lunch. Your next stop is Beng Mealea, which means ‘Lotus Pond’, its amazing ruins and underground passageways offer a unique experience for visitors to get lost in time. In its chaotic state, with collapsed galleries and towers, covered with a spread of vegetation there is something mysterious and enchanting about Beng Mealea. There are some superb examples of Apsara carvings on the extant parts of the temple, but the real charm of Beng Melea is its sense of ruined grandeur. After a full day of exploration you will return back to Siem Reap city and your hotel.

Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Waterfall & Beung Mealea Temple

10. Siem Reap: Kulen Mountain Waterfall & Beung Mealea Temple

Get journey towards Kulen Mountain and see the amazing views of the surroundings on the 2-hour drive, including the River of a Thousand Lingas and the statue of the Grand Reclining Buddha. You will learn more about the historical and cultural significance of each landmark from your expert guide. Arrive at the vast plateau of Phnom Kulen, overlooking the plain of Angkor, and discover the 28 ancient temples and rivers that crisscross the beautiful landscape and waterfall as it tumbles down the rocks. Plunge into the pools and cool off from the midday sun. After this beautiful mountain you scenic drive to Beng Mealea Temple. Beng Mealea Temple is a fabulous place for those who want to experience a vast and spectacular jungle temple in its raw unrestored state. Set within a moat of over 0.5 square miles (1.5 square kilometers) the Hindu temple, with Buddhist motifs, is the most mysterious of all the temples of the Angkor style. Cloaked in thick vegetation, with huge trees sprouting from its ruins, Beng Mealea remains much as it did when it was discovered in 1990. Then we return to Siem Reap.

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What people are saying about Beng Mealea

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4.8 / 5

based on 90 reviews

My wife and I had a great day with our tour guide Sareik Phok and our competent driver. Sareik was very knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and he spoke an excellent english. The landscape was beautiful and we enjoyed every minute of the tour, from the first stop at the village in the morning to taste some local delicacies to the beautiful sunset at Sonle Lap lake in the evening . Cambodia is a beautiful country, and Sareik a great guide. We highly recommend this tour !

Great tour with guide Mr Sa! Great with time management & maximising the day (arrived early) & there was always a cold water waiting in the car. Mr Sa was super knowledgeable & patient with explaining the history and cultural background & answering any questions, not to mention a whizz with helping with photos!

Good tour with various landscape, mountain with the river, temple in use with the reclining buddha, and old Beng Mealea temple Tonle Sap on boat trip The guide was very kind. Good car and driver

With my wife we had a great day with our guide Youk Makara and our driver Khim. Both very competent and friendly, Beautiful landscapes. We highly recommend

Driver and guide were friendly, polite and on time. They were simply great!