Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
147Trip End May 30, 2013
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What I did
Brian had read about a temple named Beng Mealea, about 65km away. Sounds close, but from
Siem Reap is almost 2 hours by tuk-tuk along some crazy roads.
This temple has only been open for about 7 years as they had to spend a few years clearning away the landmines. Unlike most of the other temples, it is not undergoing any restoration work (yet). We were quite excited, to see something in it's more natural state, away from people? Worth the 2 hour bumpy ride? Yup! Supposedly, this was the one temple you could feel like an explorer coming upon ruins and poke around as you wish. It's also not part of the main complex, and thus incurs an additional charge.
By far the coolest place we've been to yet. Almost makes the trip to Siem Reap worth it...