Beng Mealea Day Tour

Including Tour of a Floating Village

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$69.00per guest
Hosted by Piseth Pov

Highlights

  • Ride 40km on the iconic tuk-tuk vehicle from Siem Reap to Beng Mealea that passes through Cambodia's scenic countryside
  • Also known as the 'Indiana Jones Temple', Beng Mealea has undergone little restoration, wherein also lies the beauty of this mysterious temple
  • Take a tour of the 12th century temple, enclosed in a moat and surrounded by lush jungle
  • Visit two other temples nearby that are completely isolated, making for a serene environment to appreciate the temple
  • Visit a less known floating village of Kompong Khleang, you will find that while the tourist crowds are limited, the villages themselves are equally beautiful and striking
  • Interact with local villagers and find out about the day-to-day activities of life in a floating village
  • Be fascinated when learning how local villagers adapt to changing seasons when the water levels can vary as much as 12 meters

Inclusive of:

  • Beng Mealea entrance fee
  • Local Lunch
  • Boat ticket
  • Tax at Kompng Khleang floating village
  • Water and Cold Towel
  • Snacks en route
  • Palm Hat
  • Tuk-tuk vehicle with English speaking driver

Not Inclusive of:

  • A/c van (transport provided within the price is for a tuk tuk)
  • Licensed Guide
  • Tips & gratuities (optional)
$US 69.00 per guest
12.5 hours
1 - 15 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

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A/C vehicle
$ 60.00/trip
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Guided tour of Beng Mealea
$ 35.00/trip

More About This Experience

The tour will start with a visit to Beng Mealea Temple, which is said to be built in layout and style similar to that of the Angkor Wat temple. However, after a visit to the temple, what surprises most visitors is not the similarity, but how starkly different it is! Two striking aspects of the temple stand out for most visitors - first, that it is covered in moderately thick foliage. Mosses cover large swaths of stone, and tiny samplings popping up from minuscule cracks have turned into full-grown trees winding their way around and through the ancient ruins. It is almost as if the temple has embraced the surrounding jungle and become a part of it. Second, Beng Mealea, unlike other temples that have been meticulously restored, is in complete ruins. Piles of rocks that once stood as structures for the temples now lie in rubble, allowing glimpses of beautiful carvings at eye level - which once might have been overhead. And within all the greenery running amok among the rubbles, you feel an ironic sense of appreciation for what once was. The temple is a special place and it is worth taking the time to explore it thoroughly. This tour will start early - out of sync with the main tour groups, so the place is simply serene and great fun for keen photographers. Upon visiting Beng Mealea, you have the option to visit two smaller temples nearby (at a distance of 1 km from Beng Mealea Temple) that is completely isolated. There are no Apsara agents here and no entrance fees - these temples are worth visiting if you're looking for a truly quiet and serene environment among temple ruins. The tour will then head back to the main highway making a stop to have local lunch before heading to Kompong Khleang floating village. Kompong Khleang is the most remote and possibly the least visited of the floating villages of the Tonle Sap village network. As a result, a tour of the village offers an authentic view of the lives of the community that live within the ecosystem of the great lake. The water within the heart of the village is nine to 10 meters deep in places but the area all around the central village is fascinating and unadulterated by tourism. The village is a great place to visit in the rainy season or the dry season and again serves as a mouth-watering prospect for anyone with an interest in photography. Itinerary: 0600 - 0800: Depart from hotel to Beng Mealea Temple 0800 - 0945: Explore Beng Mealea Temple 0945 - 1045: Visit isolated smaller temple near Beng Mealea 1045 - 1145: Head for lunch on the way to Kompong Khleang 1145 - 1230: Lunch 1230 - 1330: Arrive at Kompong Khleang 1330 - 1630: Explore Kompong Khleang (Explore village + boat trip) activities depends on whether it is the dry season or wet season 1630-1830 : Drop off to back to hotel in Siem Reap

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service is included in this tour. You will be asked to enter your pick up address during checkout
  • Note: There is no Licensed guide provided in the tour for the price that you see and the mode of transport is on a tuk tuk. However, you can select a guide or an a/c vehicle from the add on section fo
  • It takes approximately 1.5 hours (one way) from Siem Reap to Beng Mealea by tuk-tuk
  • It is recommended to bring sunhat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Please dress appropriately - knee length attire for women and men
  • Brining a bottle of water is recommended
  • Good walking shoes is highly recommended
  • The tour involves a fair bit of walking and climbing up stairs, please ensure your physical conditions allow for this

Location

Free pick-up & drop-off is provided for this experience, enter your pickup location during check-out.

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Your Local Host

Piseth Pov

My name Piseth, or you can call me Seth. I am originally from Battambang but now I have settled down in Siem Reap for the last 4 years. Having worked in the tourism industry, first as a local tour guide in Battamba...

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US$ 69.00 per guest