A rural location away from the main Angkor temples means that Beng Mealea sees far fewer crowds. With that in mind, plenty of off-the-beaten-path sightseeing tours stop at the temple; tours tend to transport you by either tuk-tuk, air-conditioned vehicle, or on a bike. and usually combine Beng Mealea with the intricately-decorated Banteay Srei. Many continue on to Tonle Sap Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, and include a cruise to the floating villages of Kompong Khleang.
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Things to know before you go
*Admission to Beng Mealea is covered by the Angkor archeological pass—choose from 1-, 2-, or 3-day validity. *Due to uneven terrain and steps, Beng Mealea is inaccessible to travelers using wheelchairs and strollers. *There are generally a few stalls selling cold drinks and souvenirs outside of the main temple entrance; be sure to bring small denominations of cash.
How to get there
Beng Mealea is 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of the major Angkor Wat complex. No public transport services visit the temple, so its worth visiting the temple by tuk-tuk or as part of a sightseeing tour.
When to get there
The temple grounds are open from the early morning until late afternoon. Thanks to its out-of-the-way location, this temple rarely gets crowded; arrive just after opening to explore with heightened atmosphere.