Beng Melea by Tuk-Tuk

On my second day of temple visits, I wanted to get a little further out and, perhaps, a little away from the hordes of other tourists at the main sites. Udom, my reliable tuk-tuk driver, picked me up and we headed for Pre Rup, Banteay Srei, and Beng Melea.

It was a long day and many would tell you that Beng Melea is to far away from Siem Reap to do by tuk-tuk.  About 45 minutes by car, it took us about 2 hours on our return but the day of driving through the villages of rural Cambodia was fascinating.

Dirt roading in Cambodia

Dirt roading in Cambodia

The temples were each a bit different but Beng Melea was my favorite of the whole trip.  Overgrown, crumbling, and decrepit, you can climb up and around and through the temple like something out of an Indiana Jones movie.  Arriving late in the day, I had the temple largely to myself and it was easy to find myself alone in particular courtyards or sections of the complex.

Yep, I climbed and crawled through those ruins.

Yep, I climbed and crawled through those ruins.

The jungle has overtaken..

The jungle has overtaken..

Beng Melea

Beng Melea

Beng Melea with no one else in sight.

Beng Melea with no one else in sight.

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

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One Response to Beng Melea by Tuk-Tuk

  1. Great to see somebody else going out so far in a tuktuk. We did and had a great day and I think Beng Mealea might be my favourite temple. Thanks for sharing.

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