Beng Mealea used to receive very few visitors due to its remote location at 70km from Siem Reap town. This site was famous for its ‘bad shape and ruins, covered with moss’. This statement was no longer true when we visited Beng Mealea on 31st January 2012.
The change factor was a newly paved road from Siem Reap to Beng Mealea. That brought a huge influx of tour buses.
If you like to see rocks and ruins, Beng Mealea was the best role model. The Chinese name for the temple was 崩地裂, which mean ‘earth cracked wide open’。The temple as constructed an elevated wooden platform as walkway. I read from earlier guide books that visitor have to physically climbing up and down the big rocks, and also watch out for the landmines.
I took the following picture to illustrate that the rocks were not the size of brick but size of human.
Trees started to swallow the temple (trees were not as tall and big as those in Ta Prohm or Preah Khan temples.
If you dislike rocks and have limited time, you can skip visiting Beng Mealea. The entrance fee costs additional USD5. If you like ruins, then Beng Mealea would be the best as it was in the worst condition.