Explore the mysterious temples of the Khmer Empire on a full-day tour of Beng Mealea and the early Angkor temples of Roluos from Siem Reap. See fragments of bas reliefs, and more. Watch a traditional Apsara dance while enjoying a buffet dinner.
What to Expect
Discover one of the most unique temples of the Angkor complex on a full-day tour of Beng Mealea, and learn more about the ancient Khmer kingdom and rulers at the early Angkor temples of Roluos.
Following a hotel pick-up in Siem Reap at approximately 08:00, drive to Beng Mealea, situated 24 miles (40 kilometers) east of the main Angkor complex. Built as a Hindu temple in the early 12th century, Beng Mealea actually preceded Angkor Wat and is thought to have provided the prototype for the later capital. Shrouded in a tangle of fig tree roots and jungle, it’s a quintessential Angkor experience, but with fewer bas reliefs than Angkor Wat.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then continue your tour at the early Angkor temples of the less crowded Roluos group. You will go to Preah Ko, the first temple to be built in the ancient and now defunct city of Hariharalaya. Preah Ko (Sacred Bull) derives its name from the 3 sandstone statues facing the temple's central towers, representing Nandi, the white bull that served as the mount of Shiva.
Continue to the temple mountain of Bakong, which served as the official state temple of King Indravarman I in Hariharalaya, and see fragments of the original bas reliefs. The last temple on your Roluos tour is Lolei, the last of the 3 temples of Hariharalaya, best known for its beautiful carved lintels and false doors.
Return to Siem Reap for a buffet dinner, and enjoy a traditional Apsara Dance show. Marvel at the graceful poise, and the ornamental costumes of the dancers as you dine.
- Pick-up and drop off at hotels in Siem Reap
- Transportation with driver
- English-speaking guide
- Drinking water and cool towels
- 1-hour massage
What's Not Included
- Tips and personal expenses
- Food and drink
- Buffet dinner with the Apsara Dance Show
- Any other service not mentioned in the program
Know Before You Go
• Cancellation policy: no show - 100% charge; cancellation 1 week to 1 day before tour - 50% charge; 2-1 week before tour - 30% of tour price; 3-2 weeks before tour - 10 % of tour price; 4 weeks or more - no charge