Discover Beng Melea, a
late 11th century temple 50km from Siem Reap. The temple has
been neglected and is still seldom visited. The galeries, pools,
libraries and sanctuaries lie under fig-tree roots and creepers,
waiting to be discovered.
The scene at this temple has hardly changed since the French
stumbled across it in the middle of the 19th century. Its grey-black
stones splashed with green algae are perfectly disguised by the
dense jungle, which for centuries has claimed and smothered the
buildings. In many places tree roots , looks like the tentacles
of a giant octopus.
Drive through the countryside
and the rice fields alongside the Kulen Mountain range.