The Lost Temples of Cambodia-Beng Malea & Phnom Bok

Phnom Bok Temple, siem reap cambodia
Phnom Bok Temple
If you’ve been following along for awhile, you know that Jeremy and I love to experience out of the ordinary destinations while on vacation. Whether it’s swimming with whale sharks, road tripping across the country, or zip lining through the jungle, one of our favorite parts of traveling is finding places or activities not commonly stumbled upon.
That’s why we knew that once we saw all of the temples at Angkor, we also wanted to travel outside of the city to the Lost Temples of Cambodia. These temples give a true Indiana Jones feel as most of it has ben left in ruins, the forest taking back claim to what was once theirs.
The first temple we visited was about an hour ride outside the city of Siem Reap called Beng Malea. It was a massive complex that was almost completely destroyed and overgrown with moss and trees. You had to crawl under and climb over the rubble at certain points to make it back to the clear path that was made just for tourists such as ourselves. 
Beng Malea Temple, siem reap cambodia
Beng Malea Temple, siem reap cambodia
Along the way, we inherited a tour guide. Three to be exact, even though two were too shy to say anything. We didn’t really ask for one per say, he just immediately attached to our side once he saw us. Now, I realize that it’s somewhat of a scam but I figured what’s the harm to have a cute kid show us around for an hour or so? Even though all he did was point at all the statues and repeat the words ‘flower’ and ‘apsara dancer’. He tried.
Beng Malea Temple, siem reap cambodia
My favorite part of the temples were the trees shooting out of the stone and the intricate detailed carvings that littered every inch of the temples.
Lost Temples, siem reap cambodia
Beng Malea Temple, siem reap cambodia

The second temple, Phnom Bok, was just a short thirty minute ride outside of the city and was even more desolate than the first. We were the only tourists there exploring the grounds of the temple that sat at the top of a large hill. These are the stairs that we had to climb to get to the top…in about 90% humidity. Go early in the morning if you want to not faint on your way up!Phnom Bok Temple, siem reap cambodia

Even though this temple was the smallest that we saw, it was one of my favorites. How cool are the trees shooting up out of the rocks? I may be a little obsessed with the tree, rock combo. Just wait till you see our pictures from Ta Prohm.
Phnom Bok Temple, siem reap cambodia
  • Thon Mey

    Attractive Apartement with The White Decoration

    This charming and exotic apartment, named Scandinavian apartment, was defined by warmth and beauty, according to furniture shop in Phnom Penh construction materials.

    With Occupation a total surface of 55 square meters, this apartment situated at Orgryte, Gothenburg, Sweden.

    In addition, seeing the provided picture, the plenty of space in terrace was inspired by its overall layout while a perfect atmosphere was inspired by the sober white walls.
    However, to some extent, it got distracted by vividly decorative pillow, flowers or painting arrangements.

    Furthermore, this apartment offers you a truly and tasteful natural light because of several wall placed window. More interestingly, throughout the night, you will also enjoy
    the pleasant indoors atmosphere due to the creative light.

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    Fabulous Meeting Office

    Atetire K, Japanese architects, designed the building call KIT pavilion, located in Kyoto, Japan, leading by furniture shop in Phnom Penh construction materials reported.

    This kind of building designed especially as an office and meeting space for the
    Kyoto Institute of Technology. Architects said, “draws from and integrates the adjacent
    landscaping into the conditions of the interior.

    To the south, an ‘active yard’ consisting of a curvilinear ramp becomes the approach path to the entrance, while a ‘static yard’ finished with a carpet of white sand is tucked into the layout with three rooms arranged around it.

    Clearly read from the exterior as a folded surface, the roof and wall form cuts away sections of its elevation to enable natural daylight to enter from the west.”

    In addition, the interior designed is nice and tasteful in line with beautifully modern environment that create a cozy zone for discussion.

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    Italian flair

    According to reliable furniture shop in Phnom Penh construction materials information, for those who seek the authenticity of
    a true art from Italian in furniture design, Natuzzi is one of the best choice out there.

    With over 54 years of experience, the former national firm now extends
    its product worldwide with styles ranging from sophisticated leather sofas,
    suited to up-market New York apartments, to romantic styles that will be at
    home in a traditional country sitting room.

    The firm’s furniture can easily transform from urban to casual just by changing the coverings, colors and accessories.
    The lineups also adaptably adjust to suit the seating needs.

    Natuzzi’s furniture comes with a mix of wood or steel, with fabric or
    leather upholstery.

  • Som Bol

    The Stunning View of Discovery Centre

    Welcome to new interior design of the Discovery Centre, which was redesigned by Smith Vigeant Architects, as construction in Cambodia construction materials stated.

    By this way, this redesigned offers a stunning view of Lake Monroe and its surrounding hills and mountains.

    Furthermore, the building has three distinct sections such as an amphitheater, a space for service facilities, and a discovery zone.

    Anyway, the large canopy continuous band of rustic wood unfolds into walls, a roof and a floor sheltered.

    One more thing, a wide variety of wood species has been used on both the exterior and interior, reinterpreting the site’s richness in textures and colors, while giving the
    building durability and resistance.

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    The Spacious Exterior of the Punta Brava 2 Residence

    Here is a spacious exterior of the Punta Brava 2 Residence has been designed by Barcelona-based studio DNA Barcelona Architects, as construction in Cambodia construction materials stated.

    According to the architects, the location of this residence was determined by the “slope of the plot, providing a home to two levels with terrace and gardens that surround it, establishing a direct link between the interior and exterior at all times.

    Therefore it is decided to locate the house on the highest point of land, to ensure the views, while the pool and garden are at the bottom.

    At the top level are the entrances to the house and common areas like living room, kitchen and sun terrace.

    At the main entrance is accessed from the street above, either by car or on foot, through a majestic path across the garden.

    The distribution of this top volume is designed to ensure the enjoyment of the terrace with fantastic sea views and sunsets”.

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    The Amazing Place for Living

    This interior is such an amazing place for living with the modern furniture, savory details and beautiful glass object, as construction in Cambodia construction materialsstated.

    In addition, this house has a special design for a couple and their five children with the perfect setting for an elegant, striking combination of modern furniture and classic

    Furthermore, the interior design inspires through the expressiveness of the space in which it is created.

    Indeed, the large high ceiling entryway of this Moscow apartment makes a perfect background for the black pieces of furniture that mark visual points of interest.

    Anyway, Glass objects scattered in an artistic approach in interior design accomplish the glamorous effect, by this way an immense yellow glass chandelier balances light in the living room.

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    The Attractive Design of Curl Beach House

    Here is the attractive design of Curl Beach House has been designed by Australian studio CplusC Architects, leading to furniture shop in Cambodia construction materialsstated.

    According to the architects, the house “exploits the structural and aesthetic benefits of timber with stunning results.

    The longitudinal division of the home is expressed externally with the metal clad butterfly roof which collects rainwater that is stored in an extensive sub floor bladder tank system.

    Externally, stud frame walls are clad with Western Red Cedar shiplap boards, stained black and orientated vertically.

    This creates a bold, modest aesthetic which contrasts with the clear oiled Western Red Cedar doors and windows, used specifically in this application due to its light weight and durability.

    A defining element in the interior is the sinuous skylight that runs the length of the building and washes light down the eastern external wall. The shadow cast from the exposed LVL beams provides rhythm and interest”.

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    The Modern Technology Living Area

    This living area has been designed by mixing the modern and traditional elements to make it more special and attractive, leading to furniture shop in Phnom Penh construction materials reported.

    One more thing, this house contains the modern design, technology and a high degree of environmental friendliness.

    According to the designers, “the project was developed with the aim of creating an ideal
    environment, using the most innovative solutions in the field of energy saving, renewable sources and use of advanced home automation, with the assistance of outstanding brands interacting among themselves”.

    In addition, the open living and dining areas of this house boasts plenty of hidden storage and its functional is divided by original lighting fixture.

  • steven John

    it is great to travel in cambodia. Cambodia is a country of ancient and very interesting to visit ankorwat. Floating market Mekong Tourism is also a special thing in this country

  • BookLover

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  • Jess

    I’m so so jealous. I’ve always wanted to go to Cambodia and these pictures just make me want to go more. xo

  • Amy Lee Scott

    Ok, let me just take a minute to pull my jaw off of the ground :) What an amazing experience. Your photos are so lush and gorgeous–I felt like I was tromping through the jungle with you and your adorable guides!

    Amy | Club Narwhal

  • Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    Wow, it looks absolutely gorgeous!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • kristyn

    Oh whoaaa, these are awesome! I love seeing ancient, abandoned architecture :) the way nature overtakes it is so beautiful!

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  • Sarah Pete

    Oh my goodness! Those pictures are stunning! What a hauntingly beautiful place! It reminds me of Kipling’s The Jungle Book. WOW. It’s so incredible to realize that places like this still exist. Just WOW.
    And I love your little tour guides! How sweet!

  • Kelsey

    Wow! What an awe-inspiring place to visit! And yet one of the smallest you’ve seen. That’s incredible. I would love to explore around there! Definitely looks like something out of Indiana Jones

  • themovetoamerica

    What wonderful photos! So great to have had that experience!

    Molly xo

  • Jenna

    Phenomenal! These photos bring back the best memories… and are making me want to jump on a plane straight back to Cambodia, via South Korea of course 😉 xxx

  • Ech and Will

    You’ve got me sold. Those Camboidan temples are officially on the travel list now.

  • Norma

    The photos are absolutely amazing! You’ve really sold Cambodia to me! Putting it on my list! :)

  • Quyen Nguyen

    Looks so magical! Love the moss on the stones.

  • Sam M

    We never made it out to those temples. We ran out of time and were poor volunteers. But I agree about the tree and rock combo. Ta Phrom was amazing, but Bayon was still my favorite.

  • Dimana Dyakova

    OH MY WORD! This is my Tomb Raider Lara Croft style DREAM! I’m in love with Cambodia’s temples since I was a little kid … I soooo badly want to visit these … I envy you a lot, in the good way , hehe : ))
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Asia Reynolds

    It looks so beautiful!! I love the tree/rock combo too

  • Casey Martin

    Amazing and this makes me so excited for our trip to Cambodia!!! These are going on my list!

  • Casey Martin

    Amazing and this makes me so excited for our trip to Cambodia!!! These are going on my list!

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  • Mallory @ Sweet Smores

    This is a location that I’ve been wanting to go to! I took a class on Cambodia last year and learned so much about that country’s history. It made me more interested in seeing Cambodia.

  • M and L

    The moss makes it all that more beautiful. I love hidden gems that most tourists don’t take advantage of.

    Love it!

  • M and L

    The moss makes it all that more beautiful. I love hidden gems that most tourists don’t take advantage of.

    Love it!

  • Henry Linn

    Wow!! very beautiful pictures. I like all these kids too.

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  • Kam

    There’s some quite haunting but beautiful about these temples! I can’t wait to visit Cambodia and experience these for myself :)

    Kam | A Married Couple and Their Travels

  • Jade

    Amazing! I honestly don’t think there is anything quite like historical ruins, it just makes me so amazed by what people were able to do without machinery!

  • Susanne V.

    Absolutely beautiful. I love those old temples, it looks magical.

  • Melyssa Griffin

    So cool!! Ta Prohm was my fav too – I love that tree rock combo!

  • Brittany Ruth

    Wow what a great trip. This looks like a place my husband and I would like to explore!

  • Sarah Shumate

    Look at that kid throwing up the peace sign! Hilarious! :o)

    You are so right – these are VERY Indiana Jones! I love it!

  • Kate Hall

    Oh my gosh how gorgeous! When I come over next year I’ll be tapping you up for all these little places to go and see too 😉

    Kate –

  • Jay

    Those are some pretty cute tour guides :)

  • Raj Dalvi

    awesome clicks :)


    Between being adventurous and being a total Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider fan, Cambodia has been living on my lifetime bucket list for a long time. Your pictures only make me want to go there even more!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica

    We were just talking about stopping over in Cambodia next Spring if we decide to head to Vietnam. Looks fun!

  • Dee

    Tree-rock combos are awesome! I didn’t see these temples in Cambodia, good job on finding them! Can’t wait to see your Tomb Raider photos!

  • Caroline

    Wow, I can only imagine how unreal these temples are in person! It reminds me of an art installation of some sort, but ten times better because it’s real and was formed by nature and time! Very cool!

  • Mackenzie

    How amazing! We would love to visit Cambodia while we live in Asia for the next 3 years. Thank you for sharing this information!


  • John Bùi

    I can’t wait to see more photos! Its very beautiful. Thank for upload.
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  • Allison Estoch

    Beautiful! I’m thinking of planning a trip to Cambodia for our 2nd wedding anniversary.

  • Chantal

    Beautiful! Definitely has an Indiana Jones feel to it.

  • Rachel

    I like the tree and rock combo too! That temple is so cool looking… and adorable kids! :) Can’t wait to see more photos!