Experience Cambodia: A Family Trip

  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake - Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville

    Cambodia provides a rich present worth exploring. The fabled Temple of Angkor is the jewel in the crown of Cambodia's enchanting sites and is unrivalled in scale by anything in south east Asia. A truly enchanting experience for anyone from avid historians to those more reluctant to indulge in cultural pursuits, this journey takes in some of the world's most exceptional wonders. For teenagers who prefer wandering to hiking, and parents that want to keep a family holiday exciting and educational, this is the ideal itinerary. 

    Highlights

    • Walk the labyrinth at Banteay Kdei and take a boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom
    • The exquisite Ta Nei in Srah Srang
    • Walk along the stunning lakes of Phimeankas until you reach Jayavarm's state temple of Bayon
    • Opportunity to pick fruit and travel by ox-cart in local villages
    • Boat ride across Tonle Sap Lake exploring the floating houses and stilt houses
    • See the Cambodian Carnival
    • Explore the famous Angkor Wat in the morning before sunrise and take in the serenity of the temple almost tourist free
    • Weave through the colourful city of Phnom Penh
    • Relax on the beach in Sihanoukville

    Rating

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  • Family trip visiting some highlights of Cambodia including Angkor Wat, lakes of Phimeankas and the floating houses of Tonle Sap Lake

    Day 1

    Arrive into Siem Reap where you will be met by a private transfer and taken to your hotel. After lunch, you will have your first taste of Angkorian temples visiting the sprawling labyrinth that is Banteay Kdei with its Hall of Dancing Girls.  At sunset, enjoy drinks on a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing, drink in hand accompanied by the sound of bird song.

    Overnight: Siem Reap

    Day 2

    Rise early and travel by road to Srah Srang. Walk through the forest to the lightly visited temple of Ta Nei. After breakfast, head to Ta Keo – an exquisite temple known as the ‘mountain with bronze peaks’ due to its exceptional five-tiered pyramid structure. 

    Head back to Siem Reap where you will spend the afternoon at Angkor Thom the world’s largest 12th century city where you can admire the incredible Victory Gate walking the length of the 8 metre high city wall to the Death Gate.

    End the afternoon by taking a walk through the shaded parkland at Preah Palilay where you’ll pass the stunning lakes of Phimeankas until you reach Jayavarm’s state temple of Bayon at the heart of the city. In the evening, join the locals at Kynung Yu – widely unknown by tourists this spot just outside of Siem reap is where the local people spend time relaxing, eating and drinking.

    Overnight: Siem Reap

    Day 3

    Another early start as you catch an exhilarating flight through the jungle tree tops. Hidden in a private spot in the rainforest not far from the temples come across a clearing where you can soar on zip lines, traverse suspended sky bridges and abseil from towering trees.

    Come afternoon you will journey through the rural landscape of Cambodia, reaching a little village unspoilt by mass tourism. Be led between rice paddies, through woodland and have the opportunity to pick fruit and ride ox-carts like the locals. Finish the day at a peaceful villa deep in the countryside where you can relax and enjoy drinks by sunset.

    Overnight: Cambodia interior

    Day 4

    Set within a shaded grove of palm and bamboo trees, this morning enjoy a private Khmer cooking course. Your class includes a short walk in the local village to meet a local family to learn about food and its role in Cambodian life. Savour your Khmer cuisine as you dine on your very own culinary creations in a private stilted pavilion perched over a lily pond. Take the afternoon off to relax at your hotel.

    Overnight: Cambodia interior

    Day 5

    Take the morning to visit the great Tonle Sap Lake – this beautiful and enchanting natural wonder is the richest fresh water fishing ground in the world. Due to its ever changing landscape, the local communities have adapted – creating homes on floating bamboo rafts or  9 metres stilts to keep up with the huge seasonal variations. We think it is worth getting away from the more tourist village of Chong Kneas and in exploration more genuine stilted villages in Kompong Khleany or Kompong Phluk.

    Continue this journey by boat where you will get a sense of life on the lake. Enjoy lunch on-board while absorbing the atmosphere of this unique locality.
    In the afternoon you will continue from the lake to explore the remote temple of Beng Mealea. Take advantage of the walkways to traverse the ruins and scramble over tumbled stones in the less explored courtyards.
    The evening brings a special treat – the Cambodian Circus where you will find a wealth of tightrope walkers, contortionists and acrobats take to the stage for an artistic spectacle.

    Overnight: Tonle Sap Lake

    Day 6

    Another early start as you awake pre-dawn and make your way to Angkor Wat. A sunrise tour begins – granting you access to a totally different experience to most tourists visiting the temple - in the quiet time before sunrise you can explore, unhindered by crowds giving the entire experience an ethereal quality. It’s then back to the hotel for a late breakfast and on to Siem Reap airport for your flight to Phnom Penh.

    Overnight: Phnom Penh

    Day 7

    Weaving through Phnom Penh’s colourful city streets bustling with activity and the whizzing of motos, today a local architecture student will reveal some of our favourite hidden gems of this multifaceted capital by traditional transportation method, the cyclo. Pedal power affords a gentler pace to soak up the modern architectural heritage of this burgeoning capital. Take in highlights that showcase the city’s fusion of past and present and its juxtaposition of old and new.

    In the afternoon, visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda with a floor of over 5,000 silver tiles. You can then opt to explore the shops and boutiques in Street 178 area or visit the small hill within the city, Wat Phnom and learn how the city got its name.

    Overnight: Phnom Penh

    Day 8-11

    Travel by road to Sihanoukville for your relaxing beach stay. This is a beautiful port city located on a small peninsula in the Gulf of Thailand with beaches and tropical islands off its south and west coast.

    Overnight: Sihanoukville

    Day 12

    Transfer by road from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh airport for your outbound flight.


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Cambodia makes a great trip for active families. There is simply such a variety of things to be explored from the incredible natural scenery to the astounding historical sights.
Rob Milverton
Rob Milverton
Travel Consultant