Cambodia Discovery

Phnom Penh – Kratie – Kampong Thom – Phnom Penh – Battambang – Siem Reap (Angkor Watt)

Discover the city of Phnom Penh, take a boat ride along the Mekong River, cycle among stunning ruins, ride a Bamboo Train and explore the magnificent temples of Angkor on this 12-day family adventure.

 

Cambodia Discovery

Phnom Penh – Kratie – Kampong Thom – Phnom Penh – Battambang – Siem Reap (Angkor Watt)  

 

DESCRIPTION

This 12-day family adventure provides the perfect introduction to Cambodia. Discover the city of Phnom Penh, take a boat ride along the Mekong River, cycle among stunning ruins, ride a Bamboo Train and explore the magnificent temples of Angkor.

Best For: Recreating your own Tomb Raider moment; big kids and teens

The following is a sample itinerary and your family holiday to Cambodia can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements. The holiday may include:

  • Explore Phnom Penh on foot or from the back of a tuk tuk. Make sure to visit the Royal Palace, home to Cambodia’s Royal Family and then stop for ice cream.
  • Depending on the age of your kids, you may want to visit the Tuol Sleng, a museum on the site of a former Khmer Rouge prison.
  • Visit the former French trading post of Kampong Cham and play a game of hide and seek at the deserted 11th century temple of Wat Nokor.
  • Order a fresh fruit shake at a riverside café in Kratie before practicing your bargaining skills in the local market.
  • Take a boat ride along the Mekong River and see if you can spot the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. Although only 100 or so remain, this is the best place in South East Asia to try and view them.
  • Climb the 1,000 steps that lead to the summit of Phnom Santuk Mountain for amazing views over the surrounding countryside.
  • Cycle among the stunning ruins at Sambo Prei Kuk (families with little kids can do this on foot or by car) and then enjoy breakfast with a local family. The temples are well over 1,000 years old and are situated in a lovely forest setting.
  • Ride the ‘Bamboo Train’ in Batambang!
  • Spend several days exploring the incredible Temples of Angkor. There are literally hundreds of temples – Angkor Wat is the name of the largest and most famous – some of which have been well preserved and restored and others that are almost completely over-run by jungle.
  • Make like Indiana Jones and head into the jungle to explore Beng Melea Temple, an enormous ruin the size of Angkor Wat. Swing on giant lianas that grow through the temple walls, clamber over enormous tree roots, tunnel through thick undergrowth and discover dilapidated carvings.
  • Visit the floating village of Kompong Phluk that’s built on 8m high stilts over the vast waters of Tonle Sap, a freshwater lake home to traditional fishing communities.
  • Drop by one of the stilt houses, take a boat ride through the flooded mangrove forest and even stop by a local school – guaranteed to be an eye opener for your children!

 

Kids

Cambodia is fantastic for children; Angkor Wat is a child’s dream as there are endless temples in various stages of decay and restoration dotted through the jungle.

They can clamber over ruins, climb on enormous tree roots and swing on lianas that dangle from the trees overhead. They can climb up precipitous staircases to get amazing views and follow the story of the great battles of the past from the many rock carvings. Then they can relax in a gorgeous pool at one of the many excellent hotels nearby.

Elsewhere there is plenty more to keep the children occupied; they can search for dolphins in the Irrawaddy, relax on idyllic white sandy beaches, explore deserted hilltop cities, watch more than a million bats fly out of a cave at sunset, ride bikes along peaceful country roads and even hitch a lift on a ‘bamboo train’.

This sample itinerary is best suited to big kids and teens owing to some of the longer drives involved, namely from Phnom Penh to Kratie. For families travelling with younger children who aren’t keen on long car journeys, this can be omitted or exchanged for another destination.

It is a great country to visit either on its own or combined with Thailand, Vietnam or Laos, its three neighbours.

 

ITINERARY

This holiday traditionally starts and ends in Phnom Penh however it can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements. See sample itinerary below:

 

Day 1: Phnom Penh

Overnight: One-night stay at hotel in Phnom Penh

 

Day 2-3: Phnom Penh – Kratie

Car: 6 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Kratie

 

Day 4: Kratie – Kampong Thom

Car: 4 hrs.

Overnight: One-night stay at hotel in Kampong Thom

 

Day 5: Kampong Thom – Phnom Penh

Car: 3 hrs.

Overnight: One-night stay at hotel in Phnom Penh

 

Day 6-7: Phnom Penh – Battambang

Car: 5.5 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Battambang

 

Day 8: Battambang – Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)

Car: 3 hrs.

Overnight: Overnight stay at hotel in Siem Reap

 

Day 9-10: Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)

Overnight: Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

 

Day 11: Beng Melea & Tonle Sap

Overnight: Overnight at hotel in Siem Reap

 

Day 12: Siem Reap

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or return to Phnom Penh.

 

END OF HOLIDAY

**Please note that all travel times are approximate. 

 

WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit Cambodia is from October to March when it is warm and dry. By the end of March it is starting to get very hot and humid and April can be quite uncomfortable. Once the monsoon arrives some time in May the temperature cools off slightly and June to September can be a good time to visit. This is the ‘green season’ when the vegetation is lush and beautiful and the crowds are relatively thin. It will rain most days but typically there will be a heavy downpour followed by sunshine.

 

Tips!

For some pre-trip reading ideas try the following:

Books: Song for Cambodia is a children’s picture book that tells the story of what happened to ordinary families during the Khmer Rouge era (For approx 10 years+). For parents, Song for an Approaching Storm is a political thriller set in the 50s, two decades before the devastating revolution took place. Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare by Philip Short is considered one of the most well-researched – and gripping – accounts of the man who masterminded the revolution that killed 25% of the population. Cambodia (Culture Shock!) is an excellent choice for teens. This easy-to-read guide, part of a wider series, explains the customs, traditions and etiquette of the Cambodian culture.

 

    

 

For You

The Gate by Francois Bizot

Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare by Philip Short is considered one of the most well-researched – and gripping – accounts of the man who masterminded the revolution that killed 25% of the population.

River Of Time by John Swain

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung.

 

For the Kids

Older kids can try Children of the River (Laurel-Leaf contemporary fiction) by Linda Crew

 

   

RATES

This sample itinerary costs £1,025 per adult. Prices for children will vary according to age and whether they are in their own room or sharing with adults. Our partner agent will be happy to give you an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.

This holiday is organised by our UK-based partner agent who is an expert in family travel and who has prepared this holiday specifically for families.

Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be given to you upon completing an enquiry.

 

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