Explore Siem Reap on a family holiday that is sure to please everyone, from culture-seeking adults to adventurous kids. Get off the beaten track with a bike ride through the temples of Angkor, experience authentic Cambodian culture in the countryside and be immersed in rich traditions of this timeless land.
Gaze at the carved faces of Bayon, climb over tree roots to Ta Phrom and watch sun set at Angkor Wat
Dine on delicious Khmer cuisine at a local family’s house and witness a traditional performance of song and dance
Zip through the streets in a tuk-tuk, pedal past temples by bicycle and explore the Tonle Sap Lake by motorboa
Angkor Family Holiday - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Welcome to Siem Reap (morning arrival), the charming gateway to the famed temples of Angkor. You will be greeted by your local English speaking guide who will accompany you to your hotel for check in.
Take a rest from your flight or discover Siem Reap on a stroll through its beautiful pagodas and the colorful markets on your own.
This afternoon, a local ‘remork’ (similar to the Thai tuk tuk) will take you on a journey to get the first glimpse of Angkor at the legendary Angkor Wat.
Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.
First, get an idea of the sheer size of the temple area and enjoy the spectacular view of Angkor from above as you ride in a tethered helium balloon that takes you 120m up in the air! Then, enter and explore the temple grounds; you will be there just before sunset, when Angkor Wat is less visited and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light. Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Today, depart on a scenic cycling tour through the most beautiful Cambodian countryside. You will pass rice fields and villages, where you will stop for refreshing breaks and a few chats with the locals. The road is all flat and easy to cycle, and the tour is fully supported, so if you or your children don’t want to continue by bicycle, you can continue by private vehicle.
Continue to Kompong Phluck where you will embark on an interesting boat trip on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will have the opportunity to learn about life on the lake. The Tonlé Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and officially designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, covering an area of around 250,000 hectares in the dry season. Due to a unique phenomenon, when the monsoon begins, the swollen waters of the Mekong River force the Tonlé Sap River to reverse its flow northwards, feeding the Great Lake and spreading over the surrounding floodplain.
Board a local boat and visit Kompong Phluck, a village where you will see houses on stilts that are submerged when Tonlé Sap Lake expands. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests, portraying life on the water. Take a break by disembarking for a tasty picnic lunch served in a floating house and enjoy the views as the local community goes about its daily life. (Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is generally only possible from June to March, although water levels vary year-on-year. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead or the stilted village can be visited by foot).
Return back to Siem Reap in the early afternoon where you will have some free time at leisure before attending a performance of ‘Phare, the Cambodian Circus’. Starting at 8pm, professional artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) will perform an inspiring show suitable for people of all ages. Set up in Battambang in 1994 by young returnee Cambodians from the refugee camps who learned to use art as a means of coping with trauma, PPS has played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture over the years after the Khmer Rouge genocide. The hour-long show mixes traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion performed in stories about Cambodian lives and society.
Overnight in Siem Reap.
This morning, embark on an adventure unlike any other! Head to the ancient city of Angkor Thom for a photography scavenger hunt.
Upon arrival, receive a map and a set of clues. Armed with these items and a camera, set off into the sprawling complex on a quest to capture eleven unique pictures. Start with a visit to the South Gate, where remarkable statues depicting mythological demons and gods line the fifty-metre walkway. Start unlocking the answers to the clues as you are led past other smaller monuments and into the heart of Angkor Thom.
During the game, discover interesting facts about sites such as the historic Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Explore ancient Bayon temple and admire the enigmatic faces that cover the temple’s 52 towers.
After collecting all the photos, meet up with the guide to discuss the answers to the quiz and share the picture clues with the other players, receiving a magnificent prize for completing the scavenger hunt successfully.
Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure, or if you are up for more adventure, you can add any of the following activities:
Optional: Angkor Zipline
Angkor Zipline is a zipline eco-adventure tour at the Angkor Archeological Park. Offering 10 zip lines of different heights, suspended sky bridges and abseiling from a tree, this is an excursion for those with a sense of adventure who want to soar over the jungle canopy like a gibbon! Transfer to the zipline site before receiving a safety briefing and being outfitted. After the adventure begins, start with the easiest ziplines before proceeding to the highest and most exhilarating. The highest zipline is 50 meters above the canopy and the longest is 350 meters. From the last zipline, the final adventure is to abseil down, followed by a soft trek through the forest that takes you back to the starting point. (Note – max 9 people in a single group, latest start time is 12pm, excursion lasts 3-4 hrs, maximum weight 125kg, not suitable for children under 5 yrs old or 1m height, no sandals permitted).
Optional: Horseback-Riding at Happy Ranch
Head to the outskirts of Siem Reap to the Happy Ranch, a western style horse ranch. There, you will get acquainted with your horse of pure Cambodian breed, a descendant of Mongolian wild horses, and then enjoy the countryside on horseback! During the two-hour trail ride you will visit places far outside the tourist areas, through the rice fields and local villages to the rarely visited temple of Wat Atvea. Explore the peaceful temple ruins of the Angkor-era: a truly authentic experience.
Note: Children aged between 2 and 12 years at the time of travel will receive a 10% discount off the Adult Price. Happy Ranch can arrange lead rides on gentle ponies for young children. Their experienced staff will walk alongside and lead them or just assist them when necessary.
Optional: Quad Bike Adventure
An unforgettable experience as you will ride a quad bike especially designed for off-road terrain through the beautiful countryside of Siem Reap Province. The 12 km guided tour will take you to local villages, where you can learn about the way of life in rural Cambodia and have the chance to meet and chat with the wonderful and friendly people. The highlight of the two hour tour is the sunset in the rice fields.
Note: Children aged between 2 and 12 years at the time of travel will receive a 10% discount off the Adult Price. Two adults with maximum weight of 130 Kgs can ride on the same quad bike. In this case, the driver must have experience riding a quad bike. Children are welcome to sit with their parents as passengers. From 14 to 16 years old, children can ride their own quad only with an instructor riding pillion. 17 year-old children are allowed to ride alone only if they are adult size and have a similar or bigger quad bike at home.
Optional: Beng Mealea
Head to remote Beng Mealea, around 65 km from Siem Reap. Enjoy a short walk through the dense jungle and feel like an explorer when you discover a completely overgrown temple. Undiscovered for centuries, Beng Mealea has only recently been made accessible and remains unrestored. It is one of the very few temples that actually gives the opportunity to climb through it.
Children aged between 2 and 12 years at the time of travel will receive a 10% discount off the Adult Price.
Optional: Angkor Silk Farm
Drive through the countryside around the Western Baray where you can spot water buffalos in swampy ponds and kids in school uniforms on their bicycles and oxcarts. Visit the Angkor Silk Farm 15 km west of Siem Reap, where you can witness the entire process of silk creation from growing and harvesting mulberry as food for the silkworms, the breeding process and life cycle of the silkworm to the spinning the silk, the dying process and the creation of beautiful silk weavings on wooden hand looms. Children will get the opportunity to feed the silkworms – a fun experience!
Overnight in Siem Reap.
Enjoy some time at leisure until the transfer to the airport for your individual departure flight.
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