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Oct
2019
Top kid-family vacation ideas for a Cambodia holiday
Posted By : Threeland Travel / Travel Guide

Cambodia has the unique charm of not only Khmer’s culture but also its nature. If you are looking for ideas for family vacation tours in Cambodia, these places and activities should not be missed.

Visting Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, the capital city, the largest and busiest city in Cambodia, impresses tourists not only with Khmer's lively lifestyle but also stunning sightseeing. In recent years, this city has always concentrated on developing tourism to welcome global tourists. 

Nowadays, there are many ways to reach Phnom Penh. Your family has a lot of choices such as taking flights landing at Phnom Penh International Airport, traveling by cruises along Mekong Delta or using buses from Vietnam, Laos, etc.

How about the best time for your family holiday in Phnom Penh? This is a tropical city, the average temperatures are around 28 to 33°C (82 to 91°F), so it is quite comfortable to visit during the year. However, your Phnom Penh family tour will be more pleasant when your tour is planned in December and January because this is the time of the dry season with the lowest temperature. 

What are the must-visit places on holiday with kids in Phnom Penh?

- Royal palace

This palace is located on the shore of four rivers: the Upper Mekong, the Lower Mekong, the Bassac, and the Tonle Sap. Your family will be overwhelmed by the colorful Khmer-style palaces and the twinkle of diamond, emerald, gold and silver Buddha statues in the temple of the Emerald Buddha on the campus of Royal Palace. Moreover, this is a perfect place for you and your kids to have a clearly visible of Khmer and Cambodia history. 

 

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

- Riverfront park

This is an area where three rivers meet – the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac. Here is an ideal site for the aldults and children to picnic and for your children frolic among the pigeons. 

The activity cannot be ignored is getting up early, doing morning exercises with local residents and checking out the unique and spectacular sunrise near the bank of two fluted rivers.

- Koh Dach (silk island)

Just about 45 minutes by tuk-tuk, you will leave the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh to discover new aspects of local life in Cambodia. 

You and your children will have an insight into the local villages and their lifestyles through their action operating handlooms under most of the houses, others dying and spinning silk on spinning wheels made of bicycle parts. 

By using our package tour for your family vacation, your itinerary is planned in the most exciting and memorable way.

- Safari world Phnom Penh

When you visit Phnom Penh, do not worry about entertaining places for your kids. Safari World, not far from the center of Phnom Penh, is a zoological park with more than 800 animals. It combines education with entertaining activities in the form of crocodile – shows, bird – shows, orangutan – shows and tiger – shows so that this is an ideal place for relaxing and learning.

Place for kids - Safari World Phnom Penh

Place for kids - Safari World Phnom Penh

Discovering Siem Reap

         Siem Reap, a province in the northwest of Phnom Penh, is known as the old capital of Khmer. Until now, it still remains a variety of ancient temples and conserves traditional customs of the Khmer community. Your Cambodia family trip would be imperfect if you skip this unique province. 

Let’s discover what are the best things to do with your kids in Siem Reap.

Going on a package tour in Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat Temple is the most famous of the Angkorian temples. It was started to build by King Suryavarman II during 30 years in the 12th century. It was dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu at first, and only Buddha then.

UNESCO has called Angkor Wat “One of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia”.
This wonder is a unique combination of the standard design for the empire's state temples and the later plan of concentric galleries on a site measuring 162.6 hectares.

One of the most exciting experiences is contemplating sunrise above the ancient land and looking the image of every group of young monks, going in a long line, spreading down to the neighborhood or hamlet, quietly receiving the food offerings of the devotees and blessing them.

Cycling to discover Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat is a very large area while walking will make your kids easily feel tired so that cycling is the best choice. Your tour guides in Siem Reap family package tour will be your companions during your trip. During the tour, you both contemplate the masterpiece of Khmer and respect its history and values. 

 

Cycling to discover Angkor Wat with your children

Cycling to discover Angkor Wat with your children

Coming into contact with local people to develop sustainable tourism

We will help local people to complete simple things such as cleaning to the hard work with cultivation in rice field, rice sorting and rice husking, communicating English with children, harvesting palm trees, etc. What could be more meaningful with responsible travel! 

Outing at the Night market

After exploring Angkor Wat the whole day, walking around the night market and enjoying local food will help your family holiday to refill your energy. Series of clothes, bags, ornaments, and souvenirs to furniture and snacks stores are waiting for you. Another special thing, all the stalls are made from natural materials and soft-lit to make this a shopping experience “must-visit”.

Enjoy night market in Siem Reap

Enjoy night market in Siem Reap

See more: The World Heritage Angkor 4 days and 3 nights  

Having fun in coastal destinations

  Cambodia has 443 km of coastline in length with a lot of beautiful beaches for relaxing. Some places here are compared to the Maldives, so you and your kids would have joyful time here. The most suitable time to visit Cambodia coastline is from December to May. 

 Sihanoukville town is the center of Sihanoukville province, a peninsula on the Gulf of Thailand. Along the 10km coastline, it has dozens of stunning beaches and small islands. Enjoy the time with your family by sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing and tasting fresh seafood on cruise or restaurant.

From Sihanoukville, your family can take a flight at Sihanoukville airport to leave Cambodia.  

Relaxing with your kids on the coast of  Sihanoukville

Relaxing with your kids on the coast of  Sihanoukville

Festivals and Cuisine

Festivities

- Sangkrangta (Khmer New Year)

Sangkrangta (Chol Chnam Thmey), one of the most important holidays in Cambodia, is celebrated every 13th to 15th, April. Most of the festivals in Asia follow the lunar calendar, however, Khmer New Year in Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar uses the Gregorian calendar. This holiday, Khmer finishes their harvest and enjoying their the fruits of labor. 

During the festival, they organize ceremonies, visit relatives and temples and play traditional games. Your kids are welcomed to join the crowd and amuse themselves with a bunch of exciting games. Visiting Cambodia with your beloved people to immerse yourself in the joy and excitement of this unique holiday in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap is the best choice. 

An activity in Khmer New Year

An activity in Khmer New Year

- Water and moon festival

This is a highlight of your Cambodia holiday when both adults and children can discover and engage in the local community. 

Water and moon festival, known as Bon Om Touk in Khmer language, is the most vibrant festival in Cambodia. It happens annually in 3 days on the occasion of the full moon day in the Buddhist month of Katdeuk, marks the end of the rainy season and the beginning of a new flourish harvest. The biggest one is held on Tone Sap, where all provinces in Cambodia gather to compete.

When taking part in this special holiday, let’s soak up the crowd, cheer on the boat racing team on the river, then enjoy traditional food and music near the bank of the river. On the last day, Cambodians gather at temples to pray under the moonlight, they will eat "auk ambok" together after midnight. 

If you would like to come here for your family holiday, do not hesitate to book a package tour early to have the best hotel near Tone Sap in Phnom Penh.

Boat racing on Tone Sap

Boat racing on Tone Sap

See more: Cambodia holiday with festivals in November 2019 and 2020

Cuisine:

Khmer Cuisine is quite similar to Vietnam or Thai so that elders and children have a lot of choice without being allergic or short of energy. 

Cambodia food is very fresh and chills with the perfect balance between meat, vegetable, tubers, and fruits in each meal. Moreover, the flavors are diversified to serve every taste. The adults can relish noodles, soups, stir-fries, curries, rice while children enjoy their salads, sweets. 

It is not necessary to worry about not having Western food. After French colonial time, Cambodian receptively and cleverly incorporated French styles into their cooking. Food, cake, and drinks with specific tastes are sold in a lot of restaurants and along the streets. Almost dishes are quite spicy, so remind the servers how spicy you would like to add.

Lap Khmer - Lime-marinated Khmer beef salad

Lap Khmer - Lime-marinated Khmer beef salad

Moreover, Cambodia has a long coastline so trying seafood here should not be skipped. One of the most famous dishes is Kampot Pepper Crabs. The aroma of pepper, the freshness of the crabs, the spicy taste blends with the taste of the sea makes the dish perfect and unforgettable.

Kampot Pepper Crabs

Kampot Pepper Crabs

Now has a list of ideas for family vacation is ready for your kid-friendly trip in Cambodia. The last step is to note your choices and we will help you to plan a great vacation with thoroughgoing package services. Contact Cambodian locals at Threeland Travel to design your Cambodia tour package via email: help@threeland.com or What's App: +84342620068 or call +842439262056.

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