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Cambodia with Kids: 10 Best Things to Do with Family


Cambodia is undoubtedly a fascinating destination among southeast Asian countries. Apart from the world-famous majestic Angkor Wat temple complex, the county offers much more surprises. The country boasts an ideal blend of awe-inspiring temple ruins, a unique Khmer culture, remote jungles, palm-fringed white beaches, friendly floating villages, and pristine islands. Of course, it is a perfect place to enjoy a vacation with your kids as there are so many great family-friendly things to do and see. Here we just bring you the best 10 things to do in Cambodia with kids. Just follow our steps to plan your trip and enjoy a cultural visit with fun and meaningful family-friendly activities.

1. Explore Temples of Angkor Wat on a Bike

Without entering Angkor Wat, your Cambodian with kids trip would not be complete. You and your children will be amazed at the lost city and the world’s largest temple complex. Compared to going sightseeing on foot, cycling is a more popular way for people with children and families. A bike trip just helps you to have a deep ruins exploration more easily and avoid large crowds. The magnificent Angkor temples and monasteries offer a glimpse of the once-thriving Khmer Empire, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your children. There is no other way of teaching your children better than exploring the grand architectural wonder with them together.

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2. Experience the Floating Villages around the Tonle Sap Lake

The Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Cambodia and even in Southeast Asia, spanning over 2,700 square kilometers (270,000 hectares). Around Tonle Sap Lake, one of the richest fishing grounds on the planet, there are a lot of stilted floating villages where several communities of people are living. The houses there are all suspended on 8-foot stilts, which offers an incredible sight for visitors. As the largest and most authentic floating village Kompong Khleang is only around 50 km (31 mi) from Siem Reap, you can easily have a day tour from Siem Reap with your children. When the water level is high enough, you and your family can take a boat trip to admire one of these fascinating floating villages and experience authentic local customs. That will surely be very fun and interesting for children.

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3. Ride a Horse on Otres Beach during Sunset

If you are looking for a laid-back beach for you and your family to enjoy a relaxing time after a wonderful exploration of other Cambodian attractions, then Otres Beach must be your first choice. The gorgeous white beach is perfect for enjoying sunbathing and swimming. However, the most alluring activity is to take horse riding on the beach. No one would not be delighted by a horse ride on the beach, right? Especially for children, this would be a very interesting and memorable experience to ride on a horse along the beach while watching the sun go down in the sea. The fee may be a little expensive, which costs about $25 per hour. But nearly all the people think this is worth it! Do not miss the chance to enjoy the relaxing beach and fantastic horse riding during the beautiful sunset.

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4. Take the Bamboo Train at Battambang

It may not be as famous as Siem Reap, but Battambang in Cambodia also offers a lot of travel highlights. The Bamboo train is one of them, and also the most attractive one for people with their kids. The Bamboo Trains is also known as “Norrie” or “Nori”, an improvised rail vehicle running at a speed of around 30-50 km/h (18-31 mph). This train in fact is just a bamboo platform on two steel axles with wheels and it is powered by a motorbike engine. Nevertheless, the 20-minute ride is interesting enough to take you and your kids through the pristine villages of Battambang. Just like taking a mini roller coaster, this is an absolute kids’ favorite. A round trip takes about 1 hour time and it takes $ 3 to 5 per person for a ride.

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5. Spot Irrawaddy Dolphins on the Mekong River

Kratie is a small town located northeast of the capital city Phnom Penh and also situated on the banks of the Mekong River. The mellow riverside town not only boasts the most beautiful sunsets over the Mekong River in Cambodia but also includes a wealth of wildlife species, including the Mekong River’s “spirit”, the Irrawaddy Dolphins. With a bulging forehead and a short beak, these cute dolphins are estimated to exist less than 100 individuals. However, there is still a chance for you to spot these adorable spirits and other water creatures near the town. This is a meaningful thing to do in Cambodia with kids and the old French colonial buildings in the town are also worth lingering.

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6. See Beautiful Butterflies in Banteay Srey Butterfly Center

If you are traveling with kids in Cambodia, then you cannot miss the interactive butterfly exhibit, the Banteay Srey Butterfly Center (BBC), which is only 25 km (16 mi) north of Siem Reap. Located on the road to the Bantey Srey Temple and the Landmine Museum, it is one of the biggest butterfly enclosure centers in Southeast Asia. On this farm, you can witness thousands of colorful butterfly species and your children can learn about the complete cycle of various species. It offers an interactive and visual environment for you to experience butterfly feeding and some of the butterflies may fly close to your hands and shoulders. The exhibit is open all year round and it costs $ 2 per child and $ 4 for every adult.

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7. Try a Night Drive by Tuk-Tuk in Phnom Penh

Referring to one of the most unmissable experiences in Cambodia with kids, the night drive in tuk-tuk should be on the list. Taking a night drive by tuk-tuk is undoubtedly a very enjoyable experience to take in the city’s extraordinary night views with its real beauty. As the capital city of the ancient kingdom of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is famous for its historical architecture and attractions. You will witness magnificent Khmer-styler architectures, beautiful French-colonial buildings, and kings’ statues along the way, which extend Cambodia’s rich and complex history. To experience the unforgettable atmosphere of the capital city and feel the night breeze, you only need to spend around $ 5 for a 2-hour ride.

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8. Go Ziplining in the Jungle near Angkor Wat

After a deep exploration of the Angkor Wat temples, there is still an exciting activity nearby that you cannot miss, and it is the thrilling zip-line activity. The zip-line eco-park is built near Angkor Wat and it offers a safe and adventurous experience. When you and your children soar through the majestic forest canopy, you can fly from tree to tree in a thrilling way while enjoying the fantastic jungle views. This is really a thrilling and exciting experience for children. There is no need to worry about your safety as the friendly staff is always taking care of you and your family. Please note that only children who have a height of at least 1 meter can take part in the activity.

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9. Go Shopping at the Old Market in Phnom Penh

When you visit the capital city Phnom Penh of Cambodia, another top thing you should do is to visit the local traditional market. The central market has served as the heart of trade for the city for many years. It is the largest market in the city where the locals do daily shopping. Composed of various sections including clothes, food, and electronics, the market offers the most complete range of goods and the most authentic local scenes. Some street snacks can also be found in the colorful and vibrant food section, like fried bananas, boiled corn, and roast chicken. Watch out your feet as the paths between stalls are narrow but it does worth spending several hours here for you and your kids.

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10. Take a Quad Bike Adventure in the Cambodian Countryside

Not far from the Old Market in Siem Reap, you can experience a fun quad bike adventure with children in the Cambodian countryside. That is definitely one of the favorites of kids. Although the rustic village tracks are bumpy, muddy, and wet, spending fun and adventurous time with children and family is really cool. Around Siem Reap suburban, you will have a good opportunity to explore local beautiful villages, pass through lush rice fields and learn about the local customs. Only two people are on a quad bike and you and your child are on each. The fares are depending on time and the number of people. Generally, it takes about $ 60 per quad for two hours.

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