Cambodia Family Tour
This family tour incorporates all the elements of our Complete Cambodia tour, but with a focus on family travel. Visiting the main sights of Phnom Penh, Battambang, Tonle Sap and the mysterious temples of the Angkor complex, the trip features cycling tours, tuk-tuk rides and exploration of the temples in the jungle.
PHNOM PENH – KOH DACH – KOMPONG LUONG – BATTAMBANG – PRASAT BANON – SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT – BANG MELEA – BANTEAY SREI – TA PROHM – PREAH KHAN – ANGKOR THOM – KOMPONG KHLEANG
Arrive at Phnom Penh Airport where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight 4* White Mansion Boutique Hotel or similar
Today you take a city tour of Phnom Penh. You start with a tour of the gilded and beautiful Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. Here you can find the Silver Pagoda inside of which stands a golden Buddha encrusted with 9584 diamonds and weighing 90kgs, and a Buddha featuring emeralds and Baccarat crystal dating from the 17th century. Afterwards you travel to Wat Phnom, an ancient pagoda built atop a hill in 1372. This is followed by a visit to the genocide museum of Tuol Sleng (optional depending on age of children) to learn about the darkest period of Cambodia’s history: the regime of the Khmer Rouge. You then return to the city for a visit to a local dance and martial art school before an evening at leisure.
Overnight 4* White Mansion Boutique Hotel or similar (B)
After breakfast you set off on a 1.5 hour trip on a local wooden boat to the small island of Koh Dach. Situated on the Mekong River and quite isolated from the capital Phnom Penh, you discover the real Cambodia and especially the art of silk weaving by hand; Koh Dach is renowned throughout the country for the quality of its silk. Upon arrival at Koh Dach, you can cycle along small roads to meet the weavers and listen to the clatter of the loom, before stopping for lunch prepared by a Khmer family. The ride continues on the other side of the island before you take the boat back to Phnom Penh. Round off your day with a walk around the Russian market built in 1937 and of a splendid colonial architectural style.
Overnight 4* White Mansion Boutique Hotel or similar (B, L)
Today you leave Phnom Penh to drive to Battambang. En route you will see magnificent scenery including paddy fields with large sugar palms and many traditional wooden stilt houses. You stop at Kompong Chhnang a provincial town where you can walk through traditional potting villages and see local artisans at work making braziers for domestic cooking along with many other utensils and decorative pieces for the home. Your next stop is Kompong Luong where you board a traditional boat to watch community life on the lake before lunch at a local restaurant. Your journey continues then on Battambang where you check into your hotel.
Overnight 2* Bambu Hotel (B, L)
Today you have the opportunity to experience the local way of life and to explore the area on two wheels. The Batambang cycling tour takes you by the side of a small stream where you can see typical houses unchanged for generations, rice paddies, local workshops and much more. You can take part in daily activities such as the preparation of sticky rice, custom knife making, or the preparation of traditional fish paste known as “Prahok”. In the afternoon, you take a local Tuk Tuk to explore the charming town of Battambang, with its elegant colonial French-style houses along the river. You visit a superb 12-13th century temple, Prasat Banon, which towers over the peak of the hill you have just climbed up, from where you can admire the beautiful scenery, the plains and their pagodas. That evening you attend a Circus Art performance at Phare Ponleu Selpak –“the brightness of art” school – an NGO-run community project.
Overnight 2* Bambu Hotel (B)
After breakfast, you leave by road from Battambang for Siem Reap through the scenic Cambodian countryside featuring paddy fields and traditional wooden houses. The road travels via Sisophon and en route you can stop to meet stone sculptors and watch them at their work. Just outside Siem Reap, you visit a silk farm where you can experience silk-making in the traditional way from raising silkworms to weaving the silk and dyeing it. You arrive in Siem Reap in time for lunch at a local restaurant before a visit to the Angkor National Museum and the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight 4* Shinta Mani Resort or similar (B, L)
Your day starts with a visit to Angkor Wat, a world heritage site where you can spend the morning admiring the soaring towers and extraordinary bas reliefs. In the afternoon, you leave for Banteay Srei. Erected in the 10th century, this small pink sandstone temple is known as the Citadel of Women. On the way back to the hotel, you visit the ancient Ta Prohm Monastery, featured in the Lara Croft films, where immense branches have taken root in the stones – hence the nickname of the Jungle Temple. Return to your hotel in Siem Reap for the evening at leisure. Overnight 4* Shinta Mani Resort or similar (B)
In the morning, you leave by tuk tuk to visit Preah Khan Temple, built in 1191, and Neak Pean, the only island temple of Angkor. In the afternoon, you visit Angkor Thom (the Great City) with its famous Bayon of the 12th and 13th centuries. Your journey of exploration continues at the Elephant Terrace, which was used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and the raised Leper King Terrace, built in the 12th century and which features many beautifully sculptured Apsaras. Overnight 4* Shinta Mani Resort or similar (B)
In the morning, you leave for Kompong Khleang floating village. Here all the houses are on stilts offering breathtaking views of floodplains, rice fields and water. After a walk through the village, you travel by boat along the canals to a large lake before returning to Siem Reap for the afternoon at leisure Overnight 4* Shinta Mani Resort or similar (B)
You are transferred to the airport for your flight home, or enjoy the optional extension of a few days at one of Cambodia’s relaxing beach resorts.
- Flights from the UK
- Return transfers
- Bed & Breakfast
- 3 lunches
- All entrance fees
- Fully guided private tour
- ATOL protection
- Hotel taxes
- Flight upgrades
- Regional UK departures
- Tour and beach extensions
- Additional hotel nights
- Bespoke tour variations
- Hotel upgrade
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