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Temple ideas...with young kids

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Temple ideas...with young kids

hi I have to thank the many people who have already provided me with excellent info re. For our upcoming trip to Cambodia in jan.

We have 4 days in PP and then 11 days to relax in Siem reap.

I had thought getting a guide and driver to take us on a couple of temple trips may be a good idea and then if we really want to go back and explore we could take Tuk Tuk. Luckily with the amount of time we havein SR we don't have to rush around and can take it at ur own pace.

My questions are with 3 fit kids aged 5,7,9 years which temples are the key highlights ? Any in particular that we should consider unmissable? Beng Melea has been mentioned several times!

Any tips would be welcomed!


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1. Re: Temple ideas...with young kids

Beng Melea .. yes, yes - lots of oportunities for them to explore.

Carefully managed, there's no reason why your kids can't enjoy all or any of the temples you want to see. The idea is to do it in short bursts, out in the morning for a temple or two then back to the hotel for a rest then out again in the late afternoon.

A hotel with a pool should be a priority because nothing spoils your holiday like hot cranky kids. Give them the opportunity to rest, have a swim & a rest each day and you may be surprised what they can do.

The eldest can probably do some very basic research and contribute to the family 'must do/see' list. set them up on canbypublications.com/siemreap/sritinerary.h… and see what they come up with.

There is also a dot point (last one) in the top questions (upper right of screen) about things to do with kids - the little bloke in question from this thread was in a wheelchair, but there are still some great ideas to be gathered.

this blog is full of great info - can't remember how old their kids are but it might help for staters …blogspot.com.au/p/cambodia-january-2nd-to-j…

you will also find plenty of trip reports by families travelling with kids usin the search box directly above your post.



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Agree with Helen a hotel with a pool is a must, nothing better than having a dip to revive yourself yet alone your kids after some sightseeting

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Having just been to Siem Reap with a 7 year old ( and 17) is thoroughly recommend taking tuk tuks as much as possible and not a car. Even if it means taking 2 tuk tuks. The kids had no issues at all with 2 hour trips in a tuk tuk but hated even 15 miniutes in a car. We had a quide for Angkor Wat but even though he tried to interact with the youngest child, she was quickly bored . We enjoyed ourselves more just exploring by ourselves.

If you go out to Bantary Srei and Kbal Spean you can also include the Butterfly centre and landmine museum,

My kids loved Ta Prohm, Bantarey Srei,Beng Melea , Kbal Spean ( with loads of rain) and Angkor Wat. They loved the Quad Bike but this may be hard to work with 3 kids. Also consider the Beyond Unique Escapes day trip to Kompung Phlukk as a good alternative to temples.

The Old markets were also great fun

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Also agree totally - a decent swimming pool is a must!

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yes also to having picked a hotel with a swimming pool,also one within walking distance to the main siem reap township as our kids loved to wonder around the markets and shops.

Beng Mealea also known as the jungle temple was a highlight we never bothered with a guide except on our first day.some other activities we enjoyed where kompong phluk and kompong khleang.we used the tara boat tours for these.we also enjoyed mount kulin and its lovely drive up there and waterfalls and carvings,we took a air cond mini van as there where 8 of us however for the shorter distanced temples we just used 2 tuk tuks,the hotel can organise everything you need ,

what you will find is siem reap is child friendly and exploring the villages is also worth a hald day or 2.we also found the mornings best for the temples as it was cooler and afternoon for other activites.

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6. Re: Temple ideas...with young kids

Our boys loved Beng Melea. The drive there is amazing, too, maybe as it was our first temple. We went partly on the main road and partly on back roads, as it was near our drivers village. Really interesting to see the rural landscape and stilted homes, obviously quite different for western kids.

The temple is an amazing ruin, really a must see.

Ours also naturally wanted to see Ta Prohm, but, to be honest, the bus loads of tourists make it hard to enjoy... So do go early.

As you have plenty of time, spread your visits out over early mornings, visit the more touristy ones first then maybe head out to the less visited Banteay Samre for example as there are less people there anyway.

The kids lost interest after this, so I was free to go really early, as suggested by many, to see Preah Khan, WOW.... So totally fantastic in that misty early morning light with few people ( and no bored kids in tow!) ... Do make sure you include this temple.

Our boys liked tuk tuks, too,although a car to Beng Melea was a good idea. The drive between closer temples is surprisingly shady and a tuk tuk is cooler than you might expect, as long as its moving!

Do also visit the lake, the stilted fishing village a real eye opener for our boys.but go on an organised tour as there are lots of warnings about entry fees on this forum.

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