It’s temple time! Angkor is Cambodia’s UNESCO world heritage site, and the largest religious structure in the world. The jaw-dropping Khmer temples are an absolute must if your next holiday calls for a dose of history and culture. We have some tips on how to cover ground with your little temple trekkers in tow!
Temples: Get a 1-day or 3-day pass to the park, and start exploring! Good luck attempting to see everything, but everything you see will be mind-blowing, so don’t fret about your itinerary. Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, Bayon…they’re all stunning! And for better or for worse, current rules allow little culture vultures to walk (or run!) around the 12th century ruins and touch their intricate carvings, which takes the experience to a whole other level of amazing. Skip the usual souvenir shops and go for locally-made crafts and textiles at Artisans Angkor.
Lodging: After a long day touring, you’ll appreciate Siem Reap’s top notch hotels. Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa and Heritage Suites Hotel are our fave luxe family-friendly options. There are also excellent B&Bs that won’t break the bank, including La Niche D’Angkor Boutique and Petit Villa Boutique & Spa. For the ultimate retreat with private saltwater infinity pools, try Amansara. Little lux travelers will love the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
Night Market: Hotels are a short tuk tuk ride away from Siem Reap’s night market, a lively jumble of eateries and shops catering to the many tourists that visit Angkor every year. Shop the stalls, try out a fish pedicure, and choose from almost any cuisine in the world. For a unique dining experience a bit farther away, check out Haven, a training restaurant for young adult orphans. Wherever you end up for dinner, make sure to finish the night off with an ice cream at Blue Pumpkin, a Cambodian institution.
An unforgettable trip to Cambodia's ancient Khmer ruins, with excellent lodging nearby!
Culture vultures and their little sidekicks plus anyone running the Angkor Wat International Half Marathon.
November through March is Cambodia's dry season, so plan accordingly.
Angkor Archaelogical Park
Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Ask your hotel to arrange a private car with driver or a private tuk tuk to take you around the temples.