If you’re looking to introduce your kids to Cambodia, why not begin with the mesmerising UNESCO world heritage sights of Siem Reap. While the thought of navigating the world’s largest religious temple complex with kiddies may feel daunting, fret not, as there is a variety of fun to be had. From adrenaline-filled activities to arts and crafts and bustling markets, the magical resort town of Siem Reap will ensure you have a fun-packed and memorable family holiday. Here is the ultimate guide to Siem Reap with kids. This handy guide covers it all from our favorite hotels in Siem Reap to unqiue activities in Siem Reap too. We also added our favorite shops snf restaurants and ways to visit the template of Angkor Wat with kids in tow. Enjoy this family-friendly guide – the trip is worth all the memories!
After a day of exploring the Angkor temples, the centrally located Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa is the perfect spot for families to relax and unwind. Make a splash in the kid’s pool, explore the lush gardens or spend rainy afternoons in the kid’s club packed with fun toys and welcome gifts. In addition, the interconnecting rooms are convenient and allow for some privacy after the kids are off to sleep. For those looking for a touch of added luxury, Park Hyatt Siem Reap is a popular choice. With three restaurants, family rooms, babysitting services, and a kids’ pool, this beautiful haven make for the ideal home-away-from-home. Alternatively, the traditional stilt houses at Sala Lodges can accommodate up to five guests and make for a more private and authentic experience. Surrounded by rice paddies and palm trees, and featuring a restaurant offering traditional Khmer cuisine, you might not want to leave. Siem Reap is packed with amazing family-friendly boutique hotels. One of our favorites for families is Pavillon D'Orient - a seriously great deal, wonderful pool, and excellent location.
LUXURY FAMILY HOTELS AND RESORTS IN SIEM REAP:
Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Website *Little Steps Top Pick
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, www.victoriaangkorhotel.com
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, www.raffles.com/siem-reap
FCC Cambodia, https://www.fcccollection.com/
Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor, Website
LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN SIEM REAP:
Sala Lodges, www.salalodges.com
Phum Baitang, https://phumbaitang.grandluxuryhotels.com/
Viroth's Villa, https://www.viroth-villa.com/
Viroth's Hotel, https://www.viroth-hotel.com *Super stylish!
Shinta Mani Shack, https://www.shintamani.com/
The Aviary, https://www.theaviary.com/ *Top Pick Near Kandal Village
Maison Polanka, https://www.maisonpolanka.com/
AFFORDABLE BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN SIEM REAP:
Pavillon D'Orient, https://pavillon-orient-hotel.com/ *Little Steps Top Pick, Traditional Vibe
Hillocks Hotel And Spa, www.hillockshotel.com *Little Steps Top Pick, Modern Vibe
Mony Reach Angkor, https://www.monyreachangkor.com/
Model Angkor, https://modelangkorhotel.com *Family Rooms
Ananda Hotel, www.anandasr.com *Kandal Village
For a taste of local Khmer cuisine in Siem Reap, pop to Genevieve’s Restaurant where the friendly staff will cook up a mighty Fishy Amok and Cambodian Curry. As far as lunch spots go, it doesn’t get much better than WILD Creative Bar & Eatery. With a menu specializing in homemade spring rolls and delicious cocktails, mocktails and homemade sodas, this popular eco-friendly spot is a proven hit with adults and kids alike. The beautiful garden setting features a swing and a tree fort, which are sure to be a hit with the kids. To get your five-a-day, you can’t go wrong with Fresh Fruit Factory with an offering of smoothie bowls, French toast and ice cream, all featuring fresh Cambodian fruit. When shopping around near Kandal Village, be sure to visit Sister Srey. It is amazing! For dinner with a give-back vibe, head to Haven which is a delightful restaurant and has an excellent training program for locals looking to get into hospitality.
Genevieve’s Restaurant, Bamboo Street, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia, www.facebook.com/GenevievesRestaurant
WILD Creative Bar & Eatery, Wat Damnak Krong Siem Reap, 17000, Cambodia, www.wild-siemreap.com
Fresh Fruit Factory, 155, Taphul Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia, www.fruitcambodia.com
Sister Srey Café, Sangkat, # 9, Street of Religious, Old Market Bridge, www.sistersreycafe.com Top Pick!
Haven, Chocolate Rd, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia, website *Top Pick!
More Family-Friendly Restaurants In Siem Reap
Gelato Lab, House #11, Mondol 1 Village Siem Reap, 17252, Cambodia, website
George’s French Restaurant, George’s Ln, Siem Reap, 17254, Cambodia, www.georges-rhumerie.com
Lum Orng, www.lumorngrestaurant.com *Farm to Table 15 minutes from city
FCC Siem Reap, https://www.fcccollection.com *Classic and very nice
Where To Get A Drink in Siem Reap? The Best Bars
Elephant Bar, https://www.raffles.com/siem-reap/dining/elephant-bar/
Miss Wong, http://misswong.net/
Glide, https://theaviaryhotel.com/dining/the-glide-bar/ *Near Kambal Village
The Living Room At Park Hyatt, Website
Linga Bar, https://www.facebook.com/linganow/
FCC Angkor, https://www.fcccollection.com/
With over 1000 temples, jungle landscapes, narrow pathways, hidden rooms, moats and lakes, the majestic temples of Angkor Complex in Siem Reap truly make for a historical adventure with kids. After a morning of exploring, cool down in your hotel pool before enjoying the Angkor Night Market packed with vendors offering everything from colorful keepsakes and silk souvenirs to leather carvings and rice art paintings. Beyond the temples and history, there are also plenty of fun activities to take part in. We love The Great Escape where you must work as a team to solve puzzles and riddles and explore hidden treasures to escape the themed room before you run out of time. For a dose of culture, check out the Khmer Ceramics Fine Arts Centre where the little ones can get creative in a Cambodian pottery class and last but not least, catch a show at Phare, The Cambodian Circus where theatre, dance and circus arts tell uniquely Cambodian stories with plenty of laughs along the way.
Khmer Ceramic Fine Arts Centre, 0207, River Road, Treang Village, Khum Slorkram, Krong Siem Reap, www.khmerceramics.com *Top Pick!
Phare, The Cambodian Circus, Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the Intersection, Sok San Rd, Krong Siem Reap, www.pharecircus.org *Top Pick!
Angkor Complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia, whc.unesco.org/en/list/668
Angkor Night Market, Angkor Night Market St, Steung Thmei Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, www.angkornightmarket.com *Top Pick!
The Great Escape, Unit C-39, Angkor Shopping Arcade, National Highway 6, Siem Reap, www.greatescapecambodia.com
Great Siem Reap Family-Friendly Tours:
Ayana Journeys, www.ayanajourneys.com *Food Tours, Homestays, Buddhism Intros
Grasshopper Bike Tours Of Temples, Website *Good for kids ages 8+, Top Pick!
AirBNB Experiences, Website
PURE! Countryside Bicycle Tours, www.facebook.com/purebycicletour
Helicopters Cambodia, www.helicopterscambodia.com
More Fun Activities in Siem Reap:
Art Box, www.artbox.studio
Bambu Stage, www.bambustage.com
Angkor Silk Farm, www.artisansdangkor.com
The Happy Horse Ranch, www.thehappyranch.com
Angkor Wat Putt, www.angkorwatputt.com
Bees Unlimited, www.beesunlimited.com
Lemongrass Garden, www.lemongrassgarden.com
Angkor Climbing Wall, www.angkorclimbers.net
Angkor Zip Line, www.angkorzipline.com
Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre, www.angkorbutterfly.com
Besides the Night Market, the Made In Cambodia Market in Siem Reap is a great place to support local artisans and designers. From artisan products and luxury goods to restaurants and boutique shops, this is a great one-stop-shop for gifts, goodies, and dining. For parents looking to treat themselves to some chic new pieces, Maison Sirivan offers locally inspired fashion (think floaty dresses, shirts and summer bags!) by a French-Cambodian fashion designer. For eco-friendly home goods, check out Saarti. Here, you can find anything from soy candles, chemical-free perfumes and handmade soap to up-cycled glass bottles and locally made soft furnishings. When shopping for the little ones, pop to Monument Books for toys and books, while at Bambou Indochine you can find quality clothes and accessories for the whole family with locally inspired designs. P.s the gecko design is a great reminder for Cambodia! Another wonderful area to visit for shopping is the very trendy Kandal Village which is a leafy shopping ares North of Pub Street and South of the French Quarter. This rising arts and cultural district houses over 25 cafes, galleries, arty homewares, shops, spas and cool fashion hubs. You can dedicate a few hours here - you will not be disappointed by the unique gifts and homewares and art too.
Made In Cambodia Market
Made In Cambodia Market, www.facebook.com/MadeinCambodiaMarket
Maison Sirivan, www.maisonsirivan.com
Monument Books, www.siemreap.net/listings/monument-books-toys
Bambou Indochine, www.bambouindochine.com
Kandal Village, https://www.facebook.com/kandalvillage/
Shop 676, www.facebook.com/shops676
Wild Poppy, www.facebook.com/wildpoppysiemreap
Tribe Cambodia, https://www.facebook.com/TRIBEcambodia/
**restaurants in the area include: Bong Srei Street Eatss, The Hive (coffee), Crane (coffee), Atmosphere, Maybe Later (Mexican Food)
**book a spa appointment too at Princess Nails (also has kids manicures) or Frangipani Spa
More Places To Shop In Siem Reap:
Angkor Fashion Plaza, www.facebook.com/pages/Angkor-Fashion-Plaza
Artisans d’Angkor, www.artisansdangkor.com
Theam’s House Gallery, www.theamshouse.com
* AM: Visit Tonle Sap via boat + Lunch in area
* PM: Visit nearby Beng Mealea temple (68 km away)
* AM: Pottery at Khmer Ceramic Fine Arts Centre
* PM: Swim by pool + early dinner + night market
* AM: Temples all day by tuk tuk or bike tour
* PM: Swim by pool + Kandal Village for manicure + shopping
* PM: Phare Circus
*Pace yourselves and choose the three-day Angkor pass. This will allow you ample time to explore (and enjoy!) the centuries-old Khmer Kingdom.
*To avoid the crowds and beat the heat, explore the more popular temples as earlier in the day as possible. Seeing the sunrise over Angkor Wat is well worth the early start.
*For temple-hopping days, be sure to wear hats, comfy shoes and carry plenty of water and sunscreen.
*Hire a tuk tuk and driver for the day. It’s cheap and makes it much easier to explore the temples. Be sure to hold onto the little ones, however, and stay alert as there are no seat belts and plenty of chaotic traffic around.
*While it goes without saying to drink only bottled water, don’t forget to avoid ice too!
*Apply natural insect repellent and wear light, loose clothing in the evenings.
Carry more US dollars than Riels.
*Hire a guide to teach you about the fascinating history and culture behind the temples. There is so much to learn and see!
*Stay in a hotel with a pool – it’s the best place to cool down after a day of exploring temples.
Siem Reap has some absolutely lovely spas for prices that are oh-so-lovely too. The 5-star hotels do have gorgeous spas with favorites including Le Meridien Angkor Spa (pool access included), Anantara, and the Spa At Park Hyatt Siem Reap. Boutique Spa favorites include Bodia Spa (a real sensory experience),
Kaya Spa (all-natural ingredients here!), and Fragipani Spa for manis and pedis.
Hotel Spas In Siem Reap:
Anatara Spa, https://www.anantara.com/en/angkor-siem-reap
The Spa At Park Hyatt, https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/spas/The-Spa-Siem-Reap/home.html
Boutique Spas In Siem Reap:
Bodia Spa, https://www.facebook.com/BodiaSpa/
Kaya Spa, https://kaya-spa.com/
Yoga Classes In Siem Reap
Samadhi Yoga, www.navutudreams.com
Budget Foot Reflexology And Massages In Siem Reap