Join Little Steps on a weekend escape with the kids with this handy guide on where to stay, play, eat, and enjoy Siem Reap! Cambodians love children, and you will find staff in restaurants and hotels, carrying young children with a smile on their face. The city is a kaleidoscope of colors, sights and sounds, and is the perfect starting point to experience Khmer culture.
There is a bevy of luxury hotels in Siem Reap. Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Le Meridien Angkor, The Raffles Grand Hotel d’Ankor, The Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Park Hyatt Siem Reap offer some of the luxurious sleeps for families. Some mid-tier hotels, which are kid friendly, are Lotus Blanc Resort, Angkor Holiday Hotel, and Angkor Village Resort, all of which have swimming pools and nanny services. The newly opened La Riviere is also great for families with its large rooms.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Website
Le Meridien Angkor, http://www.lemeridienangkor.com
The Raffles Grand Hotel De Angkor, http://www.raffles.com/siem-reap
The Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, http://www.victoriaangkorhotel.com
Park Hyatt Siem Reap, http://siemreap.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Lotus Blanc Resort, http://lotusblancresort.com
Angkor Holiday Hotel, Website
Angkor Village Resort, http://www.angkorvillage.com/
La Reviere D' Angkor, http://www.larivieredangkor.com
Restaurants in the region are super child-friendly. Think happy waiters playing with your child while you eat a meal, to yummy kid friendly customized menus. Visit Tangram Garden, which has an attached garden area, where kids can burn some energy while you enjoy a quiet meal of Western or Khmer food. Peace Café is also child friendly, and does excellent vegetarian food. They have cooking classes too! For some fancy fare, visit Cuisine Wat Damnak or HAVEN, both of which whip up some delicious curries and salads from the region. Wind down with a drink at the popular Miss Wong.
The main reason to visit to Siem Reap is for the Angkor Archaelogical park which houses Angkor Wat, touted as one of the world’s largest religious structures. The best time to visit is to watch the awe-inspiring sunrise. Also, visit the National Museum to soak in some knowledge about the Khmer empire. The region has many equally exquisite temples like the jungle-like Ta Prohm (featured in the movie Tomb Raider).
Bayon is the most beautiful one in the region known for its smiling faces. Exploring the region on a motorcycle tuk tuk is a great bet. Not only is it fun, but easy on the pocket too. After a tiring day of exploring temples, watch a fun show at the Phare Cambodian circus. Massages are extremely reasonable in Cambodia. Some popular spas include Lemongrass garden, which has a kids spa too. They put your kids to sleep after a massage so you can enjoy yours! Check out Sokkhak Spa, another favorite, popular for its Khmer herbal compress massage.
Shopping in Siem Reap is a delight. Here you will find it all – stonemasonry, wood carving to silk weaving and basketry. For chic boutiques visit Kandal Village, which has some popular stores like Sirivan, which does lovely rattan baskets. Alley West is a popular lane, which houses some must visit stores like Wild Poppy, Smateria. The Foreign Correspondents Club also has some boutiques attached, which are lovely.
For thrift shopping check out Old market where kids can pick up cute trinkets and lovely silk products, paintings and cheap clothing from the region. Bring home a kick toy, a popular souvenir!