Although Cambodia might not be the first place to pop up when you are considering a trip abroad with your loved ones, Cambodia Family Holidays surprisingly offer a wealth of entertaining activities to please visitors of all ages. This amazing country will present you with opportunities to interact with the wildlife, swim in a variety of natural and man made environments, soak up the sweet sounds of local music and enjoy some unique shopping experiences. Cambodia family holidays might not be as popular as trips to Disneyland, however the city of Phnom Penh alone will open your eyes to some of the most beautiful characters in Southeast Asia. The local Khmer people are incredibly genuine, happy and absolutely adore children. Their acts of kindness towards your family will always leave you with a host of unforgettable memories and will only entice you to return in the future.
By dropping by Wat Phnom Temple, you can negotiate a ride on the back of Sambo, a local elephant who loves giving rides to children. During the afternoon, he can often be seen near the waterfront in search of bananas, however feel free too treat him and bring him some of your own. A perfect start to your Cambodia family holiday.
Wat Phnom playground
This playground is incredibly well maintained and features exciting equipment for children from every age group. There are numerous fruit and popcorn vendors near the Wat Phnom gardens where you can relax and choose what to do with the rest of your holiday. You may even see a few monkeys and even though they are cute, be careful as they can sometimes be aggressive towards small children with food!
Give your children an insight into Cambodian culture by showing them the many photographs and artefacts presented here. What’s more, there are several ponds filled with huge fish which you and your family will be allowed to feed.
The city of Phnom Penh is a bounty of marketplaces for you to explore during your Vietnam and Cambodia Tours. You and your children will be able to rummage through a vast array of DVDs, handicrafts, wooden toys and games. The Weekend Night Market is fantastic and the Russian and Central markets are also worth stopping by. You and your family will even be able to indulge in a feast with the locals if you visit the Weekend Night Market, however if your children are not too partial to the local fare, a KFC is located nearby.
The Royal Palace
A real novelty of this palace are the silver tiles which decorate the Pagoda here. Children will love the rustic chime they make as they walk across them and your kids will also have the chance to experiment with some traditional Vietnamese musical instruments. Be sure to bring a camera to capture this part of your Cambodia family holiday as the gardens are laced with topiary tress which have been masterfully carved into the shapes of animals and tea pots. The Buddha grotto is the ideal location for a picnic too.
Phnom Penh Water Park
Although this attraction is a little old fashioned, your children will love the jungle gym and numerous water slides. There is also a shallow paddling pool for your toddlers to enjoy. Try to plan your Cambodia family holiday carefully as many of the largest slides here are closed during the week, making the weekend the best days to visit. It’s also advisable to carry sun tan lotion as there aren’t too many shades areas here.
Le Jardin Restaurant
This is an essential stopping point during any Cambodia family holiday as this restaurant is especially suited for children. The gardens feature a large sandpit and the tree house will provide hours of unspoiled entertainment, not to mention the ice cream and crepes are delicious.
Roller Skating at Sorya Shopping Centre
The top floor of this building features a modest roller rink which is an exciting way for the kids to burn some energy during your Cambodia family holiday. A variety of both two axis and inline skates are available for hire, or you can bring your own. Adding to the fun, your kids will be able to test their skills on a number of ramps and jumps which have been installed.
Sunset cruise along the river
What better to wind down a day of your Cambodia family holiday than by slowly drifting down the Tonle Sap River during the twilight hours. You will be treated to views of the fishing villages and the Royal Palace and the riverfront itself becomes really vibrant in the evenings, should your children have a little more energy to burn. Local kids congregate here to play games and plenty of vendors sell an array of local delicacies. You could even persuade daddy to stomach a snake, spider of cricket for a good laugh!
The listed attractions are merely a guideline to the myriad of amusements that can be enjoyed during the Phnom Penh leg of your Cambodia family holiday. This city is a wonderful place to bring your children and there are numerous restaurants such as Cafe Fresco which have been specifically designed to cater for children. Jungle gyms, video arcades and modern cinemas will keep your young ones amused while you dine and appreciate Cambodian life.