Cambodia Tours

Cambodia Family Tour

access_time 12 Days / 11 Nights
bookmarks Culture and history
location_on Siem Reap - Angkor Wat - Angkor Thom - Battambang - Phnom Penh - Kep
The circuit allows you to discover the must-see sites of Cambodia. Start with exploring the main temples of Angkor, especially getting lost in the kapok tree forests to discover the pre-Angkorian sites of Ta Phrom Temple, Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, and so on. Meet the fishermen of the lake village during the cruise on Tonlé Sap Lake. Continue to the capital, Phnom Penh, with its colonial charm, before heading to the seaside resort of Kep, Cambodia's most beautiful beach, well-known for its turquoise and emerald waters. It's well-suited for family travel.

Highlights

  • Visit Cambodia’s most beautiful UNESCO sites: Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom.
  • Explore lesser-known places like Ta Phrom Temple.
  • Meet local people and visit a school on Tonle Sap Lake.
  • Take bike rides on undiscovered trails in the countryside of Siem Reap.
  • Discover monuments blending Khmer and colonial cultures.
  • Relax on the beach with the emerald waters of Kep.

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to the city. Explore the Angkor National Museum, an impressive introduction to the 8th wonder of the world, which chronicles the history of the Khmer civilization and preserves its cultural heritage in eight galleries. It is filled with precious artifacts, showcasing the richness of local art. Take a stroll through the Old Market and meet the artisans of Angkor.

Overnight in Siemreap.

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This morning, explore Angkor Thom by tuk-tuk, a unique mode of transportation frequently used in Southeast Asia. Visit the Bayon Temple, famous for its towers with 172 faces, then continue to the Baphuon, one of the largest religious edifices of ancient Cambodia. Wander within the ancient Royal Palace grounds where you’ll find the Phimeanakas sanctuary, a three-tiered mountain temple, and discover the Terrace of the Elephants, a vast elevated terrace adorned with elephant carvings, and the Terrace of the Leper King, named after the statue found there. Visit Ta Prohm Temple, one of the most impressive sites in the complex where nature has reclaimed the area, with giant tree roots embracing the temple stones, creating a breathtaking spectacle. At sunset, witness a display of colors and lights at the grandest of the Angkor temples.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siemreap.

This morning, rise early to visit Angkor Wat at sunrise, the most famous and majestic temple in the Angkor complex, known for its iconic towers and being the symbol of Cambodia. This colossal temple, a funerary “mountain” made of sandstone and laterite, dedicated to Vishnu, is the epitome of Khmer architecture, reaching the pinnacle of grandeur and sophistication, covering an area of over 80 hectares. While scholars may debate its exact purpose, they unanimously agree that it was a sanctuary, as even the god-kings of the Khmers had palaces made of wood with thatched roofs or tiles; stone buildings were exclusively used for worshiping gods and deified sovereigns. In the afternoon, head to the temple of Banteay Srei (10th century), also known as the “Citadel of Women,” a jewel of pink sandstone entirely sculpted and dedicated to Shiva, built by King Jayavarman V. You will also visit the Prasat Kravan temple, built in 921. Then continue your exploration with Banteay Samre (12th century). On the way back to the city, discover the palm sugar-making process. Afterward, take a short walk through the South Gate of Angkor Thom to Prasat Chrung to admire the sunset from a small Buddhist temple. After the sunset, enjoy a cruise on a traditional Khmer boat (Gondola boat) on the river from the southern gate of Angkor Thom.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siemreap.

Depart for the Kampong Khleang floating village, away from the tourist routes, and explore a genuine “house forest” rising up to 10 meters high. This village primarily relies on fishing and is home to around 1,800 families comprising a population of 6,000 residents! Take a walk in the village, meet and interact with its inhabitants. You will witness the monks’ blessing in a pagoda, followed by a local boat ride on the canals. Continue with a visit to the Beng Mealea Temple, engulfed by the roots of kapok trees. Largely collapsed, this temple is enveloped in vegetation, vines, and roots that have embraced and reshaped its forms. Let yourself be guided through the wooden walkways and stairs and discover this complex, one of the largest in the Khmer empire. In the evening, enjoy a dinner accompanied by a classical Khmer dance, a tradition with ancient roots. These dancers, identified as “Apsara” celestial nymphs, perform gracefully and sensually, dancing for the pleasure of the gods and to maintain the harmony of the world. Every gesture and posture carries a meaning.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Siemreap.

 

 

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Drive to Battambang. Upon arrival, embark on the Bamboo Train, a small motorized bamboo platform that runs on a unique railway line. This mode of transportation is used by locals and provides an unforgettable experience as you travel through the Cambodian countryside and interact with the local population. Visit the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus School, a Cambodian association that aims to provide underprivileged children access to culture and art through artistic workshops, including circus, music, and visual arts.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Battambang.

 

Enjoy a free morning to explore the city at your own pace. Battambang, located along a river and surrounded by beautiful countryside, offers a captivating mix of a friendly small town and warm postcolonial charm. In the afternoon, visit the Battambang Provincial Museum, which houses valuable Khmer cultural heritage items. Continue to Prasat Banon, a Brahmanic sanctuary perched on a hill approximately 80 meters high, accessible by 368 steps, offering a stunning panoramic view of endless rice fields. (B – L – D)

Option “Pack Plus”: In the evening, enjoy a circus performance by PHARE, hosted by children.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Battambang.

 

Depart for Phnom Penh, and along the way, explore workshops for sculpting art objects and marble Buddhas in Pursat, as well as the pottery village of Kampong Chhnang, known as the “Pottery Port.” Meet and interact with the village residents and learn about their crafting techniques. Throughout your journey, admire the rice paddy landscapes and observe picturesque scenes of everyday life.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

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Visit the Royal Palace, a magnificent traditional Khmer-style building dating back to the late 19th century. This complex, inspired by traditional Khmer architecture, is surrounded by beautiful gardens and features tiered roofs, columns, glazed tile roofs, and incredibly delicate sculptures. Next, explore the Silver Pagoda, which houses priceless national treasures. Then, visit Wat Phnom, which means “Hill Pagoda” and is dedicated to the goddess of the sea. In the afternoon, visit the Tuol Sleng Museum, a former high school converted into a detention center. This site was once known as Security Prison 21 and is now recognized as the largest detention and torture center in the country. Take a stroll along the Mekong River while enjoying a coconut juice.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Phnom Penh.

 

Depart for Kep, a coastal town located near the border of Vietnam and Cambodia. Since the early 20th century, the French invested in Kep, making it the Mediterranean-style seaside resort of Indochina. Arrive in Kep in the early afternoon and check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Kep.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Kep.

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After breakfast, board a traditional wooden boat to explore the deserted island of Koh Tonsaï, also known as Rabbit Island. Sail on the open sea with the island’s peaks in the distance, eventually reaching this little paradise. Your boat will anchor here for a few hours, allowing you to relax on the beach and swim in the clear waters of this uninhabited island. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Kep in the afternoon for some free time. Overnight in Kep.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Kep.

You have the entire day free for beach activities in Kep. Overnight in Kep.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Kep.

 

(Optional) In the early morning, visit the lively crab market and watch women carrying baskets filled with seafood to the port. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Depart for Phnom Penh with lunch at a local restaurant en route. Arrive in Phnom Penh in the early afternoon. Direct transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for your return flight. End of the journey.

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