Family Fun together in Cambodia for 9 Days

Mysterious in history but young at heart, Cambodia is the right choice for a family holiday destination. Impressive museums sit alongside buzzing street markets in the capital Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap boasts both the timeless temples of Angkor and plenty of outdoor excursions for the children-friendly activities like Zipline, Quadbike. Do you want to listen to the sounds of nature when you stand alone in the morning mist among the soaring trees and serpentine roots of Ta Prohm? Or do you want to come late in the afternoon, hearing only the dip of the boatman’s oar and the quack of red-headed ducks will disturb the tranquility of your sunset drinks on an ancient Angkorian waterway? Metta Voyage’s mission is the memory-creator and making the difference is in every detail.

On this trip, the whole family will become acquainted with everyday Khmer life and traditions on guided city tours, cycling leisurely out into the surrounding countryside, visits to rural village homestays and explorations of World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. With an interesting balancing of included activities and free time, this trip is perfectly crafted to the whole family.

Overview

Outlined Itinerary:

Day 1: Phnompenh arrival 

Day 2: Phnompenh City Exploring and feel the sences of Mekong River (B/D)

Day 3: Phnompenh – Bear Conservative Center (B/L)

Day 4: Phompenh – Siem Reap – Phare Circus (B)

Day 5: Cycling in Angkor Complex (B)

Day 6: Chase the sunrise moment in Angkor Wat – Enjoy the Countryside Senses at sunset (B/D)

Day 7: Angkor with Zipline (B)

Day 8: Adventure by Quadbike – Tonle Sap visiting (B/L)

Day 9: Siem Reap Departure (B)

Day 1
Day 1: Phnompenh arrival

<p>Arrival into Phnom Penh, In the Arrivals Hall, your driver will welcome you holding a sign board with your name applied, help you transfer out to the car and drive to the centrally located hotel.</p><p>Today you will have a free time for relaxing after a long flight.</p><p>Overnight in Phnompenh. </p><p></p>

Day 2
Day 2: Phnompenh City Exploring and feel the sences of Mekong River (B/D)

<p>In the morning, you will have a half day city tour in Phnompenh including: </p><p>The infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: This is a former high school that the Khmer Rouge converted to an interrogation centre and prison in 1975 during the genocide. More than 17,000 people were tortured there before being murdered at the killing fields outside of the city. Pol Pot’s brutal attempt to create a society without class resulted in nearly 2 million people dying from execution, starvation, or disease. Today, the country is finally at peace and in the process of recovery.</p><p>We then visit to the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom and the Silver Pagoda with a floor of over 5,000 silver tiles. Ending the tour on the lively Riverside area before returning to your hotel.</p><p></p><p>In the afternoon, you will escape the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh and venture into the capital’s surrounding countryside with a relaxing boat ride to the Islands of the Mekong.</p><p>Over the hour long trip you will see the city transform into countryside, cruising by traditional fishing families on their house boats until you reach Koh Oknha Tei.</p><p>Here you will be met by top of the range mountain bikes for a slow paced 45 minute cycle tour of this beautiful island. On flat and small dirt roads, pedaling past pagodas, orchards and market gardens, learning more of local life and the traditional silk weaving industry preformed on these islands – before returning to the boat for a short trip across the river to a stunning traditional wooden Khmer house – Rotanak Villa.</p><p>Here you will be met by Chef Nak, your host for the evening, and passionate cook, food writer and advocate of traditional Khmer recipes and ingredients. Chef Nak has scoured the countryside for traditional recipes on the verge of fading from living memory, and is striving to put Cambodian cuisine on the world map. She had worked for Cambodia Living Arts for eight years, an organization founded by survivors of the bloody Khmer Rouge regime that has spent the past 20 years working to rekindle the Kingdom’s fading cultural arts.</p><p>On arrival you can enjoy a drink by the pool, refresh with a swim, or relax in the beautiful private traditional wooden villa and its gardens. You will be served a sumptuous tasting menu as Chef Nak guides you on a culinary journey through the rich history of Cambodia and how people’s daily lives is infused into Cambodian cooking. Feel free to relax or head into the open kitchen yourself to see how things are made – a fantastic opportunity to ask questions.</p><p>At the end of the evening you will then return to your hotel by a private car.</p><p>We would suggest that guests bring something to swim in and a change of clothes for the evening. If you do not wish to cycle then a tuk tuk can be arranged for the tour of the island.</p><p></p>

Day 3
Day 3: Phnompenh – Bear Conservative Center (B/L)

<p>Today, you and your kids will find out what it takes to care for over 120 rescued Sun bears and Moon bears on the BEAR CARE TOUR, an exciting behind-the-scenes tour with the Free the Bears team at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. </p><p>If you’ve ever been wild about bears and wanted to learn more about why they are threatened in Cambodia then this is your chance! Tour our world class facilities and learn about our Education Programme, Research Programme and what we are doing to build a brighter future for bears in the wild.</p><p>Help the Bear Care Team to prepare food and special treats to keep the bears happy and healthy in their forest enclosures. Best of all, by taking part in this unique experience you’ll be contributing directly towards helping care for bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.</p><p></p>

Day 4
Day 4: Phompenh – Siem Reap – Phare Circus (B)

<p>In the morning, you will be transferred to Phnom Penh airport for your domestic flight to Siem Reap. </p><p>Arrival into Siem Reap, you will be met on arrival with private transfer to your hotel of choice. Check in and have some relax in the afternoon. </p><p>In the evening you will see a local performance: Phare, The Cambodian Circus </p><p>Tightrope walkers, contortionists and acrobats take to the stage for a dynamic artistic spectacle. Blending visual arts, traditional music, modern dance and classic circus skills, this sister circus set-up arose from the NGO, Phare Ponleu Selpak based in Battambang. They have toured internationally to critical acclaim, assuring an impressive and entertaining performance tonight.</p>

Day 5
Day 5: Cycling in Angkor Complex (B)

<p>In the morning (6:30 AM), you will begin your two-wheeled adventure at Srah Srang and then Ta Prohm (11km), take your time to walk through the temple from the West entrance to the East entrance (walk 1–2 km) where you will pick up your bikes again and continue your ride (15 minutes) through the forest to the lightly visited temple of Ta Nei. There is a reasonable chance of having this beautiful Angkor temple to yourself to explore.</p><p>Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further.</p><p></p><p>Then later of the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the “mountain with bronze peaks”, and admire its five-tiered pyramid structure.</p><p>Return by road to Siem Reap for lunch (own cost). We can recommend a wide selection of excellent eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. Please ask for more details.</p><p></p><p>In the afternoon, you will visit Angkor Thom – the world’s largest city in the 12th Century.</p><p>Travel by road to the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom. You have the choice of either walking along the path along the 8m high laterite city wall (500m) to the Death Gate or continuing around by road. En route to the Terrace of the Leper King, you can stop briefly to see an imposing statue found in Bayon which is now displayed at Vihear Prampeilveng. </p><p>Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk (1km) through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon at the centre of the city. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces. Your guide will point out the most interesting of the detailed bas reliefs illustrating everyday life in the Angkorian era.</p>

Day 6
Day 6: Chase the sunrise moment in Angkor Wat – Enjoy the Countryside Senses at sunset (B/D)

<p>A sunrise tour starts at pre-dawn (04.45 AM) to witness the breathtaking view of the tropical</p><p>sun emerging from behind the iconic lotus towers of Angkor Wat, the best place for photography. Constructed over a period of 30 years during the reign of King Suryavarman II [AD1113], by some measures it is the largest religious complex in the world. Originally a Hindu mountain temple aligned to the spring equinox, around the 16th Century it was converted to a Theravada Buddhist monument, a capacity in which it continues today.</p><p>Explore the well preserved central complex and detailed bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Hindu mythologies and battles of the ancient empire. The beauty in balance and composition, combined with its sheer scale ensure Angkor Wat’s place as the crowning achievement in Khmer art and architecture. This is truly one of travel’s remaining great adventures.</p><p>Return to your hotel for a late breakfast. Then the whole morning time will be your free time at leisure. </p><p>In the afternoon, you will start a trip to the countryside for a new sense of feeling:</p><p>Beyond the temples lies a rural landscape which is often little changed since the days of Jayavarman VII. To depart Siem Reap having seen only the temple ruins is to miss contemporary Khmer culture. As infrastructure and technology encroach upon the countryside this opportunity will soon be lost forever. Join us on a journey of discovery through the rural landscape to reach villages where mass tourism cannot follow. Living and working in Siem Reap we have discovered beautiful and interesting places that are generally inaccessible to visitors. Today we will lead you between rice paddies, through woodland and back gardens on foot, by ox-cart and boat to experience the very best of the countryside.</p><p>After a short drive from Siem Reap visit a colorful contemporary pagoda to learn more about the importance of Buddhism in rural communities and seek a blessing from the monks. We will enjoy seasonal fruits straight from the tree, and speak to families who have specialized in baking sticky rice in bamboo for over 30 years.</p><p>Take an ox-cart ride through typical villages followed by a 20-minute easy walk to bring you to the vast Western Baray. An impressive engineering feat, this man-made reservoir was once integral to the complex Angkorian rice irrigation system. </p><p>You will travel by boat (depending on water level) to a country villa named Chandara. This will be an adventure from a slower, more romantic era of travel. </p><p>We reach Chandara Villa, surrounded by rice paddies, across a stream to the north of a village where tourists are rarely seen. This is a wonderful spot to relax in the quiet of the countryside and enjoy sunset drinks (included). The tempo of the Cambodian countryside is truly meditation in motion.</p><p>While our chef prepares your classic dinner, you can take a wander across the levees of the rice paddies, look for fish traps, or walk a short distance to a viewpoint over the ancient reservoir, whilst listening to the elegance of traditional Khmer music played by local musicians, before being seated for your evening meal.</p><p>Note: Please let us know of any specific dietary requirement or allergies you may have.</p><p>We recommend to wear comfortable, practical footwear suitable for walking and also clothing appropriate for entering a pagoda. Please cover your knees and shoulders to show respect.</p><p></p>

Day 7
Day 7: Angkor with Zipline (B)

<p>Today, your family can join in a very fun activities: Zipline through the forest. </p><p>Nestled in the rainforest, not far from the majestic temples of Angkor, prepare to soar on zip lines, traverse suspended sky bridges, abseil from towering trees, be amazed by the majesty and magic of the rainforest, and fly like never before.</p><p>Expert Rangers ensure safety comes first, and this quality experience is fun for all the family – as long as you don’t mind heights!</p><p>Note: Please remember to bring your Angkor temple pass for this morning’s adventure.</p><p>The afternoon will be your totally free time at leisure. </p><p></p>

Day 8
Day 8: Adventure by Quadbike – Tonle Sap visiting (B/L)

<p>This morning, let’s venture out past Angkor Wat and the temple area and explore the real countryside by quadbike. A fun way to take in the sights sounds and smells of the countryside, and ride through the villages, rice paddies, wetland area – don’t wear your best clothes though – you’re going to get dirty!</p><p></p><p>In the afternoon, we depart Siem Reap in our Private transfer on a 45-minute drive through beautiful rural Cambodia along traditional dirt roads to the Port of Mechrey, a small rarely-visited fishing village on the edge of the great lake. Here we board our specially-designed shallow-drafted boat—originally used by park rangers to catch poachers—to enable us to reach the shallowest water areas and travel at speed. Through near empty waterways with remnants of floating villages and flooded forests all around, we zip across the water to the authentic village of Prek Toal, a permanent floating settlement complete with church, schools and village stores. A hive of activity, Prek Toal is the Tone Sap’s largest floating village and the jump off point for the best birdlife spotting in the region (season dependent). </p><p>From here we circle out to the edge of the vast lake (which looks more like a sea). </p><p>We encourage interaction with the local inhabitants as we explore life unchanged for centuries on the lake. If we’re lucky we may spot some migrating birdlife in this area.</p><p></p>

Day 9
Day 9: Siem Reap Departure (B)

<p>The last day wont have any plan, you will have free time at leisure until time of transferring to the airport for your flight back home or to the next destination!</p><p></p>

Tour price includes:

  • Transportation and transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle with dedicated driver or remorques (tuk-tuks) as noted
  • Private boat tours (as applicable)
  • Angkor Archeological Park Entry Pass: 3 days.
  • Air tickets from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
  • Accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
  • Expert local guide in language specified
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
  • 24/7 support from the local team

Tour price excludes:

  • Visa and Immigration Fees
  • International air tickets to/from Cambodia
  • Insurance of all kinds
  • Meals aside from those specifically included
  • Additional touring required beside above sights
  • Tips, drinks, personal expenses

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Family Fun together in Cambodia for 9 Days