5 Family-Friendly Places in Cambodia
From Angkor-themed activities to exploring landscape on four legs, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained in Cambodia, indoors and out. By Naomi Lindt
Published on Oct 14, 2013
1. RIDE INTO THE SUNSET
Give the family’s temple-trodden feet a break by saddling up at The Happy Ranch House Farm, which offers one- to three-hour trail rides through the neon rice fields and sleepy, picturesque villages outside of Siem Reap. Longer tours include visits to hidden temples, far from Angkor Wat. With horses ranging from meandering ponies to quick stallions, riders of all ages and experiences are welcome. Two kilometers outside of Siem Reap; +855 12 920 002; thehappyranch.com.
2. PLAY MINI-GOLF
Engage in some family-friendly competition at Angkor Wat Putt, Cambodia’s first miniature golf course. With greens that require shots through pint-size renditions of Angkor’s most famous temples, the 14-hole course will put any golfer’s skills to the test (incentive for mom and dad: a hole-in-one wins a free beer). 7 Makara Rd.; +855 12 302 330; angkorwatputt.com.
3. SPEND A NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS
Check out Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO that teaches disadvantaged children the disciplines of acrobatics, performance, music and art in the charming town of Battambang. Their troupe puts on shows four times a week in the big top, featuring original, energetic tumbling, balancing and fire acts set to live music. A second venue just opened in Siem Reap for nightly performances. Two kilometers from Battambang city center and behind the Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap; +855 53 952 424; phareps.org.
4. CHANNEL YOUR WILD SIDE
At Rainbow Lodge, an eco- and kid-friendly property in the southwestern province of Koh Kong, about a three-hour drive from Phnom Penh, days are spent on guided treks through the flora-and fauna-filled jungle or swimming in the Tatai River. Go explore the waterfall by kayak or boat. Meals are served family-style on a breezy veranda, accompanied by huge, colorful geckos that peer from the rafters. Tatai Village; +855 12 160 2585; rainbowlodgecambodia.com.
5. TAKE IN ANCIENT TRADITIONS
Book a seat with magical shadow puppets, hand-carved characters that have been telling stories for centuries. Phnom Penh’s Sovanna Phum Theatre (166 St. 99, Phnom Penh; +855 23 987 564; shadowpuppets.org) hosts performances on Friday and Saturday nights.