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Siem Reap and The Temples

The fabled temples of Siem Reap need no introduction and for visitors of any age, they are truly extraordinary, no descriptive ‘cliché’ can compete. From the first glimpse deep inside the jungle, they are one of those experiences that raises the hair on the back of your neck with the promise of untold adventure. That said, the phrase ‘templed out’ is really a thing here, if you are travelling with kids, then the magic can be very quickly broken with the heat and vast scale. The answer? Load up with snacks and pile on the adventure. Tours on horseback (straight out of a story book), or by quad bike up the adventure ante; add to this a scavenger hunt with a map, set of clues and mysteries to discover and you’ll all be living your own family blockbuster!

Experiences in Siem Reap and The Temples

Nearby Siem Reap is no longer just the jumping off point for visiting the temples. A destination in its own right, it lures visitors with a lively and varied dining scene, stylish hotels, friendly locals and a laid-back river town ambiance. The Night Market is a must, teeming with brightly lit stalls and street food. Don’t miss Phare, the Cambodian Circus, every evening theatre, dance, music, storytelling and circus arts come together in an hour-long show staged by Phare Performing Social Enterprise’s Battambang school, which provides free arts education to disadvantaged Cambodian kids. Book your ticket (best seats; closest to the stage) and arrive early to browse the small shop or grab a juice at the cafe. Shows change monthly. For animal lovers, then we highly recommend a heart-warming visit to the Hero-Rats at the Apopo Visitor Centre. These clever mammals have been trained to detect land mines and watching them show off their skills is truly inspiring.

For those wanting to explore further afield, then kayaking on Tonle Sap Lake is a delightful way to enjoy the countryside and spend an afternoon on the cool water, exploring the floating villages, temples and enjoying a spot of lunch on the veranda of a local house. For those with more time, then lovely Battambang is also worth a visit. Interesting and friendly, its draw is the arty creativity bubbling under the rooftops; think quirky hotels, unusual cafés and cool urban restaurants.

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