Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Locally Hosted

Family Adventure in Cambodia (11 days)

Trails of Indochina - Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia To Siem Reap, Cambodia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 23 Feb 2019


Day 1
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Start your adventure in colonial Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital located on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. We will first visit Wat Phnom, tucked away in the hillside surrounded by staggering trees that are home to mischievous monkeys. After visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, two of the most striking buildings in the capital, you will hear the legend of Lady Penh, the founder of the city, from a local historian. In the evening portion of the tour, visit an NGO organised hospitality centre to learn more about the programme and how your visit benefits underprivileged families. Afterwards, enjoy dinner prepared by the students.

Day 2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Join an expat couple for a bike ride in a rural Cambodian stilted village dedicated almost entirely to silk weaving. Bike around the village to meet the locals at their homes and explore the pagoda and a local market. Return to the couple’s home to prepare lunch together as they tell a personal story of their meeting and move to Koh Dach. In the evening step out with an Australian foodie to a local wet market to enjoy tropical fruits, local snacks and maybe even some crunchy insects. After sampling the snacks of Cambodia, join the locals at a traditional Khmer barbecue.

Day 3
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Start your training to become a Cambodian Apsara Dancer, the cultural tradition of Khmer royalty. Learn the moves with the friendly choreographer who has performed for the King. After getting into character with the traditional Khmer costumes, perform with these local experts and your entire family, taped by a professional videographer for you to enjoy time and time again.

Day 4
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Time for a bit of adventure for the whole family in Siem Reap; take to the skies at Angkor Heritage Park. On zip lines and suspended bridges, climb, slide and admire the view from the treetop platforms, in a professionally and privately led group.

In the evening enjoy watching the Phare Circus, an amazing blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion beautifully choreographed and performed by disadvantaged youth. After the show, meet and greet the performers who will teach your children a few basic moves and take photos to treasure the memories.

Day 5
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Journey to the centre of the Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest Lake, by local boat with a naturalist who has been studying natural resource for years. Stop at a floating school to deliver much-needed books to the students and then spend time at a local pagoda, the village’s one land-based building. Take a private kayak tour with a local guide who grew up on the lake, as well as our naturalist to look for rare species of tropical birds in the mangrove forest.

At the Wat Damnak pagoda participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony, performed by the local abbot who calls the temple home. Sit on a mat while the monks chant blessings and sprinkle holy water on you – a traditional practice which is believed to pass on the good luck of the gods. Afterwards, a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist to protect you from any evil spirits or accidents.

Day 6
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Stop at a local bookstore to purchase different kinds of books and supplies for the teachers before driving to a local school for an insight into rural education. The classroom conditions and facilities in Siem Reap are basic, and some in poor condition. Help the community and roll up your sleeves to brighten the classroom with a new coat of paint on the walls and organise packets of school supplies for each child. Watch your own kids being to appreciate all they have as they help clean and decorate this small classroom.

Day 7
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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A pressing issue facing rural villagers in Siem Reap is a lack of access to clean water. Teach your children about giving back by donating a water pump, which will provide safe drinking and clean water to over one hundred rural Cambodians for years to come. Travel to the countryside where villagers will welcome your family and show you the water pump that will be donated in your honour. To commemorate this incredible occasion, a plaque with your family’s name will be posted on the site and your children may place their hands in the wet cement to mark their contribution – a truly memorable experience and amazing way to help the community.

Day 8
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Join a local archaeological expert who will share his insight as you stroll through the intricately carved hallways of Angkor Wat. Featuring hundreds of fine carvings from Apsara and Hindu mythology, your expert guide will share the history and meaning as you explore the temple’s walls. Enjoy a peaceful lunch at a traditional Wooden House overlooking the ancient Srah Srang King’s bathing pool before visiting the crumbling royal city and former capital of the Khmer Empire.

Day 9
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Embark on a cycling adventure to the red sandstone temple of Banteay Srei and onto Kbal Spean, the waterfall and river where mythological Hindu motifs are carved into the sandstone riverbed. After exploring the surrounding forest, you will take a private tour of the ACCB Wildlife Conservation Centre to learn more about their breeding and re-release initiatives while viewing an impressive array of rescued birds and wildlife.

Day 10
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Channel your inner Indiana Jones with a private helicopter tour to the majestic Preah Vihear Temple site, which dates back to the beginning of the 11th century. Take in the sweeping views from the summit over Thailand and Cambodia. Explore the historic temple, then afterwards enjoy a luxurious picnic on site before flying back to Siem Reap.

Day 11
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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This concludes our time together exploring Cambodia, we hope you and your family enjoy this tailor-made adventure! Transfer from Siem Reap to the airport for your onward flight.

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Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing


Steeped in history, a fascinating culture and home to Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cambodia offers a variety of fun and educational activities for the entire family. Get a glimpse of the local life visiting Silk Island and interact with disadvantaged youths at a hospitality school in Phnom Penh. Explore the untouched jungles and archaeological ruins in Siem Reap, which is sure to bring out the curious adventure spirit of young travellers.

About Us

Established in 1999, Trails of Indochina prides itself on creating completely customized itineraries that are specific to each individual’s taste and travel style. Through a series of tailor-made themed travel tours and itineraries ranging from culture and history to romance, wellness, family and more, Trails of Indochina caters exceptional experiences to each and every traveler.

Insider Tip

Explore temples off the beaten path outside of Siem Reap, including Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. Clients will explore temple ruins abandoned to the forces of nature, overgrown by lush vegetation.

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- 80% of the total tour cost to be paid 45 days prior to arrival date.

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