While you have probably come to Siem Reap to see the temples at Angkor Wat there is so much more to do in this amazing city than just temples. We will cover visiting the Angkor Park but here we will also show you some other place that is awesome to visit. Siem Reap with kids is so much more than just Angkor Wat.
Our girls both wanted to see the temples of Angkor Wat park and that was high on our list but after some months of travel, they also needed some downtime and a place to relax to just be kids so it was important that we weren’t temple hopping all day with them.
We decided a three-day pass to the temples would be a good idea and then if we needed time off we could have it.
We decided to hire a driver for the first two days of visiting the temples and then decided to do a day off to give the girls a chance to have some time to do something they liked which included a swim in the hotel pool and a lot of Roadblox for one kid. Our thoughts were if you did the three days in a row we would not enjoy the temples as much as if we had a break.
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Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia and the gateway to the Angor temples. Siem Reap is located 318 kilometres northeast of the capital Phnom Penh. The nearest foreign capital city is Bangkok Thailand which is 406 kilometres away
Where to stay in Siem Reap?
Siem Reap has accommodation for all budgets and all types of travellers from singles to families. You will find Siem Reap accommodation very affordably. The average price for a 3-star hotel in Siem Reap is 34 USD, while a 4-star hotel average at 52 USD and the average luxury price for a 5-star hotel in Siem Reap is 112 USD. Jaya House River Park, Shintani Saya Residence, and Viroth’s Hotel all received great reviews from families travelling in Siem Reap
- Luxury Accommodation – Located in the centre of Siem Reap close to the markets and restaurants is the 104 room Park Hyatt Siem Reap hotel. Rooms from $170 USD a night will have you relaxing in one of the 2 pools onsite or getting a massage at the day spa
- Mid-range Accommodation – This comfortable 32 room property is a short ride to the famous temples. The Central Suite Residence is an oasis of calm and tranquillity in busy Siem Reap. Rooms from $70 USD a night
- Budget Accommodation – In a great location with a supermarket straight across the road. You will find the King Boutique provides great value for money with comfortable airconditioned rooms and a swimming pool onsite. Prices from $25USD a night
- Hostels – With private and dorm rooms available, the Siem Reap Pub Hostel is the place to stay. With a rating of 4.5 stars, it provides great value for your budget stays in Siem Reap. Rooms from $10 per night
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Money in Siem Reap, Cambodia
The official National Currency in Cambodia is the Riel. The Cambodian Riel comes in 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 banknotes as well as 50, 100, 200, 500 coins which are rarely used. We were told by plenty of people that you could widely use the local currency when we were there but we found that most people at shops and stalls thought we were American. They would straight away give us the amount in American Dollars. It was frustrating for us but we ended up paying for most things in US dollars.
You will find it easy to withdraw either Riel or American dollars from ATM’s as you are given an option but we do recommend you pick withdrawing in USD.
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Top things to do in Siem Reap with kids
It doesn’t matter what age your kids are there is so much to do and see in Siem Reap it will have everyone enjoying their stay there.
If you have kids and you are visiting Siem Reap you must put this on your list of things to do in Siem Reap. It is also a great show for adults as well.
What is Phare Circus?
The Cambodian Phare Circus is a show based on acting, music, acrobatics and theatre to tell a traditional Cambodian story. It will keep you entertained for the entire hour you are there.
How much does Phare cost?
Tickets start from $18USD per person
There are many options for you from just entry tickets to dinner and a show tickets.
How long does Phare go for?
The show goes for about 1 hour but we do recommend that you get there early to get a good seat
Where is Phare located?
The address you will need is: Ring Road, Siem Reap City, Kingdom of Cambodia
Tips for Phare:
- Get there early to get a good seat
- There are drinks and some food there for you to purchase
- If you do plan to buy food take some smaller money with you
- Ask your tuk-tuk driver for a return trip. They may wait for you for a small amount more
Even if you don’t eat on this street it is a great place to visit in Siem Reap with kids.
What is Pub Street?
Pub Street is where it is all happening in Siem Reap. You can come here to find dinner and some entertainment with or without kids. You will find so many places to eat and everyone is catered for. You will also find that the restaurants will charge you Western prices as well although many have cocktail hours and alcohol is quite cheap.
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How much does Pub Street cost?
Pub Street is Free! You can wander around it and how much you end up spending is really up to you. We got some meals really cheap as we ate early and we did get a couple of souvenirs as well.
What time is Pub Street open?
Pub Street is open all day and then into he early hours of the evening.
Where is Pub Street located?
Well, it is Pub Street and it is the most visited street in Seim Reap. Your tuk-tuk driver will know how to get there and your GPS will get you there easily too…just type in Pub Street.
Tips for Pub Street:
- Shop around for good prices on the food you like
- Most places have a happy hour with cheap cocktails
- You can get a beer for 50 cents…bargain
- If you want to pay by card make sure the restaurant has the facilities, some don’t have card facilities
- There are some street performers along the street that can entertain the kids
- Grab some ice cream rolls for $1USD
*Extra Tip: If you are not keen on the crowds or the tourist prices we ate at a great restaurant called The Red Angkor off Pub Street in a quiet street. They had main meals starting at $1.25USD with 50cent draught beer and $1USD cocktails. The address is Peace Road, Steung Thmey Village, Svay Dangkum District, 17252, Cambodia
ArtBox Siem Reap
This little gem is a great place to visit in Siem Reap with kids to get out of the severe Cambodian heat.
What is ArtBox Siem Reap?
here are 2D pictures that come to life as you wander through the rooms. You will find some based on life and art in Cambodia and some others from major attractions throughout the world.
How much does ArtBox Siem Reap cost?
Tickets to ArtBox Siem Reap cost $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children
What are the ArtBox Siem Reap opening hours?
ArtBox Siem Reap is open daily from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm
Where is ArtBox Siem Reap located?
The address you will need for ArtBox Siem Reap is 1 Krous Village Road, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Siem Reap Night Market
Now this is an awesome place to do some shopping in Siem Reap especially if you are looking for some amazing souvenirs.
What is the Night Market?
The night market is a collection of stalls back off the main street in Siem Reap. It is great to wander around and pick up some bargains or some souvenirs that may not cost you as much as they would in Pub Street.
How much does the night market cost?
Again…a wander around the Night market is free but however much you want to spend on the things you want is up to you but it really is a great thing to do in Siem Reap with kids.
When does the Night Market open?
We found some stalls opened in the morning and went until late whereas others opened late in the afternoon and closed at about 10 pm. If you see something you really like and you have limited time there I would buy it in case you don’t get the chance again.
Where is the Night Market located?
There are few located around the city. They all seemed to be very similar.
Tips for the night market:
- You need to barter and barter hard
- You can find nearly everything here but there isn’t a lot of food
- There are some shoes, socks and clothes
- You will find a lot of traditional items there
- There are plenty of bars and restaurants around the area
The Asia Plaza Supermarket Play Zone
On a seriously hot day you can make your way here to give the kids a real dose of home.
What is the Play Zone?
This is an excellent activity to do in Seim Reap with kids for some serious downtime. The Play Zone is a whole floor of arcade games for kids of all different ages. there are games for little ones and then some for even the teenagers in the group.
How much does the Play Zone cost?
The games start from as little as $1USD and you collect tickets to gain prizes from a large selection.
When does the Play Zone open?
Play Zone opens at around 9 am and operated until about 10 pm
Where is the Asia Plaza Play Zone located?
You will find the Asia Plaza Play Zone on level 3 of the Asian Plaza Preah Sangreach Tep Vong St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tips for the Play Zone:
- It is air conditioned so you can relax
- There are places for parents to sit and relax while the kids play
- On the ground floor there is a supermarket with plenty of Western brands if you need something from home
- On the second floor there is a restaurant as well
Angkor National Museum
What is the Angkor National Museum?
The Angkor National Museum is where some of the restored items are kept that have been taken from the Angkor sites. There are rooms where you can learn about the histiry f some of the places and how the Khmer empire was made, build and destroyed.
How much does the Angkor National Museum cost?
*Added tip for tickets to Angkor National Museum- After we had established with our tuk-tuk driver that we wanted to see the Angkor National Museum he took us to a little building to purchase our tickets. Now, this is a scam we have heard of before and we were very hesitant to part with our money. It was annoying but we felt very much pushed into it as we wouldn’t be going anywhere until we got the tickets there. They gave us a voucher that we swapped for tickets as soon as we walked in the door at the ticket counter. Just be aware that this can happen if you hire a tuk-tuk driver off the street
When does the Angkor National Museum open?
1 Apr – 30 Sep 08.30 – 18.00
1 Oct – 31 Mar 08.30 – 18.30
How long should I spend at the Museum?
We didn’t expect to spend a lot of time at the museum but we ended up there for around 2 hours. You may spend less time there is you have younger children or children who don’t like to do a lot of reading.
Where is the Angkor National Museum located?
968 Vithei, Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tips for the Angkor National Museum:
- Most of the exhibition is air-conditioned
- You are not able to take pictures within the display rooms but you can take pictures in the outdoor areas.
- There is a lot of reading to be done.
- A visit before or after you visits the actual Angkor Wat site is recommended. We visited before we went and it helped us understand some bits at the sites.
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Things to do out of Siem Reap with kids
If you are taking a day trip out of Siem Reap to some temples see if any of these sights are open for you to have a look at.
The butterfly garden is a small garden area where you can see many native and very colourful butterflies. Both the girls really liked it and we had our own personal guide come around with us. This was fantastic as the girls were able to see all of the stages that the caterpillar goes through to become the butterfly.
*You can chose to have the guide or you can do it by yourself.
How much is entry to the butterfly garden?
Entry was $5.00USD for adults and $3.00USD for children
When is the Butterfly garden open?
The Butterfly Garden is open daily from 10am
How long do I need at the Butterfly garden?
It is a very small garden and even with the guide we only spent around 45 minutes there. Most of the time was spent trying to get a great photo of a butterfly.
Cambodian Land mine museum
The Cambodian Land mine museum was originally started by Aki Ra. He was a soldier for the Khmer Rouge and he laid land mines all over Cambodia. As a sign of remorse he has now made it is life’s work to go and defuse some of those bombs he laid.
How much is entry to the Cambodian Landmine Museum?
|Child under 10||Free|
How long do I need at the Cambodian Landmine Museum?
The Cambodian Land Mine museum can be a very emotional place and we spent about an hour walking and talking to our daughters about what had happened there. There are places you can sit so you are able to have that chat and in some areas you can walk as you are doing it.
Visiting the Angkor Archeological Park with kids
This is the majority of us have come here to see and I can tell you it is worth the heat. There are so many different temples for you to explore.
Angkor Wat Archeological Site
The Angkor Wat Archaeological site is the biggest religious site in the world that is roughly 162 hectares. If you were to see all of the temples within the site you would be there for a long time.
What do we suggest for families visiting Angkow Wat?
It feels like there is so much to remember when you are visiting Angkor Wat with kids. There are so many things to consider and so much to see sometimes in a short amount of time.
We suggest that you
- Have a list of the must-see temples for you
- Know the distance between them
- Have a trusted tuk-tuk driver to get you there
- Know how much your children can take before they have had enough for the day
Having a great plan is a must especially in the Cambodian heat.
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Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Sunrise at Angkor Wat is a spectacular thing and I wont lie, the other 1000 people there think the exact same thing.
It is a bucketlist item for so many people and I know a few that have been realy turned off fro people telling the ho crowded it id and how unathentic it is.
We went anyway and I loved it. I ignored the other people there and focused on me having a great tie and seeing something amazing with my kids.
Top Tips for Sunrise at Angkor Wat with kids:
- It’s a long day. Take everything you can to keep your kids happy at Angkor Wat
- It is dark when you get there. Make sure you can identify each other
- It is still hot even at that time of the morning
- Women must have their shoulders and knees covered
- It can get a bit pushy for the best spot. Don’t let people push your kids around
- Try to stay as long as you can. The crowds thin out at about 8 am and then you can wander
*A great way to identify your kids is to take some glow in the dark bracelets and put them on the kids. They give off enough light so you can identify them but not enough that it will disrupt everyone around you.
Sunset at Pre Rup
We had planned that we would see our sunset on our second night in Seim Reap but we had rain in the afternoon and the cloud cover made it hard to see so we waited until our last night there.
We picked Pre Rup as our place to go and again it was crowded. It is a popular place to see the sunset at Siem Reap as it has a great top on the temple where you can sit and watch the sun go down.
Top tips for Sunset at Pre Rup
- It is a long way to the top. It is also a much longer way down in the dark after sunset
- There are no railings at the top of the temple so you must be careful
- You can buy drinks there but we chose not to
Over all we loved our time in Seim Reap with kids and we would love to go back to have a look at some of the lesser known temples that are there. There are so many things to do in Seim Reap with kids that you will never be bored and neither will your kids!
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Siem Reap in Cambodia. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Cambodia click through to our Cambodia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
Some more travel inspiration for your trip to Cambodia
English is the main language of tourists and understood by many people in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. If you are worried about being able to understand Cambodian buy a Langogo translator
G Type Power plug. The Type G electrical plug has three rectangular blades in a triangular pattern. Buy your G Type adaptor today
Call 117 in emergency or 097 778 0002 in English
Drinking tap water generally isn’t recommended in Cambodia. Buy your travelling water bottle with filter today
Tipping isn’t required in Cambodia, although it is always appreciated. Most service workers in Cambodia earn a low wage, so if the service is good to leave a few coins.
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Bec Wyld is a mother, wife and once reluctant traveller. Bec has been to over 30 countries across the globe. I have planned and stressed in all of these places. Becs writing can be found on Wyld Family Travel and as a guest poster and contributor on many other travel websites including Lonely Planet Kids