Duration(in days): 18
From: UK - Bangkok
To: Phnom Penh - UK
Explore Bangkok and Cambodia with a family on this two-week holiday. Begin in the city of Bangkok where glittering temples and delicious street food await before flying to Siem Reap where you can watch the sunset at Angkor Wat. Have some fun learning about these ancient temples with a scavenger hunt and cycling through the Cambodian countryside before heading to the white sand beaches and turquoise water of Koh Rong Sanloeum and Kep. Enjoy some relaxation and fresh seafood before finishing your trip in Phnom Penh with an evening cruise along the river, toasting wonderful memories made on your family Cambodia holiday.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival in Bangkok you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel where you will check in for three nights. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the pool or heading out into the city for dinner.
On your first day in Bangkok you’ll head south into the countryside to experience some Thai local life – stopping a market that runs alongside railway tracks, where stall holders can pack away their wares in an instant as a train approaches before visiting the floating markets, where a long-tailed boat will take you through the canals, learning how people live on the water. Spend the afternoon at leisure – why not take a break from the heat with a dip in the hotel pool.
The next morning you’ll visit the famous Grand Palace and Wat Pho, where the huge reclining Buddha lies with beautiful mother of pearl feet. A guide will show you around these sacred places where your family will enjoy a Buddhist blessing and fill the 108 bronze bowls with coins to bring prosperity and good fortune. You’ll finish as the day starts to heat up so you could head back to the hotel or head to one of the huge shopping centres for a break in the air conditioning!
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport for your short flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. On arrival you’ll be met and taken to your hotel, where you will check in for three nights. Take a stroll through Siem Reap past pagodas and markets before being taken by tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat, where you’ll get your first glimpse of the famous temples. You’ll also get a bird’s eye view of this huge temple complex from a tethered helium balloon that rise 120 metres into the air before exploring at ground level, walking amongst the carved walls in the early evening light.
Today you’ll enjoy a bike tour through the Cambodian countryside, cycling past rice fields and villages stopping every so often for a chat with the locals. The road is flat and easy but you’ll always have a vehicle available if you want a break. When you reach the Tonle Sap Lake you’ll take an interesting boat ride, visiting a floating village where houses are built on stilts by the flooded forests and learn about life on the water. After a delicious picnic lunch in the floating house you’ll head back to Siem Reap to spend the afternoon at leisure.
This morning you’ll embark on an exciting scavenger hunt around the spectacular temples of Angkor Thom. The kids will receive a map, a set of clues and a camera and set off into the sprawling complex on a quest to capture eleven photos, from statues of mythical demons to gods that line the walkways. After collecting all the photos, the whole family will meet up with your guide and learn about each photo before receiving a magnificent prize for completing the scavenger hunt. This is a great way to get kids interested in the history of the area and fun for all the family!
The afternoon is free at your leisure but there are lots more activities we can book for you, like quad biking, ziplining or exploring more of the Angkor complex. If you want to add any of these, just ask!
After breakfast you can explore the old market, where dozens of small stalls sell souvenirs, colourful fruit and vegetables and delicious street food. After lunch you’ll be driven to the airport for a short flight to Sihanoukville. On arrival you’ll be driven to the pier and board a ferry to Koh Rong Sanloeum, a beautiful island just off the Cambodian coast. On arrival you’ll check into your hotel for five nights and spend the rest of the day having fun on the white sand beach.
Spend your time on this idyllic island at leisure, whether you’re playing in the waves, relaxing on the white sand beaches or snorkelling in the clear turquoise water – your time here will be blissful.
After a few days in island paradise, you’ll get the ferry back to the mainland and be driven to Kep, where you’ll check into your hotel for three nights. This pretty seaside resort of the 1960s is returning to its former glory after being abandoned during the Khmer Rouge regime and is a good place to relax for a few days.
Your time here is at leisure so you can spend it at the hotel pool, visiting the nearby national park or head into town to visit the crab market where you can enjoy crab legs with local Kampot pepper. If you would like to get out to sea again we can arrange a day at the nearby Rabbit Island where you could enjoy a seafood bbq lunch and some snorkelling – if you’d like to add this, just ask!
After breakfast you’ll take a short tour of Kep, seeing the villas a royal residence that show off Kep’s heyday as a high society resort in the 1960s. You’ll stop at the nearby town of Kampot to see a pepper plantation before continuing your journey to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. On arrival you’ll check into your hotel for two nights.
Spend today exploring Phnom Penh on a morning tour of the city, taking in Wat Arum , where Khmer architecture and statues are found and the Royal Palace, home to the Silver Pagoda. Your afternoon is free to walk along the riverfront and grab a smoothie before enjoying an evening sunset cruise on the luxurious Kanika boat, where the Tonle Sap River meets the mighty Mekong.
After a wonderful two week in Bangkok and Cambodia your holiday has come to an end – you’ll enjoy breakfast at your hotel before being driven to the airport in time for your flight home.
Cambodia is a year-round destination, however the best months to visit are December and January when humidity levels are low, rainfall in minimal and a cool breeze gives relief. From early February temperatures begin to rise until April when temperatures can hit 40 degrees. The wet season goes from May to October and brings rain and high humidity.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
16 nights in 4-5* standard accommodation.
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