Angkor Wat in Siem Reap With Family and Young Kids
Angkor Wat in Cambodia is a huge place and the climate is very hot. Travel blogger Orana Velarde, mother of two young ones describes how to do it with family and kids.
I thought of doing a “Tips for Visiting Angkor Wat with Young Kids.” I started with the standard list of classic items: sunblock, insect repellent, a hat and plenty of water. But our young son is an intrepid adventurer and doesn´t want to use sunblock, repellent or a hat! Only recently has he learned to recognize that he´s thirsty about the time his face is flushed and the sweat is making his curls droop.
The trip to Angkor Wat was part of a visit to Southeast Asia by some of our family from Buenos Aires. Astor’s grandfather, two aunts and an uncle all came to visit us and see our new baby, Antigona. As expected, we had to take our South American visitors on a tour around Southeast Asia, so off to Angkor Wat it was!
Astor brought his little fabric ball from the night market in Luang Prabang. At every stop during our tour in Siem Reap, while our family listened to the Cambodian guide speak about the tourist highlights of Angkor Wat, Astor went off with his ball and kicked it around or threw it up in the air as high as he could. Soon he had many camera phones from other tourists pointing in his direction. I would love to see some of these photos captured of Astor’s antics.
Angkor Wat is the very important and famous Buddhist temple complex built by the ancient Khmer Empire starting in the 9th century until the 15th century. A cultural symbol of Cambodia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Angkor Wat is also the largest religious complex in the entire world. Nearby, some other famous temples are Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm (the Tomb Raider temple), Bayon and the beautiful Banteay Srei. Even if you are as energetic as Astor, I recommend your travelers plan to spend at least three days in Siem Reap to be able to appreciate the immense scope of these ancient temples. Siem Reap also has some interesting museums as well as arts and crafts venues to visit.
Cambodia’s climate is very hot and humid so I feel I need to warn other travelers not to try getting around the grounds of these huge temples on foot. My recommendation is to hire a tuk-tuk in Siem Reap to take your clients to Angkor Wat and the other surrounding, magnificent temple complexes. In our case, with a large number in our group, we hired a private van service. And don’t forget the sunscreen, repellent, hat and plenty of water to drink!
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