New Signature Day Tour for Families in Siem Reap
Cambodia has a new signature tour designed specifically for families and their children with a focus on activities, workshops and meeting local people, rather than on traditional sightseeing.
The day begins in a leafy garden that is home to Siem Reap’s shadow Puppet Theatre. Shadow puppetry in Cambodia is a tradition older than Angkor itself and this morning, guests will get a chance to create their very own shadow puppets with the guidance of the head puppeteer, before trying them out in their own puppet show performance. Each person will leave with their souvenir puppet and a video of their performance.
Venturing out further into the Siem Reap countryside, guests will get some insight into the lives of children in rural Cambodia with a visit to a local village. First, a stop at a family home to learn more about the sleeping arrangements and the everyday activities of family life, then a chance to make some traditional Khmer toys, fashioned from coloured palm leaves. Following this the whole family can try out the traditional method for making Cambodian rice noodles – a fun event for all! A stroll around the village will take in the local school and market – two key components of Khmer community life.
On the way back to Siem Reap there is the option to stop at a huge out-of-town market and picnic area that is very popular with Siem Reap’s families in the afternoons and evenings after school. There are hundreds of street food stalls selling all manner of exotic specialities as well as games and entertainment attractions. This is a fascinating place to take a walk through and discover how families in the area like to spend their leisure time. It is also a fantastic place for photography.
This tour is designed to go at a slow, easy pace and is suitable for families with children of all ages.