Lightfoot Travel specialise in tailor-made itineraries for family holidays, honeymoons and corporate travel around the world. Below is a sample itinerary for a family holiday to Cambodia, and can be adjusted based on your time, budget and interests.
Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival
Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, you will be met by your Lightfoot Travel guide and transferred to your hotel, approximately 15 minutes away.
The Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa is located in the heart of Siem Reap, just a short drive from the legendary Angkor Wat temples. The graceful colonial building is a great place for families, with a saltwater children’s pool and a kid’s club to keep the little ones entertained.
Day 2: Adventure From Sunrise to Sunset
Today is an adventure-filled experience from sunrise to sunset. In the morning, you’ll visit the famous Angkor Wat temple for sunrise, watching the golden light make its way across the stunning stone carvings and bas-reliefs. After breakfast at the Angkor Café Restaurant, you’ll head off on a four-wheeled adventure through the beautiful provincial countryside. The 2-hour off-road guided tour will take you through 14 kilometres of local villages, where you’ll have the chance to meet the locals and watch sunset over the rice fields. Depending on the weather you’ll head high up in the sky in a tethered helium balloon for views of Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng, and West Baray glimmering in the evening light. Then it’s off to bed to recharge for tomorrow’s adventures.
Day 3: Khmer Flavours and Tonle Sap Lake
This morning starts with a tour of the Old Market where you’ll learn about the fruits, vegetables, fish, spices, and herbs indigenous to Cambodia that you’ll soon whip up into an authentic 3-course Khmer meal under the expert eye of a skilled Cambodian chef. You’ll ground, chop, stew, and fry, learning the ins and outs of Khmer cuisine, where small amounts of ingredients with a complex profile of flavours and aromas create light, delicate, healthy cuisine. By midday, lunch will be served and you’ll dig into the delicious dishes you’ve created in the peaceful atmosphere of Teuk Vill village.
In the afternoon you’ll embark on a journey by boat to Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake, which grows and shrinks with the changing seasons. A local boat will transport you past floating houses and flooded forests, all the way to Chong Kneas to witness an entire village built on stilts, designed to keep the houses above water when the lake expands.
Day 4: Circus and Temples, Oh My!
You’ve already seen the majestic temple of Angkor Wat, but there is much more to discover at the great temples of Angkor. The morning’s excursion will take you to Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. The site is surrounded by a wall 8 metres high that can only be accessed through 5 gates. You’ll continue on to the exact centre of the city, Bayon temple, where 54 towers rise up, each with four faces depicting scenes of everyday life during the Khmer Empire. Last, but not least, you’ll visit Ta Prohm, temple ruins overgrown by jungle trees and vines that featured heavily in the Tomb Raider films.
In the evening, attend a performance of “Phare, the Cambodian Circus.” This colourful spectacle features music, dance, juggling, contortion, acrobatics and more, all telling a story of traditional Cambodian life. Best of all, attendance supports the group’s mission to provide gainful employment for Cambodian youth and promote the development of artistic culture in the country. The young performers, all from challenging socio-economic backgrounds, are given the opportunity to learn their impressive skills at PPS, an arts education institution where youth come to learn, express, and heal themselves through the arts.
Day 5: Zip Lines and Horseback
Today is a day of heart-pounding excitement, beginning with the Flight of the Gibbon, a zip line eco-adventure at the Angkor Archaeological Park. Following a full safety briefing that meets international standards to ensure a safe and fun ride, you’ll zip your way across 10 different lines, skimming the treetops and marvelling at the wildlife below. The highest lines run 50 metres above the canopy, some 350 metres long! You’ll feel just like the mighty gibbon, soaring over the jungle before finishing with a short forest trek to arrive back at the start. The outing is suitable for children 5 and up, so come one, come all to reach new heights!
Later in the afternoon, head to the Happy Ranch, a western-style horse ranch, true to its name. You’ll ride Cambodian bred horses, descended from the wild horses of Mongolia, for two hours on a rugged trail. Venture far from the beaten track to explore rice fields, local villages, and peaceful temple ruins where tourists seldom tread. Little ones can enjoy a gentle pony ride if preferred, safe with an experienced guide.
After the action-packed day you’ll have the chance to enjoy a traditional Aspara dance show before heading back to the hotel.
Day 6: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Relax today, with nothing on the agenda but a short trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. After breakfast, catch a short flight to Phnom Penh, where you’ll be greeted by a guide and taken to your hotel, a boutique abode in the heart of Cambodia’s bustling capital. The site is the perfect home base for a visit to the Royal Palace, the National Museum, or a stroll along the riverside promenade. Or, if you’d prefer to while away the afternoon in total relaxation, hang back at the hotel’s tropical gardens or take a dip in the saltwater pool.
Stay: La Rose Suites
Day 7: A ‘Bear-y’ Good Time
Today gets off to an early start with a one-hour drive by private transport to the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. Here, at the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears, you’ll tour 21 forested enclosures, built over 7 hectares, that house a mix of sun bears and Asiatic black bears of all different personalities and ages. The 100+ bears you’ll encounter have all been saved by Free The Bears, a registered charity set up to protect, preserve, and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world.
Lunch is a simple local picnic-style affair in a typical Khmer hut, breathing in the fresh air. In the afternoon it’s time to help hide food in the bears’ forest enclosures and watch them enjoy the fruits of your labour.
On the way back to Phnom Penh you’ll have a chance to stop and try some local seasonal fruits before arriving back at your hotel.
Stay: La Rose Suites
Day 8: Depart Home
This morning you will be taken by private transfer to the Phnom Penh International Airport for your onward flights home.
|Day 1:||Siem Reap Arrival||Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa|
|Day 2:||Adventure From Sunrise to Sunset||Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa|
|Day 3:||Khmer Flavours and Tonle Sap Lake||Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa|
|Day 4:||Circus and Temples, Oh My!||Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa|
|Day 5:||Zip Lines and Horseback||Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa|
|Day 6:||Siem Reap to Phnom Penh||La Rose Suites|
|Day 7:||A ‘Bear-y’ Good Time||La Rose Suites|
|Day 8:||Depart Home|
- Accommodation with daily breakfast
- 24 hour emergency contact
- Activities mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking tour guide
- International and domestic airfare
- Personal expenses
- Visa fees and/or visa authorization
- Tips and gratuities
- Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
- Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)
Price available upon request
Notes on our prices
- This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
- Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
- Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
- This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.