This list of the best things to do with kids in Siem Reap proves that the city is very much a family-friendly one. There are many fun and fascinating experiences which children and parents alike are sure to enjoy, from adventurous outings to unique approaches to learning about the local history and culture. No matter the age or interest, there’s sure to be some family-friendly activities you’ll enjoy around Siem Reap.
One unique and inspiring feature about many of the Siem Reap children’s attractions is that they are often initiatives by NGOs trying to help the local Cambodians by providing them with new marketable skills. This means that your kids can also learn about responsible tourism from an early age and will know that the price of their ticket had a lasting impact on someone’s life.
Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre is the largest butterfly exhibition in Southeast Asia and not only preserves these beautiful insects, but also provides benefits to the local community. The breeding programmes here support zoos and exhibitions around the world, as well as protecting a large area of natural forest and providing sustainable income to local Cambodians. Plus, the butterflies look very pretty, which is probably the most important part and absolutely justifies the 25-km drive out of town. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:00
- Location: near the Landmine Museum, 25 km north of Siem Reap
- Tel: +855 97 852 7852
- Price Range: Adult: US$4. Child: US$
Scale the Angkor Climbing Wall
Although it has rather limited opening hours and a bit of an out-of-the-way location, Angkor Climbing Wall does offer a fun and challenging activity, particularly for kids. Set up by a Japanese NGO, the safety standards are very good and the equipment is well maintained. Being an indoor climbing wall, this a great and inexpensive option for a rainy day.
- Opening Hours: Sat – Sun 08:00 – 11:00 and 15:00 – dusk
- Location: Near Apsara Angkor Hotel, off National Highway No. 6, Siem Reap
- Tel: +855 92 336 924
Siem Reap is quite a small town, but is surrounded by quite a rugged rural landscape of rice paddies, banana plantations, caves and forests. One fun and relatively easy way to explore it is on a quadbike. A half-day tour with an experience guide lets you discover the beautiful countryside, encounter fascinating farming communities, see some of the local wildlife and visit one of the area’s oldest temples. Read More...
While the Khmer Ceramics Fine Arts Center is mostly known as a shop for buying unique local souvenirs, the cultural centre also offers pottery and ceramics painting classes for US$25 each. Also, bizarrely, they offer quadbike tours, which is certainly a fun way of relaxing after nearly two hours of fiddly finger work at the pottery wheel. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 19:30
- Location: 130 Charles de Gaulle Blvd, Siem Reap
- Tel: +855 (0) 17 843 014
It goes without saying that the Angkor Archaeological Park is the star attraction of Siem Reap, but with seemingly endless ancient ruins, even the most avid temple-hunter will be worn-out by the seventh or eighth. For kids especially, a full day of walking around in the hot Cambodian climate will turn an awe-inspiring experience into an endurance challenge. Limiting your exploration to a half-day tour will help to ensure that the spectacle remains a memorable one for the right reasons. Read More...
Tonle Sap Lake is Siem Reap’s second major attraction – hardly surprising, given that it’s the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. The floating villages in the mangroves by the lake shore are the most interesting attractions there. The hodgepodge of ramshackle stilted buildings containing shops, schools, houses and restaurants are fun to explore while taking a peaceful raft ride through the mangroves is a great family activity. Read More...
Cambodian Cultural Village is a unique attraction in Siem Reap, where travelling families can learn about the nation’s traditional lifestyle, beliefs and customs, as well as the practices of various ethnic groups. The 210,000-square-metre park contains 30 life-sized wax statues of prominent Cambodians, as well as miniature models of iconic structures and 13 traditional villages. You can also enjoy a wide range of live performances, including traditional dances. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: National Highway No. 6, Siem Reap
- Tel: +855 63 963 098
- Price Range: US$15
Phare combines circus acrobatics with local contemporary theatre, music and dance, with performances regularly rotated to keep them fresh and different. The spectacular show itself is at 20:00 every evening, but the venue is open throughout the day and offers workshops for young ones, so that they can learn some of the acrobatic skills from the performers. There’s also a shop and café where parents can relax on the side lines while the children enjoy the activities. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 21:00
- Location: Ring Road, south of intersection with Sok San Road, Siem Reap
- Tel: +855 92 225 320
This one’s mostly for the little boys who like to play soldier, though all members of the family might find the exhibits interesting. You can learn about Cambodia’s recent military history, but it’s the artefacts on display which will particularly appeal to the kids. These include rather rusted Chinese, American and Soviet tanks, helicopters and aircraft, as well as a massive collection of other vehicles, artillery pieces, weapons and equipment. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:30
- Location: near National Highway No. 6, between the city of Siem Reap and the airport
- Tel: +855 97 457 8666
- Price Range: Entry costs US$1 for Cambodians and US$5 for non-Cambodians
Take a trail ride from the Happy Ranch Horse Farm
One of the more memorable ways to explore the beautiful countryside around Siem Reap is from the back of a horse. Happy Ranch Horse Farm offer trail rides lasting from one to four hours, available for riders of any skill level, from first-timers to experienced riders. The rides pass through local villages and rice fields at a gentle pace, generally either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
- Location: Angkor Pets Road, near Phare, Siem Reap
- Tel: +855 12 920 002
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/The-Happy-Ranch-Horse-Farm-150182791697952
- Price Range: Trail rides from US$28