Matt & I tend to do what we want to do when we travel, throwing in the odd kid friendly activity here and there however if we can find activities that we all like, well thats even better!
1 HOLD BABY CROCODILES, BATTAMBANG
Apparently this was Eden’s favorite and while I can imagine this would have been Clio’s (aged 2.5) since she hasn’t stopped talking about it, I was kind of surprised when Eden said it was hers! For Matt & I, well, it was something to do and the kids did love it & those baby crocs were super cute and made this odd sound! However, if you find seeing lots of crocodiles in a relatively small area with the knowledge that they will eventually be killed for their skin upsetting then this is NOT the place for you.
The girls, however, really loved the fact that they got to hold live baby crocodiles and like I said even a month on it is still talked about almost daily.
2 RIDE THE BAMBOO TRAIN, BATTAMBANG
The whole reason we made the trip to Battambang was to ride the Bamboo Train and while I was a little apprehensive because I thought it would be super touristy and not all that great, it was most definitely worth the trip.
Probably the most uncomfortable train ride of my life but definitely the most thrilling and fun! So many giggles and lots of ‘ouches’ were had by all and it was a one, of many, highlights of our trip not just the kids but us adults too!
3 PHARE – THE CAMBODIAN CIRCUS, SIEM REAP (also has a couple shows a week in Battambang)
Matt took Eden to the circus one night while I stayed back at the hotel with a sleeping Clio, so not only did I not get any photos I also can’t tell you too much about it.
What I can say is when Eden returned to the hotel later that night she was VERY excited and could’t stop talking about all that she had seen, even the next morning she kept remembering things she hadn’t told me.
Despite the circus not being in English (it did have subtitles) it didn’t stop either Matt or Eden having a great time & it is nice knowing that the proceeds go to a great cause.
4 CRUISING THE STREETS IN A TUKTUK
Throughout our week in Cambodia we rode in countless tuktuks and it never got old for the girls! Even on our last night as we were getting ready to head to the airport Eden asked, with lots of hope, if we were going to be taking a tuktuk there…we were!
She loved waving at people, letting her hair get all knotty as it blew in the wind and she especially loved when we took less paved roads making the ride pretty bumpy!
Clio found them a great place to nap and towards the end she would rest her head on Matt and hang her feet over the side
5 EXPLORING TEMPLES
The girls LOVE temples, we could temple hop all day and they would be happy! In fact since this trip they have been building their own temples out of anything and Clio asks us to draw her temples to color in every day.
Whilst in Cambodia we visited temples in Battambang, Phnom Penh and of course Siem Reap; they loved them all.
Although a favorite was exploring temples which weren’t as well upkept/restored. We could all appreciate the beauty and all the details of Angkor Wat but it had nothing on the likes of Banteay Kdei Temple where we spent hours getting lost and finding each other, just to get lost again!
Have you been to Cambodia? What were some kid friendly activities you got up to while there?