Phnom Penh Guide
The glittering city is probably not the first place that springs to mind when travelling with littlies in tow. If you intend to travel in Cambodia then it's not to be missed.
The Khmer people are some of the most genuine & generous people you will find in SE Asia, with a ready smile and with a little less of the quick sell, they seem more keen to ensure you and your family come away with good memories of their country.
Royal Palace, silver pagodas & family fun...
Floors with glittery silver tiles good for skipping over, teapot topiary, and plonking away on traditional musical instruments: what's not to love! Real life princesses and throne rooms... too, woo hoo!Set in cool gardens away from the heat, traffic and hustle and bustle. The high walls drown out the traffic noise.A kiddie cultural experience to boot. Buckingham Palace looks a bit grey in comparison...If you don't fancy venturing out in the heat of the day, then a cooler Tonle Sap sunset cruise is always a winner especially for those families whose children are happy sitting in a boat, watching the golden palace as they float by. If you have tiny toddlers who cannot be contained on a boat (and we all know how stressful that can be) then a walk (or run for the toddler!) along the riverside esplanade is a fun way to pass the time. Plenty of local littlies head out in the evening with their families, giving yours plenty of company to run around with.
Which Family Pod? Squidgy baby; Toddling around ; Energetic explorers
Tiny Tip: One or two hour river cruises can be booked easily from the waterfront.
Pretty as a picture, The National Museum of Cambodia...
Fancy With the little ones in tow this can be a cooling retreat. Interesting artefacts that will keep the kids entertained and asking questions, more interesting, possibly, for them though is the four large Koi ponds where they can spend time feeding the enormous fish. (Find out more: visitor information).
Which Family Pod? Squidgy baby; Toddling around; Energetic explorers
A Typical Tykes day out in Phnom Penh....
We understand that one size does not fit all, if you have a squidgy baby in tow then a morning by the pool with a leisurely lunch at one of the many Phnom Penh family friendly eateries, an afternoon snooze and a sunset stroll along the Mekong might be more your thing. With energetic explorers in tow the day might pan out a little differently... something more like this...Kids make their wishes at Wat Phnom (the monkeys really are little monkeys, give them a wide berth) perfect park across the street with popcorn sellers (easy mid-morning snack). Head in a tuk-tuk for road 240, hand-made Belgian chocolate, Open -Book Library, lovely kids boutiques and cafes galore. Or opt for a shady afternoon lunch in the tree-house at Le Jardin.Early afternoon explore of the Cambodian Royal Palace, manageable sized grounds for littlies and plenty to do.Snooze, swim or shower and then early evening sunset cruise or dinner. Phew!
Tiny Tip: Many of the roads are unmade (i.e. no tarmac). Long journeys in and around Phnom Penh are not always very comfortable. They can be bone shakers! Use Baby carriers when possible and hire tuk-tuks for the day for hopping on and off at your convenience.
Other things to do in or around Phnom Penh
Kids City Asia, Indoor entertainment centre. Playground, soft play, clip & climb, ice Skating, Science Discovery and more...(visit: kidscityasia.com)
Betel Nut Tours (Based at Lazy Gecko Cafe) offer Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre trips, Tigers, Malayan Sun Bears and Elephants are just a few of the animals here.(find out more: betelnuttours.com)
Cambodia Living Arts - See a show! a Cambodian spectacle, full of dance, theatre, music and glittery glam for kids(find out more: cambodianlivingarts.org)
Family friendly eateries abound
Running Lazy Gecko Cafe- (visit via Facebook), with a unique atmosphere and an International menu (The Aussie owners make a great Sunday roast lamb) perfect if the kiddlies need a break from Asian fare.
Le Jardin - Wonderful family orientated oasis in the centre of a busy town. Safe for littlies and cool garden perfect for hot and wet days, with giant sand-pit, tree-house & kids play area.
Cheeky monkeys - Shop is fab for buying local dressing up clothes. Great reviews, family friendly menu and pretty colonial house location, (see reviews).
Friends the Restaurant - Located near the National Museum, is famous for its legendary frozen shakes & little bites, run by Mith Samlanh, who has worked to build the futures of former street children and marginalized young people in Phnom Penh since 1994 (Find out more)
Tiny Tip: If Speed boats, ferries and outriggers are available for rental, use reputable companies like Bluewater Express for the speed boat services.