What are the best things to do with kids in Siem Reap?

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Natalie Bailey

While time at the temples is a must while in Siem Reap, it’s wise to have a few additional activities in your arsenal to ward off fatigue when traveling with kids. Here’s what our Forbes Travel Guide editors say are the best things to do with kids in Siem Reap:
 
1. Angkor Wat. This is likely what you’re headed to Siem Reap to see. Just note that climbing around these temples can be difficult for little ones, or for parents who have to carry the little ones. Take plenty of breaks in the shade and bring along plenty of water. There are places to find food along the way, but we recommend packing some granola bars and the like to keep up energy levels.
 
2. Schedule some pool time. Having a pool you can dip into and splash around in will be crucial during your time in Siem Reap. The tropical climate is likely to take a toll on even those who are used to it.
 
3. Sign up for a cooking class. Cambodian food, much like Thai food, is fairly simple after the mystique is stripped away in a class. Often these classes involve a trip to the local food market, which can be an enlightening and fascinating experience.
 
4. See some butterflies. There’s a butterfly farm 15 miles north of Siem Reap that can make for a nice break from climbing the temples of Angkor. It is located near another temple called Batneay Srei and can be used as a respite between one ancient sight to the next.
 
5. Feed the monkeys. There are monkeys along some of the temple paths and there are bananas to be bought and offered to these funny little creatures. The monkeys are savvy fellows — they’ll snatch those bananas right out of your hands.

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