Discover the wonders of Angkor as a family. Float above Angkor Wat in a hot air balloon and explore rural Cambodia on a cycling tour

4 Days, 3 Nights     FROM US$ 1,175 PER FAMILY

This Backyard Travel tour tailored specially for families gives you the chance to awaken your inner archaeologist and adventurer! Immersive activities that emphasize learning and exploration allow you to experience Cambodia’s majestic Angkor region with all ages. You’ll wander through the enigmatic carvings of ancient temples and see Angkor Wat from above in a hot air balloon ride. A cycling tour through the idyllic countryside, a boat trip on Tonlé Sap Lake, and other optional activities will keep your family’s itinerary exciting and full of discovery.

Your home base for this 4-day family tour is the riverside town of Siem Reap, the gateway to the ancient relics of Angkor, the magnificent seat of the Khmer Empire. You will explore and investigate all the most famous temples, beginning your tour of Angkor Wat from 120 meters in the air in a tethered helium balloon. Follow this up with an on-foot exploration of the massive temple complex at sunset.

A cycling ride into the rice paddies and palm plantations will reveal the ways of life in rural Cambodia. You’ll have the opportunity to mingle with local families as you stop for refreshments. Then, hop onto a private boat that will show you the wonders of Tonlé Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia! You’ll discover stilted houses and floating cities in this watery world—and you’ll even get the chance to have lunch in a floating house!

An exploration of Angkor Archaeological Park’s best sites—such as the ancient city of Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm temple, and Bayon temple—will be followed by an evening at the circus! Be wowed by the phenomenal acting, dancing, juggling, acrobatic, music and more at Phare Circus, a locally run arts troupe that is also a social enterprise.

Before you end your exciting family tour of the Angkor region, you can opt to take part in an eye-opening or active adventure, such as zip lining, going on a quad bike tour, visiting a silk farm, or touring the Cambodian countryside via horseback. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to show your family a unique and unforgettable holiday in Cambodia.


“Cambodia is the perfect destination for families. Angkor Wat, the tropical jungle and lush countryside, there are plenty of opportunities here for exploration, outdoor adventures, and feeling like Indiana Jones!”

Phan Sophea, Backyard Travel Cambodia Specialist


See Angkor Wat from a bird’s-eye view in a helium balloon
Voyage to the stilted villages of Tonlé Sap Lake and have lunch in a floating house
Opt to soar over the jungle canopy on a Flight of the Gibbon zip line adventure
Take a cycling tour through the lush countryside to learn how local people live

Daily Itinerary


  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Siem Reap

    Welcome to Siem Reap, the gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor! Siem Reap is a charming riverside city, Cambodia’s spiritual home and the most significant site of Khmer architecture in the world.

    Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport your local guide will meet your family and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of your morning exploring Siem Reap at your leisure, strolling around town or heading to a local market.

    Your family tour of Angkor Wat will begin with a wondrous treat: in the afternoon you’ll be chauffeured by moto dop (kids will love this open-air mode of transport!) to Angkor Wat, but instead of heading directly to the temple, you’ll board a tethered helium balloon for a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the complex! From 120 meters in the air, you’ll be able to get a feel for the sheer magnitude of the temple, which will later aid your investigation by foot.

    Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century during the reign of Suryavarman II. It was designed to symbolize Mount Meru, a sacred mountain believed to be the center of all physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. Inside the temple, you’ll find the walls covered in stone carvings—the site boasts more than 2,000 Apsara dancers in stunning bas-relief. Angkor Wat is said to symbolize the soul of the Khmer people, and it is so revered by the nation that it is featured prominently on the Cambodian flag. It is the only flag in the world with a building on it.

    Your visit to the iconic structure will end after sunset, allowing you to view the temple at its most beautiful.

    You’ll be transferred back to your hotel and the remainder of your evening is yours to spend at your leisure. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on kid-friendly restaurants.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    No meals included on this day

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  • Day 2: Siem Reap

    After breakfast at your hotel, your family tour of Angkor takes to the open road. On a scenic cycling tour through the countryside, you’ll see rice fields and rural villages where you’ll be able to stop for refreshments and to mingle with locals. The flat roads are ideal for cycling, and a private vehicle will follow in case any of the family needs a rest or would like to continue by car.

    You’ll continue all the way to Kompong Phluck, a village of stilted houses on the mighty Tonlé Sap Lake. Here, you’ll climb aboard a boat for a private tour of the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about livelihoods and lifestyles on the lake, as well as interesting facts about this UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve. For example, the size of the lake varies greatly depending on the season—it increases to approximately 4 times its size during the monsoon season! Enjoy a visit to Kompong Phluck, and along the way pass floating villages complete with floating schools, pagodas, hospitals and even a floating basketball court!

    A tasty picnic lunch will be served at a floating house. While you eat, you’ll get the chance to observe the daily habits of people who live on the lake. (Please note: Boat trips to Kompong Phluck are not possible during the dry season of April and May. If you’re traveling during this time, an alternate trip to the floating village of Chong Kneas can be arranged.)

    Return to Siem Reap in the early afternoon and enjoy some free time before heading to a special treat in the evening. At 8 p.m., you and your family will be wowed by the phenomenal performance of Phare Circus, an internationally renowned local performance arts troupe. The hour-long show is suitable for all ages and combines music, dance, modern and traditional theatre, juggling, contortion and acrobatics to tell a story about Cambodian history and society. All performers are graduates of the Phare Ponleu Selpac arts school, a social enterprise established to give underprivileged youth training and opportunities in the arts, as well as a way to use the arts to cope with trauma.

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 3: Siem Reap

    Today your family will visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire, for an educational and exciting exploration of majestic temples.

    Angkor Thom was established in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. Built in the Bayon style, the city is surrounded by an 8-meter-high wall, which creates a perfectly square barrier around the 9-square-kilometer city. You’ll enter through the ancient South Gate, an imposing stone archway with carvings of elephants and four giant faces. Next, you’ll continue to Bayon temple, located in the exact center of the city. This 12th-century structure is majestic to see up close and is famous for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-sees for their detailed bas-reliefs.

    Next you have the chance to explore Ta Prohm Temple, which you might recognize from the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, which was set and filmed here. Overgrown and engulfed by trees and vines, Ta Prohm is probably one of the most memorable and atmospheric of the Angkor temples.

    The afternoon will be free to spend at your leisure. If you’d prefer a more active afternoon, we offer the following optional activities:

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITY 1: Horseback Riding at Happy Ranch.
    Cambodian-breed horse, a descendant of the wild horses of Mongolia. Then, during the 2-hour trail ride, you’ll venture to places far off the beaten path, through the rice paddies and into local villages to the rarely visited temple of Wat Atvea.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITY 2: Flight of the Gibbon.
    For those who love adventure, Flight of the Gibbon offers a zip line eco-adventure that lets you soar over the jungle canopy like a gibbon!

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITY 3: Quad Bike Adventure.
    Go on an unforgettable off-road journey on a quad bike through the lush countryside of Siem Reap and local villages, before ending up with a spectacular sunset over the rice fields.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITY 4: Beng Mealea.
    Go on an excursion to remote Beng Mealea, situated roughly 65 kilometers from Siem Reap. Your inner explorer will delight in the short trek through the dense jungle that leads to a completely overgrown temple.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITY 5: Angkor Silk Farm.
    Visit a local silk farm where you’ll have the opportunity to observe the entire process of silk creation, as well as how to spin, weave, and dye the silk. You can even feed the silk worms—a fun and unique experience that your kids will love!

    Overnight in Siem Reap

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 4: Siem Reap

    On the last day, enjoy breakfast at your hotel before check out. Depending on the time of your individual departure or onward travel plans, you might choose to spend the rest of your time in Siem Reap shopping for souvenirs or soaking up the riverside culture of this laid-back town.

    If you would prefer to extend your stay in Cambodia, please contact our locally based Cambodia Travel Specialists who will be able to recommend complementary Backyard Travel tours.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfas

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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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