Feb 15 2012
Following on from our part one on Siem Reap with kids: if you’re on the prowl for kids’ clothes, Shanti Shop on The Lane has just brought in a new selection of gorgeous and colourful clothes for ages 0 to 14. And if you forgot to bring toys or books for the kids, then Monument Books has a pretty good range of high quality, safe children’s toys (Fisher Price and so on). They’re beside the Old Market, looking on the river.
Highly reputed Lemongrass Spa has recently introduced a special Kiddie Khmer Massage, which is a 45 minute massage (without oil $6, with oil $9) that is aimed at children between the ages of two and 10. According to the manager, the massage usually sends the children off to sleep, leaving the parents free to enjoy a full 90 minute massage if they wish. (It sounds a little like what happens at Jari Menari in Bali.)
While many restaurants are kid-friendly, there are a few standouts. Tangram Garden is a new and lovely garden restaurant with a wide range of western and Khmer dishes. They have a kids play area in the garden, which is excellent for distracting the little angels while you catch up on your reading.
Kanell is a really beautiful, exotic garden restaurant with a delicious menu of French and Khmer dishes. At the back of the garden, there is a free to use small pool which is very popular with locals with kids. There is also a special poolside menu offering yummy burgers and snacks. Towels are provided.
In the centre of town, Le Grand Café is a lovely old colonial style building just opposite the Old Market. Upstairs, there is a small play area especially for kids on the right hand side. Here you can keep an eye on them while enjoying a coffee and watching the crowds.
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