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Best way to see Angkor Temples with a 4 yr old?

Posted by ZPeppiatt on 15/4/2010 at 06:11

Hi,

Had a quick look and couldn't find anything about this, so sorry if it's been posted before. We're planning on spending about a week in Siem Reap late May/early June - it's just the two of us and our 4 yr old son.

The plan is to take it very easy, seeing a few of the 'main' temples over 2 or 3 days, broken up with days in Siem Reap so it's not temples, temples, temples for little 'un. I'd prefer to cycle round if possible, but not sure how feasible this would be with a 4yo. Does anyone know if it's possible to hire bicycles with either child seats or trailers on the back? I suppose he could perch on the crossbar, but I'm guessing that would get rather uncomfortable within a day!

Or would we be better off hiring tuk tuks?

Thanks

#1 ZPeppiatt has been a member since 12/4/2010. Posts: 38

Posted by eastwest on 15/4/2010 at 11:17

I'd say go for the tuk-tuk with a 4 year old

Finding bicycles (not sure about trailers) shouldn't be a problem but the heat, sun and distance will be an issue.
May/June is one of the hottest periods and you'll have to cycle a few kilometers just to get to the temples (and a few to get around). And as far as I know the bicycles have no covers to protect you from the sun. A hat will help but doesn't solve everything.

Main reason for tuk-tuk is the cover that provides the necessary shade and wind created by the speed while the sun is beating down on you and the 4-year old. And if you suddenly want to go back to the hotel you'll be happy to have a tuk-tuk on hand.

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Posted by ZPeppiatt on 24/4/2010 at 20:03

Hmmmm, tuk tuks it is then.

Thanks for the response!

#3 ZPeppiatt has been a member since 12/4/2010. Posts: 38

Posted by eastwest on 27/4/2010 at 09:15

You can always look around in SR for a suitable bicycle (and weather-condition) when you arrive but since it is mainly a few childless low-budget backpackers cycling around I wouldn't spend too much time looking for it.
And although I live in Cambodia my last visit to Angkor was 2 years ago so things might have changed. The weather, however, hasn't so I don't think that bicycle-market will have grown immensely.

Anyway, a few extra dollars for the tuk tuk will make your stay a lot easier/comfortable. And with a bit of luck (check the SR tuk tuk topic in this forum) also more informative.

Good luck and enjoy.

#4 eastwest has been a member since 17/12/2009. Posts: 778

Posted by stoneman on 15/5/2010 at 21:51

Totally agree with Eastwest. Hire a tukk tuk. Plenty of tuk tuk email recomms. from the SR tuk tuk thread. For the cost it is the only way to go. Every time I went past a cyclist I thought you poor soul because of the distances and the heat.

#5 stoneman has been a member since 8/5/2010. Location: Australia. Posts: 100

Posted by joe552 on 16/5/2010 at 04:10

Personally, I'd ditch the 4 year old - they only cause headaches.

But if you can't bring yourself to do that, then the tuk-tuk is the best idea. The guy I had a couple of years ago was great, and pleasant company when having lunch, etc. Really enjoyed my time with him (3 days).

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