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1 month in Cambodia with a 4 year old?

Posted by Ramalhoto on 26/12/2017 at 06:18

Hello, we are a family traveling for 4 months in South East Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand) from January till May. We are planning to stay 1 and half month in Vietnam and then towards Cambodia. Do you think is suitable to stay in Cambodia for 1 month with a 4-year-old?
We want to travel slow, so we prefere to stay longer in just a few places and make day trips. What would you guys advise?
Thanks a lot!

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Posted by amnicoll on 27/12/2017 at 01:34

Do it but you need to help us by telling us what sort of things you want to do

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Posted by Ramalhoto on 27/12/2017 at 11:08

We want to travel slow (not to choose a lot of places, but stay longer in a few and make day trips if possible). We would like to stay in places where is suitable for family activities, adults and children.
The less we have to move and stay hours in buses or trains, the better.
Is a 4 year old, so she likes from city activities, to nature activities as well
We also want to choose places or contexts that jeopardize her safety.
Thanks a lot!

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Posted by amnicoll on 28/12/2017 at 01:19

The obvious places are of course Phnom Phen, Sihanouville and Siem Reap. Big cities but lots to do.

However some of the smaller towns might appeal and there are many, Kampot, kraite, Pursat and the like. Village life somewhere like Chi Phat would be ideal with lots to do and friendly children for your daughter to play with

Safety is not an issue as long as you take the normal precautions

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Posted by spoonz on 2/1/2018 at 10:42

We spent about 6 weeks in Cambodia with our daughter when she was about 3 yrs. I had been to the country before and knew it well, although that was many years before and when I was solo, so things were new again to us.

We did a mix of beach, small towns and city. Generally it's an easy country to travel with a child as the distances are quite short and the people helpful and friendly. The western food is very good ( better than Thailand) so kids are happy with that. Medical is good in Phnom Penh , less good outside, especially in small towns.

There are (were?) lovely cafes in Phnom Penh with gardens where you can sit, check your email or read and the kids can play. Kampot, Sihanoukville, the islands nearby are good places to chill. Kompong Cham has very nice easy day trips to the temple on the hill with brightly colored sculptures that are fun for kids and you can cycle around the little island in the Mekong. All the small towns in Cambodia are great for families, especially if you are OK to ride a moped with the child in the middle. You can ride really slowly like a bicycle on little dirt roads with no traffic, out in the rice paddies.

If you have the budget it seems there are lots of hotels with pools now ( much less when we were there) so that would make things easier.

We are going back again with our daughter this March. She is 8 now.

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