Visiting Siem Reap is not exactly a kids' dream vacation. Walking around old, stone structures where you can't touch anything and have to be (relatively) quiet must be exhausting for a child.
I was really glad that I still baby-wear Oliver as no where we went was "stroller friendly" and it was much easier to have him secured on my back than giving up an arm to carry him. Some of the temples require a lot of balance, and I was really glad I had Ollie on my back and both hands "free" to use the hand rails. I used a Boba Air this trip as it is simply the one my overly opinionated two-year-old prefers right now.
I knew this would not be the best vacation for my kids, but it was a place I really wanted to see. So we made it work. We did a lot of swimming, let them pick the tuk-tuks, and spent a long time looking at the wild monkeys. We also went to Angkor Wat Putt to play a round of mini-golf through miniature versions of all the most popular temples. Both boys loved playing putt-putt after a full morning of temple exploring. It was a needed break and a way to let them run off some of their energy.
One thing they both enjoy is eating, so we made sure to find kid-friendly restaurants, like Jungle Junction. Derek wrote more about the dining we did in Siem Reap. The service in Siem Reap tended to be very slow, so we were sure to have our iPhones fully charged and loaded with new apps in case of a hunger amplified melt down. They've been traveling so much that they are becoming very accustomed to being on the road, but it's good to have the phones just in case.
Other than that, we just made sure to break up the day a lot. We had five full days, so we only toured temples every other day. If I were to do it again, I would have switched when we toured Ta Prohm and Preah Khan. The day we did two sites where they couldn't run around was really hard on them, but they were really good sports overall.
It's a good thing tuk-tuk rides are so fun.
The blog entries from our trip to Siem Reap during the Têt Holiday in 2014.