Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published June 5th 2014
See the Temples at your Leisure
We had been recommended this tour company because we were travelling with kids, and I knew I was on the right path when I discovered they were ranked fourth on Tripadvisor and had won the Certificate of Excellence this year.
I was more pleased with the website, when I discovered the tour operators work with an orphanage, providing much needed items and raising money.
We made contact, and an itinerary was suggested, taking into account the heat and the age of our children. We paid the deposit prior to leaving the country, and would pay the final amount once we decided if our kids would last the seven hour day trip for the final day, or whether we'd just stick to the four hour, shorter excursion. For the record, we decided on day two just to stick with the shorter tour - and while we may've missed out on an excellent day, having to listen to the youngest whine all the way home would have spoilt all enjoyment for us anyway.
Don't try to do too much in one day. It gets very hot, so think about three or four early morning starts, and then lazy afternoons by the pool.
We had the van to ourselves, so it was easy to cut it short if the kids were getting tired, though we covered all that we wanted to see over the three days.
The temples of Angkor Wat are amazing, and need little description here. What I really gained from the informative tour guide was an insight into modern Cambodia and the issues and popular thinking - the difficulties with the way of life and what people were trying to do to make a difference.
Consider taking some clothes or books for the orphanage, or give a little donation to help them buy bikes or towels. You won't be asked to, but you may find you wish you could do something tangible when you are there.
The best part of this company is you can decide the pace and how much you want to see. They will make suggestions and choose times when the temples aren't as crowded, but they will build the excursions around you and your family needs.