Themed Cambodia Tour: Travel Options in Cambodia

Despite poverty and reconstruction from the terror of Khmer Rouge, Cambodia is still a great place to visit. Other than the Angkor, the country is rich with natural and manmade attractions that will truly make your Cambodia tour worth the time and money.

There are different ways to enjoy your trip. You can make it as personalized as possible by thinking of themes that suit the kind of trips you like best. Here are some suggestions that will help you enjoy the best attractions that Cambodia has to offer.

Laid Back Getaway

If you want to simply relax and be comfortable when you are not touring the great temples of Cambodia, you choose from a wide range of five star hotels and guesthouses in Siem Reap. One of the most popular and fastest improving cities in Cambodia, Siem Reap is a charming tourist hub where you can enjoy the local restaurants and food in the area.

Backpacker’s Getaway

If you are not into large scale tourism but enjoy backpacking to get a better view of the country, then there are plenty of places to visit in your Cambodia tour. For instance, the small town of Kratie is one of the best places for backpackers who wish to see the beauty of the central marketplace. It is also bordered by French colonial buildings that have been in the area for many years.

The best part about backpacking in this side of Cambodia is you get to see the Mekong River, which is home to the very rare Irrawaddy dolphins. These dolphins are slowly becoming endangered. In fact, there are about 66 and 86 remaining dolphins in the upper area of the Mekong River.

Other than the Kratie, you may also add the Tonlé Sap to your Cambodia tours. The lake is known as the largest freshwater lake in the entire South East Asia and it dramatically shrinks and expands depending on the season of the year. The lake drains to Phnom Penh and Mekong River during November to May. During the month of June, heavy rains pour water on the area resulting to the formation of an enormous lake.

Temples and Historical Getaway

There are plenty of temples and historical places that you should include in your Cambodia tour. One of these is the Khmer temple of Preah Vihear found in the Dângrêk Mountains. This temple found in the border of Thailand and Cambodia is considered to be the most spectacular among the many Khmer temples. Constructed in the 11th and 12th century, the temple is dedicated to the god Shiva.

Another must-see in Cambodia is the Silver Pagoda which contains many national treasures and Buddha statues. You must also see the Bokor Hill Station in Kampot, Koh Ker, Banteay Srei, Angkor Wat, and many other historical temples and buildings.

Bring the Family on a Group Backpacking Tour

What better way to get in touch with your inner self than through nature? Exploring the great out of doors and scenic landscapes is the perfect way to rediscover the wonders of life. A real life adventure with your family may seem impossible, but it’s all within your grasp. Imagine the thrill and challenge of backpacking into the Grand Canyon, or the fun and excitement from a kayak or canoe trip. Outdoor adventures appeal to everyone and they are great experiences for families to share.

Did you know that the average quality time spent with a spouse or child is less than 30 minutes a day? Many parents spend less than 10 minutes a day really talking with their children. It seems that even a vacation can be a harried, frantic time in which little is really accomplished and even less is remembered. Wouldn’t it be great to live an adventure instead of just watch one on television or at the movies? This is what you have the chance to do when you plan a unique backpacking or hiking tour where you are an active participant.

Reality shows are quite popular, but now you and your family can be part of a true reality odyssey. You can select the type of trip that suits your family best. Go kayaking or backpacking in Utah or Arizona; view El Capitan or Half Dome in Yosemite; or go on a Rim to Rim tour of the Grand Canyon. Backpacking and camping equipment is provided and everything is lightweight and optimized for comfort and convenience.

Family group vacation adventure tours are packed with challenges, fun and laughter for all ages. You can select a day hike or sign up for longer backpack tours that will take you out on the trails of Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. Outdoor adventures like these are exhilarating and enriching and they provide wonderful family bonding moments.

Backpack along a trail like Hermit’s Path and you will be able to see the real Grand Canyon. This is a true “roughin’it adventure” that is less crowded than some of the others. Look for the remnants of long ago cable cars. You can also explore caves, cool off at lakes and waterfalls, and thrill at the chance to see one of the sheerest drops at the Canyon.

There is also the option of choosing a tour that ends at Phantom Ranch. This family oriented trip lets you enjoy hiking and camping without hauling any gear. Cabins are available for guests and are downright luxurious by most wilderness standards. There will be plenty of time to visit around the campfire and compare stories, or you can just revel in the beautiful canopy of endless stars overhead.

For the purists there are backpacking tours that are rugged and challenging. These trails are on the Havasupai Indian Reservation near the Grand Canyon. Setting up base camp, learning outdoor skills, and swimming near Havasupai Falls are just a few of the highlights that even a first time backpacker will enjoy. Spend your next family vacation on an adventure!