Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The Ultimate Guide to an Eco-friendly Family Getaway in Cambodia

The Ultimate Guide to an Eco-friendly Family Getaway in Cambodia
There’s something exhilarating about waking up in a place that seems other-worldly, and Cambodia is one of those places. Not only is it known for its ancient temples, it’s also steeped in history, nature escapes, and luxurious island resorts - what a perfect setting for a family getaway! 

The Cambodian Riviera had long battled a troubled history, led by a dictator once upon a time. Despite its dark colonial past, Cambodia has worked its way to become one of the top destinations in Asia, if not the world, by making the most of what has been left from those dark times.

Family-Friendly Things To Do in Cambodia 
Cambodia is full of jaw-dropping sights that one simply cannot miss, and offers the adventurous family a mix of stunning landscapes, breathtaking ancient temples, relaxing tropical beaches and rich marine life. The picturesque country offers a wide array of activities for every member of the family. Here are a few must-do’s!:

Experience the Tuk Tuk 

Also known as auto rickshaws, tuk tuks are a motorised development of the traditional pulled or cycle rickshaw, and are two-wheeled carriages pulled behind a motorbike. Named after the sound made by their small-capacity engines, tuk tuks are often found in tourist areas, around markets, or cruising the streets for fares. The fares differ between different people, but as a rough guide, a 5 minute trip is usually around 4,000-6,000 riel (US$1-$1.50). They’re a cheap way to get around, and allows you to enjoy the scenery around you while catching a light breeze.

Visit a floating village 

If you’re in Siem Reap, a must-visit is Kampong Phluk village! A leisurely boat ride will take you through a series of village homes, schools and other structures built over water and accessible only by boat. Then the boat ride will venture into the opening of Tonlé Sap Lake , the massive freshwater lake which occupies the centre of Cambodia, and is the perfect spot for sunsets to end the day!

Cycle around Angkor Wat 

Tour around the famous Angkor Archeological Park on a bike! It’s a quick and fun way to see the area and appreciate the ancient temple’s architectural beauty as well as surrounding nature!

Capture Angkor Wat at sunrise 

See the sun rise behind the largest religious monument in the world! The gates of Angkor Wat open at 5:00am to allow for this magical moment - yes it’s early, but the breathtaking sight is well worth it!

Visit other temples 

Aside from Angkor Wat, there are thousands of other temples around Cambodia of all sizes and from different eras, each steeped with history and unique architectural features to reflect their specific function at the time of building, such as Banteay Srei , Neak Pean , Bayon and Ta Prohm .

Enjoy the marvellous beaches 

Not many know this, but Cambodia is home to many beautiful beaches ! You will find these are the most pristine spots along the Cambodian Riviera, and if you’re after a tropical resort experience suitable for the whole family, let us introduce you to...

Song Saa Private Island - Cambodia’s Premier Eco-friendly Private Resort 

Looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation? Look no further! 

As the country’s first ethical coastal resort, Song Saa Private Island is a luxury hideout on the Koh Rong Archipelago. However, we’re not your typical luxury resort. Not only do we feature beautifully designed over-water villa accommodation and impressive cuisine choices, we also support eco-tourism by encouraging all our guests to take part in activities that contribute to the sustainability of the local area - suitable for all ages - amongst other fun activities of course!

Here’s a highlight of our kids-friendly activities: 

Message in A Bottle 

Go on a search for 10 Robinson Crusoe bottles scattered and hidden around the island for a special mini prize! This activity will surely get you and your children roaming around and exploring our island!

Treasure Hunt 

What’s more exciting than a good old treasure hunt? This requires a whole lot of teamwork to solve mysterious clues from the treasure map. You will be accompanied by our Guest Experience team – but you can’t bribe them for answers!

Pizza Making Class 

Let your kids show off their artistic sides and challenge them to take on pizza making! Watch as they make dough from scratch and toss it up into the air!

Family Tree Planting 

The coconut palm planting activity is one for the books, which also includes an environmental awareness session on protecting the earth. We’re here to ensure your family’s stay at the island will not just be enjoyable but fulfilling as well - there are no limits when it comes to expressing our love for nature!

Sunset Movie 

What better way to cap off the day? Chill on the bean bags and watch a movie of your choice while being served popcorn and drinks at our beautiful outdoor cinema at Driftwood. A relaxing evening is guaranteed! Better yet? Experience this while the sun sets, turning the sky above into a beautiful crimson tone.

Activities Beyond Our Island 

On and beyond Song Saa Private Island, the Song Saa Foundation helps protect the Koh Rong habitat and improve the everyday lives of its communities. To strengthen our cause, we also invite guests to take part in the foundation activities such as these:

Sala Song Saa – Guided Village Visit 

You can experience the local fishing community to witness their traditional way of living and learn more about our Foundation projects in the area.

Koh Bong – Guided Rainforest Tour 

Step into the wildlife and the untouched rainforest reserve at Song Saa. Don’t worry about getting lost in its beauty because our conservation experts will guide you through the amazing experience.

Snorkel Safari 

Dive into the healthiest coral reef system at the Koh Rong archipelago. Explore the island’s marine conservation projects while having a good time on the house reef.

How To Get To Song Saa Private Island

There are various ways you and your family can travel to Song Saa Private Island .

Via Sihanouk International Airport (KOS) 

The Sihanouk International Airport is located in Krong Preah Sihanouk. From there, you will travel by land to the Sihanoukville Port where then you will ride a 45-minute speedboat to Song Saa Private Island . The Sihanoukville International Airport welcome flights from Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and other Domestic cities.

Via Siem Reap International Airport (REP) 

The Siem Reap International Airport is located in Siem Reap's town centre, and is a quick 45-minute flight away from Sihanoukville Airport.

Via Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) 

The Phnom Penh International Airport is located in the capital city of Cambodia, and is only a 40-minute flight away from Sihanoukville Airport.

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports are very accessible, with 24 cities in 9 countries offering international flights to Cambodia. There is also a newly added flight route – you can now fly to Cambodia from the Bangkok DMK Airport which only takes 1 hour and 40 minutes!

Song Saa Private Island and Cambodia as a country have so much to offer. It’s where travellers of all ages can experience a whole new level of adventure, cultural immersion and environmental awareness. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, Cambodia is a place where everyone should visit at least once in their lives - we guarantee you’ll want to come back!