A true Khmer experience
The Community Based Tourism programme organises homestays with local villagers.
The hosts are given support setting up a bedroom comfortably and cooking for foreigners. We stayed with a family in the southeast part of the village, and loved it. They didn’t speak English, but the welcome was warm, and settling in and being able to observe ordinary Cambodian family life across three generations was like glimpsing through a window onto a world you’ve always known was there but never had a chance to peek through before.
Dinner and breakfast were prepared by the family and taken together, and you can communicate any allergies or intolerances to the CBT coordinator, who will pass the information on to the family. The fee for these was additional to the cost of the stay.
The room, as they all will be, was comfortable, with a mosquito net, fan and towel. It is a private space to yourself. You use the family bathroom, which will most likely be quite simple, but include a cold-water shower.
We arranged everything by email and phone with the CBT coordinator, who speaks perfect English, ahead of time. He was also helpful overall, and will work hard to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 8th September, 2015.