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Community Based Tourism Homestay

A true Khmer experience

Photo of Community Based Tourism Homestay, Wooden houses at various locations surrounding the temple. , Banteay Chhmar

What we say: 4 stars

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.

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    Wooden houses at various locations surrounding the temple.  T: (097) 516 5533, (012) 435 660 
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    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Sgl fan share b'room 7 USD 7 USD Does not include meals.

    Added to Travelfish on: 1st December, 2010
    Last visited or updated on: 8th September, 2015

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    Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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    Wooden houses at various locations surrounding the temple. 
    T: (097) 516 5533, (012) 435 660

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