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Homestay in Battambang

Posted by Moonraker on 15/4/2007 at 13:34

Just back from Cambodia. Highlight of the trip was a homestay with a Cambodian family in their village house outside Battambang. Best food of the trip. very friendly people and you get to see and live the real Cambodia. Bottled water and a fan in the bedroom (hooked up to a car battery ?!?!) Pickup from the bus or boat station
Ring Sambath Soung on 092291569
Email sambath_9@hotmail.com

Derek

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Posted by eagerbeaver on 15/5/2007 at 03:27

Hey Moonraker. This homestay sounds great.

Can you give an indication of the price and what this includes please. What sort of things did you see/do?

Many thanks in advance

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Posted by Moonraker on 15/5/2007 at 11:53

Without tip it cost us $70 in total for 2 nights for three people

For that we got breakfast and dinner - and Sambath's wife is an amazing cook, it was easily the best food we had on the whole trip - bottled mineral water, fans in the rooms, mozzie nets, the 1st evening we were ging a walking tour of the village and the temple (if the head Monk had not been on a pilgrimage we would have joined in the free english lessons they provide at the temple)

Transfers from the boat or bus station are included - and Sambath is there with a board with your name on arrival

On the full day we were taken in and around the sites around battambang town including temples, villages, the bamboo railway ($5 total fare extra, etc - and you get well off the beaten track and away from the flocks of tourists you get at Angkor Wat - temples to yourself

All transportation is by moped - this was the 1st time I had ever been on the pillion of a moped and it's not an issue - a piece of cake

The highlight for us was staying with a family, welcomed into a village in Cambodia and interracting in real life - not being a tourist insulated by the bus window, no way of getting in to everyday life.

And you won't believe how friendly the Cambodians are

Highly recommended - enjoy

Derek

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Posted by eagerbeaver on 15/5/2007 at 15:46

Hey Moonraker. Thanks for that!

I contacted Sambath about the homestay. We are a group of three and for the 2night/1day tour, he quoted us 105USD in total. Given that it is low season and we're hoping to do the homestay only 2months after you (in early June), I'm not sure why prices have hiked up so much. I may try and contact him again because a homestay in a Cambodian family sounds like such a wonderful experience. Thanks again!

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Posted by junglefeet on 1/3/2010 at 09:39

I too just got back from Cambodia, we had planned to go there but whimsical choices took us in another direction. We finally stay at Rana homestay. Our decision was based primarily on reviews from TRipAdvisor. com. It was wonderful! The cooking is the best we ate in Cambodia and Kheang conducts tours, both bicycle and walking, translating and revealing the realities of rural life in Cambodia. In the eveneings, a villager drops by to chat with the guests. Unforgettable and highly recommended! For info go to : rana-cambodia.blogspot.com

#5 junglefeet has been a member since 1/3/2010. Posts: 1


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