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Chambok homestays

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Phnom Srouch District, Kompong Speu T: (012) 938 920 (017) 515 478

Chambok homestays

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The homestays offer a special opportunity to experience Cambodia as it is lived by Cambodians, sharing space and meals with your host family. Well, provided you’re not too exhausted from trekking. There are 51 homestays within the four villages that participate in the programme (there are nine villages in Chambok commune altogether), and you will be assigned yours on rotation. The point is to spread the benefits of the programme so that no-one is tempted to lapse back into bad habits.

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Home sweet homestay.

Home sweet homestay.

We’ve stayed here twice now, and on both occasions were warmly, if shyly — in fairness, we were too — greeted by the host families, who were never anything other than gracious. The homes are bare but scrupulously clean wooden houses up on stilts, and usually set within a small, dusty clearing beside the road.

Your room should have a simple mattress, mosquito net, blanket and fan. They don’t provide water, and you may need to have your own towel, or do what we do and buy a sarong at one of the markets (not at Kirirom). They manage to be sheets, towels, pillows, blankets, and occasionally even a sarong, all wrapped up in one very pretty, light $3 package.

Unlike Chi Phat, electricity is available all the time as all of the houses now have solar power, thanks to one of the plethora of NGOs who seem to have had a hand in Chambok’s “development”. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to charge your phone though. In our room, the fan was plugged in by electric clamps.

Yes, that is a spider.

Yes, that is a spider. In the bedroom.

The toilet will almost certainly be in a shed outside the house, and will most likely be a squat toilet. The shower will be a bucket shower, with fresh water off the mountain. Squat toilets are much better for you than Western-style seated ones, and once you get the hang of them they’re pretty comfortable and easy to use. The showers are quite simply the most refreshing way to start the day.

The bathroom will be simple, but workable.

The bathroom will be simple, but workable.

Most families keep an array of animals, from chickens to pigs, and you’ll also find cats and dogs aplenty. Talk to them all you want, you’ll amuse the family no end, but it’s probably a good idea to take worming tablets when you get back to the city.

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Walk-in rates at Chambok homestays

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard single room
Standard double room
Room: Standard single room, low season: US$4, high season US$4. Notes:
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$4, high season US$4. Notes:

Where is Chambok homestays

Chambok homestays
Phnom Srouch District, Kompong Speu
T: (012) 938 920 (017) 515 478
Room rates: Under US$10

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