Hidden Adventures Cambodia is one of the longest-running tour companies in Siem Reap.
They have their own beautiful "homestay" in the village behind Prasat Thom, and organise tours up here in four-wheel drives, minivan or by dirt bike. Their tours are highly adaptable and include opportunities to spend times with the villagers, and also to cycle and explore more extensively around the area on routes that they have mapped out.
The homestay is a lovely traditional Khmer wooden villa on stilts that can accommodate up to 10 people. The beds are comfortable, with mosquito nets and bedside lights, and there is a huge, gorgeous balcony for hanging out and enjoying the fresh air, or a few well-earned beers. The bathrooms are rudimentary, and separate from the main building. Bring flip-flops for those midnight bathroom trips…
The homestay is not a homestay as such, as you will not be staying with a local family, although the village chief may come and have a chat about life in the area. Hidden Cambodia can also organise tours within the village, where you get to get to spend time with and learn from the people who live there. Tours and stays can be adapted to the group’s requirements, with stays for one night or more, and tours organised accordingly. The trails, forest and villages in the area behind here are truly lovely, and present a chance to see a slice of Cambodia you’ll never see from the comfort of Siem Reap.
You need to book the homestay and tour before you leave Siem Reap. Prices vary depending on the number of days and the size of the group going. The scale starts at $95 per person for up to 14 people (some of whom would be camping) to $400 for one person travelling alone. The fee includes transport, accommodation, meals and water, entrance fees, guide, tours and a donation to Hidden Cambodia’s health and clean water initiatives.
Address: Slokram Commune, Siem Reap
T: (012) 934 412;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º32'9.56" E, 13º47'22.2" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room|
From $95 for a group of 14.
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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