Koh Han Island is well away from tourist traps, and well worth it. An hour from Stung Treng, Koh Han Island is host to biodiverse forest, wetlands and a myriad of beautiful birds. This sandy island, on the mighty Mekong provides a taste of what rural island Cambodia is all about. Ladies run the show here with more than half of the community-run project headed by women. The community are culturally influenced by Laos, with Laotion the main language on Koh Han. You can day trip, boat trip or stay overnight. Choose Koh Han Island for delicious food and amazing forest and wetland scenery.
Ou Choam Ecotourism Community is a magic place where those wishing to disconnect from a busy city love to come to relax, enjoy the natural beauty of this place and enjoy the hospitality of a rural community that lives in one of the most remote parts of Cambodia. High up at 2,600m above sea level, you will be wow'd by the unspoilt virgin forests, surprisingly fresh climate and easily accessible hiking tracks that lead you further into the forest that surrounds these villages. The Ou Choam Waterfall is one of the hidden gems, waiting for you to refresh yourself after a busy day.
Tall palm trees, luscious grass and fresh air make the Tbeng Kulen Homestay something special. A 45-minute journey from Siem Reap, Tbeng Kulen Homestay offers a little pocket of calm and a chance to experience the best of rural Khmer life. The community welcomes guests in twelve homestays cosily nestled amongst rice fields, fruit trees and palms. Locals are truly charming and there’s plenty to explore nearby including a Kbal Tuek Community Forest. Whether you are looking to relax after Angkorian temple-hopping or an active immersion into rural life – look no further than the Tbeng Kulen Homestay.
Escape the urban rush and experience the unique culture of the Tampuan tribal villages. By immersing yourself in local culture you will gain a deeper understanding of rural life in Cambodia. Learn about the spiritual significance that the Yeak Laom region holds for the Tampuan, try your hand at traditional crafts, and sample the local cuisine over dinner with your hosts. The Yeak Laom is perfect place to reconnect with nature. You can explore the local landscapes and protected wildlife areas, or swim in the crater lake, before discovering waterfalls hidden amongst the jungle.
OBT Chiro Village Homestay in Kampong Cham province has an environmental and social ethos that speaks louder than words. Located just outside of Kampong Cham, OBT Chiro Village offers a peaceful escape on the edge of the Mekong River. Spend a night in a community homestay, choose a river escape in a bamboo bungalow or savour vegan and vegetarian food at the Bamboo Restaurant. The site also boasts an organic farm, bees, composting and a recycling project! All proceeds go to the Organisation for Basic Training (OBT) who provide free education for youth from Chiro Village.