Phnom Kulen National Park was recognised back in 1993. Currently, the park is under management by the Department of Environment. Phnom Kulen National Park covers five different community protected areas: Phnum Kdouchv, Klar Kmum, Po Pel, Anlong Thom and Ta Penh. There five communities rely directly on the park for their livelihoods.
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.
Come and enjoy the green village of Run Ta Ek, set in rural farmland within an hour from Siem Reap. Explore this village and learn about the farm work that happens here. Enjoy a tour on an ox cart to get to see the farmland and rice fields, and try your hand at preparing traditional Khmer snacks. After a day of exploring, relax in the restaurant over a traditional Khmer meal, and spend the night in a traditional Khmer stilted home.
The welcoming community of Khnar Po is Located amongst the rice paddies and green fields to the east of Siem Reap. Get an understanding of Cambodian rural life here, help with harvesting ingredients form the vegetable garden, and learn how to prepare traditional Khmer dishes. Take a trip and marvel at Banteay Ampil, these secluded Angkor period temples are perfect for sightseeing beyond the masses.
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.