VISIT A LOCAL HOMESTAY
Take a boat trip around the islands of Koh Samseb and see how this part of the Mekong is made up of thousands of small islands, secret riverways, and riverbanks with pristine white sand. Stop for a swim, have a picnic and watch fishermen at work. In the late afternoon, return to dry land for overnight with a local family in a local homestay, or, for adventure seekers, pitch a tent and set up camp overnight on a sandy riverbank and enjoy dinner cooked on a campfire.
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.
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.
We may be biased, but we reckon that whatever your age, whatever your life experience and whatever the purpose, duration or type of vacation you imagined, sustainable tourism in the Kingdom of Wonder might just change the way you travel forever. With a range of homestays and carefully selected ecotourism sites in beautiful locations throughout Cambodia, there is something for every style and taste.