Cambodia, Siem Reap, North & East
Info : Bongthom Home-Stay
This community based home-stay project is a fantastic way to experience rural life in a beautiful and remote part of Cambodian countryside. The home-stay occupies a large plot of farm land about 26km away from Siem Reap and has two Khmer-style houses on stilts for accommodation with simple decor and basic facilties. Whilst none of the accommodation has air conditioning, the traditional design of the buildings means that it is naturally ventilated and remains cool throughout the day and night.
The home stay has a main house with a large wooden loom where you can watch the staff weaving scarves and table-runners, all of which are sold with profits invested back into the local community. This house also serves as the restaurant, where meals are prepared from fresh, locally sourced food.
There are various activities on offer such as ox-drawn cart and bicyle rides through local villages, you can also learn to cook and farm rice. The home-stay is passionate about educating local children, locals come here to learn basic English skills and guests are more than welcome to join-in with the teaching.
Bongthom Home-Stay is important to the local community, all products from food to bedding are locally sourced and the staff are from local villages. The whole organisation is totally committed to developing the rural area and encouraging sustainable tourism. The Bongthom Home-Stay is the perfect combination of leisure, education and cultural integration. A fantastic and authentic experience, especially for families.
Last visited by Lucy Reeve Oct 2013.
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All our guides were excellent. I would especially mention Kea in Siem Reap, with his great sense of fun and in depth knowledge of the temple at Angkor Wat and the local area. All our guides took great care of us, which we really appreciated.