A community-based tourism site that captures the essence of life in the heartland of Cambodia, located in Baray District, Kampong Thom Province.
What to experience?
Whether you are just visiting for a day or you’re interested in staying in one of their traditional houses for a night or two, a visit to Khmer Homestay is more than just a holiday, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure you will never forget!
Travellers will be offered a wide range of activities, such as pony cart rides through the villages, participating in traditional Khmer noodle-making, seeing traditional Khmer dances performed by the local students, participating in a fishing expedition, or visiting the weaving and woodcarving workshop run by the local village women.
They also have a range of traditional styles of accommodation to stay in, depending on how you want to experience your stay. From natural bamboo huts to palm leaf huts and wooden houses with double or single thin mattress, mosquito net and battery operated fan, individual toilet and shower facilities, there will be something for everyone, including families
Their last project is the opening of SOLAR (school of livelihood and refuge) café, 2km away from the village, to host lunch for groups of tourists travelling through.
How does it help ?
Khmer Homestay was set up to promote both tourism and local industries as a means of alleviating rural poverty. The many activities have been set up to assist and promote the learning and understanding by tourists of the culture and society of Cambodia, and as an insight into the daily lives of the people they encounter each day on their holiday.
The communities of Baray District are fully involved in all the activities provided for Khmer Homestay. The staff and participants have benefited from the salaries received in their village as a result of tourism, with their children able to attend school, and nutrition standards improving.
Local students are given opportunities to perform cultural dances for tourists, which has helped to boost their artistic sense and self-confidence and provided them with skills in teamwork.
Khmer Life, a unique vocational training project with Khmer Homestay, provides those from poor backgrounds with training and employment in the art of handicraft production. The Khmer Life centre is a hub of entrepreneurship, where employees are encouraged to use their creativity to create high-quality artwork and handicrafts that reflect both their own personality and the culture of Cambodia.
SOLAR CAFE created 16 jobs for the locals, and they are working on the creation of a cooking school for locals.