A friendly and pretty guest-house, currently the best accommodation and restaurant in Stung Treng, which hosts a training centre developing life skills for local disadvantaged young people, while also contributing to the protection of their environment.
What to experience ?
Located in a shady spot near the Mekong River in Stung Treng, the Tonle Tourism Training Centre doubles as a guest-house and restaurant to give underprivileged locals a helping hand into the tourism industry.
The guesthouse is a small traditional Khmer house with four nicely decorated rooms equipped with fans, mosquito nets and a shared bathroom. A large sitting room and terrace offering a splendid view of the Sekong River allows guests to feel at home. You can make your own coffee, or train the staff to cook new dishes.
Their restaurant can accommodate all taste buds, and offers a selection of Western and local Khmer cuisines, including vegetarian selections upon request. Beverages on offer include beer, wine, seasonal fruit juices, tea, and coffee. One of the best restaurants in town.
The lovely team can also arrange trips to nearby attractions and villages, as well as homestays. You can rent a bike in town to enjoy the peaceful and pretty country side along the river, observing riverside life, buffalo bathing, and stop for a refreshing swim from a sand beach in the Mekong.
How does it help ?
The Tourism Training Centre opened in early 2007 with the backing of Tourism for Help (Switzerland) and more recently Tourism for Help (France). Their aim is to reduce poverty through sustainable tourism.
The Centre plays an important role in reducing poverty by providing free vocational training to poor young people. During the one-year course, students have to study both theoretical and practical courses in cooking, computer use, basic accounting, English, tourism, housekeeping, as well as local geography, history and ecology.
The guesthouse and restaurant provides an experience for the students to learn by doing. Following graduation, the Centre helps to find employment for their students. The Centre regularly contacts hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, and other companies or NGOs, advocating their graduates’ suitability for specific roles. One of the former students has become a supervisor at the Tonle Guest-house.
Tours to surrounding villages arranged by the Centre allows the community to benefit from positive exchanges as well as additional income from their visits (for example, hiring a community boat with local guide).