Run by a local named Siphen and her husband Mach, Mea’s Family Homestay goes against the grain of the traditional Cambodian guest house, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to experience something difficult to find elsewhere. As a guest, you will experience life in rural Cambodia and see how a normal Cambodian family functions. It is […]
Run by a local named Siphen and her husband Mach, Mea’s Family Homestay goes against the grain of the traditional Cambodian guest house, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to experience something difficult to find elsewhere. As a guest, you will experience life in rural Cambodia and see how a normal Cambodian family functions. It is easy to say that family members take an interest in the guests and they are always happy to answer any questions about Khmer culture and life in Cambodia in general. The homestay additionally offers the chance to learn how to cook traditional Khmer food, as well as interact and meet other students from the community and sometimes around the world.
During Mea’s Homestay you will not only have the chance to explore the grounds on a bicycle, you are also welcome to relax in the hammock at almost any time of the day. If you are feeling the need to do a little more, extra help is always appreciated in the community. Siphen runs a private school that starts at 5pm every day and you are always welcome to come and teach a class or simply share in the experience.
The highlights of the Mea Family Home Stay
– Teach in the School
– Visit some of the lesser known Killing Fields of Cambodia
– Relax in a hammok
– Learn how to cook traditional Khmer food
– Explore the bomb ponds
– Sit and talk with the local house mates
A Little History
There are new homestays popping up all over Cambodia and as they get more popular, people are quick to turn their regular home into a place for visitors to come and spend some time with a Cambodian family. However, if you are looking for a place that has some history, Siphen’s homestay is one of the best choices. Siphen’s family has been on the island since the early 1900’s and were forced out by the brutality of the Khmer Rouge. After four bloody years, the Vietnamese pushed the Khmer Rouge back to the mountains and relative peace ensued. After the war, Siphen’s family soon returned and started the rebuilding process. The once flat land was riddled with craters from bombs and rendered almost unusable. The rebuilding process was slow and today all but two craters have been filled back in with dirt. The two hold-overs are now ingeniously being used for two majestic looking fish ponds.
Siphen and Mach are now both educators and they both keep a very active profile in the community. Much has changed at the homestay in the last five years. The Peace Corps has been helping Siphen and her husband and in return, her family has continuously hosted volunteers for almost four years.
Mea’s Family Homestay offers a variety of sleeping options and all options include breakfast, lunch and dinner – all prepared in an outdoor kitchen. You have your choice between western or traditional Khmer food and all personal requests are generally honored. All the rooms have fans and either have a bathroom in the room or one very close. There are also discounts available for groups and guests staying for longer than five days.
For more info, check out their website here.
The homestay is just – 2k off National Road 3, on the paved road to Takeo Town.
Here is the Map