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Day in a Life Cambodian Village Experience

Product ID: 31001
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This “Day in a Life” experience is your chance to see the real Cambodia and an opportunity to join a local family and spend a few hours participating in their life. Help with rice planting or harvesting, weaving thatch, or driving a bullock cart.
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Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Pickup included

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel 07:30 and 07:45 unless otherwise confirmed by our team.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience real life in a Cambodian farming village
  • Participate in activities such as rice planting or harvesting, thatch weaving, and driving a bullock cart
  • Spend the day with a local host family
  • Get involved with a project that helps provide a sustainable income for the villagers
Full description
Located around 18 kilometres (10 miles) from Siem Reap, Kompheim is a small rural village made up of farmers and itinerant workers. Our Day in a Life experience aims to work mostly with these families.

On every tour a host family looks after the group. This host family will welcome you into their home and life for the day. The host family receives a small payment for their involvement, and a larger contribution is made to a village fund used for special village projects such as water filters and water wells.

Activities on the full-day tour may include planting rice, and harvesting or transplanting rice depending on the season. Other activities include weaving thatch for roof repairs, weaving wall panels, planting vegetable crops, planting trees, and making prahoc or rice wine. Each tour is different, and activities will depend on the time of year, family needs, and what’s occurring in the village.

Learn about life in a typical village, and visit the local temple and school if possible. Learn about village customs and culture, and gain new insights into traditional rural Cambodia.

A picnic lunch is provided as part of your tour and a traditional Khmer dish is provided for the host family. You’ll eat lunch with the host family, but please note that due to lack of electricity and proper sanitation we cannot source food from the village. We prepare all meals in town and provide them for the tour.

This program is part of the Beyond Responsible Tourism Initiative. Your participation directly helps poor Cambodian families.

It is extremely important that you do not hand out gifts, candy, or money to the families or the children, no matter how dire the situation seems. Providing gifts can cause problems within the village and jealousy among families and relatives. Should you wish to help, please talk to our team. You will notice that many children suffer poor dental hygiene. Please do not buy or hand out candy, as this only contributes to the problem.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Bottled water
  • Oxcart ride
  • Village activities
  • Picnic lunch (sandwiches and fruit)
  • Donation to the HUSK Village Fund
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tips for guide and driver

Prepare for the activity

Important information
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What to wear:

We recommend that you wear sturdy footwear such as trainers or sneakers. Long sleeves and pants are ideal, as are sunglasses and a hat. Please refrain from wearing revealing clothing in the villages.

General information:

• Tours have a maximum of 8 participants.
• A picnic lunch with a variety of sandwiches is provided.
• Only children over 12 years can participate. If you have a family that would like to go on this tour, please book a private tour.

From £89.31 Per group up to 1

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Product ID: 31001