I recently had one of those third world experiences that happens so often in Cambodia I returned to the store in Kampong Cham where I had bought my computer in order to get a new battery. There I was told that I would have to go to Phnom Penh to replace it. I go to PP exactly once a month and I can't afford to go to KC every day to use wifi so if you are making a reservation from out of country please be patient for 2-3 days; I will get back to you.
If you are in-country it's a piece of cake. Just call us at 012 68 62 40, there are public phones everywhere. They are located on the streets (they look like old American phone booths) and are very cheap.
I will eventually get to Phnom Penh and get the battery; but please bear with me until then.
Welcome to Rana homestay now entering its eighth year We offer a learning experience that will immerse you into contemporary Cambodia and augment your knowledge of how more than 70% of the ignored population lives The usual route of Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh and Siam Reap is well worth the visit but it is incomplete and usually superficial. When you see Ankor Wat (and you should), you are seeing the glorious past of Cambodia. We present a glimpse into the less glamorous current life and experiences of the overlooked villagers.
Most visitors leave Cambodia with an incomplete or else totally false impression of what life in Cambodia is like. The reason for that is easy to explain. The overwhelming majority of the 70% rural population is either ignored or exploited. They may make your beds, sell you a bit of street food, shine your shoes, beg alms from you, slow your bus or taxi down as they drive their small tractors or horse carts down a main highway. But other than the transitory moments, a communications gap will remain and you will be on your way to your next sterile destination on the banana pancake trail. We close that gap by bringing you face to face with them during our hikes on foot and by bike and by having non-directed conversations with them during the evening. Because my wife comes from this village we have a good rapport with these people; they are not just locals. They are our friends, neighbors, and relatives and they want to know about you too.
As of today, October 22, 2011 we will accept one person stays only by telephone from within Cambodia. Further, a reservation will only be possible if we have others staying there during the same time frame.
As I have maintained all along, we are a homestay not a guest house. We emphasize the human dimension of rural Cambodian existence and thus have decided that we will accept a minimum of two persons for a minimum/maximum stay of two days beginning in March of this year until further notice. My recent refusal refusal to accept a two person/one day so infuriated one l person that she launched an assault on me on trip.advisor.com. Rest assured I was firm, but not impolite. This action is typical of people who are used to hotels and guesthouses. So, I would like to emphasize once again that we are a genuine homestay. We do not hire staff to run our business and if it is inconvenient for us to accept a reservation we will firmly, but politely refuse.
Also on our list of inconvenient things is dealing with travel agencies. To cut to the bottom line we are not geared to deal with them. They usually want our "cheapest price"or expect us to give free room and board to a driver or accept an interpreter which we don't need at all. So if you want to visit us and have a package tour too, fine, but deal with us separately. We are independent and proud of it.
Another consideration is we need to spend more time with our children as they get older. All along we have maintained that we were looking for guests who really want to understand the lives of the people who are our friends and neighbors. And we have succeeded. We never built more than two cabins even when demand was overwhelming To us a home stay must maintain intimacy that doesn't exist in guest houses.
Please note also the following paragraph.
This year ( 2012) we will be closed for half of September so that we can enjoy some time together with our kids during their school vacation. Which half is undecided as of yet, but I will post in plenty of time.
To find out exactly what we need or to find out more about the school please visit the"links page of this website and click on the blogsite at the top of the list.
We wih to assure you in advance that under no circumstances will you be bothered, asked, hounded or in any way approached by us for donations during your stay. It is entirely up to you. If you have other educational material such as books etc. that you would like to donate email me first. Thank you.
Recently, we've had some no-shows. If you change your mind for whatever reason please have the courtesy to inform us as soon as possible. We won't yell, scream or demand compensation. It will also save us from spending money on high quality food that we don't usually eat unless we are having guests.
We have traveled ourselves and realize that unforeseen conditions arise which call for a change of plans. Sometimes too whim also plays a role. So, we don't really care what the reason is; please just call us and say "We're not coming" and that is sufficient.
Perhaps it is irrelevant but all the guests who failed to inform were French. Frankly I was shocked, I have always thought of them being considerate and doing that which is "correct". No matter where you are from, please just call us and let us know or if there is plenty of time email us. Thanks from Rana.