REAL AND RURAL CAMBODIA

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Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE HOMESTAY

  1. WHAT'S NEW?

    We are currently building a third small bungalow.  It was just getting too crowded in our home with the guest room on the first floor.  Not only is our house smallish,  but the bathroom was insufficient to handle 6 people.  No worries, we still offer an intimate home atmosphere and wil never beome a guesthouse.

  2. WHAT ABOUT OFF-SEASON MONTHS?

    Late April and early May are hot, no questions about it.  But after the rainy season begins the evenings are cooler and the cloudy days as well.  It's definately hotter than dry season, but infinitely bearable if you dress appropriately.  That means bring some sandals with you-ones that have a strap around the ankle.  Trainers will work well too, but they're bothersome to clean.  Sunscreen for those pale Nordic ompexions won't hurt either. If you're in-country, pick up one of those cheap plastic raincoats (about 1,500 riels)  they won't protect the lower half of your body, but they'll keep your head and backpack dry.

    Furthermore there are fewer travelers and prices fall.  The advantage to our homestay is that you will have more access to the people on the bike and walking tour, because more people will be workiing in the fields.

  3. ARE FAMILIES WELCOME?

     

     

    A:  MORE THAN WELCOME; WE ARE FAMILY PEOPLE WHO ENJOY THE CULTURAL INTERCHANGE THAT OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE BRING TO OUR FAMILY.-ESPECIALLY OUR CHILDREN

     

     

    Q:  DO YOU ACCEPT ONE PERSON/ONE NIGHT STAYS?

    NO WE ACCEPT ONLY TWO DAY STAYS.  SINGLE PERSON RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLY BY PHONE CALL FROM WITHIN CAMBODIA AND ONLY IF THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE STAYING WITH US ON THE DESIRED DATES



     

     


     

     


  4. ARE YOU GAY FRIENDLY?

    I would like to think that we are neither gay friendly nor straight friendly, just plain friendly.  We have had both gay singles and couples visit us during the last few years;  your sexual orientation is of no importance to us.  Please remember that Cambodian peasants are very conservative; they do not condone public displays of affection and that applies to both straights and gays.  Some people however have found us unfriendly since we introduced the minimum 2 day stay requirement.  Here is what one dissapointed person wrote.  "

     

    Thanks for your reply. It's my opinion that your judgement of others' interest in Cambodia based on the amount of time they can allot to your homestay is pretentious. Time away from work to travel in far corners of the world, is very hard to come by, so we're sorry you deem us unworthy of your guesthouse. 

    For your own benefit you may want to try a "recommendation" of 2 days rather than an outright refusal of people based on your own distorted judgements. 

    Best of luck,Jaclyne"  Talk about missing the point, it's like this we run our business as we see fit based on previous experience and we do not tell you how to organize your trip. Glad you couldn't come.


  5. WHO SHOULDN'T COME?

     PEOPLE WHO ARE PHYSICALLY INCAPABLE OF A THREE HOUR + HIKE, SOMETIMES IN MUD AND/OR HEAT OR A THREE HOUR BICYCLE TRIP.   If you haven't learned to ride a bike yet, this is not the place to learn. IF YOU ARE CONTENT TO LISTEN TO OUR EVENING SPEAKERS, EAT REAL CAMBODIAN FOOD AND IN GENERAL JUST CHILL OUT YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME.  WE CAN SUGGEST ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES, BUT THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED IN OUR  RATE.

     

    LAGER LOUTS AND PEOPLE WHO CAME TO CAMBODIA TO PARTY SHOULD GO ELSEWHERE-NAMELY A GUESTHOUSE WHERE YOU CAN FIND SIMILARLY MINDED PEOPLE.   POLITE DRUNKS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME HOWEVER.   GUESTHOUSES ARE WHERE YOU GO TO MEET OTHER FOREIGNERS.  RANA IS WHERE YOU GO TO MEET CAMBODIANS. 

    IN GENERAL IF YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN DISCOVERING RURAL LIFE IN CAMBODIA AND WOULD PREFER THE MORE SHELTERED BLANDER MORE COMFORTABLE OPTIONS-THEN FORGET IT!  YOU WILL BE COMFORTABLE, BUT YOU WON'T BE PAMPERED. ALSO ADDED TO THIS LIST ARE TH MOORE, MANEKI-NEKO, ELLEN AND OTHER SELF STYLED EXPERTS  (I.E. GLORIFIED TOURISTS) WHO CLUTTER THE TRIP ADVISOR FORUM WITH THEIR "CONTRIBUTIONS"  AND WHO BELIEVE THEY REALLY UNDERSTAND CAMBODIA FOR WHOM THE RELEVATION OF THE DEPTH OF THEIR IGNORANCE WOULD BE TOO TRAUMATIC.  THERE ARE OTHERS, PLEASE ENQUIRE IF IN DOUBT.





     

     

     


  6. WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

    1.  a flashlight

    2.   earplugs-it gets noisy during weddings and wakes which are especially prevalent during dry season.

    3. Appropriate clothing.  If you have questions contact us.

  7. T LOOKS LIKE YOUR HOME STAY IS OUT OF WAY WILL WE HAVE TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS?

     NO, IF YOU CAN GET A BUS TO KAMPONG CHAM WE WILL HAVE A DEPENDABLE AND INDEPENDENT  TUK TUK DRIVER TAKE YOU TO OUR DOOR.  THE RIDE WILL COST YOU $4, PAYABLE TO HIM, NOT US.  WE ARE ONLY THREE HOURS FROM KRATIE AND PHNOM PENH, FIVE HOURS FROM SIAM REAP.   WE CAN LINK YOU UP WITH OTHER DESTINATIONS AS WELL.   SO WE AREN'T REALLY OUT OF THE WAY, JUST A FEW METERS FROM THE MAIN HIGHWAY.

     

     


  8. I'M A VEGETARIAN, CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE ME?

    YES, BUT ONLY IF YOU EAT FISH AND EGGS OR CAN REMOVE THE MEAT FROM YOUR DISH WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT A MOUNTAIN OF BAD KARMA. OUR KITCHEN FACILITIES ARE LIMITED AND SINCE WE ARE A HOME STAY WE EAT FAMILY STYLE.  OUR FOOD IS SPECIAL FESTIVAL FOOD EATEN AT WEDDINGS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS; WE ARE NOT A FRIED RICE EMPORIUM.   GOOGLE THE MANY BLOG SITES FOR PRAISE ABOUT MY WIFE'S COOKING.

    IF YOU HAVE OTHER DIETARY RESTRICTIONS FOR MEDICAL OR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES JUST DROP US AN EMAIL OR CALL 012 68 62 40 IF YOU ARE IN CAMBODIA AND WE WILL  TELL YOU IF IT IS POSSIBLE.  IN PASSING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WHAT WE DON'T RAISE (MEAT) WE BUY LOCALLY AND FRESH.  SORRY WE DON'T ACCEPT VEGANS

     

     

     


     

     

     


  9. HOW IS YOUR HOMESTAY DIFFERENT?

    WE ARE A MIXED COUPLE, MY WIFE IS CAMBODIAN AND I AM AN AMERICAN WHO HAS BEEN LIVING IN CAMBODIA SINCE 1996.  YOU NOT INFREQUENTLY WILL GET TWO POINTS OF VIEW ON DISCUSSION TOPICS.  OUR WHOLE FAMILY IS BILINGUAL (WE HAVE TWO KIDS AS WELL) PLUS THIS IS THE VILLAGE THAT MY WIFE COMES FROM, SO SHE NOT ONLY KNOWS THE LANGUAGE, BUT HAS IMMEDIATE RAPPORT WITH ALL THE VILLAGERS WHO ARE MORE WILLING TO SHARE THE INFORMATION.   IN ADDTION I SPEAK FRENCH AND GERMAN.

     

     


  10. WHY IN GOD'S NAME DON'T YOU HAVE ELECTRICITY?

    WHEN WE FIRST MOVED HERE NO ONE HAD IT.  POWER HAS SINCE BEEN ADDED, BUT THE CURRENT IS WEAK, NOT DEPENDABLE, AND EXPENSIVE.  PLUS AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME WE HAVE ADJUSTED TO THE WEATHER, BUT HAVING SAID THAT THERE ARE SOME NIGHTS IN APRIL AND EARLY MAY WHEN IT IS HOT EVEN FOR US.

     

     

    MOST OF THE VILLAGERS DO NOT HAVE FANS, NO ONE HAS AIR CONDITIONING.  MOSTLY THE VILLAGERS INVESTED IN TV AND YOU GUESSED IT KARAOKE MACHINES.   WE HAVE A DONATION SET ASIDE TO BUY A GENERATOR, BUT CURRENTLY FUEL PRICES ARE TOO EXHORBITANT AND ITS PRIMARY PURPOSE IS FOR OUR SCHOOL.  MAYBE WE WILL WIRE UP THE CABIN, BUT I DOUBT IT.  SO CONSIDER IT A DOSE OF UNCOMFORTABLE REALITY THAT THE LOCALS LIVE WITH; IT'S ONLY A FEW MONTHS OF THE YEAR WHEN THE EVENINGS ARE HOT.

     

     

     

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WHO IS NOT WELCOME AT ALL

  1. Don't come if you are a

    Vegan, Missionary, Sex Tourist, alchoholic

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