Cambodian countryside connection
We collaborate with a collection of community-based homestay initiatives – an exciting opportunity to get to the heart of off-beat locations and contribute to local livelihoods. Choose from nights near ancient temples, drifting to sleep in a floating village, or local living in the countryside. The perfect opportunity to explore traditional ways of life and experience Cambodian hospitality first-hand.
We are currently unable to organise the following experiences through Ayana Journeys, but instead recommend guests liaise with our community-based partners directly at this time. Please reach out for their details. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Buddhist monks forestry activism
Head north from Siem Reap to the wilds of Odor Meanchey forested plains. Here, you’ll meet an inspirational group of monks leading environmental activism to protect a stunning area of forest. Discover the meaning of socially engaged Buddhism, and the powerful role monks have in spearheading development initiatives. Spend the day with monk environmentalists, trekking through beautiful forests well and truly off any tourist map, and visit a rural pagoda to understand life in the monastery. You’ll spend the night at a family owned guesthouse overlooking a lake.
Rural Siem Reap
Traditional rural community stay
Escape the city and journey into the quiet countryside surrounding Siem Reap. Immerse yourself into one of the prettiest villages we’ve found, learn traditional rural crafts and cookery skills, and spend the night in a wooden family home. You can hang out with friendly ladies and learn how to weave palm leaves into decorations for the home, discover how to prepare delicious rice based snacks and deserts, and much more.
Whilst Angkor receives millions of guests ever year, there is a place of equal beauty and historic significance, yet with far fewer visitors. There is a stunning community around 3 hours from Siem Reap which is home to a collection of 12th century temples, and a thriving community based tourism collection of homestays. Spend the day exploring temple ruins and soaking up village life, your evening dinner by candlelight in the temples, and the night with a local family.