Meas Family Homestay is located in the outskirts of a small village in Takeo. It is Cambodia’s first homestay, and since 1999, the Meas family has been welcoming friends and guests curious to experience Cambodian village life.
After a good night’s sleep, you are awakened by bird song and roosters crowing, and even though the roosters are early risers, I cannot think of a better way to wake up. Breakfast is served at the common semi-outdoor dining area, and if you are lucky, Linda Meas will make her delicious French toast, or how about sesame crêpes with fresh fruit?
During the day, you can join some of the activities taking place in and around the homestay. Learn how to make soap from natural ingredients, or join a cooking class and help preparing today’s lunch. You can also visit the weaver workshop, and see how the artisans turn the cotton yarn into beautiful, handwoven, fabric.
In the evening, make sure you stop by the open kitchen to watch the preparation of delicious Khmer food that you will later enjoy for dinner together with the family.
Staying with the Meas family is a unique way to experience authentic village life in Cambodia, and if you are arriving from Phnom Penh, a couple of days at the homestay is an excellent opportunity to relax and unwind from the big city hustle and bustle, enjoy the peaceful surroundings, eat good food, and learn a new skill.
You can book the homestay at Meas Family Homestay’s website. There is no public transportation to the homestay, but Linda can help you arrange transportation from Phnom Penh (around $40-$50 per car one way).
Nice to know:
There are several temples and other sights located nearby the village. Linda can help you arrange excursions.
There is free wi-fi at the common areas, but if you need to be online in your room, consider getting a data plan for your phone before you go.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your stay.
There is no fixed schedule for the activities offered. If there is anything particular you would like to try, please send Linda an email and ask if it can be arranged during your stay.
Cold water showers, but the water is lukewarm, so don’t let that scare you off:)
The local market is located 5-10 minutes by tuk-tuk from the homestay. It is a bustling, vibrant place with great food and good shopping (mostly household items). Best to visit in the morning.