The Smiling Gecko Farmhouse is an NGO-run project located in the rural and naturally stunning Kompong Chhnang province, just 90 minutes’ drive from Phnom Penh in the small village of Sameakki Mean Chey. Here guests are greeted with an upscale homestay/farmstay set in beautiful countryside. The accommodation consists of traditional Khmer style homes fitted with air-conditioning and all the necessary creature comforts. There is a large swimming pool and organically-grown produce cultivated on the farm (or sourced from local markets if not grown). A number of local families also live on the farm giving it a real community feel. Many of these villagers are from the poorest slums in Phnom Penh and have been given the opportunity to create a better life for themselves through the project. Activities include visiting markets, interacting with local families, enjoying the beautiful rural landscape surrounding the farm, discovering unknown Angkor era-temples and enjoying a ride on the uniquely Cambodian Bamboo Train.
This is an authentic experience that’s ideal for families, couples or singles for one or two nights. While the lodgings are upscale, they are also built in a traditional style to provide a heart-warming off the beaten track encounter and a truly Cambodian experience that supports a very good cause.
Why not add a couple of days to your Cambodia holiday by staying at the Smiling Gecko Guesthouse? World Discovery’s Cambodia offers a selection of sample tours.