I discovered this village at the website http://www.ccben.org/Chiphat.html. I wanted to see the real Cambodia as opposed to just shifting from tourist trap to tourist trap and this was the most amazing place that I visited on my tour of SE Asia.
After a 4.5 hour trip from phnom penh to Anduong Tuek ,I negotiated a $5 ride up the river with a local boatman. I was warmly welcomed at the CCBEN centre, arranged to stay at the eco lodge at $20 per nigh. I could have had a homestay or guesthouse cheaper but I was quite flush at the time and wanted to use my spare cash to support the work being done here.
Let's get one thing straigh now..This is not a place for the average tourist, facilities are few, life is simple,thereare no karaoke bars although I did find one TV. Be prepared to rough it.
Chi Phat is a place where you immediateley feel welcome. You are not the centre of attention, but every1 is friendly and helpful towards you. I did a 2 night trek into the jungle, leeches and mosquitoes galore, no toilets and slept in a hammock under a makeshift bamboo shelter. The guides and cooks made some amazing meals over an open fire with a couple of woks. It was heaven.
Later I met Alung, an amazingly enthusiastic teacher at Chi Phat school. the place is simple and without much basic equipment. I'd taken a stack of pens, pencils, rulers pencil sharpeners etc from the uk and they were really gratefully received. The kids were keen to learn and it was a real joy to visit.
This has to be a place on any intrepids wish list, it only gets a few visitors at a time so you just blend into village life. It's worth thr trip to get the freshly made sugar cane juice at the top end of the village. Forget Siem Reap guys, head for Chi Phat