We are an older couple and are both seasoned travellers. We were looking for a change from hotels in cities and after an internet search came up with the Meas Homestay.
The Homestay is a 2 hour drive south of Phonm Penh and is quite straightforward to locate. We really had no idea what to expect when we set out so we were delighted to find ourselves in the middle of an extended family set-up. Our hosts, Mach and Siphen, are both teachers and both speak good English. They are extraordinarily enterprising and besides teaching and running a homestay they are involved in many community and school projects.
They have gradually extended their home so that they can now accommodate up to 20 guests they told us. We were the only visitors when we were there. We had a basic but comfortable room with adjacent shower and toilet.
Siphen is an excellent cook and gave us 3 good meals a day which we ate with the family. Beer and soft drinks were constantly available at cost price - you just help yourself from the cold box and mark down what you have used.
They run an after school club for High School students who want to practise their English. We joined in with this and spent an hour a day talking with a lively group of about 30 students.
Our hosts couldn't have been more hospitable. We spent many hours talking about life in Cambodia and the difficult times they have been through. They arranged for us to visit a nearby weaving centre and lent us bicycles to tour the countryside. They even took a day off to take us to Kep and Kampot where we had a memorable day enjoying barbecued crab and squid.
After 5 days we were sorry to leave but hope that perhaps we can return one day.
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