Meas Family Homestay is located in the outskirts of the small village Prey Tiet in Cambodia. It is Cambodia’s first homestay, and since 1999 they have been welcoming friends and guests curious to experience Cambodian village life. The homestay is run by Linda Meas, who is also one of the founders of Weavers Project, which is part of the social enterprise Sonas World.
I source most of the handwoven cotton for Fair Fashionista from Weavers Project, and it was the cotton that originally brought me to the homestay, as I was curious to see the production process and meet the weaver artisans. Since then, I have been back several times just to say hi, and enjoy the peace and quiet down there.
After a good night’s sleep, you are awakened by bird song and roosters crowing, and even though the roosters are up early, I cannot think of a better way to wake up. Breakfast is served at the common outdoor dining area (Linda makes the best French toast!) and be prepared to get up early with the rest of the family.
During the day, you can join some of the activities on the premises. There are soap making and handicraft workshops, or why not join a cooking class and help to prepare lunch for the day? You are also welcome to visit the weaver workshop, and see how the artisans turn the cotton yarn into beautiful handwoven fabric. The times I have visited the homestay, I have not been outside the village, but if you want, there are several temples and other sightseeing opportunities nearby to explore. 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.
This is a unique way to explore authentic village life in Cambodia, and if you come from Phnom Penh, a couple of days at Meas Family Homestay will provide a much needed break from the city’s hustle and bustle. Unwind, 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 they can help you arrange transportation from Phnom Penh (around $40-$50 per car one way).