Homestay in Banteay Chhmar is a part of Community-Based Tourism (CBT, group of local villagers dedicated to preserving and protecting the cultural heritage of the area as well as creating a responsible tourism industry in Banteay Chhmar. The CBT was originally started in 2007 with the aid of the French NGO Agir Pour le Cambodge (APLC). In 2009, Global Heritage Fund (GHF) began conservation work on Banteay Chhmar Temple and formed a partnership with the CBT. In addition to GHF, Heritage Watch has also been working in cooperation with the CBT. Heritage Watch is helping in areas of educating the local population about the importance of protecting their Khmer cultural heritage and the benefits to their livelihoods from tourism activities
Homestay at Banteay Chhmar CBT located at National Road No. 56A, Banteay Chhmar Commune
Thmor Puok District, Banteay Meanchey Province, Cambodia
In addition, Tath Sophal, is the GHF-CBT Coordinator. He is responsible for the overall management and operations of the CBT including accounting, marketing and communications with Global Heritage Fund, donors and other stakeholders. Currently, over 70 villagers are directly involved in the CBT as tour guides, cooks, homestay owners, musicians and in other areas.
All the homestay owners say that being part of the CBT has increased their social circle and provides much-needed income. The owners are all excited by the prospect of speaking better English, learning housekeeping and the increased business opportunities that the CBT is helping to create in Banteay Chhmar.
The CBT members will help you with settling into your homestay. Guests sleep upstairs and the families sleep downstairs. Please ask us if you need anything to make your stay more comfortable.
Homestays are $7/room with $1 saved in the CBT Local Fund.
- 2 bedrooms in a traditional house with bed, mattress, mosquito net, cotton sheets, blankets, pillows… (can arrange an extra bed outside a bedroom, if needed)
- Western-style toilet and shower (share bathroom)
- Electricity 24/7
- Provides drinking water, candles, mosquito coils and shampoo
- Hammocks to relax in; table and chairs
- Parking: car, motorcycle, minibus/van and bus
Phone: +855 (0)12 237 605
Phone: +855 (0)97 723 7605