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A Day in the Life

Step into a villager's shoes for the day

Siem Reap 25 Booked

Take a day off from temple sightseeing and discover Cambodian village life. Experience life as a local and help out around the village by supporting a local charity tourism project

  • Join a local host family in a rural farming village and help out with daily tasks

  • Support responsible tourism and a local communities charity (5% of the tour price goes directly to the charity)

  • With tour groups of no more than 8 - or even better, a private tour for up to 5 - you can be sure that you'll get a personalized experience

  • Enjoy a casual picnic lunch with your Khmer host family

  • Transportation to and from the village is provided plus the insight of a local guide

What We Love:

When visiting a country as a tourist, it's often very easy to ignore the poverty of the beautiful country you're in. The Day in a Life program strives to bridge the gap between tourists and ‘Type 1' village families (those that struggle to meet daily needs, and often for food too). A local host family will welcome you into their home and lives for the day. They receive a small payment for this task and a larger contribution is made to a village fund, used for village projects like water filters and wells. Step into a villager's shoes and help out with daily tasks: plant or harvest rice, weave thatch for roofs, create wall panels, plant vegetables or trees, make 'prahoc' or rice wine. Every tour is different and tasks depend on the time of year, family needs and village goings-on.

Activity Details

Duration
7-8 Hours

Language
EN

Travelers
1-8

Transport
Pick Up

Confirmation
24 Hours

Refund
72 Hours

Confirmation:

  • You will receive a confirmation email instantly upon booking. We will send the voucher email within 1 business day
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email

Itinerary:

  • 8:00am hotel pick-up
  • Meet your hosts at Kompheim Village with your English-speaking guide
  • Help out with daily tasks
  • Picnic lunch of sandwiches (provided by operator due to village's low sanitation standards. A Khmer meal will be provided for the host family)
  • 3:00pm/4:00pm return hotel drop-off

Additional Information:

  • The Group Tour is not suitable for children aged below 12 years
  • If you are traveling with children, please book a private tour; Children 11 years and under are 50% of the price and children 4 years and under are free

Important notes:

  • It is extremely important that you don't hand out gifts, sweets or money to these families or children, no matter how dire the situation seems. This can cause problems within the village and jealously among families and relatives. Should you wish to help beyond the tour, please discuss with the team.
  • Please keep in mind that this is a real village, not one set up for tourists to visit, so you must be flexible as the tour will be adapted around ceremonies or village events

What to wear:

  • Sturdy footwear like sneakers/trainers
  • Long sleeves and pants
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • No revealing clothing

Insider Tips:

  • Every tour group has the opportunity to plant a fruit tree for your host family, providing food and income for the future (make sure to ask your guide about this

How To Use

  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the tour date and time specified

Cancelation

  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 72 hrs prior to the activity

Reviews (4)

4.8
Chin***

Great experience learning about Cambodians' local life and difficulties. A bit pricy but quite a difficult portion will be donated responsibly along your way.

garland***

This was just the most amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone and everyone travelling to Siem Reap. This organization really works hard to contribute to the Cambodian Community and better their ways of life. This tour allowed us to visit the villages outside of the main city, spend the day with them doing cooking, riding in carts darwn by cows, see the local schools and really get to know what the village life seems like. I can't really explain how fantastic this experience was - you just have to do it and see :)

logan***

The Day in a Life Tour was the highlight of my trip. If you want to see Cambodia outside of the tourist centres, meet people and see how they live this is the right place for you. It is, of course, difficult to see how some families live, but I think it's very important to understand the reality of where you visit when you come to a place as a tourist. If you want something different, meaningful and are a little adventurous you should go Beyond.

lillie***

I did the Day in the Life experience, and I would really recommend it I saw a different side of Siem Reap, and got to appreciate the country in a way I would not have otherwise. The tour was really well run, and gave me a lot of food for thought. A great but humbling experience.

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