rural life experiences in Sri Lanka and Cambodia
It’s easy to find offers of village life experiences in Asia. Some of the standard village packages, which are usually 1-day programmes, are quite good. But be aware, your hosts are not genuine farmers any more but part of the tourism industry. On the other hand, it’s easy, too, to find contacts with locals. But be aware, some of them are scammers. So all in all it’s not so easy to find friends quickly enough during a few-weeks holiday in a foreign country, and there is a high risk of tourist traps when visiting farms or villages promoted in glossy brochures.
Team Sightseeinglanka developped an alternative for individual travellers and package holiday makers alike, days with private accommodation among villagers who are really innocent and more interested in finding foreign friends than earning the quick money. We do not invite you to orphanages for donations, nor do we push you to shops.
You have a choice:
1. You can spend only a few hours for a visit in a village untouched by mass tourism, for a first impression, and return to your comfortable accommodation in the evening.
2. Or you could spend one or two nights in the village in houses of locals.
3. Or you can let us develop a full-week or two-weeks itinerary, because the villages we chose for these very special holiday experiences are not only untouristed and allowing you to join traditional activities, they are also nice places with an interesting surrounding for more “normal” holiday activities such as sightseeing, trekking or simply relaxing at the beach.
To learn more about our rural life programm please visit our village life page.
In case you come only to Sri Lanka only once and travel to another interesting country next year, we recommend Cambodia. It’s also a Theravada Buddhist country in tropical Asia with a rich cultural heritage and very reasonable price levels for foreign guests. We do not really know a partner agency able to offer rural life study opportunities in the same way like our village life packages. However, we can recommend a private driver, who could invite you to his home in Angkor Borei. Yes, he works in Siem Reap near Angkor. No, his hometown is not near Angkor Wat. Angkor Borei is in Takeo Province far away from Siem Reap and Angkor, but very close to Phnom Da, where the remains of the earliest indianized Cambodian civilization have been found. There are no hotels or guesthouses in that remote area of Cambodia, the recommended driver Pheak could invite you to his uncle’s house - without any ulterior motive than a small charge for budget accommodation. You could habe your own room, but without attached bathroom, the typical Cambodian house only offers a shared bathroom with simple facilities in the local style. That would be a similar kind of living among locals, for a night or two, without being disturbed by obtrusions. To read more about Phnom Da and the opportunity to visit Cambodians privately, click to Pheak’s Phnom Da page.
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