We could really use some help. We are novice travellers, have been in Thailand for the last 3 weeks, and head to Cambodia on the 1st June. We have/are busy doing the whole touristy island thing in Thailand, and it's great, but we are looking to get off the beaten track a little more. We are hoping to go into the villages and tribes in Cambodia and Laos (going to Myanmar to, but home stays are frowned upon by government there) And mix with the locals a little more, and if possible arrange some home stays with them. We are more interested in the culture and people in Asia than the big sights. Has anyone done this? How difficult is it to arrange? Any help would be appreciated!!!
In Cambodia, mostly the rural areas such as the Mekong Island offers a lot to see and get into the people. I just got back from there last month and it was terrific! Good luck!
It should not that be that difficult it you do it yourself, simply by meeting the locals. I've stayed at several Cambodian homes over the years. Very humble wooden structures, some of them with no elecricity or running water. I always slept on mats and was lucky to get some sort of pillow (and most of those were rock hard). So, don't expect much in the way of comfort, but the families I stayed at were always overwhelming sweet, kind and welcoming. It would be nice to have small gifts to give them or their children. The home stays are a great experience.
I am Nikunj Gupta 24 by age and Computer Engineer and member VT/CS and HC and will be travelling South East Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos) from 1 June 2006 to 25 June 2006 and looking for other fellow traveller or travellers who can join us, also looking for accomodation with locals so that we can see and feel the real culture of the above countries and also save money and also for some hitchhikers who can join us or some hitchhiking tips will be great. I will be travelling with my more one friend.
Nikunj Gupta, B.Tech (Comp.) & Business Analyst
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Also please keep in mind that do not forget to bring along sunglasses and hankerchief or face-mask to cover our face from the dust flying all over the road. This is especially terrible in certain mekong islands where the roads are totally left without tar-built as the villages are very rug and below development. Bring along caps too.
Anyway, still, it is rather good to widen our eyes to whatever circumstances! Have fun!