The Smiling Gecko Guesthouse is located on the project's farm. You will stay in one of our spacious stilt bungalows built in the traditional local style. Our double rooms come with a double bed and mosquito net as well as a rain shower, toilet and fan. An extra bed is available on request. All our timber-built bungalows have their own terrace from where you can enjoy a view of the countryside. The stilt houses combine the charm of traditional Cambodian architecture with modern sanitary facilities.
Located in the countryside about 80 km north of Phnom Penh, the farm of Smiling Gecko is surrounded by paddy fields and rolling hills. During a two-day trip, you have the opportunity to gain an insight into the structures of an innovative and holistic social project and the work we do on the ground. You will meet the families who will show you the Smiling Gecko farm. You will visit the local school refurbished by Smiling Gecko and see for yourself the progress made in our long-term school project and the Sustainable Garment Production project, a textile factory that offers guaranteed fair wages and humane working conditions. From the Smiling Gecko Guesthouse, you can take a walk into the hills to visit the local Buddhist monastery and watch the monks during their morning prayer while enjoying a breath-taking sunrise. By staying at the "Farmhouse Smiling Gecko", you support the sustainable Smiling Gecko cluster project and contribute to its success.
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EAT AND DRINK
At the Smiling Gecko Guesthouse, we train local chefs and other hospitality staff. In this project, we cooperate with the Swiss Hotel Management School Lucerne (SHL). For lunch, we serve traditional Cambodian dishes, while our dinners are a fusion of Western and local Khmer cuisine. On request, we offer vegetarian dishes and a children's menu. To start your day, we offer you a rich and varied breakfast. Wherever possible, our chefs use fresh produce straight from the Smiling Gecko farm. Coffee and tea are included in our price. We also offer wine, beer, fruit juices and other drinks.
The head chef of the farmhouse is a Cambodian woman who trained at the Swiss Hotel Management School Lucerne (SHL) both in Switzerland and in Cambodia. Thanks to the long-term partnership with SHL, we will be able to train and employ more and more local people in various catering jobs.
Our partner SHL has developed special training and lesson plans for our project. Through interim and final exams, SHL makes sure that all candidates meet the certified qualification level. A Swiss hotel manager from SHL who is permanently based at our guesthouse monitors the progress of our local trainees and ensures the quality of their training. Thanks to our cooperation with the airline catering business Gate Gourmet, it is envisaged that all our trainees will find employment at the company's kitchen at Phnom Penh Airport.
Pick up at your hotel in Phnom Penh and transfer to Smiling Gecko Farm (approx. 80 km/ 2 hours). On the way stopover at authentic central fish market.
Arrival with welcome drink, fresh towel and extensive breakfast at the SGC Farm House Restaurant
Tour of the SGC Farm Project. You visit the farms get an insight into the social project Smiling Gecko, including the various construction sites of the new Smiling Gecko projects.
Check in to the rooms
Traditional Cambodian lunch at Smiling Gecko Farmhouse Restaurant
Visit to the poor farmer families in the neighborhood of the Smiling Gecko area
Departure for a tour to visit an impressive temple hill and there, a charming Buddhist monastery. After visiting the monastery you have the opportunity to enjoy the scenic from the top oft the temple hill.
Return to the Farm House Restaurant
Dinner at the Farmhouse Restaurant. Enjoy a fusion of western and local Khmer cuisine, which redefines the Southeast Asian cuisine.
Enjoy the evening
Departure to a Garment Factory - you will observe how casual workers are ferried on open lorries from the countryside to the textile factories in the outskirts of Phnom Penh where they work under very harsh conditions for very little money, barely making a living. This daily spectacle is a sad reminder of what is behind the cheap products we buy from Asia.
Visit to the village school project - you will see 600 students in the schoolyard celebrating their classic morning ritual and you will get insight in a school day at the newly renovated Smiling Gecko village school.
Breakfast - before returning to Phnom Penh, you are served a sumptuous breakfast at Smiling Gecko Farmhouse Restaurant
Check out and Departure to Phnom Penh
Our programme is subject to changes.
The Farmhouse Smiling Gecko is located about 80 km north of Phnom Penh.
Please note that, for organisational reasons, you can only visit the Smiling Gecko project by booking in advance and staying at the Farmhouse Smiling Gecko!
Farmhouse Smiling Gecko
Samaki Meanchey district
Kampong Chhnang province