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 new Smiling Gecko School and see for yourself the progress made in our long-term school project. 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 breathtaking sunrise. By staying at the “Farmhouse Smiling Gecko”, you support the sustainable Smiling Gecko cluster project and contribute to its success.
The Smiling Gecko Guesthouse is located on the project‘s farming premises. You will stay in one of our 34 rooms in 17 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 air condition and fan. An extra bed is available upon 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.
During a two-day trip, visitors will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the structures of our innovative and holistic social project and the work we do on the ground. You will receive a guided tour of the Smiling Gecko Farm, including a visit to the various cluster projects. A visit to the SGC HISF | EDUCATION CAMPUS will provide you with an insight into the progress we are making in the field of education. From the guesthouse, you can take a walk into the hills to visit the local Buddhist monastery and see the monks during their morning prayer while enjoying a breath-taking sunrise.
There are many other leisure facilities such as the spacious swimming pool, yoga classes and meditation in two yoga shalas, wellness programmes in our own spa and massage centre or personal training and beach volleyball with former Olympic heptathlon competitor Linda Züblin, rounding off and turning your time at Farmhouse Smiling Gecko into an unforgettable experience.
EAT AND DRINK
At the Smiling Gecko Guesthouse, we train local chefs and other hospitality staff. 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 prices. We also offer wine, beer, fruit juices and other drinks.
The Farmhouse is run by a well-trained Cambodian hotel manager. Our head chef Mariya Nuon is also Cambodian, and lets the local cuisine flourish in her creative way. Some of her special dishes have already been added to their own menus by Swiss top chefs.
The Farmhouse also receives support and coaching from the Foundation Uccelin, which was initiated by 3 Michelin stars and 19 Gault Millau points awarded top chef Andreas Caminada, to promote culinary and service talents. As a part of this close cooperation, all Uccelin graduates travel to Cambodia for 4 to 8 weeks to serve as mentors and trainers for the hotel kitchen and service teams.
A visit to the Farmhouse restaurant is a culinary delight.
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