Reap What We Sow Together: Rice Planting in Sambor Prei Kuk

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In Cambodia more than 80% of the country’s 14 million people work as farmers, growing rice as their main crop. Almost two-thirds of the rural population depends mainly on rice farming.

Khiri Travel Cambodia takes clients out into the fields to experience this highly important agricultural activity for themselves. For this, we travel to Kampong Thom province.

Kampong Thom province is located in the centre of Cambodia, half way between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. It covers 15,061 sq km, 70% of which is covered with forest and agricultural. Some 23% is flooded.

Rice planting for Khiri’s clients happens in Sambor village in Prasat Sambor district. Here clients can learn with the local village community how to plant and harvest rice (depending on the season). We pay a visit to local farmers when they are at work in the fields and give clients a hands-on experience.

The farmers explain what rice production means to their family and what the whole process of rice production looks like. Cambodian farmers plant rice once a year in rainy season, about the start of June.

Sambor Prei Kuk village is also famous for its pre-Angkorian temples, Prasat Sambor Prei Kuk. Khiri Travel Cambodia supports the community via Khiri Reach, the non-profit arm of Khiri Travel. Clients have the opportunity to overnight in a homestay to really experience village life.

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