I love taking my customers to some of these more remote villages so they can establish a mindful connection with this region and have a truly enriching experience on their travels. But it is also very important to me because some of these communities are often marginalised in Cambodia for their unique ethnic heritage or their religious beliefs, and it is difficult for them to benefit from the growing tourism sector.
I lead each of the tours detailed here and I live and work here in Kampot. I know many of the locals simply by being a part of the community and interacting with them on a daily basis. This means that I can offer the personal touch and introduce you to my friends and community. My bespoke tours take advantage of this, such that I can take you to places less frequented by tourists that I and a select few know about.
LOCAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Because of my own, difficult past I want to give back to the community with my small business. I include many small-scale farmers and remote communities in my tour because it is still difficult for them to benefit from the growing number of tourists to Kampot and the region. Your tour fees include a donation to all of the people we meet on our tour, some directly and others indirectly. I want our tours to form a small part of the community based tourism sector in Kampot.
KEK SOON – ABOUT ME
When I started my tour business in Kampot I knew that I wanted to achieve two main things with my tours: make sure that visitors get to see and experience what the traditional way of life is like in Cambodia, and to help my own community by offering sustainable and responsible tourism.
I have a great passion for cooking and food – I am actually a professionally trained chef! I love combining new and unexpected flavours and mix traditional Khmer cuisine with other Asian and Western influences. The food I prepare at my own café at KAMA (the Kampot Arts and Music Association) and in my cooking classes, is always of the highest quality and organically produced whenever possible. A sustainable way of living is very important to me, and with my tours I support the local organic farmers here in Kampot.
“Are you looking for an authentic and truly enriching experience on your travels through Cambodia? This is what my tours are all about! Even though I was born and raised in Kampot, I still discover new beautiful spots around here all the time and I want to share this sense of wonder and discovery with my customers.”
One of my favourite parts of our Cuisine and Countryside Tours is the cooking class, which is different every time! I enjoy trying new recipes with my customers as well as teaching them some of my all-time favourites. I like to add a special twist to traditional Khmer recipes and combine unique flavours. Because of my own, difficult past I want to give back to the community with my small business. I include many small-scale farmers and remote communities in my tour because it is still difficult for them to benefit from the growing number of tourists to Kampot and the region. I want to help tourists get to know and understand the story of Kampot, connect with local communities and enjoy a responsible and mindful experience!