FARMHOUSE SMILING GECKO

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In order to accommodate visitors, guests and students involved in the project, a guest house with a kitchen was built on the project site. It opened its doors in November 2015.

The head chef of the guesthouse 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.

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.

As part of the two-day tour, visitors have the opportunity to gain an in-depth insight into the structures and the work of our innovative holistic social project. You will have the opportunity to speak with the farmers‘ families and to look at the Smiling Gecko Farm. You visit the local school, renovated by Smiling Gecko, and you gain an impression of the progress of the long-term Village School Project. From the Guesthouse, visitors can hike up the hill to the local monastery and see the Buddhist monks at their morning prayer.

Attractive leisure facilities, e.g. the new swimming pool, the yoga shala, the massage center or a ride with the Bamboo Train also allow a longer, individually tailored stay an interesting and relaxing experience.

With their stay at the „Farmhouse Smiling Gecko“, all visitors support the sustainable Smiling Gecko cluster project and contribute to the success of our holistic approach.


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“What happens if you combine Swiss way of cooking and gastronomy with Asian cuisine? An explosion of the senses! It was indeed a plunge into a new world of the senses. The native cook, who was trained at the Hotel Management School Lucerne, prepared magic and innovative dishes, which redefine the Southeast Asian cuisine.

It was a wonderful experience, which not only captivated by the choice of the menu, but also by the presentation, served by a charming crew – polished by a trainer from Lucerne – and all this in an incredible setting. The food created by the team of Smiling Gecko was an inspiration, I am already looking forward to my next visit and I am sure that the inclusion in the Gault Millau can not be an ‚if’ but a ‚when’. ”

Thomas R. Meier

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“The two days at Smiling Gecko were incredible. We got deep impressions, which shaped our understanding of the previously so enigmatic Cambodia.

In addition to the exciting and informative tours to the nearby school, to the fish market and to the land of Smiling Gecko itself, we enjoyed a wonderful service. The staff was friendly and attentive and spoiled us with wonderful and delicious dishes.

We spent the night in beautiful, authentic farm bungalows, which are in the middle of the area of the burgeoning project. We can only recommend the stay at Smiling Gecko and we ourselves are going to return soon, to see how the project has evolved.”

Silja and Kay from Merey

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“The impressions have been amazing and exciting. We also have had moments of deep concern about the way people live in Cambodia and also an understanding of why it is as it is.

In addition to the exciting and remarkable tours we could enjoy the excellent service. The staff was warm, attentive and enchanted us with their wonderful and delicious cuisine. Thank you…!

We slept in charming and authentic bungalows, you can say in the middle of the farm. We can highly recommend the stay at the Smiling Gecko Farm. It is a journey of a different kind, which probably can be experienced only once.”

Aida, Laura & André Reichmuth

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In cooperation with

hotelfachschule

OTHER PROJECTS

VILLAGE SCHOOL PROJECT

AGRICULTURE FAMILY PROJECT

SMILING GECKO
CARPENTRY

SUSTAINABLE GARMENT PRODUCTION

INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION & TRAINING CAMPUS

BAMBOO PROJECT

TUK TUK PROJECT

DIRECT AID

SUPPORT OF OTHER NGOS