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Stay in a Khmer village at Maisons Wat Kor

Kim Nou
CEO, Maisons Wat Kor

Maisons Wat Kor, Battambang

Maisons Wat Kor offers authentic accommodation in the heart of a Khmer village that bears the same name. The village is like a living museum where you can stay in a real wooden house on stilts, surrounded by tranquil countryside. Our goal is to protect Khmer culture while developing the hospitality industry so the local community can benefit.

When I was a boy in the later 70s, after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime, I used to go to Tonle Sap Lake to fish with others from my village. One day, while we were on the way to the lake, our oxcart wheel broke. A nearby family rushed to help us fix it and invited us all to eat with them. This welcoming, community spirit of rural Cambodia is something I wanted to showcase when founding Maisons Wat Kor. Wherever our guests come from, when they stay with us, we consider them to be part of our family.

Despite the intrinsic charm of Cambodia, it worries me that contemporary architecture is beginning to take over our traditional houses. So, at Wat Kor Village we’ve worked hard to preserve the beautiful authentic wooden houses that were once found all over the countryside, so people can experience the real heart of Cambodian culture. A lot of guests say they love staying in heritage buildings that blend with the landscape.

Our houses are set in exotic gardens, with balconies that overlook a lotus and waterlily pond, as well as our refreshing saltwater pool. There’s even a massage cottage where you can indulge in a Khmer body, oil or foot massage. Our guests can also explore local food at our La Terrasse de Lotus Restaurant, where we serve Khmer dishes based on family recipes, such as fish amok, chicken soup and spring rolls. We have a popular eco-lunch-box option, made from palm leaves with food packed in banana leaves.

At Maisons Wat Kor, we’re proud to have an eco-friendly, plastic-free ethos and use renewables as much as possible, from glass water bottles to bamboo straws, LED lights and ethically-sourced wooden furniture. It’s important for us to support the community too, by employing locals and donating to NGOs such as Phare Ponleu Selpak, a non-profit art school in Battambang. We also help organise tours of the local villages where guests can learn about hand-made products like incense and rice noodles.

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Kim Nou initially trained as a food chemistry engineer while working part-time in the tourism and hospitality field. However, realising his passion for the industry, he went on to work for a well-known French tour operator for over 25 years across Cambodia. In 2013, Kim Nou launched Maisons Wat Kor with the aim of preserving traditional Khmer culture and is hoping to open a new hotel in Siem Reap in the coming years.
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