Big Lyna Villa is a small, 10-room, traditional wooden house on the east side of the river in a peaceful, quiet part of town. It has large rooms and a wide, open balcony and is surrounded with small plants and flowers.
A four-wheel drive can be hired for trips out of town and transfer to and from the airport is free of charge. The owner, who also serves as a driver and tour guide for guests, provides room, board and language training for his staff, all of whom came from poor families in remote provinces.
My name is Sam Dararith, the owner of the Big Lyna Villa but I also work as a tour guide. I am available to drive guests wherever they wish. We offer transportation at a very reasonable price. Big Lyna Villa has been open since January 2000. Currently, four employees work here and they come from poor families in distant provinces. They come to Siem Reap looking for jobs. At Big Lyna Villa, employees receive a salary as well as free boarding. In addition to working at the Villa, they attend part-time foreign language courses at a local school and now speak English and some French. I am very happy and very proud of my four employees and also of my guesthouse. I very much enjoy talking with all our guests. I plan to build a couple of thatched-roof huts in the front garden for my guests. My guests are my livelihood and I encourage them to give me their comments on our accommodations and services. Big Lyna Villa, a place where people care!
This accommodation provider has taken action to address one or more issues (whether environmental, social or cultural) which will contribute positively to the long term viability of the destination and hence their site displays a Caring for the destination rating.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Local employment and contributions to the local economy
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Big Lyna Villa is a small locally owned and managed guesthouse that actively employs local people, uses locally produced food and sources the majority of its supplies locally. Hence, Big Lyna Villa directly supports other local businesses and has a positive knock-on effect on the local community.
Additionally, the local employees coming from poor families in the provinces receive a fair salary, free boarding as well as extra language classes.
For a real local shopping experience, get up before the sun breaks and ask one of the staff to come along to the local markets to buy fresh fruits and vegetables when it is really bustling.