Find hosts in Cambodia and Vietnam

How It Works

The Dine with the Locals platform has been created to connect travelers with local hosts and families through daily life and authentic dining experiences in South East Asia. We find and train local hosts and help them to prepare to welcome international guests into their homes.

You can learn about each one of our hosts on our Host profile page, choose a host you wish to book with, and then request a booking. We will check with the host and confirm your booking within 24 hours.

1. Support Local Families

Our hosts are our family. Our mission is to provide an additional income to Khmer women and families and connect them to the tourism industry. We also support our hosts with basic training in personal finance, hospitality and food hygiene, if needed. You are helping these families directly by making a booking with us.

2. Authentic Food and Experiences

Every host will prepare three dishes for you or with you, how much you want to be involved is up to you – you can just watch how food in Cambodia is prepared, or you can learn how to make it yourself. And of course you will enjoy the meal together with the family. In some cases there might also be the opportunity to learn about other daily life activities like silk weaving, organic gardening, fishing and local traditions.

3. Learn with the Locals

The Dine with the Locals platform has been created to connect travelers with local hosts and families throughout South East Asia. Travellers can experience and learn about daily activities and customs, and also learn to prepare and share an authentic meal with their host in a safe and responsible manner.

Say Hello to our amazing hosts

Our hosts are families from different cities in Cambodia and Vietnam. They are single mothers, housewifes, farmers, artists, workers. Have a look at the great food adventures they can offer you.

An Overview of our Hosts

Here is an overview of our local hosts - to learn more please visit the Host page or click on the Host name below to see their full profile and the menu that they will prepare for you. We now have more than 12 cooking class host families in Cambodia and we aim to increase this, and to grow DWTL acr ...

Chan Mony – Authentic Cooking class in Cambodia

Experience the authentic lifestyle of a Cambodian family . Ms. Chan Mony will not just lead this local culture and cooking class in Cambodia – more specifically in Siem Reap, where Angkor Wat is located. She and her daughter (or her friend) will lead you through traditions and duties of housewifes ...

Ms. Dary – Great vegetarian cooking class and 3 handmade gifts

Ms. Dary is a young mother of two boys, living in Siem Reap with her husband. He is a tour guide, and only a few years before Covid-19 they build their house in the south part of Siem Reap.  Dary worked in a hotel before, where she learned about Khmer noodles and has extensive knowledge about Cambo ...

Mr. Sokha – Soup, ribs and a village tour in Battambang

Mr Sokha is a tour guide in Battambang who knows the city well.  He and his wife, as well as the children, live together not too far from the city center in a traditional Khmer house, mostly made of wood. The family will invite you to learn how to cook in a local setting: the kitchen is usually out ...

Ms Sokvy – Cooking in the rice fields of Siem Reap

Ms. Sokvy is a mother of two boys living and a housewife, living at the outskirts of Siem Reap. Her house is located close to the rice fields, she and her neighbors grow vegetables in their garden. Ms. Sokvy is a full time house wife with years of experience in preparing Khmer traditional food. Her ...

Ms. Laum – The most authentic Khmer food

Ms. Laum lives in the heart of Siem Reap and is a single mother. She is 54 years old and has to raise her only son since her husband left her when the boy was young. Since then, she works hard to make a living. She learned cooking by watching the preparations for weddings when she was a child and ha ...

Vannarith – A meal in the Angkor forest

Ms. Vannarith and her family live in a small Khmer house, surrounded by trees in Siem Reap. It is part of the Angkor forest and on the way to the famous temples (NO ANGKOR TICKET NEEDED). The family also has a small chicken farm in the back yard as well as a beautiful garden. While the husband is wo ...

Ms. Kanika – Regional food of Cambodias north-east

Kanika grew up in the north-eastern town of Stueng Treng, not far from the border with Laos. She runs a restaurant together with her German husband. While some guests are tourists, she mostly serves locals with her food from the north-east of Cambodia. As our guest you will be able to enter the kitc ...

Naysim – Silk farm and Beef Lok Lak

Naysim and her family own a silk producing and weaving business as well as a fruit farm. You will take a tuk tuk and the ferry to come here from downtown its about 30 minutes, but it's a beautiful scenery on the way. If you want, take your bicycle with you and explore the surroundings. Best time for ...

Ms. Chanlon – A garden full of surprises

Ms Chanlon is a 72 year old mother who was born and raised in Battambang. During the Khmer Rouge period she had to leave the city with her six children and stay at the countryside. When the nightmare was over, she was able to return to the land she inherited from her grandmother. There, she build a ...

Nue Thai – Simple life of a family in Siem Reap

Ms. Nue Thai live east of Siem Reap, her house is at a small canopy road and build in the traditional Khmer wooden house style, but with only one ground floor. If you want to experience the simple, but happy life of Khmer people and learn about homegrown vegetables (watch how she makes the omelette) ...

Cook and explore Hanoi with Thanh

Thanh is a Vietnamese woman living in the heart of Hanoi, not far from the Hoàn Kiếm Lake in a local surrounding. She calls herself a green ambassador dreaming of raising awareness about environmental protection & sustainable tourism. She and her team take you around their neighborhood and to ...

Vietnamese food with a family in the heart of Saigon

Nguyen Duy Tuan was a tour guide for the German companies Studiosus and Hapag Lloyd, so he speaks not only fluent English, but also German. Members of his family also speak french. The live in the heart of Saigon, not far from the Ben Than market. The house is in one of the small side alleys you usu ...

Malineat: Bamboo shoots in Banteay Meanchey

Malineat, who studied IT, and her sister, are happy to welcome and host you with a wonderful private meal at her beautiful house located near the river in Banteay Meanchey, surrounded with a bamboo garden, a small lake, an organic garden and her little chicken farm. ...

Read what our guests are saying...

We want to create unforgettable memories and delicious food experiences. Over 100 guests visited our families already – read what some of them have to say on Google and TripAdvisor…

  • star rating  A really great instantly welcoming experience with Mrs. Dary. meeting the neighbours living traditionally with thier animals including a buffalo and its calf, picking herbs and preparing tradotional base for... read more

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    11/12/2022

    star rating  We visited wonderful family. Very interesting experience. We cooked together and eat! Also they have small crocodile farm. Fresh and good products. Home meal. I highly recommend to have this... read more

    Orfelia405232
    02/15/2020

    star rating  If you want to cook a typical Khmer meal in a typical khmer family, it's the best place to go. Ms Laum and Mealea were so nice!! Ms Laum lives... read more

    sebseb1993
    01/07/2020
  • star rating  Had a great time with this sweet family. The father came to pick us up in our hotel and took us to his house which is in a very calm... read more

    808ileniam
    01/04/2020

    star rating  Had a great time with this sweet family. The father came to pick us up in our hotel and took us to his house which is in a very calm... read more

    Trippin i
    01/04/2020

    star rating  If you want to cook a typical Khmer meal in a typical khmer family, it's the best place to go. Ms Laum and Mealea were so nice!! Ms Laum lives... read more

    sebseb08
    01/01/2020
  • star rating  Had a great time with this sweet family. The father came to pick us up in our hotel and took us to his house which is in a very calm... read more

    Ilenia
    01/01/2020

    star rating  We had the pleasure of meeting the Nith family today.

    We had a wonderful experience. The family are lovely and welcome you into their home with open arms.... read more

    V6878AVfredw
    11/28/2019

    star rating  We had the pleasure of meeting the Nith family today. We had a wonderful experience. The family are lovely and welcome you into their home with open arms.... read more

    V6878AVfredw
    11/27/2019
  • star rating  We had the pleasure of meeting the Nith family today. We had a wonderful experience. The family are lovely and welcome you into their home with open arms.... read more

    Fred W
    11/01/2019

    star rating  I was honoured to be Ms. Hong Ginlai’s first guest as she is a new comer to ‘Come Dine with the Locals’
    She has a huge smile and is a... read more

    jodieb826
    10/19/2019

    star rating  I was honoured to be Ms. Hong Ginlai’s first guest as she is a new comer to ‘Come Dine with the Locals’ She has a huge smile and is a... read more

    jodieb826
    10/18/2019
  • star rating  Your friendly host really reaffirm the friendliness of the Cambodian culture. And I wish your host all the best for her future endeavors wherever it takes it.

    Johndies
    10/18/2019

    star rating  I love and enjoy the food :). The authenticity of this experience helps contribute to the iconic definition of what it means to visit Cambodia. I suggest to spare... read more

    PHAMGUYEN
    10/18/2019

    star rating  I love and enjoy the food :). The authenticity of this experience helps contribute to the iconic definition of what it means to visit Cambodia. I suggest to spare... read more

    SophanaSam
    10/18/2019
  • star rating  I was honoured to be Ms. Hong Ginlai’s first guest as she is a new comer to ‘Come Dine with the Locals’ She has a huge smile and is a... read more

    Jodie B
    10/01/2019

    star rating  Earlier this year a friend introduced us to the concept of Dine with the Locals. We booked a lunch experience through the website - the whole booking process was easy... read more

    533arnek
    09/04/2019

    star rating  Earlier this year a friend introduced us to the concept of Dine with the Locals. We booked a lunch experience through the website - the whole booking process was easy... read more

    533arnek
    09/04/2019
  • star rating  Thank you Vannak for this spontaneous and warming welcome! It was a pleasent evening with delicious food and an interesting insight in the traditional-modern way of live in Phnom Penh!

    VeriHa05
    08/17/2019

    star rating  2 friends and I tried the cooking and weaving experience in Areyksat (Phnom Penh) last Sunday and we loved it! Thank you to our hosts who have been so kind... read more

    Maud M
    07/05/2019

    star rating  We were able to eat lunch with an amazing group of women who grow, harvest, and weave silk. Not only did we get to see the process but we were... read more

    avatar thumb Dgklein
    05/22/2019
  • star rating  The locals I ate with cooked really nice Cambodian food, I talked to them for about where I should visit in Cambodia next, they were very insightful and knowledgeable in... read more

    avatar thumb SaYou123
    05/21/2019

    star rating  It was one of the best experience I have ever had in my life. With $20, I get a cooking class, a full meal and an interesting conversation with the... read more

    avatar thumb Saksky
    05/21/2019

    star rating  It was amazing, the unique experience of having the opportunity to dine with local and listen to their life sorry is just surreal. Definitely recommend and I’ll make sure I’ll... read more

    avatar thumb Kimtanjeguk
    05/21/2019
  • star rating  Extraordinary way to enjoy Siem Reap and Cambodia - When i found their website, i found the concept is very interesting, and it was a way exceed my expectation. The hosts i met were very kind, funny, friendly,... read more

    YoungwookH1
    05/04/2019

    star rating  When i found their website, i found the concept is very interesting, and it was a way exceed my expectation. The hosts i met were very kind, funny, friendly,... read more

    avatar thumb YoungwookH1
    05/03/2019

    star rating  Had a wonderful experience with great meals and great people. You can get to know Cambodian culture and try out authentic cuisine at the same time. Highly recommended for travelers... read more

    avatar thumb kooooyn
    05/03/2019
  • star rating  It was a great experience to have a diner with Cambodian family in kind of traditional house. Food was so amazing and people were so kind and nice! I highly... read more

    avatar thumb redtiny
    05/02/2019

    star rating  Highly recommend for travellers who want to get in touch with local people, get to know their way of live and try authentic Khmer food. We had a great evening... read more

    avatar thumb Maria V
    03/29/2019

    star rating  A must for every Cambodian traveler who wants to get to know the country and its people. Far away from the crowded tourist areas, you can get a little closer... read more

    avatar thumb mahop12
    03/12/2019

  • Ms. Sokvy and Mr. Chantry were so lovely and warmly invited us into their home. Together we prepared and cooked three Khmer dishes and they were delicious! They were also... read more

    thumb Brittini
    11/19/2022

    Great experience!! 🙂

    thumb Bianca Gschiel
    11/18/2022

    Great concept and for me personally a great experience! Can absolutely recommend to try it out for everyone coming to Siem Reap. Not only are you doing something good for... read more

    thumb Eric
    11/06/2022
  • thumb Andy Sim
    11/20/2020

    Meet locals and enjoy homemade Khmer food. Never had such a great culinary and local experience. Truly authentic, and so many hosts all over Cambodia to choose from

    thumb Thomas G. Wanhoff
    11/20/2019

    Great authentic food and meet nice people

    thumb Nhim Sorida
    11/20/2019
  • thumb seng picheth
    11/20/2019

Recent Blog Posts

We love to share our stories about food in Cambodia, cooking with locals and our food tour in Cambodia.

Handing over a great project

Dear all, there is rarely a good time to say Goodbye. For me, the best time is when things are doing well. Dine With The Locals was founded by me, Sorida and Phy four years ago to support local families and women as well to promote Khmer food. We started very well, until Covid-19 hit. Phy and me de ...

The best hidden food secrets of Cambodia in 2022

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Rainy season in Cambodia: Best time to travel in 2022

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Cambodian krama – a great fabric since 2000 years

I if you ever been to Cambodia you must probably have seen people wearing a krama scarf with a very simple or sometimes very complicated pattern. On the countryside people are wearing it around the neck or even on the head. When you go to a wedding or any other official occasion, you will see people ...

Unique Experiences

We are not just about food adventures, but also promoting Khmer culture. Learn about Khmer cooking, fishing, gardening, silk production and the daily life.

Little gifts made from palm leaves

In a poor country like Cambodia parents can't afford to buy toys at the shop regulary. You may remember from your own childhood that nature is a pretty good source to make some small gifts and toys. Our host Ms. Dary will teach you how to create lovely hearts from palm leaves – which you have to p ...

Khmer waffles – Num Poum

You won't find this dessert in the supermarket or at a bakery. Nom Poum have to be made fresh. They were inspired by the French occupiers - hence the waffle irons – but Cambodians made their own recipe. Our host Ms. Laum is a waffle seller, and she will show you the technique and her secret recipe ...

Traditional fishing

Fishing is an important part in the everyday life of people outside big cities. Fish is a main protein source for most, usually caught in ponds and rivers. With our host in Siem Reap you can learn how to throw a traditional Cambodian fishing net – even without the need of actually catching some.  ...

DIY Cambodian street food

Ms. Hong Ginlai is a women in her 40s and the proud owner of a street food restaurant in Siem Reap. Previously she worked in a restaurant with her mother, from her she learned cooking. She is passionate about food, and that why she offers up to 15 dishes during the day. Every morning she goes to the ...