Greet the Neighbors – A Walk into the Khmers’ Life

Canvas & Orchids Retreat invites you to immerse yourself in the local culture with a walk into the life of the Khmer people on Koh Andet Island. Meet locals, view traditional Cambodian architecture, and see what it’s like to live a life on the river and in the jungle.

The walk around the Koh Andet Island is offered all-year-around for two guests or more (subject to guide availability).

Formerly a refuge from the Khmer Rouge, Koh Andet (Floating Island) is where Canvas & Orchids Retreat is located. Today it is also a peaceful home to a dozen farming families.
While you might be tempted to be cocooned in the comfort of your tent, we strongly encourage you to share and learn about the lives of our neighbours. Meeting people from different cultures is one of the best reasons to step outside your tent. Cambodia is an enticing country, and the Khmers are graceful and charming, always ready to greet you with a big smile.

Take the opportunity to open your phrasebook, and practice the local language.

Taking a good portrait shot can be a photographer’s biggest challenge, but it’s not just about camera settings. Encounters with people and making friends with your subjects makes photography even more rewarding. The most important thing is to like the people, respect them and be genuinely interested in them.

This informal but deep experience will surely enrich your stay and memories.

Departure time:

Upon request


1 – 2 hours OR as long as you are still enjoying yourselves


Sunscreen, mosquito repellent and your camera


Local guide


The tour can be taken all year round except in very heavy rain