THE STORY BEHINDS HAYSTOME
Haystome is the best digital platform to provide booking services for various authentic art Experiences in Cambodia. Basically, Haystome is a connecting platform created to help the local artists in Cambodia and change the way of travelling for the tourists. Our goal is divided into two parts which are short-term and long-term. For short-term goal we want to recruit the artists in Cambodia to host the Masterclass for the tourists who are passionate, interested or want to experience the authenticity of art. Our long-term goal is to transform the whole Cambodia into the cultural and local experience with the Homestay which is hosted by artists to provide the tourists with exclusive experience of local Cambodia culture. In case you do not notice Haystome is the reverse of Homestay.
Haystome is founded by 3 Cambodian university students who are passionate in solving the problem regarding the SDG 8(Decent work and economic growth) and SDG 11(Sustainable cities and communities). Haystome empowers local artisans to enable the micro-entrepreneur mindset for the communities and strengthen the economic through the services which are provided by our business. Meanwhile, we assemble new way to experience things for travelers
Where did this idea come from?
At first, when we went to Angkor Wat, the place was too mainstream. After we got in, we saw various sculptures on temples at Angkor Wat, then we wondered how these sculptures are made. Coincidently, when we went to the local market, we saw some handmade products are on sale. We questioned ourselves on how those items are made. After sometimes, we had an idea. What if we create an authentic masterclass experiences in which both the travelers and artisans can benefit from? For a while, we have conducted survey and we found out that most artisans in Cambodia make less than 100 USD per month in low season and less than 300$ per month in high season. Simultaneously, most travelers complain whenever they travel to Cambodia, it is too mainstream and not many new things to experience. Hence, we have come up with the idea which is called “Haystome”. Haystome is a connecting platform which is connects travelers with artisans to enjoy authentic experience of masterclasses.
How we evolved
Initially, when Haystome is established the original idea is to create the homestay with artisans for travelers to explore about the culture of local people and expose to the depth of arts from artisans directly. Fun fact, if you reverse say in a reverse of “Haystome”, it is “Homestay”. However, after some time of working with the original idea, we have shaped the idea into hosting masterclasses with the artisans. Then, we won a competition of Smart-Start 2 and received 4000 USD to continue with our idea. Right now, we are ready to welcome you to experience our authenticity of arts with us. Now you should be ready too, because we are going to get you to experience the authenticity and explore the culture of the local.
– Aha! Moment: Around 1 year and half, we have around 15 partners in Siem Reap and 5 partners in Phnom Penh of Cambodia. More are coming to join us to build this strong community. What are you waiting for? Book to experience and join our community, today.
What Our Clients Say About Us
" A great platform for people who are interested in our Cambodian culture. Too learn and too keep it as experiences. "
" Probably the first art service in Cambodia. A platform to share our exclusive culture. "
" Haystome will give a the best experience ever. The Haystome team were on hand to translate. Highly recommend and makes a great gift for someone. "
" This is so unique. I hope everyone supports our talented and creative local people for their art-craft passed by their Ancestor."
How it Work?
Authentic Experiences with Local Artisans