Lotus Farm by Samatoa
FAQ

All you ever wanted to know about our lotus farm

The Sacred lotus plant

Nelumbo nucifera also known as the sacred lotus was domesticated in South East Asia about 7,000 years ago and has been grown not only for its cultural and ornamental value, but also for the medicinal uses and for its edible seeds and rhizomes. More than 3000 hectares of this sacred lotus are now growing in Cambodia.

The farm

How can I visit the farm ?

We are located just at the outskirt of Siem Reap, you can find us on Google Maps
You can use Tuk Tuk, Passapp or Grab, it takes about 10 minutes from town center and will cost about 3$.
The area is also well suited for cycling, if you are using e-bike you can charge it for free at our farm.
If you book for at least 3 people we can also pick you up anywhere in Siem Reap for a small fee.

Can I see the people working ?

Our employees work daily in the farm from harvesting lotus stems and flowers to the final product you are very welcome to have a look. Most of our employees do not speak English but our guides will be happy to answer any of your questions.

How many people work on the farm

Our farm in Siem Reap employs about 50 people, our farm in Battambang has about 150 employees.

Can I take pictures ?

You are very welcome to take pictures.
If you publish them on social media we will be very gratefull if you tag us

Which langages do you speak ?

We speak English, Khmer and French

Lotus

How does lotus grow ?

Lotus seeds or small rhizomes are planted at the beginning of the rainy season. Lotus grows in shallow artificial or natural water ponds which are very common all around Cambodia. Harvest will start a few weeks later and will last as long as water is available in the pond.

Is lotus a sustainable and renewable resource ?

Lotus is a fast growing plant, the stems we take for our work will grow back in a matter of weeks. If enough water is available lotus plants will grow all year around.
Besides that lotus needs very little care, there is no specific pest treatment needed and it will accommodate any kind of freshwater with a preference for murky waters.

Where does lotus come from ?

We grow about 50 % of it ourselves for the other half we buy from local farmer thus providing them with a complimentary income

Samatoa

How can I pay ?

We only accept paiments in cash, USD or Khmer Riel

Can you deliver goods to my home country ?

Most products we sell will fit in a suitcase, but we are able to expedite products everywhere in the world.
For any large orders please contact : gm@samatoa.com

Do you work with other natural products ?

Besides lotus Samatoa Lotus Textiles also make fabrics from silk, banana and Kapok

Do you sell raw fabric ?

Producing textiles is Samatoa Lotus Textiles main activity, check our dedicated website

More questions ?

Feel free to contact us