IS10 - 4 Days / 3 Nights - Homestay Khonkaen (private tour)
Daily departure from Khonkaen, but only as a private tour.
Minimum of participants is 2 persons.
During a homestay you will stay a few nights at a Thai host family in a rural village on the quiet countryside of Thailand. Homestays form a unique and charming way to meet and live with the Thai people for a few days and to experience first-hand what life on the Thai countryside is like. Life is quiet and easy going. The region is still rarely visited by tourists and you will have plenty of opportunity to socialize with the Thai people. Do not worry about a language barrier, your English speaking Thai guide will act as translator. Enjoy it, it is real fun and the people will love to dialogue with you.
During your home stay you will become involved in authentic, daily life. There are several organized visits to different activities in the community.
For instance to hand made products, agricultural activities (cattle farming, rice farming) and a school visit. These activities are genuine and not performed for tourist purposes. If you want then you can participate in these activities, try for instance sowing or harvesting rice. There is also time to explore the village on your own. See how local food Khanom chin ("Lao spaghetti") is made in a hot oven patio under tropical conditions, have lunch on a village terrace, visit the afternoon market or rent a car and explore some very scenic routes in the region.
Your room has a double bed with mosquito net and fan. The accommodation and sanitary facilities are simple but good. An English speaking guide will be available during your entire stay. The guide can act as translator, bridging the language barrier and making the contact and communication with the local people much easier and certainly a lot of fun. The guide will also take you along the organized activities and will be your coach during your stay.
A homestay in Thailand is for many visitors the most impressive experience of their holiday. The warmth and hospitality of the Thai people, the spontaneity of the children, the authentic rural country life, the quietness with which time slowly passes by and the many low-profile, but very pleasant possibilities for spending leisure time are truly unique experiences.
Day 1. Khampom
Upon your morning arrival in Khonkaen city you will be picked up by our local English speaking guide who will take you to your host family in the country village Khampom. Here you can experience the quiet and authentic Thai country life. Accompanied by your guide you will make a bicycle ride through the village and the surrounding rice fields. During the ride you will stop from time to time to observe local handicraft activities, such as a "factory" where rice is being processed to "Lao spaghetti" on a hot stone oven (under tropical conditions!) and a straw mat production area. Before dinner is served you can stroll through the village at your own leisure or accompanied by your guide, who has a lot of inside information and can tell you anecdotes about village life. During dinner - prepared by your family host - you will be warmly welcomed by the local Thai village people. Overnight stay at the host family (D).
Day 2. Village life & farming
After breakfast you will visit the local school and see how a school day starts. You can even do some teaching of your own. It will be big fun and the children always love to learn English, especially English songs. This school visit and the direct contact with the schoolchildren will be one of your more memorable experiences. Following the school visit you will go to the rice fields. Your guide will explain about rice farming and cattle farming. You can see how rice is sown or harvested (depending on the season). If you want then you can help and do some manual labour yourself. Lunch is taken at a local noodle & rice food stall. Later in the afternoon you will buy the ingredients for your evening meal at the local village market. The family host mother will prepare dinner for you on a stone oven. You can watch or, more fun so, help her do the cooking while she will show you how. Your guide can do the translation. This often leads to very comical moments. During dinner you can observe the village's evening activities and talk with the Thai people in a relaxing way. Overnight stay again with the host family (B, L, D).
Day 3. Free to spend at own leisure
This day is free to spend at your own leisure. You can take an easy stroll through the village or revisit the places that you found most interesting the past 2 days but had no time yet to explore further. Visit the village temple and see how the monks live. For early risers: see how monks humbly receive their daily alms at sunrise. Have lunch in a noodle stall. You can rent a bicycle and explore the area or rent a car and go to further located areas: tour along the Mekong river, visit the Khmer temple complex at Phimai, visit the vineyards in neighboring province Loei, see the historical sites of Chiang Khan or walk through one of the many beautiful forest parks. Transport can be arranged by your guide. Overnight stay again with the host family. As this will be your last dinner with the host family, probably half the village will want to say goodbye to you. Following Isaan tradition you will receive a lot of good wishes and a wrist full of little ropes (B, D).
Day 4. End homestay
After breakfast, transfer to Khonkaen city and end homestay (B).
An extension of the homestay is possible, you can extend your stay with as many nights as you want.
The homestay includes: Transfer from location of arrival in Khonkaen to your host address, 3 overnight stays with the host family, 3 x breakfast, 1 x lunch and 3 x dinner, English speaking guide during day 1 to 3, all organized local activities and transfer from host address to location of departure in Khonkaen. The tour does not include beverages and personal expenses.
IS10 - 4 Days / 3 Nights - Homestay Khonkaen (private tour)