So you’re interested in a homestay knowledge about a rural hilltribe community in northern Thailand? Sounds Great! Keep in mind, don’t be expecting luxury or hotel type accommodations. Be ready for rather basic accommodations without excessive amenities. More than likely your shower will be really rudimentary and include a bucket of cool water that you simply empty on yourself, along with your toilet will be the traditional Thai squat toilet, which can be low to the ground and will not flush by itself; you’ll have to pour a bucket or two of water to induce the toilet to flush. Don’t worry; in case you have chosen the ป่าสนวัดจันทร์ ที่พัก, you’ll get a very rustic but clean room using a functional bed. Don’t be anticipating gourmet restaurant style food, however meals should be very tasty and healthfully prepared. The ladies inside the village who prepare your meals will likely be very experienced cooks and amply trained in their own culinary traditions. If you’re a vegetarian, they should be able to accommodate you.
Simply a tip – if you’re staying having a hilltribe community – i.e. Akha, Hmong, Lisu, Lahu, Karen or Mien, it wouldn’t hurt to do your homework ahead of time on their culture and history.
As I do not have personal experience with in Thailand per se, I had the ability to perform a site inspection of the fairly new homestay within the mountains, about an hour or so drive from Chiang Mai, the tourist hub of Northern Thailand. Rooms were easy and small as expected but very clean and had a petite outdoor verandah with chairs as well as a small area inside the room to put your own personal belongings.
The villagers grow both tea and coffee inside the immediate vicinity and several people in the community were involved in farming and other agricultural pursuits. While perusing the merchandise within their community’s gift shop, I purchased an exclusive neck collar-pillow stuffed with aromatic green tea extract. For some strange reason, I thought that US Customs might tear it apart looking for marijuana nevertheless they didn’t even bat an eye.
From the glittering essence of Bangkok, Chiang Mai offers a window to the cultural heritage from the Thai kingdom. The cultural capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is full of beautiful architecture, historic temples along with a distinct Lanna ambience. The city has a personality of their own and is probably the best preserved in the nation. Below are a few coriyo you can visit and sights it is possible to explore and immerse yourself inside the wonders that unfold around you.
Chiang Mai City and Old City:Located within the walled area and approximately a kilometre west from the River Ping, the old city encompasses various Lanna temples and cultural attractions within its walls. Walk down the Sunday Walking Street or check out the Night Bazaar using its dense warren of shop houses sharing space with numerous contemporary and traditional merchandise shops, cafés, spas and riverside restaurants. Go further west from your Old City and you may come to Nimmanhaemin Road which can be Chiang Mai’s hippest area, including boutiques, galleries and great dining choices.
Riverside-Wat Ket:The riverside promises an old-world charm the city is famous for. The region is dotted with affordable eateries, Chiang Mai Homestay and live music venues. It comes with an part of luxury to the river bank; however, the area is less elitist than Bangkok’s Chao Phraya and you are more likely to see locals and tourists mingling together.