Homestay is a friendship.
When going on a trekking trip, a homestay and village is a good place to spend at least one night. Before going there, we will introduce and recommend a trek to visit and get to know a native hill tribe.
You’re likely to feel the genuine spirit of the country. A homestay is more than just a place to lay your head and leave; it is also a form of friendship.
Whenever I travel to a new location and have the opportunity to stay in a homestay village with the locals. It always feels like I’m visiting relatives, and some travelers and hosts become true friends after they return, and some even count each other as real relatives.
Hotels and resorts are not comparable to homestays and villages. However, only a small sum of money can purchase unforgettable experiences. Touch a real life with a new perspective through friendship.
We hope this article was helpful in explaining things to you, and we are confident that no one will brief you before you go on your trek. And you’ve already decided who you’ll go with? Or go trekking with Lala, Pree Cha, and Por Dee, or trek for 2 days and try to homestay for 1 night with the hill tribe people.
About homestay and village
- All homes have a similar layout and are built on wooden stilts.
- Most kitchens still have a traditional fire for cooking.
- Please take off your shoes before entering a house, temple, or building.
- Homestay is supplied with a mattress, mosquito net, pillow, warm blanket, and a squat toilet.
- The bathroom and toilet usually located underneath outside the house.
- Most of the toilet will have 2 buckets of water, 1 is for squat toilet and another one for taking a bath.
- Please put used toilet paper in rubbish bin.
- Host family usually let guests to enjoy the meals first. So do not worry about the host family. They usually eat later. Just only a head of family (husband) to join with you.
During stay in the village
- Follow the rules when you are in the village.
- To communicate with them, simply use your body language and emotions.
- Dress modestly. Female attire should cover the knees, shoulders, and chest.
- Avoid low-cut tops and above-the-knee shorts or skirts.
- Do not show strong affection in public.
- Do not touch people’s heads, and do not raise or point your legs and feet at anyone. The head is considered the most sacred part of the body, and the feet are the lowest.
- Please do not touch spirit catchers or religious symbols.
- Please do not litter.
The sounds of animals and children running around wake you up early in the morning. The animals are kept under the house. The village will be quiet during the day and will begin to fill up with people in the evening. Everybody starts to prepare dinner together.
There are a few places where you will be able to stay. They mistakenly believe that a homestay is the same as a tourist guesthouse or bungalow. Local people who use a house to run a business guesthouse are particularly protected by Thai law. It should only have four rooms. If they continue to do so, they will file a claim with the same large hotel and be subject to the same laws. What do you think?