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Homestay in Khonkaen Thailand

During a homestay you will stay a few nights at a Thai host family in a rural village on the quiet countryside of Thailand. Life is easy going and the region is rarely visited by tourists and time still slowly passes by. 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. You will have plenty of opportunity to socialize with the Thai people. Don’t worry about a language barrier: your English speaking Thai guide will act as translator. Enjoy it, it’s real fun and the people will love to dialogue with you.

Key element of our homestay program is the direct and interactive contact with the Thai people and the homestay program includes a range of activities to support that. You will become involved in authentic, daily village life. There are several organized visits to different activities in the community. For instance you will visit people at home and see how they earn their modest daily living by making hand made products such as straw mats, by weaving cotton or silk or by processing rice to "Lao spaghetti". You will visit the rice fields and observe agricultural activities like cattle or rice farming. On school days you will visit the local school and see how a schoolday begins. You will participate in local folklore and ceremonies if these so happen during your stay. Examples are young men becoming Buddhist monks for the 3 month Buddhist lent, weddings, mor lam dances and goodbye ceremonies. 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 time to explore the village on your own. 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, there is a western toilet. 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. This is one of the unique elements of our program and gives an extra dimension to the contact with the Thai people. The guide will also take you along the organized activities and will be your coach during your stay. Meals are delicious and hygienically prepared according western standards.

A homestay in Thailand is for many visitors the most impressive experience of their holiday. The direct contact with the Thai people and the relaxed atmosphere during their stay is what appeals most to our homestay participants. The warmth and hospitality of the Thai people, the spontaneity of the children, the authentic rural country life and the quietness with which time slowly passes by and the many pleasant possibilities for spending leisure time are unique experiences.

4 Days with Smily in KhonKaen

Day 1. At home with the Thai

Today you will travel to your host family in the country village Khampom. Upon arrival in the afternoon you can take a leisure stroll through the village, accompanied by your guide who has a lot of inside information and can tell anekdotes about village life. Observe village life and local activities such as cotton or silk weaving or production of straw mats or rice noodles. You can try everything for yourself if you want. Have a cozy conversation with the charming villagers, your guide will translate. During dinner you will be warmly welcomed by the local Thai village people. Overnight stay at the host family (D).
Day 2: Village life & farming

On schooldays you will visit the village school. See the ceremonial beginning of a schoolday with the children singing the national Thai anthem followed by Buddhist prayer. After the ceremony you can enter the classroom. You will soon find yourself captured into an entertaining dialogue with the school children who are probably as curious about Western life as you are about Thai life. Your guide will translate everything again. This school visit will be one of your more memorable experiences. Continue with a leisure stroll through the village, you will stop from time to time to see how the villagers leisurely spend their day or earn their living. Lunch is taken along the route at a local noodle & rice food stall.
Next you will go into the rice fields. See how rice is grown or harvested, depending on the season. In the afternoon you will visit the village market and buy the ingredients for your evening meal. Walking back to your host address you can see the village farmers guiding their herds of cows or buffalos back home. This evening you will prepare your own evening meal. The host mother will explain how while your guide translates. This often leads to comical moments and also you will learn how to make an original Thai meal by yourself. During dinner you can observe the village's evening activities or talk with the Thai people. 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. Overnight stay again with the host family (B, D).
Day 3: Free to spend at own leisure

Today is free to spend at your own leisure. Take a leisure stroll through the village or visit the village temple. Early risers can see how monks humbly receive their daily alms at sunrise. There is a variety of excursions that you can book locally. Tour along the Mekong river, visit the Khmer temple complex at Phimai, see the historical sites of Ban Chiang or take a morning stroll through one of the beautiful forest parks. 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… Overnight stay again with the host family (B).
Day 4: End of this module

After breakfast you will transfer to Khonkaen city where this module ends. You can extend your stay with as many nights as you want (B). If you want then you can easily extend your Thai village homestay with one or more days. Take the chance to socialize further with the warm Thai village people or take a daytrip or excursion to one of the places described in our homestay.
Travel specialist in northeast Thailand - Isaan

Isaan is the least changed part of Thailand and offers a fascinating mix of traditional rural life, culture and history, mountain and forest sceneries, Mekong river life, archaeology and spectacular Khmer temple ruins from the Ankhor period. Touring the region is like traveling back in time. The people of the Isaan persue agrarian lifestyles dictated by the annual cycle of the farming seasons and unchanged by the passage of time.

Treasures of Isaan Treasures of Isaan (Khonkae

Day 1: At home with the Thai

Upon your arrival in Khonkaen city you will be picked up by our English speaking guide who will take you to your host family in the country village Khampom. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to spend at leisure. Take a stroll through the village and have a cozy conversation with some of the charming villagers. Your guide will translate. During dinner you will be warmly welcomed by the local Thai village people. Overnight stay at the host family (D).
Day 2: Village life

After breakfast you will visit on school days the village school. You will see the ceremonial beginning of a schoolday with the children singing the national Thai anthem followed by Buddhist prayer. After the ceremony you can enter the classroom where you will soon find yourself captured into an entertaining dialogue with the children. Your guide will translate everything again. This school visit will be one of your more memorable experiences.
Continue with a leisure stroll through the village, accompanied by your guide who has a lot of inside information and can tell you anecdotes about village life. You will stop from time to time to see how the villagers leisurely spend their day or earn their living, and observe local activities such as a straw mat production area or a "factory" where rice is being processed to "Lao spaghetti". Lunch is taken along the route at a local noodle & rice food stall. Via a scenic route you will then go to the National Museum in Khonkaen city. Many of the historic bronze and ceramic objects are found on important archeological sites such as Ban Chiang, where the world’s first bronze era flourished more than 5000 years ago. Then you will visit a beautiful 9 storey high pagode on the border of a lake. The quiescent tinkling of the temple bells and the beautiful wall paintings give this temple a serene atmosphere. From the top you can enjoy the view over the city and over Bung Kaen Nakhon, a small lake where people seek recreation after a days work. Before heading back home you will buy the ingredients for your evening meal on a very lively and typical Asian city market. This evening you will prepare your dinner yourself. The family host mother will explain how while your guide translates. This often leads to very comical moments and also you will learn how to make an original Thai meal by yourself. Overnight stay again with the host family (B, L, D)
Day 3: A walk through the mountains

The mountains in the northwest of the Isaan are among the most beautiful of Thailand, rivaling those in the North. This day will take you to one of the national parks of Phu Kradung, Nam Nao, Tad Ton or Phu Wieng depending on seasonal conditions and your own personal preference. Spend the day with a challenging mountain trek, an easy forest walk, a tour along some beautiful viewing points or a leisure day near a waterfall. The beautiful morning drive towards the park will bring you already in the right mood. Dinner and overnight stay at 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: Recreation

Spend the morning at a picturesque and cozy beach at the lake of Ubonratana dam. First visit a large temple shaped as a sitting Buddha on the slope of a hill. You can walk to the temple via a staircase with more than 1000 steps or have the car drive you there. There is a nice view over the lake. The rest of the day will be spent at the banks of the lake, sitting in one of the bamboo huts. Have a swim, order any food or drink you like and just rest and relax. A pleasant and cooling experience. In the afternoon transfer to Khonkaen city where this tour ends and you can transfer to your onward destination (B).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:You will impresswith friendship and smily from people at here
  • Cons:You may be soak cuz very hot,and mosquitoes.
  • In a nutshell:You will happy and smily with us.
  • Last visit to Northeastern Thailand: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 6, 2005
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Interesting reading, thanks for the great tips.

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    Sep 7, 2007 at 9:08 PM

    Thank you for your comments and tips. I am coming in November (my first time in Thailand) and this information is really helpful. Adrian ('planterxxx')

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    Nov 6, 2006 at 5:36 AM

    culturistic pages

  • Sep 22, 2006 at 8:58 AM

    Hi yingThai001, I just read yourpiece "Homestay in Khonkaen Thailand" and am very interested in experiencing this myself while in Thailand next month. Can you give me some details regarding the organising of the trip? Best regards, Colm.

  • austarman's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2005 at 6:12 PM

    Your pages Ying are amazing and they remind me so much of Kantaralak where I stayed. Your front page photo of you is SUAAAY!!

  • Del.'s Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2005 at 7:03 PM

    North Thailand is a really cool place, I never made it to your home town, maybe next time

  • Jul 7, 2005 at 9:18 AM

    Your Thailand page looks like a tourist brochure. Very original.

  • sayedaburas's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 7:20 AM

    Fantastic!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2005 at 2:38 PM

    hmmm! that Som Tam is making me Hungry!

  • archan4698's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2005 at 4:12 AM

    I love Issan:) Thank you. Great page on Khon Kaen, I wanna go back!

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