A “homestay” or home stay is exactly what it sounds like, staying within the home of a Thai family. Such experiences are intended to provide cultural immersion in Thai village lifestyles, allowing visitors to see how real Thai families live. Thailand homestay experiences include participating in local activities and learning about Thai hospitality. Official homestays are sanctioned by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in order to ensure high levels of safety and comfort, as well as providing visitors with authentic cultural experiences.
Activities at a home stay can range from giving morning alms to monks, learning how to weave silk or cotton cloth, participating in agricultural activities, to going on nature tours. The level of activity is up to you; there are a variety of hands-on experiences for those looking to learn a skill practiced by local villagers, such as making local handicrafts or cooking Thai food. Those looking to relax can simply participate in more leisurely activities, such as taking a boat ride, relaxing in a hot spring, or riding a bicycle around a small local village. Being welcomed into a Thai person’s home is a rewarding experience, one of the best ways of not only learning about Thai culture and experiencing Thai hospitality at is purest. A Thailand homestay is a rewarding experience for the Thai family as well, each of whom are always eager to make new friends.