Discovering the “One Night Stay with Locals Program” by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (Trang Province)
While we are familiar with the southern provinces such as Phang Nga and Chumphon, there is plenty to discover in the remote northern provinces of Lampang, Nan and many more. In total, 13 destinations have been carefully chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as part of this newly-launched “One Night Stay with Locals” project to enable travelers to have more unique local travel experiences and adventures seldom seen in mainstream tourism. Not only are these villages very remote (meaning you will beat the crowds even in high season), there is also a huge variety of community-focused activities available, such as getting your hands dirty picking fruit in orchards with the locals, taking tractor rides through the jungle to waterfalls or heading out on fishermen’s boats to find the catch of the day!
Discovering the province of Lampang
Spanning across the provinces of Lampang, Chiang Rai and Nan, there are four different communities to visit in the north of Thailand as part of this One Night Stay with Locals program – each one as fascinating as the next. Tucked away in the mountains of Lampang, there is the chance to go miang leaf (a betel nut leaf) picking with the locals at Baan Pa Miang, as well as learning how to make (and eat) the popular miang kam dish using this produce.
Pang Ha Home Stay in Chiang Rai with the Tai Lue craftsmanship and Isaan/Lanna culture
Baan Tha Khan Tong in the province of Chiang Rai
Neighboring Chiang Rai province has two destinations to choose from, which is the laid-back Pangha Homestay near the border with Myanmar where you can learn all about the Tai Lue people and their age-old craftsmanship, or to the Baan Tha Khan Tong, a thriving community next to the Mae Kong River that combines elements of Isaan and Lanna culture.
Sila Petch village in the province of Nan
To truly get away from it all, Nan province’s Sila Petch village feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, yet there are still plenty of friendly locals to show you around the area and guide you through the forests to a waterfall.
Exploring Baan Khiri Wong Kot in the province of Udon Thani
In addition, Baan Khiri Wong Kot in the northeast of the country at Udon Thani, lets you experience a true taste of Isaan especially in the deliciously spicy food, rural countryside and famously friendly Isaan hospitality from the locals.
Discover Baan Sam Chong Nuea community in the province of Phang Nga
Tourists also flock to Thailand’s southern provinces for the beaches, boat rides and adventure activities. At our handpicked southern communities, you can still experience all of this and more with none of the crowds. For example, at Phang Nga’s hidden Baan Sam Chong Nuea community there’s a chance to explore swamps and mangrove forests with a local fisherman while helping to afforest the area.
Pa Tew community in the province of Chumphon
At Pa Tew (Bang Son) in Chumphon, most of your time will also be spent on the water while eating as much seafood as you can, rafting and spotting fireflies in the evening.
Tamod Community in the province of Phatthalung
Other local communities waiting to be discovered are located in the less-frequently visited provinces of Phatthalung and Yala. These include the stunning Tamod Community where you can join in with a range of sufficiency economy educational activities, as well as kayaking and taking in the sunset over the reservoir, while Yala’s Chulaporn Pattana 9 Tourism Community boasts a gorgeous combination of forests, mountains and rivers.
Chulaporn Pattana 9 Tourism Community in the province of Yala
Other choices of local communities that you can visit includes Bo Hin Farm Stay in Trang, Phrom Lok in Nakorn Si Thammarat, Laem Pak Bia in Petchaburi and Laem Klat in Trat.
Laem Klat in the province of Trat
Phrom Lok in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat
Laem Pak Bia in the province of Petchaburi
To learn more about “One Night Stay with Locals” in Thailand or to book a trip for up to 10 people at a special price, please visit 1nightstaywithlocals.com.