There are plenty of choices for hotels and places to stay for tourists coming to Thailand, but one of the options that often gets overlooked by visitors is the homestay in Thailand.
Here is the list of all Homestays available in Thailand.
Choosing a “homestay”, or home stay, instead of staying in a hotel gives visitors a unique opportunity to experience Thailand while staying at a home of a Thai family. Staying at a homestay in Thailand provides cultural immersion by allowing the guests to not only see, but also experience how Thai families live on a day to day basis. Some of the features of Thailand homestays is getting the opportunity to participate in traditional and local activities as well as learning about Thai culture and hospitality. Of course, not all homestays will provide the same experience since a big part of what is available depends on the region and location that you are staying in as well as the actual homestay itself. The website for the Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT) states that there are “official” homestays that are formally sanctioned by the TAT to ensure a high level of safety and comfort, but a quick look at their sites makes it seem like their listing has become a bit outdated. I will provide a few links at the bottom of the page for resources that are worth a visit.
Some other activities that are available at home stays in Thailand include agricultural activities such as farming and harvesting, nature hikes and tours around the area, giving offerings and alms to the monks in the mornings, and even learning to weave silk and cotton cloth. All of the activities and amount of participation is left up to the guest, so if you are more adventurous, you can try your hand at a variety of skills practiced by local villagers like making handicrafts and even making your own Thai food. If you are looking for a bit more relaxing experience, you can try more leisurely activities such as relaxing in hot springs, taking a boat ride or taking a bike ride around the village at your own pace. The best part of the homestay experience in Thailand is being welcomed into a Thai person’s home. Not only is it the best way to learn about Thai culture and experience Thai hospitality at its purest, but it could possibly be one of the most rewarding experiences that you have while in Thailand as Thai families are always willing and eager to make new friends.
If you like the idea of staying at a homestay another thing to consider would be to volunteer to teach while you are staying at your homestay. There are a number of volunteer programs available not only in Thailand, but worldwide where you can stay with a host family, sometimes in a small village in a rural area, and teach the locals English. Unfortunately, some of these volunteer programs tend to cost a bit more than if you were to arrange a homestay with a host family itself and just interact with them on an informal basis during your stay.
For listings of available homestays in Thailand you can visit our Homestay Directory.