Discover a different side of Thailand with a “One Night Stay with Locals”

From southern provinces that you may already be familiar with such as Phang Nga and Chumphon, to the more remote northern provinces of Lampang, Nan and many more, 13 destinations have been carefully chosen by Thailand travel experts as part of this newly-launched “One Night Stay with Locals” project. 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 orchids 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!

Spanning across four provinces (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 picking with the locals at Baan Pa Miang, as well as learn how to make (and eat) the popular dish using this produce. Neighboring Chiang Rai province has two destinations to choose from: the laidback Pangha Homestay near the border with Myanmar where you can learn all about the Tai Lue people and the old-age craftsmanship, or Baan Tha Khan Tong, a thriving community next to the Mae Kong River that combines elements of Isaan and Lanna culture. 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.

In addition, Baan Khiri Wong Kot in the northeast of the country (Udon Thani) lets you experience a true taste of Isaan – especially the deliciously spicy food, rural countryside and famously friendly Isaan hospitality from the locals.

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 – just 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. 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.

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.

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.

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 www.1nightstaywithlocals.com or www.facebook.com/AorSorSocial/.

Phrom Lok: Where traditional southern Thai culture meets modern-day farming techniques

Nakorn Si Thammarat is one of southern Thailand’s seaside provinces, situated on the east coast of the Malay Peninsular with much of its coastline overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.  The community of Baan Phrom Lok, tucked near the Phrom Lok Waterfall at Khao Luang, is known for their outstanding practice of growing fruits and vegetables chemical-free, and their beautiful scenery on the highest point of the southern region of Thailand.

Meet the friendly folk of Baan Phrom Lok community upon arrival before proceeding to learn about village’s hybrid agriculture system called as ‘Suan Somarom’. This method of sustainable farming involves growing organic fruit and vegetables without the use of any chemicals. The best way to appreciate how the locals grow and harvest their crops here is by physically getting into the surrounding fields and plantations for a closer look!

The afternoon of the first day provides time to walk through the nearby forests, inspect the locally grown produce, including special herbs to treat venom, as well as plenty of delicious fresh vegetable which are both consumed and sold by the farmers.

Even though Nakorn Si Thammarat is a seaside province, the activities on this trip mostly involve inland adventures, such as hiking through a forest that leads to the highest mountain in the region. Once you’re close to the summit, the foliage at this higher altitude is the home to many ancient ferns and plants, referred to locally as the ‘cloud forest’. Along the way, you can stop off at the village’s namesake Phrom Lok Waterfall for a quick dip or take some Insta-worthy photos.

After your mini-hike through the forests of Nakorn Si Thammarat, you’ve earned a well-earned rest and a hearty dinner – so it’s back to the village to get further acquainted with your hosts and the homestay for your “One Night Stay with Locals”. As dusk closes in, you can also participate in a fun ‘batik’ fabric making class and learn how to make (and eat) local snacks after dinner.

An exciting morning is in store on day-two at Phrom Lok community. Rise early just after dawn for an invigorating bike ride through the village to the local morning market where you can have a quick look around for a bite to eat or souvenirs to take back home. It’s then back for breakfast in the village, ready to take on the day’s main activity: a tour to a local rubber plantation where you’ll learn about rubber tapping, as well as a visit to a mushroom farm, and craftsmanship demonstration teaching you how to make household brooms from grass.

Before lunch, there’s time to squeeze in a visit to Wat Khao Khun Panom and Tak Fah Cave, following the trail of King Taksin who covered the same route hundreds of years ago. After your sightseeing fill for the day, it’s back to the homestay for one last time to enjoy a leisurely lunch and witness the ‘Manorah’ dance – rounding off your “Extraordinary Experience” in Phrom Lok, Nakorn Si Thammarat.

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 www.1nightstaywithlocals.com or www.facebook.com/AorSorSocial/.

Head up to the ‘Thai Highlands’ and into the forest at Baan Pi Miang, Lampang

Stretching 400km across of a remote section of the ‘Thai Highlands’, the Phee Pan Nam Mountain range is home to dense tropical forests, sandstone peaks that rise above the clouds, and networks of gushing streams feeding some of Thailand’s major rivers. A particular point of interest in this unique area is the people who live here almost hidden away from the rest of the world, allowing their traditional cultures and ways of life to remain preserved.

One such community of local villagers can be found at Baan Pa Miang, which is comprised of a small collection of homes and simple shops surrounded by the lush Miang forest and a coffee plantation. This 2 day / 1 night trip takes you into the heart of this friendly community, which is located in Thailand’s Lampang province.

Surrounded by greenery in all directions, life at Baan Pa Miang revolves around the forest, which gets its name from the abundance of miang leaves that grow here; these are collected and used to make miang kham – a type of northern Thai snack that roughly translates into ‘one bite wrap’ (due to the fact that you can eat the little parcel all in one go!) While visiting the village, you’ll have the chance to wander through this majestic forest to find some miang leaves of your own before heading back to base to discover how to wrap, prepare and – most importantly – eat this local delicacy, which is normally filled with spices, herbs, nuts and dried shrimp.

Another community-based activity takes you to see a nearby coffee plantation that grows and sells Arabica-style coffee beans. Discover how local villagers have mastered the art of coffee growing and pick up a bag of these richly-flavored beans to take home – or grab a cup for an afternoon energy boost. It’s then back to the village to enjoy a traditional ‘Bai Sri Su Kwan’ ceremony before dinner and music with your friendly hosts.

As well as trekking through the forest, you’ll also be able to literally rise above it. The morning of the second day presents another “Extraordinary Experience” to see the sunrise and misty clouds at Giew Fin. Here, the spectacular views stretch across Lampang and into neighboring Chiang Mai province from the very top of the Phee Pan Nam Mountain Range.

If you’re planning on visiting Baan Pa Miang in the winter, green isn’t the only color you’ll see covering the countryside. The colder months from January to March are when the region’s orchid trees begin to blossom, with bright white flowers making this little hillside village even prettier. This time of year also coincides with the local ‘Bauhinia’ vegetarian festival… just remember to bring some warm clothes to stay snug at night during your One Night Stay with Locals!

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 www.1nightstaywithlocals.com or www.facebook.com/AorSorSocial/.

Experience canal-side living at Chumphon’s Bang Son community

Easily accessible from Bangkok with its own airport, Chumphon is a popular seaside province overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. It gets its fair share of visitors each year who come to enjoy the beaches and slower pace of life – although most use it as a gateway to travel on further by boat to the nearby islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

However, this “One Night Stay with Locals” trip lets you get a taste of true Chumphon while avoiding the crowds that flock to the islands. Your homestay for the night is just a short drive to the south from the airport, located in the province’s Bang Son community. In fact, you’ll be staying next to the community’s namesake ‘khlong’, in Thai meaning ‘canal’, which forms a pretty stretch of water covered by greenery on each side and plenty of hidden ‘beaches’ to be discovered along its banks. As the khlong links to the nearby sea, the waters are full of fresh seafood – which you can enjoy trying to catch and eat as much of it as you like!

Upon arrival, your first adventures are on land – rather than on the water – as you travel up Dinso Mountain to spot the migrating falcons. At a nearby temple, there’s the chance to pay respect to the local monks. At the ‘crab pawn shop’ you can give a helping in hand to some of the crabs trying return to their home, too.

Back to base, and it’s time to hit the water for one of this trip’s “Extraordinary Experiences”. The evening activity involves being towed on a raft behind a fisherman’s boat along Khlong Bang Son. Think of it as a dinner cruise ‘canal-style’ as you tuck into an impressive seafood buffet with fresh crab, squid, shrimps, shrimp paste and other Bang Son delicacies. The two-hour trip takes you to the mouth of the bay and back again, with fireflies able to be seen on the way back as dusk falls.

If dinner cruises aren’t your thing, this visit to Bang Son also has other options in terms of trip itineraries. You can also opt to choose Program 2, which focuses more on community activities, such as learning about local cooking methods and seeing the nature of the mangrove forest. Another option is Program 3, which starts much earlier in the day giving you time to do more. Activities include touring the community, learning how to make local snacks, experiencing the only sand dunes in Thailand (the highlight) and visiting a beach near the mountain at Tung Sang Bay.

Depending on which program you choose, on the morning of day-two you’ll either head out at dawn to see the sunrise at Wat Khao Chedi (which has a stunning 360-degree view of the region), or take an early morning boat ride out for some snorkeling fun at a nearby island off the coast of Chumphon.

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 www.1nightstaywithlocals.com or www.facebook.com/AorSorSocial/.

Discover your inner-adventurer with a nature tour in Chulaporn Pattana 9 Tourism Community, Yala

The southern province of Yala offers tourists the chance to beat the crowds and truly get away from it all. This “One Night Stay with Locals” takes you to a location known as the ‘Chulaporn Pattana 9 Tourism Community’, which offers a comfortable homestay-style accommodation, amenities and other onsite learning activities. It’s also a great base to explore some of the region’s most popular attractions, including waterfalls, nature reserves and mountain trails.

The starting point of this “Extraordinary Experience” in Yala is at Sapan Kwaen, which roughly translates to the ‘hanging bridge’. This marks the gateway into the forest, where you’ll be following a nature path through to a waterfall in the morning.

After stopping for lunch, continue on foot to the beautiful Halasa Waterfall while watching out for all of the wildlife along the way. Your guide will be able to help you hear (and hopefully see) some rare hornbills that nest in this forest. At the waterfall, you’ll be greeted with crystal clear waters cascading down from the top of the limestone cliffs – from a height of over 100 meters. The waterfall is located inside one of Yala’s tropical forests called the Hala-bala Wildlife Reserve, which is home to an abundance of wildlife.

After your morning and mid-afternoon adventures come to a close, you’ll be able to escape the heat and soak up some culture at the Malayan Communist Party Historical Museum, before heading back to the community for dinner and a well-earned rest at your homestay.

On the morning of the second day, head out with the guide early, making your way up to a lofty lookout point atop Khao Hin Yok. From here, you’ll be able to observe the sea of mist that rises above the rainforest – with the songbirds and other sounds of the jungle acting as Yala’s natural alarm clock.

Following this, it’s back to base for breakfast, then pack your bags and say goodbye to your friendly local hosts.

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 www.1nightstaywithlocals.com or www.facebook.com/AorSorSocial/.

Discover the ancient traditions of Chiang Rai’s Tai Lue people at Phangha Homestay

A visit to Chiang Rai’s Pangha Homestay community feels like going back 100 years to a time when Thailand wasn’t even called Thailand but rather ‘Siam’, when people got around on bicycles or rickshaws rather than cars, and when hands worked all day long to make crafts and materials (instead of typing away on keyboards…)

Situated in the very north of Thailand not far from the Myanmar border, the defining feature of this community is its people, who are of Tai Lue origin, that still maintain many of the distinct cultural characteristics passed on from their ancestors to this very day. This includes a unique northern dialect, traditional fabric-made clothes with bold patterns, and a fascinating cuisine combining elements of Vietnamese, Burmese, Isaan and Lanna food. Luckily, you’ll be able to witness this interesting culture upon arrival, as you are greeted with a welcome ceremony and introduction to the community’s history and way of life. You can also taste some of their fusion-style dishes, such as Ram Fuen rice and Tai Lue pizza.

Much of the time during the afternoon of the first day has been designated for activities in and around Pangha. There is a chance to visit some of the old-age businesses and mini-factories that are still standing, including the world’s only ‘rice paper’ making center and an old tobacco curing plant. For those seeking a little more rest and relaxation from this trip, the village is also home to a herbal foot spa and ‘gold fiber’ spa.

As the sun begins to set, there’s time to head out of the village to admire the scenery looking over the Khun Nam Nang Non Mountain, as well as inspect a local rice paddy in the evening.

After enjoying dinner with the locals, it’s time to get chill out and relax in your gorgeous homestay for the night – certainly one of the highlights of this “Extraordinary Experience”. The accommodation is comprised of a large, hand-built wooden house that has been expertly renovated inside making your stay both a comfortable and memorable.

Plenty more visits and activities await the next day on this “One Night Stay with Locals” trip. After breakfast in the village, head out to participate in some knowledge-building activities, including trying your hand as a Shan’s knife smith and candle maker! There is stop-off at the pretty Kimju Guava Garden before visiting an area at the Thai-Myanmar border that is only temporarily permitted for tourists to see.

Then it’s time to go back to the community to enjoy another northern-style lunch at a local restaurant. With a full stomach, take part in the ‘Phra Singh San Chana Man’ workshop at Wat Phra San temple before bidding farewell to your Tai Lue hosts and heading home.

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 www.1nightstaywithlocals.com or www.facebook.com/AorSorSocial/.

Cape Town Accommodation

Cape Town Accommodation offers first class facilities and amenities. It’s little question that worldwide conferences are selecting Cape Town because the host city for major conventions. Additionally, South Africa’s Mother City is considered among the world’s top destinations and ‘must see’ places to go to.

Whenever you visit Cape Town, selecting Accommodation will astound and surprise anyone. Whether your own personal purpose is leisure, business, educational, or a little bit of all, establishments are categorised by areas inside the Peninsula in addition to by category. Choices on offer include guest houses, B&B’s, Self-catering Accommodation and hotel Accommodation.

Cape Town guesthouse and B&B accommodation provides a personalised touch with some privacy. Visitors are covered privately en suite bedrooms and also have full use of their hosts. The standard and amenities will differ with respect to the standard of luxury and price connected. Special aspects can include his and her gowns, slippers, chocolates around the bed, catered breakfast, prepared dinners in addition to personalised collection in the airport terminal or perhaps tours.

If you would like the roam of the area and like to look after yourself, Self-catering could be well suited for you.

Hotels offers round-the-clock service and could be looked at a lesser personal touch compared to guest houses.

Areas include Camps Bay, Noordhoek, Simons Town, Clifton, Constantia, Pinelands, Rosebank, Tamboerskloof, Waterfront, Durbanville and much more.

Based on what you should do where you’ll be going whenever you visit Cape Town, a variety of Accommodation in Cape Town can be obtained.

Accommodation Deals – A 1 Way Visit to Disappointment

There’s a classic stating that states there’s no such factor like a free lunch. Exactly the same factor applies to accommodation deals. If you choose to choose a cheap accommodation offer, you’re most likely set for a large disappointment or perhaps in the more serious situation scenario, you’re going to be a scam victim.

Most cheap accommodations don’t count using the necessary services that you should have a decent vacation. If you’re spending a summer time holiday in a cheap hotel, don’t anticipate finding an aura conditioning system, actually, you’ll most likely not really look for a single fan that actually works within the whole hotel.

Exactly the same factor applies to heating. No winter break could be enjoyed should there be no heaters in your accommodation. We’re not even speaking in regards to a hearth we’re just talking about an easy heater. Needles to state, it’s impossible to unwind and relax whenever your room is freezing cold.

Obviously, when you are for affordable accommodation deals, you can’t expect your accommodation to put money into maintenance or staff training. If you’re fortunate enough to look for a tv in your room, it’ll most most likely not work. To create matters a whole lot worse, your individual safety could be compromised when taking a cheap accommodation deal.

There are lots of tales on the internet about individuals who had injuries or where almost electrocuted because of insufficient maintenance. In certain cheap hotels, you’ll find electric showers. There’s you don’t need to state that if they’re not well-maintained, you risk getting the electrical shower explode for you, while showering.

Housekeeping services are inadequate in cheap accommodations. The majority of the hotels participating on these accommodation deals are actually dirty. I’ve heard countless tales about filthy bedsheets and comforters I’ve even heard a tale in regards to a man finding bloodstream stains around the hotel comforter.

Whenever you decide to choose a cheap accommodation, you’re compromising quality, so that as we view, in some instances you’re also compromising your wellbeing. Additionally, because most cheap hotel employees are under compensated, they aren’t useful or friendly whatsoever.

Cheap accommodation deals is yet another scam waiting to occur. If the offer sounds too good to be real, it most likely is. When the accommodation cost appears to become very cheap, make sure everything. Also, keep clear when they request you to invest in your remain in advance. Look into the web, you’ll most likely find reports of previous victims.

An inexpensive accommodation deal may finish up being really costly, when we consider everything it requires. There’s nothing worse than getting your such a long time expected vacation destroyed. So make sure to seek information. Request images of your accommodation and appear up tourists’ reviews, prior to deciding to go.

Accommodations in Indonesia

Indonesia provides a various selection of different accommodations in from simple hotels to delicious villas, the majority of that are occur an exotic atmosphere. The general standard and services information in Indonesia is high, even though you Are remaining inside a budget hotel. The interiors from the villas and hotels might be a bit meager if remaining in budget accommodation, but these hotels have terraces and pools that provide the possible ways to spend much of your time experiencing the outdoors and views. Then there’s the very best finish accommodations that could provide you with all you may think and much more. The hospitality from the Balinese people makes remaining in any kind of accommodation a far more fulfilling experience it’s broadly known the Balinese individuals are known as the very best hosts associated with a traveler destination around the world.

Indonesia is really a comparatively small island, but has some impressive natural marvels which will help you stay enthralled. Finding the area is exiting as lengthy while you plan your holiday well ahead of time and swap your accommodation venues between remaining by the pool as well as taking serious amounts of remain within the villages. By doing this you’ll be able to see the breathtaking views in the mountain tops and grain terraces, enjoy relaxing around the beach and mingle using the friendly Balinese folk.

Indonesia is really a near the Indonesian coast near East Java, having a small population of approximately 3 million people. While remaining at among the hotels, take time to see the neighborhood culture by going to among the islands that hosts among the 20,000 temples which are situated throughout Indonesia or attend among the colorful lively festivals that frequently start adding some traditional dance performances. Whatever your situation and taste is there’s sure to be some Indonesia accommodation open to make certain that the experience with this tropical island paradise is exclusive and filled with exciting adventures.

Indonesia accommodation differs from budget to luxury and every provides a different standard of amenities and services, but you’ll always be welcomed having a grin along with a readiness to create your stay a contented one whichever type you decide on. Budget accommodations offer simple accommodation that’s still neat and snug. The facilities are restricted but are ideal for the traveler searching to stretch their budget.

Moderate accommodations offer more facilities which are great value. The rooms can always be quite simple, but you’ll probably possess a coffee bar, restaurant, bar and twenty-four hours a day room service. These kinds of places are ideal for families on theremaining in a single room.

Superior accommodations are very well maintained with glorious facilities and services. Nearly all these hotels range from 3-4 stars and therefore are on the beachfront or any other prime locations. Additional services that you’d find listed here are spas, fitness gyms and a lot of activities to help keep the children occupied. This is when the standard and standard and services information begins to become excellent when remaining in superior kinds of Indonesia accommodation.

Luxurious accommodations are mainly 4-five star hotels that provide top of the line and standards and services information. These qualities is going to be offering private villas or apartments which are encircled by gardens and splendid pool areas. The service and quality that’s available during these resorts is exactly what anybody would expect from the 5 star resort or hotel, these places offer just about anything that you’d want when on the vacation on the tropical island like Indonesia. Leisure activities will definitely be provided internally, along with other tours available which the resort or hotel will organize for you personally.

Luxury accommodations provide the best that’s available in Indonesia. Hotels decor is definitely stunningly beautiful with quality facilities. These hotels have all the feaures that you’ll require, coffee bar, top quality eateries, and leisure facilities with many different them offering shops within the hotel that you could look around. Anything you are searching to complete or anything you believe ought to be provided through the top accommodations when on holiday, its at these types of resorts. The restaurants is going to be top quality offering not just local cuisine, but a lot of worldwide dishes to fulfill the most picky palate.