Local Experience: (3 Days)

Stay off the beaten path in Northeast Thailand
4.5

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn all the ins and outs of Thai cuisine from the owner, who was a former chef
  • Relax and enjoy the sun or mingle with the locals in the village
  • Enjoy this typical and comfortable villa in the tranquil countryside
  • Your stay has a positive impact on the local people in the area
  • Duration: minimum stay is 2 nights
  • Maximum number of participants is 4

Description

DESCRIPTION

Enjoy a fully catered holiday at this beautiful Thai villa in the tranquil countryside, among rice paddies and plantations, and near traditional Thai farming villages. It is up to you whether to relax and soak up the sun in peace, or to get out and about to mingle with the locals off the beaten track. During your holiday, we will prepare delicious Thai dishes for you and will be happy to involve you in the local ways of life.

The villa is located in the Northeast of Thailand, about 30 minutes from Udon Thani, which is easily accessible from Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. This dramatic villa in the heartland of Thailand is your unique doorway to “Isan”, the kingdom’s untouched northeast.

The villa has two king-bed bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a living and dining room, a fully-equipped European and professional Siamese kitchen, a typical ""sala"", a large wooden deck and private swimming pool. A wide variety of activities and visits can be arranged, according to the season. Just a sample are Thai cooking demonstrations, traditional Thai massage, World Heritage Site visits, temples, school and market visits, working in the rice paddies and boat trips on the Red Lotus Sea.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Towels provided
  • Bed linen provided
  • Living room seats 6
  • Satellite LCD TV
  • DVD and stereo system
  • Notebook with wireless internet access
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Local assistance
  • All meals
  • Soft drinks
  • Laundry
  • Private infinity swimming pool at deck level
  • Sun loungers
  • Air conditioning
  • Mosquito nets

Price excludes:

  • Other expenses

Local Host

Bongkot

Enjoy your trip with Bongkot

Hi, my name is Bongkot. We are a Thai family of six (parents and two sets of twins) living in a village not far from the property where we farm rice. We have a deliberate policy of of reforestation to counter the effects of over-aggressive rice farming. We plant and grow organic herbs, fruit and vegetables. We maximize recycling and the swimming pool uses salt chlorination rather than chemicals. All employees at the villa are local villagers, and services are sourced locally providing direct revenue to those involved. We would like to warmly welcome you to our serene and relaxing rural retreat.

Location:

Villa

Address: "134 Moo 13 Baan Um Jaan Tabol Um Jaan A. Prajak Sinlapakhom, Udon Thani, 41110


FAQ

1. How do I know if a local can be trusted?

We have incorporated several measures to ensure safe and trustworthy experiences:

a. References

We ask every local for references, like experiences from volunteers and/or travelers, NGO's and government bodies.

b. Quality check

We have verified information such as name, address, social profiles, phone number, payment details and description of experience.

c. Frequent contact

We had contact with the locals frequently by phone and/or email

d. Review system

The local can be reviewed after an experience, giving you greater confidence in the experience.


2. Do the locals speak English?

In general they speak English, but in some cases people didn’t receive proper English education. In those cases there will be an English-speaking guide available.

3. How much time does a local have to respond to my booking request?

Locals have 48 hours to officially confirm or reject booking requests. You will be updated via email about the status of your request.

4. How do I know a reservation is confirmed?

Once your request has been officially confirmed, you will receive an email notification from the local with all the necessary information

5. What happens if my reservation request is rejected or expires?

If your reservation request is rejected by the local or expires, no charge is made for the reservation and you are free to book with another local.

6. When do I need to make the payment?

As soon as your booking is confirmed the money will be captured from your account. The money will be paid to the local hosts once the experience has taken place.

7. How does the Tripcultr payment system work?

When submitting a booking request to a local, you provide your payment details and the payment method may be authorized for a charge. If the booking request is rejected or expires we do not complete the charge and any authorization is released.

8. What payment methods do you offer?

For the payment I Like Local supports several payment methods. Options may include:

Major credit cards and pre-paid credit cards: Visa, MasterCard.

9. Where do I find my receipt or itinerary for my booked activity?

Once you have a confirmed booking, your billing receipt and itinerary will be automatically emailed to you.

Your itinerary contains a lot of useful information about your reservation, such as the date and time of the activity, the number of people, the address, telephone number and email address of the local, and I like Local’s contact information.

10. How can I get in contact with a local?

As soon as your booking is confirmed by the local, which will be within 48 hours after your booking request has been sent, you will receive your itinerary by email. On this itinerary the telephone number and email address of the local are mentioned and you can arrange meeting point or pick-up location.

 


Alterations & cancellations

Can I cancel my booking and do I receive a refund?

You can cancel a confirmed booking at any time up to the moment of the activity. When cancelled more than 7 days prior to 12:00 am local time of the local experience date you will be refunded, except for the service fee.

When cancelled less than 7 days prior to 12:00 am local time of the activity no refund of the paid amount will take place

How do I alter a reservation?

If you want to change a reservation you can send the local an email with your request. In case you encounter any problems you can contact us via sales@tripcultr.com

How do I cancel a reservation?

To cancel your reservation send an email to sales@tripcultr.com. By cancelling the reservation, please note that you are initiating the cancellation and will be noted as the party responsible for the cancellation.

For what circumstances is a guest eligible for a refund?

We understand circumstances come up that affect travel plans. Depending on the case, a refund may be authorized outside of the cancellation policy and you may be given a full refund, meaning the local will receive no payout.

If you are cancelling due to extenuating circumstances, we will reach out to the local right away to explain the situation.

Extenuating circumstances cases will be contingent upon the reservation being cancelled prior to the check in date and upon you contacting Tripcultr to provide proper documentation where valid. Only the cases found in the Tripcultr policy will be considered.

 

Please know that if you cannot provide the proper documentation, we will not be able to give you a refund for your reservation.

Types of documentation can include: notes from a medical professional on hospital letterhead explaining why you should not travel, a jury duty summons, a valid obituary or death certificate, etc.

Will I get my money back if a local cancels or doesn’t show up?

In case the local cancels the booking you will receive the total amount paid.

How do I get a refund?

Refunds are issued for many reasons. For each situation, certain conditions may apply (see below). Just send us an email with the reason you would like to get a refund together with proof if required. We will then process your request and email you the outcome.

Once you receive notification that you'll be receiving a refund, it takes 5-7 business days to be reflected on your statement after which we process them. Some refunds issued to international credit cards occasionally take up to 30 days to be reflected. Refunds issued to PayPal accounts occur within 24 hours.


Reviews

Traveller Name: Nick B, Melbourne

Rating: 5

Date: 06-Jul-2016

What a magnificent place this is. Everything was taken care of from the moment we arrived, the drinks and a delicious dinner. It was quite honestly a trip to remember and want to do again one day. Stay here if you want to experience authentic Thai hospitality.

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