Local Experience: (2 Days)

Farmstay on a rice farm
4.5

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the life of a Thai rice farmer family
  • Learn about the rice farming process
  • Meet the local hill tribe families
  • Enjoy freshly prepared farm food from mother Tomei
  • Relax in this peaceful environment without distractions of every day life
  • The farm has 2 private rooms that can accommodate 6 people

Description

DESCRIPTION

Would you like to know how the life of a rice farmer family in Thailand is? Come and join us on our traditional organic rice farm in the middle of the beautiful hills of Northern Thailand. Enjoy the fresh air, the sounds of the birds and our healthy and fresh farm cooking. All meals are home-cooked by mother Tomei. She cooks with a variety of fresh farm products that grow around the farm, like wild mushrooms, ferns and plants.

If you are on the farm in the wet months of June and July which is the start of a new rice-planting season, you can help with preparing the paddy fields, sowing the seeds and trimming the sides of the plot. The other months there are plenty of other things to do.

We offer 2 private rooms that can accommodate 3 people each and an open-air sleeping space that can accommodate 4 people. It is simple, clean and comfortable. Mosquito nets are available as well as 2 toilets - one of western seating type and one of squatting type. The shower room uses fresh cool water piped in from the mountain stream. Be prepared that we don’t have Wi-Fi, TV, and air-condition. Mobile phone signal is only receivable at a sweet spot near the balcony.

The farm is located in Ban Huay Khom, a Karen hill tribe village in just 30 minutes from Chiang Rai city. We offer you free pick-up at either Chiang Rai International Airport or Chiang Rai city.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation to and fro Chiang Rai
  • Mid-week visit to Chiang Rai night bazaar
  • Half-day hill tribe cultural tour on the last day
  • Guided experiential rice farming program

Local Host

the Watasittikul family

Enjoy your trip with the Watasittikul family

Sawadee Krup, we are the Watasittikul family and we run this rice farm for 4 generations. It is named after our great-grandfather who was respectfully called Tiger by all the Karen villagers. The legend is that Tiger was a brave man who fought with and killed a tiger who wandered into the village to hunt for prey. It is a legendary story told to every generation of our family so no one will forget the origin of the name of our land. In 2007 we opened up our farm to guests so that they could learn about the rice farming process and experience life of a farmer family.


Location:

Ban Huay Khom

Address: Ban Huay Khom, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand


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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?

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8. What payment methods do you offer?

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

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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

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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: Chua Sze Hong

Rating: 5

Date: 29-Jun-2016

We went to Kitt's farm twice, once for the harvesting season once for the rice planting season. We had unforgettable experiences! Especially for our child it was such a memorable experience: catching crabs in the stream, fishing in the pond, night rat hunting, planting the rice in the muddy paddy fields, etc. These experiences have left him more appreciative of nature. An experiential learning experience that is beyond the classroom. Kitt and his family were so hospitable and friendly and the food was amazing. We definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to experience something different!

Traveller Name: J.

Rating: 4

Date: 15-Dec-2014

When I arrived in Chiang Rai I called Kitt. Not knowing that Chiang Rai has 2 bus stations and that I got off just one station too early. Without any complain he came to pick me up. This small gesture made a big impact on me. A perfect start for a couple of days on his farm.The farm is located in between the mountains with a beautiful view over the rice fields. In the evening we did (let say they did) some rice beating. We filled the breaks with some rice wine and fried squid. After the guys were finished we got a lovely meal from Kitt’s mom. The next morning Kitt took me for a small hike to show me his land with rice fields, banana plantations, coffee trees, a meditation place and the river he gets his water from. He told me about his love for nature and that we need to take care of it. That they we also went to the Lahu tribe village close to the farm to see how the people live. We even got invited for a tea and the lady of the house insisted us to take some food. Again Asian hospitality at its best. If you are not looking for luxury, but want to stay at a lovely, warm place in the middle of nature then this place is a must visit.

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