Ban Phu Homestay ,Thailand- 4 Days

In 1844, the ancestors of Ban Phu decided to relocate from their village on the eastern side of Mekong River to this peaceful area of flat land in the valley. Their new settlement soon became part of what is now known at Mukdahan province, a Northeastern Thai province which shares a border with Laos. Tall trees surround in all directions, with the small community well-known locally for its traditional farming and unique handicraft businesses. The most interesting aspect of this little valley village lies in their nonchalant vibe. Locals genuinely care about each other – while age-old traditions are still cherished. Everything you’ve heard about the ‘slow life’ in Thailand’s Isaan region seems to appear before your very eyes in Ban Phu. Cultural aspects like the unique language, games they play, drum parades, Phu Thai dance and the Bai Si ceremony all resonate positivity. Their cuisine emphasizes home-grown ingredients and their traditional dress even brings back hand-sewn indigo-dyed shirts into fashion. A number of skilled, knowledgeable individuals, both old and young, are on hand to meet outside visitors and share their wisdom on how to fully embrace nature and their many resources. They dye their own fabric using tree bark and mud. Local fruit and vegetables also make for perfect homemade skincare cream and lotion (which are definitely not like the overpriced ones found in your typical department store).

Day 1

Warm Welcome to Baan Phu Homestay

Morning          Depart from Nakorn Phanom Airport to Muang District to pay respect to Phra That Phanom, part of the invaluable cultural heritage of Sri Kotraboon Kingdom at Phra Thay Pranom Waramahaviharn Temple.

Noon                Lunch at Sirichai Roasted where suckling pork is served Restaurant, Kang Kra Bao, Mukdahan

Afternoon      Kang Kra Bao is located opposite Chaiburi City in Laos with the Khong River in between. During the dry season, an island emerges in the middle of the river and this is believed to be the place where Naga Phaya Sripuchongmukda, the highly-respected dragon-like god of the Northeastern and Laotian people, emerges.

            Leave for the Phu Tai Tribe at Baan Phu in Mukdahan Province

  • Receive a warm welcome from the Phu Tai tribe with an introduction to their briefs and local way of life by the local tour guide at Baan Phu Learning Centre
  • Introduction to the local elderly people and the hosts and get to know the hosts’ way of living
  • Take a bike ride or walk around the community and pay respect to the invaluable patron of the village
  • Dinner with the hosts

Day 3

: Sticky rice alms offering – Handicrafts – Local landscape improvement – Cooking Class

Morning       Sticky rice alms-offering to the monks in front of the homestay

  • Experience the Buddhist way of life at Buddha Kiri Breakfast and reforestation activity
  • Learn how to make Baai Sri tray or Khan Mak Beng, the highly-regarded meticulous craft that uses local materials such as banana leaves.

Noon                 Lunch

Afternoon      Cooking class to make a local dish with organic ingredients

                           “Su Kwan the Elderly” – Pay respect to the local elderly people for blessings and listen to their fascinating stories

Evening          Dinner at the homestay and free time

                           “Dinner and storytelling by the elders – Kom Folk bedtime tale”


Day 2

Morning          Traditional Dance – learn about the ‘Lan’ local dance and Paslop dance, along with the Phu Tai dance, which you can try performing in the evening activity

Noon                Lunch with the local people at Baan Phu Learning Centre

Afternoon    Enjoy folk plays with traditional musical instruments which reflect the tribe’s identity, including “Mai Thok Thek” and try to practice playing yourself (ready for the evening)

  • Take a bike ride to learn the local fishing techniques using hooks and net casting

Evening          “Pa Lang”- welcoming dinner and performance for the guests with the welcoming garlands, Lan and Paslop Dances and “Baai Sri Su Kwan” Ceremony while enjoying dinner

                           Free time and rest at the homestay


Day 4

Handicrafts – Local products – Herbal compress – Nakon Phranom

Morning          Handicrafts activity with Basketry and Weaving groups

                           Learn about how dyeing colors can be extracted from tree bark and leaves

                           See how the weaving process and wood carving is done

Noon                Lunch

Afternoon      Learn how to make some local products, such as herbal soap (which can be taken home as a souvenir)

                           Herbal compress and foot soaking and Thai massage

                           Leave for the city centre of Nakon Phanom and admire the impressive limestone mountain scenery of Laos along the way (on the other side of the river)

                           Visit some attractions of the town, including the Phraya Srisatanakaracha image, believed to be the protective god of the region

Evening          Dinner in Muang District, Nakon Phanom

                           Leave for Nakon Phanom Airport and fly back