Learn about local specialties such as mangosteen soap and take some home as a souvenir!
Foraging boat trip along the canal
Learn how to cook traditional Thai dishes “Kaho Ho Kab Mak” (fried rice wrapped in Betel palm leaf) and “Kanom Jak” (coconut and Nipa palm leaf dessert)
This village is located in one of the world’s most fertile areas. It is nourished by three water ecosystems (freshwater, brackish and salty), which gives the area such a rich biodiversity.
With the Charming Village Homestay, you will be able to experience this area and local village life in a unique way.
You can enjoy the delicious local foods, fruits and desserts all day long.
This expedition follows the idea of tourism inside a local community. It is not just about the financial aspect, but also creating opportunities on cultural exchange. This process involves local residents as the main actors of their community. Seeing the potential of their community (growing and use of herbal plants, knowledge about fishing and the skills involved in tap palm leaf weaving) is mandatory for their change. In the end, they grow confidence to efficiently interact with and manage travelers, allowing hosts and visitors to happily spend time together pursuing sustainable activities.
DAY1: Trat Arrival (-/L/D)
Upon arrival to Trat’s airport/bus terminal (arrival time to be advised), your local guide will pick you up and lead you to Baan Huai Raeng village. Here you will check in to your homestay and meet with your hosts. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you can learn about the local specialties such as mangosteen soap and you can get your own soap as a souvenir. Dinner will be served with a local family. Overnight: Simple but comfortable homestay. Bedding and a mosquito net are provided.
DAY2: Charming Village Homestay at BAAN HUAI RAENG (B/L/D)
Breakfast will be served at your homestay. Start the morning with a foraging boat trip where a local boat will take you along the canal and you can observe the daily life of the local people. Here you will gather and prepare some Nipa palm leaf from the canal which, you will use to cook a traditional dessert in the afternoon. After the boat trip you will return to your homestay and learn how to cook the signature dish of this village called ‘Khao Ho Kab Mak’ or fried rice wrapped in Betel palm leaf. You will then have lunch together.
After lunch you will clean the Nipa palm that you gathered from the canal and learn how to make ‘Kanom Jak’ which is a coconut dessert with grilled Nipa palm leaf. Dinner will be with a local family. Overnight: Simple and comfortable homestay, bedding and mosquito net are provided.
DAY3: Trat Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at homestay. Late in the morning you will check out and say goodbye to your hosts. You will then be taken to the bus terminal or airport in Trat.
Note: All mentioned activities are subject to change depending on the weather, availability and safety reasons. This can occur without notice prior to the date.
Transportation: roundtrip local vehicle for pick up and drop off at Trat airport/bus terminal to the village
Accommodation: 2 nights stay at Homestay Baan Huay Raeng Local English speaking guide
Meal plan as mentioned in the program (B/L/D)
Entrance fee and activities as mentioned in the program
All taxes and service charge
Any meals, transfers or tours that are not mentioned in the itinerary
International and Domestic flight/bus/train ticket
🍀HOW TO GET THERE:
Appx 1 hour flight, 4 flights a day from Bangkok (BKK) to Trat (TDX) by Bangkok Airways
5-6 hours drive from Bangkok
Chanthaburi, the tropical fruits town
Koh Chang, Koh Mak or Koh Kood
Cambodia: cross-border via Hat Lek Border to Koh Kong