ISAN INDIGO VILLAGE HOMESTAY
Sakon Nakhon is a province located in the upper northeast of Thailand’s Isan region. This is an exciting place for nature lovers due to the Phan Phan mountain ranges, which hide many temple retreats for Buddhist meditation.
Also, there are a number of traditional festivals that visitors may enjoy, including the Wax Castle Festival.
Sakon Nakhon is a capital of handicrafts such as earthenware, cotton clothes, silk products, and hand-woven Khit clothes with natural bark dye. It is also known for growing “cram” which is a type of indigo. “Cram” is used to dye textiles and gives a distinct blue colour.
- Visit an organic garden
- Taste local food cooked by your hosts
- Travel by a local vehicle
- Observe and learn how to weave at Indigo Dye House
- Learn about the local farmer way of life
- Thai-Yoy cultural performance at dinner
- Alms offering
- Explore the rice paddy fields
DAY1: Sakon Nakhon Arrival (-,L, D)
Your guide will meet you at the Sakon Nakhon airport. Here you will be greeted with a refreshing herbal juice/ cold water or snack. Then we will travel to Ban Fang Daeng.
For the first day you will visit an organic garden. There are a variety of hands on activities for you to do according to your interests, such as:
- Making a Thai herbal compress “Loog Prakob” / woven mat
- Picking mushrooms/ organic vegetables
- Rice cultivation, where you can learn about how to plant the rice and also the farmer tools
Local lunch will be prepared with the seasonal ingredients and served at Phang Khon ALC center.
After lunch transfer to Thai-Yoy Tribe Cultural Centre to meet with your host family and check in to your homestay. Afterwards, take local transport or a “saleng” (tricycle) to the Indigo Dye House at Ban Um Hmou. Observe and learn how to weave the indigo blue cloth and make your own unique design. Take your creation home as a souvenir.
Then you will visit Ban Nong Buk Don and learn more about the farmers way of life. Here you will get to go fishing using traditional methods with a local fisherman.
Return to your homestay to finish the day and enjoy some leisure time.
In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner with a Thai-Yoy cultural performance.
Overnight: Simple and comfortable homestay, bedding and mosquito net are provided.
DAY2: Sakon Nakhon Departure (B)
In the morning, pick up a bowl of rice or sticky-rice at Thai-Yoy Cultural Centre. Then go with your host family for morning offering to the monks. This is a little different than the usual offerings as it is the whole village who participates.
Return to your homestay for breakfast.
After breakfast enjoy exploring the beautiful rice paddy fields (this will depend on the season). Then meet at Thai Yoy Cultural Centre to shop for local products.
Say goodbye to your hosts and then it is time to depart to Sakon Nakhon airport.
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.
This program will be a part that could be generated community development fund at the community to ensure that every travelers' spending goes to support local people and reducing rural-urban migration.
Prices: To Be Advise
Prices are quoted in THB per person per private group
Transportation: roundtrip local vehicle for pick up and drop off at Sakon Nakhon airport to the village
Accommodation: 1-night stay at Homestay
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
International and Domestic flight/bus/train ticket
How to get to Sakon Nakhon:
Thakhek, Laos: 2-hours drive cross-border via Nakhon Phanom to Khammouane Province, Laos.