(Urban) Farming is becoming more and more popular. It seems like a trend, especially in western countries where citizens are organizing themselves to create vegetable patches: on roofs, empty buildings, uncultivated land or on their balcony. People want to know where their food is coming from and unprocessed and healthy food is more important than ever for many. That a farmstay is therefore becoming more and more popular as a type of accommodation is then also no surprise. I have listed the most unique farmstays in Thailand we have found.
1. Experience life on a permaculture farm in Pai
This farm is run by Sandot and his family and is located near the little town of Pai. The farm is in the family for over 200 years and they produce many different fruits and vegetables. From mango, banana, bamboo, jackfruit, papaya, star fruit, to coffee, mangosteen, tamarind and lime. You can take part in a wide variety of projects including organic gardening, natural construction, herbology, farm maintenance, cooking and development of sustainable technologies. You can already stay here from 5 EUR a night. Unfortunately the farm is temporarily closed now for volunteers.
2. Meet farmer Ae in the hills of Chiang Mai
Ae opened up his farm to let people relax in the middle of nature and experience life on a working farm. He offers three types of rooms that you can rent, all with a wonderful view on the garden. They produce a variety of crops like coffee and oranges and are real animal lovers. If it is the right season they can offer you freshly squeezed orange juice straight from the grove and their own freshly roasted farm coffee. It is a perfect place for families or people who just want to relax in the middle of nature. Have a look at Ae’s farmstay .
3. Animal farm of Arnon
Arnon and his family run this farm. They have many different animals like sheep, cows, chicken, pigs and many more. They are real animal lovers! Their farm is a 2,5 hour drive from Bangkok near the sleepy town of Chat-Pa-Wai. You will be involved in day-to-day activities of taking care of the animals, like bathing and feeding. You can also help in the vegetable garden or volunteer and teach at the local village school. Arnon’s farm is a unique experience for children or for you if you just want to have a weekend getaway from Bangkok. Check Arnon’s farm for more information.
4. Traditional community farm near Chiang Mai
This farm is located in the northern part of Thailand between green hills as far as the eye can see and surrounded by nature. It is run by the Lua community, a hill tribe, originally from Laos. Their goal is to be an educational center for organic farming. They are always looking for volunteers who would like to help them with farm work such as planting trees, coffee, herbs, preparing rice fields, vegetable gardens, seed nursery, harvesting spreading and sharing the permaculture way of farming to the local people in the surroundings. They also serve some delicious farm grown food! Read more about their farmstay on Volunteer on an organic farm in northern Thailand.
5. Experience the daily life of a Lanna farm family
Jim used to be a Buddhist monk for 16 years before he started this permaculture farm with is wife Tea in his home village of Ban Pang Turm. Fields of peanuts, garlic and marigolds surround the farm that is located a 2 to 3 hour ride from Chiang Mai. Besides learning about farming, you also have the chance to learn about Thai healing herbs, Buddhism, meditation and traditional Lanna cooking. They offer a couple of private bamboo huts in a beautiful garden setting. A minimum stay of one week is required for a price of 29 EUR. Check their farm on Experience the daily life of a Lanna family.
6. Stay at the rice farm of the Watasittikul family
Would you like to know how the life of a rice farmer family in Thailand is? Well, then I can recommend staying at the rice farm of Kitt and his family. It is beautifully located in the hills near Chiang Rai. 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. You can relax and enjoy the fresh air, the sounds of the birds and even meditate with Kitt near the river. Kitt really wants to inspire his guests to live healthy and maybe start their own initiatives at home. Want to meet Kitt and his family? Check the farm of the Watasittikul family.
7. Follow a one-week farming course in northern Thailand
This farm was started to preserve the old farming methods and knowledge of their community. They want to show people how you can be more self-reliant. Besides being a farm they are also a learning and language center for their community. They organize different farming courses like a rice farming, rice planting, rice harvesting, mud building, working with bamboo & planting and cooking & making thatched roofs. The accommodation they provide is simple: a traditional Thai wooden house, one that has been on the farm for several generations. The rooms have a fan, mosquito net, Thai mattress, pillow, blanket, hot shower and shared bathroom. Interested in learning more about farming visit One-week farming course.
8. Volunteer at a natural farm in Pak Song
On this farm you can immerse yourself in traditional farming life and learn about natural building and natural ways of living. Bow and Martha started this farm and learning center as they believe in being more self-reliant and to inspire others to do the same. They welcome volunteers to help, learn and share their knowledge about natural building and farming. You can help on different building projects on site and/or work on their permaculture land. Their farm is located in the little village of PakSong in southern Thailand. Want to volunteer on their farm? Check the farm of Bow and Martha.
Do you have experience with other farms that you would like to share with us, please let us know by leaving a comment below this blog. Thanks!