Last night was our first time experiencing what is referred to as a “Home Stay” in Thailand. It might loosely be considered a type of resort, I suppose. The draw of this particular Home Stay facility is the proximity to a small river that touts waterfalls, which were of minor scale, perhaps due to the low rainfall at this time of year. The water still flowed gently among the weathered rocks, creating the soothing sound of cascading water.
The sleeping facilities are very large rooms with several beds. From what our friends tell us, these type of facilities are typically rented by families or groups of friends. Our room was appointed with two bathrooms and a little porch area with tables and chairs in front. In addition to that, our room had its own assigned riverfront platform, which included tables, chairs, coffee pot, toaster, utensils, plates, glasses, an outdoor sink, charcoal grill, and a selection of seasonings. There was also an enormous cooler filled with ice.
Our assigned platform was perhaps fifty feet from our room. When we first arrived at our assigned platform, there was a selection of freshly picked local fruits and a pitcher of sweet juice made from the extract of some purple flowers, which give it an ultramarine blue color. It is very tasty, but quite sweet. I diluted mine with some water to lessen the sweetness.
Earlier in the day, I had enjoyed a tea made with peaches and extract from roses which was very delicious, and enjoyed a beverage made with chrysanthemum extracts a few days earlier. Morning glory and other flowers are also occasionally used as ingredients in Thai food. Flowers can be very tasty.
Shortly after we sat down with our beverages, platters of food began to arrive. One platter of cooked vegetables topped with shrimp, another platter of raw vegetables and dip, another platter of noodles topped with shrimp, a crock with pork stew, chicken and vegetable soup, eggs, and fried chicken. Although there were only four of us, the quantity could easily feed eight people. We never finished even a single dish and hardly made a dent in others.
I was the first person up and out of our room just after six this morning. I made my way over to our riverfront platform and was delighted to find cups, saucers, spoons, an electric pot filled with boiling water, and a selection of coffee or Ovaltine mixes. The toaster was also plugged in with a loaf of bread beside it and jam on the table. When Jim, Atsuko, and Gift had awakened and joined me, a platter of fried rice and fried eggs arrived.
All of the food is included in the cost of the stay, which is priced per person rather than a flat room rate. At about $24 per person, I thought it was an attractive deal and a very relaxing experience. We intend to try a Home Stay experience again on our visit to Thailand next year.