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Ban Phu Homestay

Mukdahan

About the Community

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).

What will you learn?

Learn and experience the traditions and customs of the Phu community in terms of language, performance arts and costumes – such as wrap-around skirts and tie-dyed shirts with shawls.

Cultural and Local Wisdom Heritage
  1. Performing arts such as games, clothing, drum procession, welcoming ceremony
  2. Craftsmanship such as weaving, carving, basketry, decoration
  3. Good coexistence principles, including good weather, good food and good mood, following the sufficiency economy principles (building strength from the inside + unity).
  4. Cultural space for public activities
  5. Heet sipsong kong sipsee tradition
  6. Nature and universe: Bamboo-boiled soup, palm soup and jaew som chili paste
Activities
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  • Dye fabrics using colors from tree bark and leaves.
  • Try making herbal soaps.
  • Learn how to make handicrafts and wickerworks.
  • Enjoy folk plays and local musical instruments.
  • Trek through the forest to collect bark and wild herbs.
  • Make Bai Sri or Khan Mak Beng flower arrangements for the elders.
Programs

Program 4 Days 3 Nights

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 2: Traditional dance – Folk plays, Folk musical instrument – Dinner and Performance
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 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 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

Program 4 Days 3 Nights

No. of visitors 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-18 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 26,500 18,500 16,000

Included in the program:

  • 3 nights’ homestay accommodation
  • All meals specified in the program
  • Transportation for the entire program, including VIP van, bicycle, boat and trolley motorcycle
  • Activities specified in the program
  • English speaking guide, community masters and communicator
  • Travel insurance with a sum insured of 1 million baht
  • 7% VAT

Not included in the program:

  • Food and drinks not specified in the program
  • Personal expenses

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

Day 1: Warm Welcome to Baan Phu Homestay
Morning Depart from Nakorn Phanom Airport to Muang District to pay respect to Phra That Phanom, the invaluable cultural heritage of Sri Kotraboon Kingdom at Phra Thay Pranom Waramahaviharn Temple
Noon Lunch at Sirichai where roasted 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, Mukdahan Province

  • Receive a warm welcome by the Phu Tai tribe and a brief introduction about the local way of life by the local tour guide at Baan Phu Learning Centre
  • Introduction to the local elderly people and the host and get to know the hosts’ way of living
  • Go on a bike ride or walk around the community and pay respect to the invaluable patron of the village
  • Dinner with the hosts
Day 2: Traditional dance – Folk plays, Folk musical instrument – Dinner and Performance
Morning Traditional Dance – learn about the ‘Lan’ local dance and Paslop dance, along with Phu Tai dance, to be used in the evening activity
Noon Lunch with the local people at Baan Phu Learning Centre
Afternoon See some folk plays and traditional instruments which reflect the tribe’s identity including “Mai Thok Thek”. Practice playing the instruments yourself ready for the evening activity
Evening “Pa Lang”- welcome 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 3: Sticky rice alms offering – Local landscape improvement – Cooking Class
Morning Sticky rice alms-offering to the monks in front of the homestay

  • Head into the field for a growing activity and learn about local farming that applies the sufficiency economy initiative.
Noon Lunch with the local people
Afternoon Local landscape improvement with young people and help out with a ‘big clean’ activity

  • Bike around observing the local way of life
  • Cooking class in which you’ll make a local dish with organic ingredients
Evening Dinner and free time at the homestay
Day 4: Phu Tai Traditions
Morning Experience early morning Buddhist rituals at Buddha Kiri Temple and have breakfast (after the monks – followed by a Reforestation activity)

  • Learn to make Baai Sri tray or Khan Mak Beng, the highly-regarded meticulous craft that uses the local materials such as banana leaves.
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Baai Sri or Khan Mak Beng (Continue)

  • “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 5: Ecotourism and local fishery
Morning Breakfast at the homestay

  • Ecotourism activity – trekking to collect bark, learning about herbs, catapult making, picking mushrooms and collect red ant eggs
Noon Lunch on the mountain
Afternoon Learn about the local techniques used for fishing, including hooks and net casting
Evening Dinner and free time at the homestay
Day 6: Handicrafts – Local products – Herbal compress – Nakon Phranom
Morning Handicrafts activity with Basketry  and Weaving groups
Learn about dyeing color from tree bark and leaves
Experience weaving process and wood carving
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Local product making such as herbal soap, fabric dyeing as souvenirs
Herbal compress and foot soaking and Thai massage
Leave for the city centre of Nakon Phanom and admire the beautiful landscape along the Mae Khong River and the limestone mountains located across the river in Laos.
Visit an important attraction of the town, Phraya Srisatanakaracha image, which is believed to be the protective god of the region
Evening Dinner in Muang District, Nakon Phanom
Leave for Nakon Phanom Airport and fly back to Bangkok.

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

No. of visitors 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-18 persons 19-40 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 35,500 27,500 22,500 20,500

Included in the program:

  • 5 nights’ homestay accommodation
  • All meals specified in the program
  • Transportation for the entire program, including VIP van, bicycle, boat and trolley motorcycle
  • Activities specified in the program
  • English speaking guide, community masters and communicator
  • Travel insurance with a sum insured of 1 million baht
  • 7% VAT

Not included in the program:

  • Food and drinks not specified in the program
  • Personal expenses

Seasons/ Periods of Visit: All-year-round

Local Foods
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  • Bamboo-boiled soup
  • Boiled local vegetables with jaew som chili paste
  • Chicken and palm soup
  • Papaya salad and spicy salad with pork
Local Products
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  • Textile products: Clay-soaked scarfs and shawls, hand-woven cotton, hand-sewn shirts, silk, Mad mee cloth and indigo-dyed cloth
  • Crafts: Key rings, cotton flower hair decoration, rattan fans
  • Herb products: Herbal soap, tamarind cream and gac lotion
Home stay
Ban Mae Chan Soi
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Ban Kru Waree
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Hosts/Local Masters
Local Master for Culture
นายถวัลย์-ผิวขำ

Mr. Tawan Pewkam

“Su Kwan” Brahman spiritual ceremony cultural master

นายคำมี-ปัททุม

Mr. Kammee Pattum

“Mor pao” spray treatment cultural master

นายวรวัฒน์-สุนทรส

Mr. Worawat Soontaros

Wood carving cultural master

นางวันทา-ปัททุม

Mrs. Wanta Pattum

“Bay sri” offering platter craft cultural master

Local Master for Local Wisdom
นางบุญเต็ม-นามเหลา

Mrs. Boontem Namlao

Mud-fermented cloth local wisdom master

นางบุญชิน-แสนสุข

Mrs. Boonchin Saensuk

Indigo-dyed cloth local wisdom master

นางมะลิวัลย์-คำนนท์

Mrs. Maliwan Kamnon

“Jaew” spicy chilli sauce recipe local wisdom master

นางทอม-สามาอาพัฒน์

Mrs. Tom Sama-apat

“Mad mee” ikat local wisdom master

Local Interpretors
นายถวัลย์-ผิวขำ

Mr. Tawan Pewkam

นายคำมี-ปัททุม

Mr. Kammee Pattum

นายแสงสว่าง-สีดี

Mr. Saengsawang Seedee

Photo/VDO Gallery
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Nearby Accommodation
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Kaengluang Resort

4 km away

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Noikantae Resort

15 km away.

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Nateelee Resort

15 km away

Nearby attractions
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ตลาดอินโดจีน
  • Hor Kaew Mukdahan observation tower
  • Roi Pra Puttabat Pumanorom View Point
  • Indochina market
How to get there
  • AirAsia has 3 daily flights between Don Mueang-Nakorn Phanom at 08:40, 15:00 and 16:20.
  • Nok Air and AirAsia Don Mueang-Sakon Nakorn-Don Mueang flights
  • Nakornchai Air, Transport Co. Ltd. and Cherdchai Tour Co. Ltd. buses
  • Transfer to rental car (with driver) and local van from Winwin Smile Co. Ltd.

Community’s Contact Information

Community tourism coordinator:
Ms. Weeranuch Pewkam Phone: 09-5212-3612
Mrs. Hongsuda Pewkam Phone: 08-1047-4218, 08-7230-1599
Social media: Ban Phu Homestay Mukdahan
E-Mail: [email protected]
Address: Ban Phu Community Learning Centre, Moo 1, Ban Pao sub-district, Nong Soong district, Mukdahan province 49160

Tour Agent Contact Information

Tour operator’s name: Win Win Smile Co., Ltd.
E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: 08-6366-9708, 09-8015-0027
[email protected]: @happinessgroup
Social media: www.facebook.com/winwinsmile.i, www.happinesssmiles.com