With the owners of Lamai Homestay situated in Ko Pet, a rice village in the heart of rural Isan in N.E Thailand. Jimmy and Lamai are committed to sustainable tourism and try to tempt tourists away from the usual travel routes and destinations. Instead, they try to show the "real" Thailand.
We learned to weave straw mats using reed harvested from the rice fields.
We had a unique opportunity to be part of a rural community in an area of Thailand where silk is still made in the traditional way - each process; from breeding the silk worms to dyeing, spinning, and weaving takes place in the village homes using hand-made equipment. This village regularly wins the Queen's Award for Excellence in Silk Production.
The beautiful Lamai Homestay is surrounded by a lush garden growing bananas, papaya, mango and custard apple. There is a cool, shady barbecue and eating area in the garden and a splashpool nearby to rest tired feet.
Situated near Khao Yai National Park which is famous for being Thailand’s oldest national park, the guest rooms are simple and spartan but we still had a great time. As it was listed in Lonely Planet guide, we met lots of backpackers from all over the world. Nights were spent drinking Thai beer out in the garden exchanging travel tales late into the night.
We went swimming in waterfalls and diving into the Burley Rock holes at the famous Kakadu National Park.
The lounge area of Frogshollow is painted in a cheerful mix of pink and yellow! Set in lush, tropical gardens and opposite historic Frogs Hollow Park, it has been awarded "The best budget backpacker accommodation in Darwin", by Lonely Planet and other magazines.
At the scenic Litchfield Park, we admired the gigantic Cathedral Termite Mounds and the strangely pointed Magnetic Termite Mounds which are made out of a mix of saliva and excrement. The magnetic ones have been constructed so that they have two points which perfectly face north and south. These tiny creatures are pretty darn clever!