Bamboo and Reeds

Lamai Homestay and Guesthouse and Tours, Thailand

TOURS IN THE NORTH-EAST [ISAN]

ISAN COUNTRY CRAFTS – bamboo and reeds into baskets and mats!

Go back to basics! Our homestay is situated on the edge of a beautiful lake and our garden is a shady paradise. Why not combine your idyllic retreat with an opportunity to learn a couple of the traditional crafts of an Isan rice village.

You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped to supplement the village income. Ko Phet is essentially a rice village but for nine months of the year, they need to find another source of income – a cottage industry where there is no capital outlay required!

Meals: Dinner

Pick up from Bua Yai rail station or Sidar Bus stop and transfer to Lamai Homestay in air-con car. Evening meal and overnight accommodation will be provided. Depending on time of arrival, there may be time to walk around Ko Phet village before retiring.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The first morning will be spent walking around the lake, collecting the rushes from the lakeside and drying them. When this is done, you can walk through the family rice fields and, depending on the time of year, can participate in the planting or the harvesting of the rice. We will also visit some of the local homes where home-made machinery processes the rice and you can, if you wish, buy a bag to take home.

Later in the afternoon, you will make your loom, ready for tomorrow’s weaving.

Lamai Homestay and Guesthouse and Tours, Thailand Lamai Homestay and Guesthouse and Tours, Thailand

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Under a shady mango tree, you can learn the art of rush mat making – Isan style. You will split, cut and colour the reeds, then set up the loom. You are then ready to start your mat. By the end of the day you will have an attractive small mat or wall-hanging to take home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

What would you like to take home? – a small chicken-pen or perhaps a pot-pourri basket? You decide. You will learn how to split bamboo, shape it, weave it and create the object of your choice.

Lamai Homestay and Guesthouse and Tours, Thailand Lamai Homestay and Guesthouse and Tours, Thailand

Meals: Breakfast -Tour ends after breakfast.

Transfer to bus- stop at Sida or Bua Yai train station for onward journey OR stay an additonal night OR combine with one of our other tours.

Children under 2 – FREE in parents’ room.

Transfer to/from Sida bus stop – free.

Services included in the price:
All meals as outlined in the itinerary
Admission fees where applicable

Services not included in the price:
Alcoholic drinks. Flights, trains, bus fares and other transport costs other than those outlined in the itinerary.

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