Food-foraging

Lamai Homestay and Guesthouse and Tours, Thailand

TOURS IN THE NORTH-EAST [ISAN]

ISAN FOOD-FORAGING TOUR

An exclusive activity and a unique insight into an unsophisticated world!

The average family in Ko Phet village does not normally purchase food in a shop. They grow their own rice along with some fruit and vegetables. Some families have a buffalo or a pig. Those who do not, will supplement their diet with a variety of foods gathered from the wild. This is your opportunity to take part in this activity!

Meals: Dinner Pick up from Sida bus stop or Bua Yai train station and transfer to homestay. 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

After an early breakfast, you will accompany Lamai and her mother at around 9.00 am. Depending on the season, they will take you to their favourite source of edible insects. These will be collected (usually in a wicker basket on the end of a bamboo pole) and brought back to Lamai’s mother’s home where she will demonstrate how best to cook them. You are welcome to sample them but it is not compulsory! In the afternoon, you will again go into the countryside, this time with a small trowel, when you will dig for bamboo shoots and pick wild mushrooms – delicious with rice and certainly worth a try.

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today can be spent lazing around the garden or visiting the silk village or the market (your choice). The hunting will take place at dusk! Wearing a miner’s helmet with spot lamp attached, we go out into the paddy fields to hunt edible frogs. During the rainy season, we may also spot and catch a mud-skipper type species of fish that, using their flippers, will walk on land. We catch them as they head from one water hold to another. Both frogs and fish are very tasty when roasted and added to rice and bamboo shoots.

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will accompany one of the village elders. In the morning, you will try your hand at fishing in the lake, using a weighted swirl net 3 metres in diameter. Any fish caught will be barbecued in the evening. You will also learn how to comb the muddy lake bottom for water beetles. These are 2-3” long, and when roasted have a wonderful almond type flavour. In addition, you will be taught how to make a variety of basket traps for eels and fish.

After a late lunch, we go scorpion and lizard hunting. Your guide is an expert at tracking these and there is no shortage of them.

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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