I was travelling from Bangkok to Nong Khai and on to Laos. I had stayed in a range of accommodation, from smart hotels to hostels when, by chance, I was surfing the web and came across Lamai's Homestay/Guesthouse in a rice village in Ko Phet, Bua Yai, Khorat, Isan in North-East Thailand. It was a gem of a place. Situated opposite a beautiful lake, it had beautiful gardens, full of flowers, fruit trees, butterflies and birds. There were picnic tables and hammocks under large shady trees, a barbecue near a small fishpond, and a cool splashpool for resting tired feet. Inside the house was immaculately kept, with a choice of air-con room or fan room or a twin-bedded annexe room whose windows opened out on to the lake. Perhaps the most remarkable thing was the service. Lamai and family give you such a warm welcome. They met me at the local bus stop and took me to the homestay. I arrived in the afternoon so the evening meal was a barbecue cooked and eaten in the garden. Some of the locals came along to say hello and then we walked into the village to meet the rest of the family. They ran village workshops in silk-making, raffia and best of all - food-foraging. I did the latter - 3 days of being an Isan villager. It was amazing. For ambience combined with comfort, I haven't experienced anything like it. Full marks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WINNERS OF THIS YEARS PRESTIGIOUS 2013 THAILAND GREEN EXCELLENCE AWARD for Community Based Tourism.**ALL CHILDREN UNDER 12YRS can stay FREE!we are a 15 yr established home stay and tour company.we only allow 2/3/4/5 night stays which include exclusive tours.it is just for you, your friend or family and us,very flexible and stress free.we never mix strangers together at our home.WE ARE IN NAKHON RATCHASIMS PROVINCE Lamai Homestay is within easy reach of Khao Yai PHIMAI Phanom Rung AND WORLD Heritage Site BAN CHIANG & all bus train links ARE WITHIN 15 MINS of our home which is set in a beautiful 2 acre floral garden. You are surrounded by nature - tropical birds and their nests, butterflies, small wildlife and fruit-laden trees. The house and your rooms are kept in immaculate condition. Hot showers, Western-style toilets and home cooking to each client's exclusive taste. We have a beautiful lake and our own personal canals help produce organic veg and fresh fish as they flow through our 52 acres of rice paddy fields. In our 15 yrs here we have pleased clients from each corner of the world.WE ARE CENTRALLY LOCATED EASY BUS/TRAIN ACCESS TO N-W-SE THAILAND.or just use our v.i.p. service we pick you up and drop you off any destination in our luxury 8 person s.u.v.(priced according to *k.l.m.)see our new budget deals. my 15 yrs here ensures you a perfect stress free booking.now a small min. deposit of 5.000 thai bhat will secure you any date left this year or next.TAKE NOTE we never allow more than 325 people out of the 3/4000 inquiries received each year to actually stay here.TRUE sustainable tourism!do try to secure your date as soon as possible. ... more less