Thon Tha is one of the most special places I have ever visited. It provides peace and tranquility as well as an endless list of original activities that really help you understand the local way of life.
We stayed with Mr Quyen and family at his homestay on and off for a month. By the time we left we really were friends. The English in the village is basic, they're learning at the moment, but their hospitality more than makes up for any barriers. The food cooked by the family was outstanding and it was always great fun to eat with them... never a dull moment!
The treks into the mountains behind the village were outstanding. Mr Limh the local guide, takes you on a great route winding through the jungle and rice fields. You eat lunch with the Dao people in Lung Vai.
We also did a motorbike trip to Dong Van with Mr Quyen which is one of the most amazing journeys ever. Again he was a perfect host and made the trip a lot of fun.
There are so many more villages along the valley to visit, one with a waterfall and the Chinese border is just 20km away... an interesting visit.
Basically whatever you want your stay to be the villagers will help you make it happen, with a big smile on their face.More