Wichai's Jungle Homestay is located in the South of Thailand in a peaceful rural area. It is a quiet and unique place off the beaten track. If you are looking for a place to calm down, to have a good rest out of touristic routs, to enjoy some creative work if you are an artist, musician or writer, our homestay is for you. The natural environment can stimulate creativity and gives you the space to come close to yourself.
This place is good for a long stay, if you are not a party-goer. As it is right now, you have the perfect atmosphere and locations to practice yoga, meditation, and physical exercise (like slacklining or volleyball), or simply chill out. Furthermore, the jungle surrounds a beautiful lagoon, giving you the opportunity to swim or kayaking or just simply admire the amazing view. As an option you can make a day trip from here to Dadfa Waterfall at Tai Rom Yen Natural Park, 19 km, to Kanom beach, 80km, and other places.
Our daughter Earn is a professional massage therapist, you can get relaxing Thai massage or different kinds of Spa massage from her for 200 Thai baht per hour.
Accommodation is in handmade bamboo huts, no electricity inside. Of course we have electricity in toilets, showers and kitchen. In each bungalow we provide a mattress, pillows, blanket and mosquito net. There is Wi-Fi in a shared lounge area. You can use bicycles for free to ride around and see a simple life of local farmers, all roads are flat and almost no traffic. There is a small shop in front of the homestay where you can buy some necessaries, beer, snacks, rice, noodles, etc. By bicycle you can go to the town 4 km away, there are many shops and a market where you can buy other foods. Use our kitchen for cooking, we provide different kitchen utensils. There is a washing machine you can use for 20 Thai baht/one time.
Please, visit our PHOTO GALLERY to get some idea of what to expect here.
The price of one hut is 300 Thai baht per day, 11% discount per week, 31% discount per month.
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The story of Wichai's Jungle Homestay begins 60 years ago when a state-owned company mined tin here. As a result many forests were cut down, roads were laid. As the works of tin mining were finished, the land was transferred to the ownership of the local villagers. Wichai's father bought a piece of land from the locals, and then handed it over to Wichai with brothers. Wichai chose a piece of land the most unsuitable for farming - it had a big pond and all the land was covered with sand left over from the extraction of tin.
Our idea was to begin reforestation of the land and try to return it to its original state. Many seeds and plants have survived afret the tin mining, but only the strongest plants resistant to sandy soil have fully grown. Year after year, plants produce nutritious humus and gradually new plants are able to take root. Slowly the wasteland turned into jungles. Thus, homestay surrounded by plantations of oil palms and rubber trees, became a unique example of the natural characteristic of the area.
Since we worked together as teachers (Wichai was an art teacher, Naiyana, his wife, - a teacher of biology), we began to organize nature classrooms for our students called "Forest lovers youth club", "Art club" for art students and boy and girl scout camps. The aim of these camps was to teach students to love nature, the only way we could achieve this was to show them the nature and bring them closer to it.
When we retired, we built a small house here to spend more time in the nature and to invite our friends. One of our friends from USA, Grego Robin, advised us to expand the space for guests, so that travelers from other countries could get the opportunity to relax in this peaceful atmosphere as well. He also advised us to invite volunteers to help in the construction. Thus in March 2017 the project of creating the homstay was started. Since that time we've done alot of work with the energy of our volunteers.
As a volunteer you will get a free accomodation in tent, room or bamboo hut. In each room we provide a mattress, pillow, blanket and mosquito net. You can also use the shared kitchen, so you can buy and cook your own food here. You can use our bicycles for free to go to markets in a town. We work 3 hours a day from 9:00 AM till 12:00 AM, 5 days a week (Monday-Friday). On weekend you can stay here or make your trip to Dadfa Waterfall at Tai Rom Yen Natural Park, 19 km from here and also Kanom beach, 80 km and others. Please bring gloves and torch if possible.
Minimum stay is two weeks. Even if you don't have special skill but you can learn fast and bring your heart and hands for help you are more welcome.