Motherland Farmstay is now open for everyone to learn for getting a “Farmstay Experience” with local Thai farmer family in Phayao Province, Thailand. Let’s slow down your life and hiding from city for a while.
Founders of Motherland Farmstay
A small local northern Thai family; Sinchai and his daughter named “Aye”; is founded “MOTHERLAND FARMSTAY” where is located in Phayao Province in northern Thailand since 2013. The founders would like to turn the farm into “Sufficient Sustainable Farming” for a family’s business like “Farmstay / Guest house”, and maybe for community in the future.
Why Motherland Farmstay?
We are welcome all volunteers/guests who are open-minded, happy and ready to be back to the roots in both short and long term staying. To be participated in Northern Culture by living in our small village and interacting with local northern villagers is rare, especially in many kinds of event that’s not setting up for tourists. We are surely that you will learn a lot while staying with us during this time, definitely if you stay longer like a month or so. At our farm has many activities are going on all year round, meaning volunteers/guests will experience many new things as well.
Where to stay?
We have a Traditional Wooden in Northern Style House provided with 3 bedrooms, 1 shared-bathroom and mini kitchen for our guests. Guests will enjoy traditional-style of charming Northern Atmosphere as well as surrounded garden which full of seasoning fruit trees and vegetables.
What we do?
There are many kinds of fruits all year round that volunteers or guests can be participated in helping out with picking and planting, etc. There are many activities to do at the farm as long as guests are willing to learn while staying with us. We would love to keep “Sharing-Learning-Preserving” at the same time. That is the main reason we open the farm for everyone to join and learn.
The farm is providing activities that volunteers have a great opportunity to experience local works and lifestyle by spending a real time with a Thai farmer “Sinchai”. You can learn many as much as you wish as long as you have energy for. This is a big opportunity to learn and preserve Thai culture at the same time. We provided you a wooden house to share with other volunteers at the farm, meet new people and make new friends.
Thank you photos from internet
Why do we want to have a home made of the Earth?
We are living and working in Chiang Mai, which is rapidly developing (especially in the past few years). The traffic now is nearly unbearable. Now we have to go outside of the city more often to breathe fresh air and be in a beautiful environment.
We are started a new life via a project called, “Motherland Farmstay,” which means “A land of mother” which Sinchai who named it as a referent to his mother who owned this land for over 100 years since her family’s generation. To stay closed to the nature and eat what you have at your farm by living and working here with him is the purpose of the project.
Sinchai, a father who grew up; whole life; and raised by a farmer family. He likes to be at the field that his mother taught him how to survive in a jungle as a farmer’s way of life. He always has chicken as his friends at the farm nowadays. He never feel happy when he is away from the farm where is his homeland. So “Aye” came up with this project to support her father by bringing people from around the world to stay at the farm and learn the culture at the same time while they are traveling.
Like most people, we are looking for more free time and to relax more. We want to be healthy and be in nature as much as we can and “Aye” supports her father by building this project since September 2013. We have land that is a four hour drive from Chiang Mai by public transportation, near Phayao (where a Buddha image was found underwater in a lake “Kwan Phayao”).
“Aye” comes from a family of farmers who lived like this for over 50 years, since her grandparent’s generation. However, the family stopped living like this about seven years ago after transitioning to a more urban lifestyle in another province.
“Aye” used to help her parents every day in the rice farm. After school, she would likewise play in the mud, unlike what many other Thai children do with their friends. She had to help out at the farm with many things such as feed the chicken, ducks and pigs, collect eggs, make pig’s food from banana trees, bring cows (13 of them) in and out of the barn and lite a fire for them so they could keep warm and be protected from at night. She planted vegetables as well as fruit and teak trees. She collected the vegetables and sold them at the local early morning market. She made bricks for building a house and restroom, and also lived on a farm that had no electricity.
We would like to go back to the Earth by staying close – and not destroy, and eat healthy food.
“Aye” -a woman who grew up in a farmer family- used to help her parents to do a rice farm every day after school and played in the rice mud which is not similar to other kids that went out with friends after school. She had to help out at the farm every day with many things such as fed chicken, ducks and pigs, collected eggs, made a pig’s food from banana trees, brought cows (13 cows) in and out a cow’s house and lit a fire for them in the evening to keep them warm and keep away of mosquitoes at night, planted vegetables and fruit trees also teak trees, collected vegetables in the field for sell at a market in early morning, made bricks for building our house and toilet, and lived in a farm where had no an electricity before.
At the farm, Aye’s father is a manager and he will guide you to do anything. We have no provided insurance for volunteers otherwise, do not worry that you will not allowed to do some risky works at the farm. If you are ready to join us on this project, don’t forget to registered with a copy of your passport and make a payment at arrival date.
Self Learning Center in a village
We would like to develop the world community via a self-learning center, on how to live naturally. So, from now, we need a lot of support from anyone who is open for a new world and ready to learn about Northern Thai culture and all that it has to offer. Having a natural house in our farm is a sustainable life while being a part of nature – the way life should be. Life will become simple and easy. You have more time and can look at yourself very clearly while in a good environment. You have more opportunity to look at what you are doing and want to do with your life. Leave the stress and depression out there, come relax with us, and clear up your mind. We are welcoming everyone to stay; we can learn from each other. This project will keep moving on and reaching the aim that we plan to be a “Self-Center of Community” in the future. Hopefully we make this happens and show the community how to stay at the farm but making a healthy living and get some incomes that not destroying anything around us at all.
What is a natural building?
A natural building is a building made from natural materials by compounding clay, water and natural fiber for making the “adobe” bricks used for construction. You can use rice straw, bamboo and grass to mix with the soil. This technique is ancient and time tested and can be seen throughout the World. You can adapt to using the natural materials available in your area, without buying anything. We., also, will built bamboo and wooden huts.
Why do we need to build a natural building as our house?
We are working in the city which has a lot more traffic in the last few years. We are bored to seeing that all day and surely it is pollution. So we would like to do some project that is very healthy and more relax in the nature as much as we can. And we have a land which is 4 hours drive from Chiang Mai called Phayao where the big lake named Kwan Phayao located.
As our family used to be a farmer and worked for over 30 years since our grandparent’s generation to our generation but we stopped to be a farmer after we were doing for 7 years then changed our way of life as a seller in another province.
We would like to be back to the earth by stay closed and not destroy the nature and eat healthy food.
We are kindly to ask for 2,100 THB/person/week to cover meals and some expenses at the farm (we don’t make any money of it). You will work at least 4 hours a day. We provided a sharing bicycle for everyone to cycling around our village.
A deposit of 50% should be made 1 week in advanced to reserve your bed then pay cash at arrival which is come with a copy of your passport.
A wooden Northern Thai house with 3 bedrooms and one sharing bathroom. The bedroom is including a mosquito’s nets, pillow, bed sheet and blanket; two bathrooms included a hot shower, living room, balcony and a northern Thai kitchen.
You will cook your own meals by learning from us to cook an easy basic food which are northern Thai food everyday. Everyone needs to help to prepare food, also clean up a kitchen and dishes. Read our agreements below. The week stay is including breakfast and lunch, drinking water, accommodation, and bicycle.
Who can join us?
Everyone participates in the natural building project. Everybody (interns/volunteers/students) who is 100% interested in an organic farm and natural buildings, also open (love) to learn another culture or way of life in the north of Thailand. And would like to learn from the beginning of a Thai farming; digging soil, selecting seeds and all cultivation, etc.
Because of we live in a small town, a ll shops close earlier than the big city. So make sure that you would like and willing to stay with us in a small village. Our farm is very peaceful where closes to the mountains.
We will start with planting vegetables and build earthen houses together. You could try any activity at our farm as experiment. You can stay as long as you can and always welcome for the next visit as you would like to see how much progress in the future. We would be grateful for the opportunity to share anything we can that will help you to live a healthier and happier life.
How to get here?
From Bangkok: By bus:
You just take a bus from different companies in the morning and evening from Mo Chit Bus Station to Chun for 589 B (1st class air-conditioning bus/with toilet) and 458 B (2nd class air-conditioning bus/no toilet). It will take you 11 hours.
Also you can take a daily plane to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai Airport in the morning as the best time to catch a bus to our farm.
From Chiang Rai: By plane and bus:
You can get a taxi from the airport to the bus station in the city and tell a driver that you want to go to Chun District which is in Phayao. Then you take a small blue bus said “ป่าแดด-จุน” at the bus station near the Night Bazaar which it takes at least two hours from Chiang Rai with a beautiful view of agriculture province. The price might be 35-45 THB. Then call us to pick you up at the bus station in our town.
Bus’ time table:
From Chiang Rai – Chun 10.30 AM / 2 PM / 5 PM
From Chun – Chiang Rai 5.30 AM / 7.30 AM / 12.30 PM
From Chiang Mai: By plane and bus
You can get a taxi from the airport or “Song Taew” – red taxi – to the bus station and the price should be around 120 THB maximum. Then go get a ticket of the GREEN BUS to CHUN or you can show this word “จุน” to the ticket staff. It costs 154 THB and it will take 4 hours to get to our town.
You also can go to Chiang Khong/Laos/China through our village for visa run as well. By taking a green bus from the village 97 B to Chiang Khong for 1 hour. Then cross to Huay Xai then take a bus to China.
Why a natural building?
The main reasons for choosing an earthen house are its cheap and fairly easy to build; you can design it yourself with no need for a specialist; it’s also sustainable and climate friendly.
How many techniques?
1. Wattle and cob: This is a folk adaptation to a traditional wattle and daub technique. Wattle and daub uses clay plastered onto a woven wall (wattle), usually made from small sticks, woven reeds or bamboo and rice mills in Thailand. Wattle and cob uses a similar idea, instead of having a woven sheet as a wall to plaster on we make a spread out woven frame with small sticks or bamboo. To fill in this wall and make a stronger structural wall, we make small strips of wet cob and lay from those around and in the weave (6”x 6” hole).
This technique will not be a load bearing structure, so you can make a basic post and beam structure to support a roof. Connect all of the beams by using pieces of wood branches or bamboo.
2. Adobe technique: This technique is time tested, dating as far as over 1000 years. You can create an adobe house by using blocks made from clay rich mud mixed with fiber (straw; rice husk) that has been dried in the sun. These blocks are placed like bricks by using wet adobe mud as mortar.
Let’s join us to build your first house by your hands. You will know how much you will proud of yourself as a human being can do without destroying the nature!
Come to stay with us for relaxing your mind, your brain, no stress, no depress but fill them up with the nature that we are belong to. 🙂 Here, “Yoo Tid Din Kin Kub Suan” farm stay has a big playground for you to learn about how life should be.
October-May: Earthen Building, wooden house, bamboo hut, organic farm
June-September: Bamboo huts, organic farm, rice field, natural Building (some process)
You are welcome to stay with us at Motherland Farmstay.
First of all, we would like to let you know about rules and donation as we brief on our profile which is going to cover all bills while you are living with us and any damage.
We run a few businesses at the same time. We found many problems while we running this farm as well. Obviously, we would like to solve those problems and keep everything nice and clean, more organize and ready to use for long term. That’s why we came up with rules. If not, nobody cares about our properties and we have to pay for all damages over and over again.
As you know we are not a hotel / resort / home stay that provided you many convenience things. We would like to make it clear in case something happens to volunteers and also volunteers make some damages.
The farm is welcomed for volunteers who are really open to learn a real northern Thai culture. Volunteers need to respect the culture and Thai persons. And we believe that all volunteers have been read about Thai culture and how to interact with us.
What is became your responsibility?
– Donate 300 B/day/person.
– Donation needs to make at arrival date for buying food. Please confirm how long do you want to stay before making a payment. It will come with a copy of your passport (signed name).
– In case that volunteers wake up late, we will provide a small breakfast instead.
– We have completely different works which are totally different than whatever you ever done. So you can join us for one week then you can decide that you want to stay longer or not.
-We expect volunteers (who said yourself ready to learn) to get some northern Thai culture back home. Such language, farmer’s skill or how to cook northern food.
– We have no any kind of insurance for taking care of everyone at the farm. Any accident is not our responsibility. (We won’t let you do too risky work at the farm unless you would like to try).
– Clean up: room/toilets/trash/pillow case/bed sheet/mosquito net/dishes before you leave the farm.
*DO NOT! / NOT ALLOW TO…
-throw tissue paper / sanitary in a toilet. In this case, you have to pay for fixing a toilet if there are damages. As we had the problem and not want to cost any volunteers’ money)
– smoke in a bedroom/living room/house
– walk in houses with shoes on (very strict for Thai culture)
– soak dishes/plates (very strict for Thai culture)
BE KIND TO DO!
-Support the farm by turning off fans/lights/etc when you are not in your room
-Free bicycle (sharing with other volunteers)
-Motorbike for rent (advance notice)
-You may have a chance to have super local food and ceremony if you are lucky
-Bring your own towel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. (Herbal soap for sell 30 B)
-It would be nice if volunteers study about Thai culture before staying with us
-Leave review on a guest book
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