Country Crafts: Food-foraging

4 Days Isan Village Full Experience Into Food-Foraging – Northeast Thailand

  • An exclusive activity and a unique insight into an unsophisticated life..
  • Watch local people growing their own rice along with some fruit and vegetables.
  • Watch others supplementing their diet with a variety of foods gathered from the wild, and take part in their daily activities.

Arrival: Welcome to village homestay

Meals: Dinner
Pick up from Sida bus stop or Bua Yai train station at 2PM and transfer to homestay. Evening meal and overnight accommodation will be provided. Meet your host, Lamai and her family as well as some of the local people. You can also explore Ko Phet Village – Take a walk through the family rice fields and learn the process from planting to harvesting. You can visit the villagers’ homes where the various traditional processes take place. Alongside the rice fields you will find irrigation canals where the Ko Phet villagers have planted an organic vegetable garden, growing squashes, beans, peppers, chillies etc. [Please note that these activities are dependent on your arrival time and also the weather].
If the school is open, you can visit and talk to the teachers and children and look at their work.
Return to the homestay house and garden where you can sit in the shaded splash pool while Lamai prepares a typical Isan meal, followed by a drink on the verandah to watch the water buffaloes amble homewards while the sun sets over the lake. Overnight at the homestay.

DAY (1): Countryside foraging

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.

DAY (2): Night time hunting

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.

DAY (3): Fishing

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.

DAY (4): Departure:

Meals: Breakfast -Experience ends after breakfast.
12PM Transfer to bus- stop at Sida or Bua Yai train station for onward journey OR stay an additional night.

Remarks:

Max number of pax: 8 persons including children (Children under 11 years old are free.)
Rate per pax: USD.141
Pickup point: Bus-stop at Sida or Bua Yai Train Station. Please state your preferred pick-up location in the Order Nate at Check-out.
Items to bring: Comfortable clothes and personal belongings for 3days-2nights homestay.

Our rate includes:

  • Transportation including transfer from Bus-stop at Sida or Bua Yai Train Station
  • Children under 11 yrs. are free
  • All meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Admission fees where applicable

Our rate exclude:

  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Gratuities
  • Flights, trains, bus fares and other transport costs other than those outlined in the itinerary.