Ban Khiet Ngong
Homestays can be arranged in the village by asking around at the elephant stand -- one of the English-speaking guides will help set it up for you.
It will be necessary to consult with the village chief for permission before settling in somewhere. Accommodation will be in a traditional-style Laotian house, and you're unlikely to get a private room. But then, the whole point of a homestay is to hang out with the people and get to know their lifestyle. This also means that in accordance with local cultural mores, unmarried men and women may not be permitted to inhabit the same quarters. Obviously, you'll need to respect the wishes of the locals in this regard and all others and also pitch in a few dollars for food. This homestay arrangement is actively encouraged in town and the money you pay enters directly into the local economy.
By Adam Poskitt
Last updated on 23rd June, 2013.