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Ban Hatkai Homestay

Not great value

Photo of Ban Hatkai Homestay, Ban Hatkai, Thaphabat district, Bolikhamsai  , Phou Khao Khouay National Park

What we say: 2.5 stars

With assistance from donors, Ban Hatkai has developed a village homestay scheme offering an insight into rural Laos and a start point for treks to the nearby Tad Xay waterfall. Hatkai is a quiet, spacious village with open, grassy pastures and riverside temple. The community-based project offers accommodation in villagers' homes, as well as a range of guided expeditions around the village territory and into the national park proper. The homestay is an interesting option, in open-plan traditional Lao houses with clean bedding provided. Food consists of delicious local home-cooking and the villagers are intent on giving their guests a good feed. At 30,000 kip per meal for each person, it's not the cheapest option, so if you're a light eater, opt out of paying for a few meals and bring some snacks and coffee instead. Food can be prepared, but ingredients are limited at the local shop. The villagers themselves are friendly and welcoming, but speak little English. Expect to be confused by the English language leaflet's explanation of what's on offer in terms of excursions and the costs of guides, admission, contributions and permits. It's also a good idea to inspect the guided camping expedition equipment and food before you set off for a cold night in the forest. The trips work out as poor value because of the surcharges involved. The main tenet of eco-tourism is that tourists pay extra to subsidise the cost of living for the subsistence farmers in the area, so that they can experience economic growth without cutting down the forest for logging and commercial agriculture. The extra charges are essentially paying to maintain the natural beauty that visitors come to see. Overall compares unfavourably to Tiger Lilly.

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    Ban Hatkai, Thaphabat district, Bolikhamsai   T: (020) 224 0303 
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    Family room 7 7 Homestay

    Added to Travelfish on: 20th February, 2007
    Last visited or updated on: 23rd November, 2013

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