Isn't a homestay the same thing as a guesthouse?
In which case, check the guides on TF for the place you want to go and call a few numbers, or just walk around backpacker areas and check a few out when you arrive.
There's some website out there you can sign up on and get in touch with people happy to let you stay with them for free. Couchsurfers is the name, I believe. Don't think they have a huge presence in Thailand, but it might be worth checking out if that's your scene.
Homestays are all over the country. Some are advertised online, but most are not advertised at all. Is there anywhere in particular that you'd like to visit?
Amphawa has a lot of homestays on the canal and quite a few of them can be found online. Many of them look very nice, too.
as #8 says, there are plenty of homestay options all over Thailand. have seen them even in small villages in Chiangrai & Nan province. while there is info available online (in fact there's a comprehensive directory with contact info + plenty of reviews on travel forums & reports on blogs), the bulk of it is in Thai language only. though if you Google homestay+Thailand, you'll still be able to find quite a few with info in English:
Noting what Tilapia said, language is an issue. If you want an "authentic" experience, like I have when I stay with my father in law, then you have to put up with a lot. Rural Thai homes, for the most part, are not paragons of comfort. You will sleep on a hard floor, eat lousy food that looks bad and smells worse, and you probably won't be able to communicate with anyone in the village until you learn Thai. That is the reality of the vast number of homes in Thailand. Not that they are unhappy. They are used to their lifestyle. My father in law thinks he's living the good life. And for him it is. But I have had to modify the house considerably to make it liveable for me. Of course that's taken 10 years, and I'm not done yet.
Thailand people are very friendly.Their hospitality is too good.The home stays arethe greatest way to experience their liveliness.Most places are hill tribe villages. There are many home stays in Thai hotel.You can just google on it. Have a good trip :-)
#12 johnraami has been a member since 24/8/2011. Posts: 2
Just got back from my homestay at dads. The house was in it's usual state of clutter, the food was boring and sometimes just plain bad... but on the plus side, I got a lot of work done at the farm and had two excellent training sessions with my new pitbull terrier.