Near Chiang Rai, discover a genuine one or two night community-based tourism experience where you can enjoy nature and traditional culture with a family. Trek out further to less visited communities, and stay with hill tribe families far from your home comforts; squat toilets, bucket showers, early nights, thin mattresses, and noisy animals are all part of the fun. It’s real life ! Houses in the villages are a mix of traditional bamboo structures, from wooden plank houses to some concrete block buildings, some roofs made of grass and some tiled in the modern method. Most food is purchased from the host family to provide an extra income for them, and most ingredients you eat are grown in the community. It will be typical local food but with your needs kept in mind. If you are a vegetarian, please say so when you book. English- and Japanese-speaking local hill tribe guides will facilitate your encounter with these wonderful people, their lives and culture…You have the chance to get closer to the people, receive orientation about the cultures and traditions you are about to immerse yourself in. The foundation runs some of the best volunteer programmes in the country, and teaches basic Thai language lessons and hill tribe words to volunteers going on homestay.