Yao & Akha Homestays are an experiential tour which will take you learning experience into the tradition, culture and daily life of the Yao & Akha in Muang Sing. You will have personal interactions with the villagers and have the opportunity to experience firsthand from the Yao & Akha themselves the Yao & Akha cultural and way of life.
Day 1: Muang Sing-Ban Sai Leck “Yao”
The program starts around 3:30 PM. Make your way by Tuk Tuk or bicycle (depending on your preference) to the village of Ban Sai Leck along a main road about 5 km. We stay overnight at the village lodge provided by the village. While waiting for dinner you may walk around the village, meet the people and learn about their tradition and culture. After dinner you will see Yao culture show and receive a massage which is traditionally given to the guests staying overnight in the village.
Day 2: Ban Sai Leck “Yao”-Tourism Activities-Ban Nam Deat Mai “Akha”
After breakfast the next morning you will participate in activities of the family. Depending on the season you can watch or take part: January-March: bamboo-paper-making, planting vegetables, sowing corn, dyeing clothes, weaving etc. April-May: go and learn how to grow rice on mountain-slopes etc. June-August: go and learn how to prepare the fields for wet rice, and to plant the seedlings. September: plant and care vegetable-gardens etc. October-November: go, watch or help to harvest the mountain- and the mountain-rice or corn etc. December-January: take part in house building and festivals or in collecting food.
After lunch walk visit other Yao villages to see difference of nature silk knit & we will arrival Ban Nam Deat Mai “Akha Village” the second homestay of the tour around 3-4 PM. While waiting for the dinner, you might walk around the village, meet the people and learn about the traditional Akha architecture. When you dinner you will receive Akha activites such as: tradition & culture performance. After dinner you will receive a massage which is traditionally given to the guests staying overnight in the village.
Day 3: Ban Nam Deat Mai “Akha”-Tourism Activities-Muang Sing
After breakfast, you might join activities of the family. January-May: work in the vegetable garden, sow corn etc. June-August: go to the paddy-fields to plant rice, etc. September-October: work in the vegetable garden. November-December: go to the paddy-field for harvesting rice etc.
The tour will finish after the lunch with the family in the field.