About the Homestay
We are Noi & Greg Ledder, blessed to be living in the amazing Isaan region of Thailand and looking forward to sharing the delights of this wonderful area with our visitors.
Our home, a detached Bungalow style house, is also a popular restaurant called ‘Noi’s Kitchen’ serving Thai & English food and is situated in a beautiful rural location approximately mid-way between the towns of ‘Nong Bua Lam Phu’ and ‘Non Sang,’ on the outskirts of a small village called ‘Phu Si Tong.’
You will be staying in our beautiful Thai Style wooden pool house (please see photo's near the end of the Photo Gallery). It is comfortable for two with room for a childs bed if required. It is very private and romantic, located just a 150 meters away and within eyesight of our home. It has its own shower / toilet block just a few meters away which is for your exclusive use, and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside! The walk-around veranda is the ideal place to take in the amazing sunsets!
We realise it can be a little daunting arriving in a foreign country and as the nearest Airports to us (Udon Thani or Khon Kaen) are both approximately 90kms from our home, the last thing you want after a long flight is to be relying on buses or Taxi's so we offer the option of a personal collection service. Once you have a confirmed date and time of arrival we can come and meet you personally at the Airport and bring you to our home and return you to the airport when it is time for you to leave us. The service is FREE when you book for 14 nights or longer - otherwise there is a charge of 2000 thb for this service which includes collection from and return to the airport.
A little about us…
Noi is a self-taught Chef, very passionate about her work and very skilled in the art of creating extremely tasty meals! (See photo gallery for Menu's).
She is also a keen gardener, growing many fruits, vegetables and herbs which she uses in her cooking. And ever since we went on a trip to a Sacha Inchi tea plantation a couple of years ago she's been growing her own Sacha Inchi tea - very tasty and very healthy!
I’m a veteran Scroll saw artist of over 20 years and love to create unique pieces in wood using my trusty old scroll saw. I'm so lucky that there are some truly beautiful woods to work with in Thailand! If you're into arts & crafts I can teach you (free of charge) how to make beautiful wooden items using only basic scroll saw techniques. See the photo gallery for some examples of my work.
I'm also a sometime musician - love music of most kinds, especially ‘90’s country - oh, and the infectious Isaan music!
Noi & I both love to see the sights in Thailand and are more than happy to take you on guided tours (an English-Thai speaking guide is always an advantage!). Depending on where you wish to go, some tours may involve overnight stays due to the distances involved.
This is an optional service and the cost would be dependent on distance, time involved and fuel cost.
If you prefer to just take off on your own we can take you to one of the nearest towns where you can explore at your leisure, catch a bus to go sightseeing etc.
Our restaurant customers come from all walks of life - teachers, local government, local police and medical staff as well as local villagers and passers by - plus the odd 'Falang' (foreigner) and as Isaan people are very friendly and outgoing there is plenty of opportunity to interact with local people right on your doorstep! It's highly probable that you will get invited to see the local schools or to a local function / festival of some kind - there's always something going on!
Of course, having a restaurant means that cleanliness and hygiene are of great importance so you can rest assured that we keep everything clean!
Isaan is the largest region of Thailand - about the same size as England & Wales combined and is an amazing place, having it’s own unique flavour!
It has it’s own variant of the Thai language, it’s own traditions and it’s own music - and the Isaan people are renowned for being among the friendliest in Thailand.
The area has so much to offer for those who shy away from the usual tourist traps. The pace here is so much more relaxed but there is so much to see and do!
This is rural Thailand so the reality is that the infrastructure is not always as good as in the towns. On the odd occasion there may be short power outages which occur mainly during storms and heavy rain.
It can be very hot here too - up to 40 degrees C during the hot season, the hottest months being April & May so sun protection is a must!
Rural Isaan isn’t exactly bristling with nightlife - which is exactly why many visitors come here but there are some wonderful night markets in the cities of Udon Thani, Khon Kaen and Chiang Khan (on the banks of the mighty Mekong river and particularly charming!) that sell beautiful hand made items, a vast assortment of mouth watering raditional food stalls, small restaurants and bars where you can have a meal and a beer while listening to street musicians.
There are local village markets too and depending on the time of year there may be a major traditional festival or two to see - always a wonderful spectacle! Isaan people love nothing more than to share their culture and traditions and it is not uncommon for complete strangers to be invited to a local Wedding which is a very pleasant experience!
There are many national Parks, historic sites & monuments, spectacular temples, stunning mountain scenery, new foods to try - so much to tell you about that I don't even know where to start!
One thing for sure though - you are going to LOVE Isaan!
Your stay includes a light breakfast every morning. Both the Thai & English Menu's in Noi's restaurant are extremely reasonably priced - the most expensive meal is a Beef steak with French fries and side salad for just 159 thb - or the equivalent of less the 4.00 GBP! So you can enjoy great food here every day if you choose to and it won't break the bank.
**We had our first Home-stay Guests, Connor & Leah from the USA, in February 2018 (booked through an alternative site) and here's what they had to say:
"One of the best traveling experiences we've ever had, true Isaan!
We had the pleasure of staying at this lovely, authentic Thai bungalow for nearly a week and absolutely loved it. Greg and Noi were unbelievably wonderful hosts! They took great care to ensure every aspect of our stay was excellent. The homestay bungalow is BEAUTIFUL, clean, private, very comfortable bed and a splendid view of Isaan countryside. Noi is a fantastic cook of both Western and Thai food and all of our meals were very affordable. Free coffee & tea. They did our laundry for free, shuttled us around the area (as well as picked us up/dropped us off at the bus station), coordinated getting us a motorbike to use, and truly made our stay so special."
You can see some photo's of their experience with us in the photo gallery :-)
**PLEASE NOTE: Payment for your stay must be paid in full on arrival or you can pay by bank transfer / Paypal before your arrival if you prefer. Any extra's such as extra meals, drinks, guided tours etc to be paid for on the day.
Also important is to please ensure that you have premium level travel insurance because in the event of medical problems medical care can be expensive in Thailand.**
Any questions just ask!
Thank you for your time,
Greg & Noi
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About the Area
Our home is situated in a beautiful rural location approximately mid-way between the towns of ‘Nong Bua Lam Phu’ and ‘Non Sang,’ on the outskirts of a small village called ‘Phu Si Tong.’ The nearest larger towns are around 20 kms away but there are many small villages in between.
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Half Board
- Full Board
- Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
We are polite and courteous so we expect our guests to be the same and to respect our home and our customers.
Smoking is allowed but outside only - under no circumstances will smoking be allowed in the room!
This is a rural community where people tend to go to bed early and rise early so we would appreciate our guests keeping their noise to a minimum after midnight.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.