Woofing in Thailand

Woofing in Thailand

Share the way of life of your hosts (Aun & Manu) by helping them in their work on the farm and in their daily tasks. Take the opportunity to discover the terroir and the local Thai cuisine while enjoying an authentic atmosphere. It is also the opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of Siamese rurality and to touch the reality of an alternative life in tropical latitudes...

Woofing: Our farmstay in a few words

 

The “Suwan Organic Farmstay” is above all a place that adapts to your needs, your desires and your pace. It is a farm-inn, a farmstay, which allows you a total immersion in the Siamese culture.

It is also a place open to woofing offering discovery workshops such as composting, sowing, pruning, natural construction, natural fertilizers,…

Woofing in Thailand and more particularly in our farm-inn is also and above all encounters, paths that cross. People from all walks of life with common aspirations and similar dreams despite different life journeys. Space of conviviality and sharing where friendships are born.

In the age of the social and solidarity economy, this argument is increasingly raised by fans of farm holidays. In contact with farmers, we understand the essential role they play for society, but also the risks of seeing their activity disappear. Agritourism is therefore also a way of supporting the countryside.

Woofing in Thailand is the opportunity to dive into another way of life, to touch on another way of working the land, to discover a region and know-how and to think about the future…

The beauties of nature in rural Thailand

Discover and learn food autonomy

Living self-sufficiently means having the pleasure of running around our organic farm to find something for dinner instead of running to the supermarket.

Being self-sufficient means using the land and resources available to create an environment that is completely self-sufficient or at least as close to it as possible.

In the rainy season we are not yet able to be totally self-sufficient.

This kind of life can encompass several areas, from construction & eco-construction to energy use and food.

Some people start to become self-sufficient for economic reasons, while others focus on a healthy lifestyle where they live. Becoming self-sufficient takes effort, patience and determination, but the rewards are worth it.

Our happy woofers in the hay

Woofing in Thailand at Suwan Organic Farmstay

 

Some will talk about eco-tourism, agro-tourism or farm tourism, but I believe that the term woofing is much closer to what we offer in terms of hospitality, friendliness, comfort, adaptability, diversity, freedom, sharing and experiences.
Let me tell you about our Woofing in Thailand, because it differs a little from what you might find elsewhere, our desire being to adapt this concept to our values and the rules of this country.
The concept is simple, an attractive price that includes comfortable accommodation, quality meals and access to a number of activities according to your desires.

Nothing is compulsory here, you participate in the life of our organic farm, in the fields and with the animals: and in the different workshops according to your abilities, your desires, your interests.

We offer sustainable, hands-on, hands-on learning for enthusiasts who are genuinely interested in organic farming and sustainable lifestyles, you won’t just learn from theory… You’re in nature, not in a classroom or in front of your computer…

We emphasize stress-free stays, impeccable hospitality and food, a natural, peaceful environment and simple and rewarding human relations.

We believe that Woofing is above all a committed vacation, and not a cheap vacation.

The activities are numerous and can of course differ according to the seasons, respect for the rhythms of nature and the imperatives of the moment oblige…

Some examples :

Natural construction: from November to April…
– Clay brick construction

– clay brick masonry

– application of clay and lime plaster

– sculpture

The organic vegetable garden: from November to March and all year round for the crop beds…
– Maintenance of the vegetable garden & mulching

– Sowing

– transplanting vegetables

-Composting

– production of organic fertilizer

– natural farming

Edible forest / permaculture:
– Plantation of fruit trees

– Pruning of fruit trees

– layering and grafting

– Maintenance of the edible forest in the rainy season from June to October.

Rice fields: in the rainy season from June to October

– Rice planting and harvesting – Small fish farming

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Aun and I each have our favorite areas to better share our passions with you…

Aun takes care of the farm, the vegetable garden, the edible forest, rice, fish farming, fishing trips… She is the one who has the knowledge in agriculture, it is for her much more than a job, it is is a passion! So she takes care of all that and also prepares your delicious evening dinner.

Me, I am in retraining, and to help my wife, I take care of eco-construction: manufacture of clay bricks, masonry, decorations, clay plaster, lime plaster, etc…

I continue to learn every day to better be able to welcome you and communicate our passions to you.

Important, access to activities is optional, they take place from 07:00 to 12:00.

Suwan Organic Farmstay from the sky

A typical day’s woofing program in our farmhouse

07:00 – 09:00: Morning coffee and then immersion in the field.
09:00 – 10:00: Breakfast and homemade smoothies.
10:00 – 12:00: Immersion in our farmhouse.
12:00 – 13:30: Free time
13:30 – 14:30: Lunch
14:30 – 19:00: Free time
19:00 – 20:00: Aun, owner of the place, gets in the kitchen, our visitors are free to help her and learn a little more about Thai cuisine.
20:00: Evening meal


Saturday and Sunday leave

Woofing rates:
All our rates also include three hearty meals a day, activities and supervision.

Wooden bungalow – Family bungalow – Modern bungalow

1 person: 900 baht/day 6,000 baht/week 22,000 baht/month

2 people: 1,400 baht/day 9,000 baht/week 30,000 baht/month

3 people: 1,900 baht/day 11,500 baht/week 38,000 baht/month

4 people: 2,300 baht/day 14,000 baht/week 46,000 baht/month

Camping

1 person: 600 baht/day 3,600 baht/week 12,000 baht/month

2 people: 1,000 baht/day 6,000 baht/week 22,000 baht/month

Guest rooms – natural construction – eco-construction (with shared bathroom)

1 person: 800 baht/day 5,000 baht/week 19,000 baht/month

2 people: 1,300 baht/day 7,500 baht/week 26,000 baht/month

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All our prices include 3 hearty meals a day.

All rentals have private bathrooms EXCEPT the natural construction bungalows.

All rentals in our farmhouse have fans.

You can also benefit from air conditioning in the modern and luxury bungalows. We then ask for an additional 100 baht per day.

Our types of accommodation

Modern bungalows 

Modern bungalow double bed
Modern bungalow double bed
Our modern bungalows
Our modern bungalows

Our modern bungalows are perfect for those who like to stay in a hotel-like environment… They are bright, spacious and offer all possible comfort for 1 or 2 people maximum, with private bathrooms

Our wooden Bungalows

Our wooden bungalows are ideal for those who love the warm and authentic atmosphere of traditional Thai dwellings and all have a private bathroom.

These bungalows in the heart of nature are very popular with people who love greenery and a slightly wild environment. Fishing enthusiasts will also find their pleasure here!

Our wooden bungalows, luxurious and warm
Our wooden bungalows, luxurious and warm
Ecological and cozy natural bungalow
Ecological and cozy natural bungalow
Wooden bungalows with bathroom. Wooden bungalows are very popular for their nature and authenticity
Wooden bungalows with bathroom. Wooden bungalows are very popular for their nature and authenticity
Waterfront wooden bungalows
Waterfront wooden bungalows

Our family bungalows


2 double beds and 2 single beds and private bathroom.

They can be booked in a family bungalow or in a dormitory (to be specified at the time of booking).

Family bungalows view from outside
Family bungalows view from outside
Modern dormitory 2-4 people
Modern dormitory 2-4 people

Our guest rooms in natural construction

Our guest rooms with shared bathroom in the middle.

Our rooms in natural construction or eco-construction are handcrafted by ourselves and by our woofers in a friendly atmosphere.

Private room No 1 with shared bathroom

Private room in natural construction
simple private room in natural construction
Our bungalows in natural construction

Chambre privative No 2 avec salle de bain commune.

Private room No 2 with shared bathroom
Finishing our second natural construction bungalow
Natural construction bungalow with a little french style
Bathroom of the rooms in natural construction
Bathroom of the rooms in natural construction

Camping/carbet formula

The tent is placed on a covered terrace (carbet) which also has a rest and relaxation area. The carbets are equipped with mosquito nets:

Access to a shared bathroom.

Our state-of-the-art tents for comfortable camping
Our state-of-the-art tents for comfortable camping
Our ultra modern tent
Our state-of-the-art tents for comfortable camping
Relaxation carbet for moments of relaxation
Relaxation carbet for moments of relaxation

Questions and answers on woofing in Thailand

What is woofing?
Okay, I’m not going to give you a lesson here, just some brief information for those who aren’t familiar with this relatively new concept which has taken off with the advent of organic cultivation and other organic productions.

The term “woofing”, which some also write as Wwoofing, is an English term which means: “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms”.

So the concept is simple: allow those who wish to immerse themselves, for a few days or a few weeks, in the rural life of the country they are visiting, the Land of Smiles in the case of Suwan Organic Farmstay. .

The advantages of woofing are undeniable: immersion in tropical Siamese latitudes at a lower cost, most of the time with room and board. The opportunity to learn specific permaculture techniques, to participate in daily rural activities, to discover a secular culture rich in lessons, to evolve in a friendly and constructive atmosphere, to meet people who have the same passions, the same dreams.

Which visa to practice wwoofing in Thailand?
It is true that we read everything and its opposite regarding visa legislation (or visa waivers) in Thailand, even more so regarding wwoofing in Thailand.

So to be clear, any activity, even voluntary, is linked to the obligation of a work permit and a suitable visa. I challenge those who claim that woofing in Thailand is an exception to bring me the law or regulation that says so.

In short, woofing in Thailand in the form of volunteering or volunteering is illegal without the work permit and its specific visa. On the other hand, woofing in the land of smiles as a tourist activity, no problem. It is in this form that we offer this activity of immersion in the Siamese rural culture.

So the answer to the visa question is simple, all you need is a tourist visa, visa waiver or its extension to take full advantage of the framework and services that SuwanOrganic farmstay offers you.

How long can you practice woofing in Thailand?
As long as your visas or visa exemptions last. It therefore ranges from a few days to several months.

It is true that being able to practice wwoofing for a long period of time may be of interest to nomads, globetrotters, expatriate candidates, … In this case, you just have to make sure you comply with Siamese legislation. A simple rule to remember, you cannot stay more than six months in Thailand without a visa. So, coupled with tourist visas, it is possible to stay 8 (9) months or more.
However, if your life project is to stay in the land of smiles for a long time, then it may be necessary to find more viable alternatives for the future.

Can we do woofing with the family and more precisely with children?
Not only can you do woofing as a family, I would say it’s even recommended.

There is no minimum age for children. Suwan Organic Farmstay is a friendly place suitable for all ages, all skills. Our farm quickly becomes a place of discovery and games for children, an enchanting and real space made of explorations, learning, nature, a breath of freedom, a beneficial truce far from the screens and virtual worlds of our small and large screens.

I am interested in woofing at your place, what steps should I take?
Nothing too complicated, just contact us by email, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

To get an even faster and more complete response, please give us some information:
– Number of people and age
– Desired dates of stay
– If you are possibly vegetarians or vegans or have special dietary or medical needs

woofing en Thaïlande, stage de permaculture, visa volontaire
woofing en Thaïlande, stage de permaculture, visa volontaire
woofing en Thaïlande, stage de permaculture, visa volontaire

Protection of biodiversity

Échange de semences

One of the essential first steps for organic farming and self-sufficiency is to produce healthy and reproducible seeds!

 

Seeds are essential for humanity as they are the first step in the production of food. When they have been improved thanks to the intervention of the peasants, taking into account the particular local conditions, these seeds represent the cultural value of the traditions, knowledge and know-how on the use of biodiversity.

Nos graines de pois aillés
Our winged pea seeds for the Seeds Without Borders campaign

For our part, we of course work mainly with fertile organic seeds, thanks among other things to the partnership set up with the Kokopelli association… We produce winged peas seedsOur winged pea seeds for the Seeds Without Borders campaign, in return we receive vegetable seeds every year, we make a “fair trade”

What we also appreciate is receiving seeds from our visitors in order to increase the biodiversity of the farm. We appreciate it when our hosts bring seeds from their home country or from a country they have visited.

Sharing can also be done through what you bring… It’s a pleasure for us to have trees, flowers, vegetables from all over the world!

This exchange is of course a plus, and in no way an obligation.

The Suwan Organic Farm is pleased to announce that we can now offer yoga sessions and initiation all year round and on the days of your choice. It’s always a good time to think about yourself 😊🧘

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