Many communities around Thailand seem to have Homestay programs these days, but their quality and popularity vary a lot. In my opinion, the best homestays are ones that allow you to say with families and that also organize activities.
One such Homestay that I think is doing a good job is Ban Nam Chieo Homestay in Laem Ngop district of Trat province. The locals here are mainly Muslims and fishermen. In total there are 14 families taking part in the Homestay project.
You don’t get to choose which family you stay with as they all take turns. Prices start at only 200 Baht per person per night. But this is just for bed only. More popular are their package deals such as two days one night for 900 Baht per person. Or three days two nights for 1,400 Baht.
Included in the package are most meals and activities such as a boat trip along mangrove forests and out into the bay. Here you will be able to see how the locals gather shellfish. If you are lucky you might see some monkeys. Other activities include free use of their bicycles.
Unless you speak some Thai you might have difficulty in communicating. But really you shouldn’t worry about it as this is all about the charm of the place. I’m sure they will bend over backwards to make you feel at home and happy. For more information on this project you can call 086-7775033 or 084-8925374. They also have a Facebook page with pictures and information.