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Bangkok Permaculture

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Location:
Trat, Thailand
Minimum Stay:
1 week
Languages:
Thai, English

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Bangkok Permaculture


This is the Deal

We aim to become self reliance and need to work on several aspects such as raising chicken for egg and for manure, raising goats to control weed, building a biomass gasifier (done), planting forest for wood and planting various kind of vegetable. If you would like take part in converting a conventional farm to a self reliance one, then we are the one you are looking for.

These are what we normally do:

We are specialized in mangosteen. In summer, we water and harvest them. In rainy season, we plant a forest and rubber tree. In spare time, we plant a vegetable garden, make a compost as well as planting and selling garden tree.

There are waterfall, beach as well as islands located half and hour drive from our farm.

It is totally ok, if you do not have any kinds of volunteering experience before, as long as you are wiling to learn about the work and the local culture. We do not expecting you to be as strong as Olympic athletes; however, we do expecting you to keep the place tidy, put things back in place and take a good care of things you use.

We have a basic room for volunteers, no air con, no hot shower and no TV. If you think you can survive that and you are a non smoker, then you are very welcome! : )

If you would like to know more about us, please do not hesitate to send a PM to us. We don't mind answering questions at all. However, please send a host request only if you have decided to come to our farm.

Basically, the work start around 8:00 am (6:30 in our dry season, Feb - April). We will have a 2 hours break in the middle of the day and end the work around 4 or 5:00 pm. It will be longer if we have to finish picking up fruit, but all the field works must be done before 17:00. Because it will be dark by 18:30.

Well, as farmers, weekdays or weekend do not really mean anything to us. We finish work early on Wednesday and Saturday to go shopping at afternoon local market. Feel free to take Sunday as your day off if you want.

Welcome Skills: We don't really care

Accomodation

You will have a private room with a private bath room. Do not expect anything luxuries. There will be a desk and a mosquitoes net covering your bed. There are quite a lot of mosquitoes, so be prepared to protect yourself well. There are bed, pillow and blanket, but you can bring your own sleeping bag if you want.

What Else

Getting here:
You can take a van in front of ‘Pong Lee Restaurant’ at a victory monument in Bangkok. It would cost you about 300 Baht.

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When buying a ticket make sure to tell them to drop you at ‘PTT gas station in Trat’. It will take 4 hours from Bangkok to Trat. The van will stop 1 – 2 time to fill gas. Make sure that you come back to the same one, they all look the same! Do not for get to call or send me a message to 081 335 6534, once the van leave.

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The van leave every hour from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm approx. It leaves more often during the rush hour and weekends. Take the morning one, so that you will arrive our farm during the day.

When you get to the gas station, look for a brown Chevrolet pickup truck number 1765. Once we met, I will take you to a local market to buy your own rubber shoes, so that you can comfortably work in our farm during the rainy season. It would cost you about 200 Baht.

Accommodation:
You will have a private room with a private bath room. Do not expect anything luxuries. There will be a desk and a mosquitoes net covering your bed. There are quite a lot of mosquitoes, so be prepared to protect yourself well. There are bed, pillow and blanket, but you can bring your own sleeping bag if you want.

Please clean your room and bathroom when you leave.

We have a washing machine. As it is very humid here in the middle of the year, so try to wear cloth that dry quickly. You are recommend to wear long pants when working in a field, since some grass are very sharp and some weeds are spiky.

Food:
Please let us know if you allergic to any foods. We eat organic brown rice for most meal with vegetable and animal meat. Currently, we still buy some food from outside, but we are working on planting all the food we need.

Hospital:
There is a Bangkok Hospital, Trat Branch located 30 km away from our farm. It is a high standard one, so it comes with a higher price! Therefore, make sure that you have a travel insurance that cover your entire length of stay.

Working hours:
Basically, the work start around 8:00 am (6:30 in our dry season, Feb - April). We will have a 2 hours break in the middle of the day and end the work around 4 or 5:00 pm. It will be longer if we have to finish picking up fruit, but all the field works must be done before 17:00. Because it will be dark by 18:30.

Well, as farmers, weekdays or weekend do not really mean anything to us. We finish work early on Wednesday and Saturday to go shopping at afternoon local market. Feel free to take Sunday as your day off if you want.

Phone and Internet:
We have no telephone line in our farm; however, there is a mobile phone signal in our farm. The closet internet cafe is 10 km away from our farm. So, we would recommend you to purchase a prepaid sim card with an internet package.

Tourist Attraction:
Trad is famous for having many islands, such as Koh Chang and Koh Kood. However, it is not recommended to visit during the rainy season.

There is a big waterfall located about 15 km away from our farm.

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There are many water reservoirs in our area.

Animals:
There are dogs in our farm, which are not friendly at all. They belong to my uncle, who live 900 meter away from my cabin. So, just simply avoid going anywhere near his place without me. Snake, scorpion, bee and other harmful insects are found in our farm. Make sure you turn the light on before entering or leaving your room at night. Also, check your shoes every time before wearing it.

Last but not least, we do not have an official liability release form yet. Therefore, please be aware that these activities are hazardous activities that could lead to serious injuries. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with knowledge of the danger involved, and agree to assume any and all risks of bodily injured or property damaged, whether those risks are known or unknown.

- Smokers allowed

- Internet Access

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