This is a bit of my story, so that you understand the concept of this guesthouse:
I arrived in this village in 2004 for a summer holiday. I volunteer in the akha village and discovered a fantastic new life. It was my first holiday in Thailand.
I felt in love with the family where I was staying. It was like I had always been living there.
In 2005, I decided to take a half year sabbatical and went back there for 6 month.
After 5 month living there, I had the dream that other people can also experience this beautiful akha way of living. I wanted them to be able to come and stay a few days.
I shared this dream with Jems and his family. They agree straight a head and we started the guesthouse in nov 2005, after the harvesting of the rice.
Jems had learnt how to speak a little bit of english during my stay and I knew that anyway even without the language, it would be possible.
Ada (the father) was an expert in building akha houses and there was enough ground around the house.
The project started. We built houses, bathroom, stairs, fences etc... making the space more and more cosy and beautiful, years after years, every time I would come back there.
The entire profit has always been for the family, that’s why you will pay Jems directly on your arrival.
By making this dream come true, this was enough to fulfill me. I have no financial interest and at that time, I invested all my savings to build the place.
Jems and his parents (and now wife and kids), would have a better income and would balance their work in the field with meeting some foreigners, showing their culture and thereby keep it alive.
That’s my story (made short) with my beloved Akha family.
After Denmark, I live now in Singapore since 10 years, I am musician and music teacher.
I manage everything (reservation, organization etc...) from there.
We work together since 10 years, like brothers and sisters.
“ I am doing the bookings, the organization of your stay”
“I won’t be there, you will be in akha life with no white people around ;-)”
“ you can write in french, english, german or danish”
“They don’t speak french over there, they speak only english, thai and akha”
“They don’t know how to write or read english”
“I do this only because of love for my akha family”