Running a homestay in Pua
|NON NA PUA - นอนนา ปัว in Pua, North Thailand|
Running a homestay in Thailand sounds romantic & fun, but that is not the all story. Of course I was warned already for that by friends who have a hotel or guesthouse, but there is pleasure when people love the place, compliment you for the nice room and enjoy the beautiful surroundings here in Pua. One mistake I made is that I was thinking of guests staying a few days. But all our guests are Thai (as here are hardly any foreigner tourists coming to Nan province) and most of them stay only for 1 night. They are on their way to Bo Klua. And having guests staying only 1 night makes it more work and less profitable. We have only 1 room (bungalow) so the advantage is that is easy to manage, but it is also a burden because Thai people like to travel in a small groups with friends & family. So they like to have 2 or 3 rooms and we loose this kind of bookings. And because our homestay is such a small business it is financially not worth to have staff, so you have to do everything yourself, you are the owner, manager, front-office, maid, guest-relation officer and cook. And whatever needs to be done.