What is a Farmstay?

A quick guide to cheap and unique overnight accommodations
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Phong Nha Farmstay, Vietnam

A farmstay is a form of agritourism in which a traveler visits a working farm and either helps with chores, pays or does both in exchange for an overnight stay.

The farmstay experience varies greatly and many travel guides warn that they aren’t for everyone, but a common theme is the genuine rural experience that travelers can’t find in a chain hotel. There are Farmstays all over the world; the arrangement has been prevalent in Europe and Australia for a while and is now beginning to see popularity in the U.S.

Each farm offers a different experience based on their specialty. Depending on where you stay, the farms could teach you about everything from cheese making to animal photography and whether or not you have to get your hands dirty depends on that farm's culture. Schedules and accommodations are different too, it’s important to know all the details before you go.

There are family-friendly farms which will teach children about animals and there are farms reserved for adults, so they can relax and enjoy the outdoors. Some places will take care of meals, others will not, but most offer breakfast. Price per night varies greatly, as well.

Thinking about doing a farmstay? Take a look at the links below.

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If you value privacy and independence, a farmstay might not be the best choice for you, but if you want a one-of-a-kind look at local rural culture and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, a farmstay could be a great choice.

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