Uniquely Local: Homestay Destinations In Asia | Clozette

Looking for ways to experience Asia without hurting your pockets? Ditch the expensive hotels and try out homestay instead. Homestays are a type of lodging typically run by local families in the area. They offer modest amenities like rooms and home-cooked food that will allow you to relax and have a unique local experience. What’s great about a homestay is that they can offer travellers a more authentic and immersive experience than the more popular alternative accommodations for cheap. 

A Japanese house

Asia has the cosiest homestays, and they come in various types to suit your preferences. Not all homestays are set in a local family’s actual home. Some operate like boutique hotels, offering you your own cottage or rooms where you can enjoy your privacy. If you’re in for an even more immersive experience, there are lodgings set in farms that require visitors to help with chores in exchange for accommodation.

Want to try out these one-of-a-kind accommodations? Head off to these top homestay destinations in Asia for travellers looking for a more meaningful experience. 

Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Shirakawa is one of the must-visit homestay destinations in Asia. Have a unique experience in homestays like this traditional-style Shimizu Inn.

Shimizu Inn, a homestay in Shirakawa Village. (Photo from: shimizu-inn.com)

Because of the hospitality of its people, Japan is one of the most popular homestay destinations in Asia. Family-run accommodations are littered all across the country, but if you want a more rural experience, try homestays in Shirakawa. Listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, the small village is known for its thatched-roof houses. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Japan by staying a few days in the traditional-style Shimizu Inn. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience just taking in the mesmerising terraced rice fields in this quaint historical destination.

Lugu, Nantou County, Taiwan

For all nature lovers out there, travelling the off-the-beaten track of Lugu in Nantou County is a must. You’ll be in awe as you witness an ecological paradise. Be one with nature and trek under the towering bamboo trees in Xitou Nature Education Area. After embarking on your excursion during the day, rest your soles in a homestay like Ting Tau Garden Bungalow. For dinner, you can have a taste of local cuisines made with fresh and wild ingredients.

Don Daeng Island, Laos

Escape the fast-paced hustle and bustle of city life by visiting Laos. Because the country's relatively remote, it remains one of the top homestay destinations in Asia. Take a break by catching a boat ride to Don Daeng. The small island is located across the Mekong River and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find peace by biking around Don Daeng’s tranquil environment and exploring ancient temples and ruins. If you want a more memorable travel experience, try out homestay program in the village of Ban Hua. The program set up by their local tourism office is an opportunity to actually get to know the villagers who’ll also make you feel right at home.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Not quite ready yet to wander off to remote corners of Asia? Try the many homestays in major cities like Hanoi first. Aside from visiting just the famous attractions, get to know a different side of Hanoi by staying with a local family. Lodgings like Hanoi Old Quarter Homestay combine an authentic family experience with the comforts of a private accommodation. The family who runs the homestay will gladly show to the hidden charms of the city only known to locals. 

Spending time in homestays pushes you to go beyond your limits. The key is to ease yourself in by trying out ones you’re more comfortable with. Whatever type of homestay you choose, rest assured that your hosts will always be there if you need any help or recommendations when you explore. 

(Photo from: shimizu-inn.com)

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Before Paris Hilton and the Kardashians, there was Gloria Vanderbilt. Born in one of the wealthiest and most well-known families in America, Gloria can be considered a princess in her own right. Her personal life was narrated in newspaper headlines even at a young age. She was a prominent figure in high society back in her heyday during the 1940s until the '70s. Some even speculated that Truman Capote based Holly Golightly, the eccentric heroine of his novel Breakfast at Tiffany's, on her. But between all the partying and lavish spending, Gloria became more than just a socialite but also a notable fashion designer and style icon.

Her most iconic legacy is marketing and co-designing the Murjani Jeans for women, which in the mid-1970s was groundbreaking as most denim designs were cut to fit the male silhouette. After airing a catchy commercial, the jeans were an instant hit. By the 1980s, her denim line was a best-seller — even beating Calvin Klein at one point.

On 17 June 2019, Gloria Vanderbilt passed at age 95. To celebrate her contribution to fashion, we listed the top six timeless style tips that we can learn from this style icon's best looks. 

Cat eye glasses are always classy

No matter what era it is, cat eye glasses can give you that sassy yet classy flair. This versatile piece can also work with any outfit, from formal dresses to modern, casual looks.

Ruffles in the right places

Ruffles had their comeback moment last year, but Gloria Vanderbilt shows us that a little ruffle is always a welcome choice. Adding funky details to an elegant ensemble will always make it more interesting.

Maxi dresses with boat necklines are a classic

Want to sport a sexy and classy look? Go for Gloria's tried-and-tested formula: boat necklines matched with maxi hemlines. It's a timeless ensemble that can still work in 2019.

Chic statement jewellery works wonders

Sometimes, all you need is a set of chic statement jewellery to spice up your look. Even the most basic gowns can be transformed with the right accessory.

Mini shoulder pads can also look glam

Even though we also love the strong, oversized shoulder pads, we can't deny that there's a certain elegance in wearing the more subtle version. 

Turtlenecks will always be a staple

Sleek turtlenecks will always be a style staple that anyone can rock. You can pair them with jeans, slacks or even a pair of shorts and they will still look sophisticated.

(Cover photo from: @gloriavanderbilt)