WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You'll fly into Bangkok on the Saturday or Sunday before your project begins and you will be met at the airport by a local representative. You will then transfer by bus or taxi to your project site for your placement, approximately 140 km north of Bangkok. In Singburi you will be met by local coordinators who will transfer you to the eco-house. After your orientation week in Singburi, you will then take an overnight bus north to Chiang Rai on the Sunday evening. This is a journey of approximately ten hours and a chance to see Thailand through the eyes of a local!
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
During your time in Singburi, you will be staying in one of three eco-houses. The rooms are twin shared and all the houses have Western style toilets, while one even has an Asian style toilet! You will have access to cool water showers, which you'll find refreshing in the heat of Thailand! There are communal areas for eating, relaxing and meeting your new friends and there is a local shop within walking distance of most of the houses should you feel the need for any additional treats!
Once you reach Chiang Rai, you will stay either in a homestay or in the project centre, depending on availability, but whichever is the case, the accommodation will be very basic. The bathrooms will be traditional style with Asian toilets, and the shower will most likely be a bucket. This is all part of the experience, however, and you'll certainly never forget it! Volunteers are expected to be environmentally aware and use all resources with restraint as well as clean up after themselves and keep the accommodation tidy. You will need to bring a sleeping bag.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
All food is included during your placement, and you will find it to be typically Thai fare. Thai is one of the world's most exciting cuisines, and if you're willing to experiment, you'll be richly rewarded. Contrary to popular belief, not all Thai food is fiery hot and there are plenty of tasty dishes suited to the Western palate. This hybrid cuisine has been influenced by soups and noodle dishes from China, curries from India and satays from Indonesia. Most dishes incorporate four elements, sweet, sour, salty and hot flavours, and many of the dishes are rice or noodle based.