Thailand

Thailand, Immerse yourself in it's rich history, tropical beaches and varied cultures.

Exotic, tropical, cultured and rich in history, Thailand radiates a golden hue from its glittering temples to it’s tropical beaches, known world-wide for the warmth of the Thai people and their famous “Thai smile”.

Thailand is Asia’s primary travel destination and offers many opportunities, things to do, places to see, adventure to be had. Despite this vast influx of visitors, Thailand’s cultural integrity remains largely undamaged – a country that avoided colonization has been able to absorb Western influences while maintaining its own rich heritage.

“It’s easy to say that the thing I love most about Thailand is Thai food. But then I’m reminded of that feeling of freedom during a motorcycle trip upcountry. And of the sensory overload of a busy morning market or a night out in Bangkok. And of encounters with history and culture, the new and the old, at just about every turn. Did I mention the white-sand beaches, jungles, ancient ruins and Buddhist temples?”

Austin Bush

Connecting to communities and volunteer opportunities

We work with several different refugee communities in Chang Mai and Chang Rai in northern Thailand.

Mae Hong Son is a remote, mountainous province in Chang Rai in northern Thailand, bordering Myanmar (Burma). Though sparsely populated, it is ethnically diverse and home to hill tribes such as the Shan and Hmong. The capital, also called Mae Hong Son, is a gateway to the region’s hills.

The Karen people or Long Neck Tribe people in the Chang Mai area are subsistence farmers and live in small mountain village, and growing rice and vegetables and raising animals.  They originally come from Karen State in Burma or Myanmar and fled to Thailand to escape persecution and forced labor by the military. They are refugees in Thailand and not allowed to work in the cities. This makes life difficult to earn an income.

visiting with elephants

Thailand fast facts

Official name: Kingdom of Thailand

Location: Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia

Capital: Bangkok

Population: 65 million

Currency: Thai baht (thb)

Languages: Thai

Climate: Thailand’s climate is tropical with a average annual temperature of 82°F and high humidity. There are three distinct seasons – the hot season from March to May, the cool season from November to February and the rainy season from about June to October.

April is the hottest month in Bangkok with an average temperature of 87°F and the coldest is December at 79°F. The mountainous areas in the north have average annual temperatures of 77°F.