The research site is in a small tourist town in the “Golden Triangle,” the area along the Mekong River where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. An hour’s drive south is Chiang Rai, home to Buddhist temples, markets, and other attractions. Hiking trips to nearby hill tribe villages can be arranged, along with talks on Thai culture and performances of hill tribe dances.
Thailand's weather is dry and hot in the winter and wet and humid in the summer. The research site where you’ll be working is in the jungle where insects are plentiful. Volunteers are urged to wear insect repellent and sunscreen.
Thai culture is welcoming and hospitable, and Thais will often go out of their way to accommodate strangers. Buddhism is the predominant religion in Thailand, and Buddhist customs must be respected at all times. English is not widely understood, even in large cities, but project staff members are fluent in English and most restaurants have English menus.