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Dress. For ladies it is very important to dress well. You should always cover your shoulders and avoid short tops. When you arrive, observe how the Thai women are dressed, and this will be your example. The weather can be very humid, so think linen trousers and thin shirts. Men should follow a similar dress code. They should not wear vests or very short shorts .
Accommodation. This will differ depending on the program, however in general the electricty is good and showering is by use of a bucket. Some places will have a western toilet but otherwise it will be a drop-hole style toilet. It will take some getting used to but it's really not as bad as it sounds!
Food. The staple food Thai people eat at least once a day is rice. Noodles, soups, meat and seafood, and fruit make up the rest of their diet. In the first 3 to 4 weeks, many western people are affected from the change in their diet. Do not worry as your body will adjust quickly to the new, delicious food! There are no such traditions when it comes to eating. Food is eaten either with a spoon and fork or chopsticks. It is OK if you don't like the food you are given, just make sure you tell your host or you will get it again!
No matter what kind of problem you have, you should never hesitate to contact us. We will always try to be of help and to minimise misunderstandings and misinterpretations. We want you to have an experience where you feel comfortable and accepted in the culture and your program.
A little guidance for when you are in Thailand
It is not always easy to enter into a different culture, to feel accepted, welcomed, and not lonely, but here in Thailand, Move Lanna strives to help you every step of the way.
The most important thing you can do in a new place and during your time is to show your interest for the culture and language. Try to involve yourself in activities such as the cooking, washing or playing. You will learn the language faster and you will be in direct contact with the people and the community.
Thailand is full of vibrant and exciting festivals throughout the year. One in particular is Songkran festival, which happens all over Thailand, to celebrate the beginning fo the new year in the Thai calendar. Chiang Mai is said to have one of the most intense celebrations, resembling a three-day water fight, and pretty much anything goes!
As well as this, in the north of Thailand, festivals such as Salakapat and Loy Krathong. Salakapat is a tradition in the Northern temples during Buddhist lent, where offerings are given to the temples, which in turn help to raise money for temple maintenance. Loy Krathong is celebrated across Thailand but is most known in Chiang Mai., and is celebrated on the full moon of the twelth month in the Thai lunar calendar. The festival features beautifully illuminated lanterns and colourful flower offerings which are floated down the river.
We cannot do these festivals justice just be describing them, you must come and see for yourselves!
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