As you find out more about Thailand, we think you'll agree that Thailand has something for everyone.
Whether you're looking for a year of rural introspection or the bright-lights excitement of Bangkok, Thailand will not disappoint. It is the variety of lifestyle in Thailand that keeps visitors here longer than initially planned. The lifestyle you have will depend to a large extent on where you choose to work. However, there are a number of things such as the people, the culture, the food , and the weather that are reasonably constant across Thailand.
Thai people have a reputation for being friendly and welcoming and the Thai smile is certainly one of the first things you notice when arriving here. As you spend more time here, you'll discover more of the complexities and subtleties of Thai society, but your interactions with Thai people will be overwhelmingly positive. Thai people's tendency to focus on the present gives rise to a wonderful sense of fun and playfulness. This can occasionally lead to frustrations when looking for western-style planning and efficiency but it gives everyday interactions a level of warmth and friendliness lacking in the West.
Thai culture is a unique mix of Thai, Khmer, Mon, Indian and Chinese traditions and beliefs. The culture is underpinned by the national religion, Buddhism, which informs many of the rituals and conventions of life in the Kingdom. Respect for age and position and preference for non-confrontation also give Thailand a somewhat anachronistic feel for visiting Westerners.
A highlight of anybody's stay in Thailand is the food. Thai food has become recognized worldwide as a wonderfully varied cuisine. Thai food uses a mix of fresh herbs and spices creating contrasting sweet, sour and spicy combinations. In terms of variety and quality, the street food in Thailand is as good as anywhere in the world. Although the different regions have their own specialties, wherever you are in Thailand, you can be sure to find good food 24 hours a day!