Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 2 - 4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Western toilet Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Mosquito protection No
  • Fan Yes
  • Air conditioning Yes

Program & Schedule

Match your enthusiasm for photography with the knowledge and experience of a professional who can provide you with practical tips for application, as well as theoretical foundations, that will help you to improve your level of skill and understanding. This is experiential learning, not just listening to how it is all done, so get ready. In no time at all you will go from beginner to amateur photographer!

You will spend about 4 hours per day, for three of your program days, with an experienced photographer. You will be visiting various locations in the area, which will provide the beautiful backdrop of Thai culture and landscape as ample opportunity to capture the real-feel of this magnificent country. As you explore local markets, museums and temples, you will be able to shoot images that will provide unique snapshots of your time here. Photos that will help you demonstrate all the new mix or art and skills you have acquired.

Aims & Objectives

  • Gain increased knowledge of Photography theory
  • Develop your Photography skills through hands on activity
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local Thai customs, history, art and culture

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Free time to settle in
  • Lunch
  • Floating rafts on the lake
  • Dinner
  • Night Market

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Photography Theory Lesson
  • Rice field: Shoot landscape view and models
  • Visit Temple Tham Khong Pen
  • Visit Phu Pha Noi Mountain
  • Lunch
  • Photo Retouch Session
  • Dinner
  • Enjoy one of the area’s largest Night Markets

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Day trip to Nong Khai
  • Wat Aranyabanpot to view local paintings and temple art
  • Nong Khai Museum
  • Lunch
  • Explore the local market and meet local people
  • Sunset Boat Cruise to friendship bridge
  • Pizza Dinner back in

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Photography Workshop
  • Visit Temple Mahashai
  • Visit Erawan Cave
  • Lunch at the Resort
  • Photo Retouch Session
  • Learn to cook Isaan Food
  • Enjoy the dinner you have made

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Cho Faa Mountain for photo opportunity
  • Lunch
  • Free time: enjoy a local in-town swimming pool
  • Photo Retouch Session
  • Goodbye  BBQ & Campfire Dinner
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Arrival

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

About 40 minutes outside of Udon Thani is where you will find our accommodation, in the town of Nong Bua Lamphu. Around 200 years ago, this town with a population of more than 21,000, was established by Lao people from the left side of Mekong River, but it was once was part of the province of  Udon Thani. In 1993, the province of Nong Bua Lamphu,with its more than 500,000 residents, was established as one of the country’s newest provinces.

Locals in the town of Nong Bua Lamphu are mainly engaged in agricultural activities with rice and sugarcane farming. Unlike many of the other markets you might visit in Thailand, you will not see throngs of tourists at the night market. It is usually patronized by locals and a few expats residing in the area. Even though the city is not an illogical stop for people traveling from Laos to Thailand. There are also many attractions in the area such as Ban Chiang, a site noted by the Unesco World heritage list as one of the most important archaeological destinations in Southeast Asia,other places of interest include the Red Lotus Sea, Fossil Museum, Kaeng Khut Khu Rapid and loads of national parks and viewpoints.

You will be staying in a local guesthouse that will provide the mix of comfort with the feel of  an artistic retreat. It has hot showers, western toilets and separate rooms for male and female participants, all within in a delightful community setting.

Food Arrangements

A variety of Thai style dishes (vegetarian and fish) will be served. Mostly rice dishes will be provided in addition to fruits and vegetables, on a few occasions meat may be available too.

Facilities

There are ATMs and small local stores about a 20 minute walk away, but there will be opportunities to visit larger stores, pharmacies, local markets, etc., to meet any of your basic travel needs, via transportation from the accommodation.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Red Lotus Sea

Fossil Museum,

Kaeng Khut Khu Rapids

Loei

Khon Kaen

Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai

Vientiane, Laos

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Kingdom of Thailand        

Population:        67 million

Capital:        Bangkok

Language:        Thai

Currency:        Baht (THB)

Time zone:        ICT (UTC +7)

Country Information

From trekking in the beautiful mountains of the north to enjoying the glorious beaches in the south and  experiencing the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that is Bangkok, Thailand is certainly not a country that lacks variety.

Whilst it really is at the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, its cultural identity remains very unique. As the only country in Southeast Asia to avoid European powers, the Thai are proud to refer to themselves as ‘The Land of the Free’ and many tourists might also know it as ‘The Land of Smiles’ due to its friendly people.

Thailand has a constitutional monarchy currently headed by Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Rama X and governed by a military junta (National Council for Peace and Order). The Thai monarchy - especially the King - remains an incredibly important part of Thai culture and is held in the highest respect.

Climate

The majority of the country is home to a tropical savanna climate which consists of wet and dry seasons of a roughly equal length. The climate can be divided into three distinct seasons:

  • Dry season: November - end of February. During this period, precipitation is at its lowest but so are the temperatures. This said, ‘low temperatures’ are of course relative and the difference is not in fact very different at all in the South. It is only if you will be visiting the northern mountains that you might need to bring some warmer clothes as temperatures can fall as low as 5°C. This period is, not surprisingly, the most popular time to visit Thailand and tourism peaks around Christmas and New Year as well as Chinese New year. Flights and accommodation at this time can be more expensive.
  • Hot: March to June. During this time Thailand reaches its hottest temperatures (as high as 50°C).
  • Rainy: July - October. This is when the tropical monsoons begin to arrive, peaking in September. Although this is indeed rainy season, it doesn’t mean that it rains non-stop. Storms can clear up very quickly, but when it does rain, heavy flooding is not rare.

Culture

A significant feature of Thai culture is its primary religion: Buddhism. Theravada Buddhism is supported by the government and practiced by an estimated 95% of its population. Thailand not only boasts tens of thousands of beautiful temples, but you will notice that a lot of Thai people have miniature Spirit Houses on their front yards because they believe that the household spirits live in them and they make offerings to them to keep the spirits happy.

Another feature of Thai culture is the wai greeting, which is essentially a slight bow with palms pressed together in a prayer-like manner to show respect. This can be compared to the Indian namasté. Things to know about this:

  • The higher the hands in relation to the face and the deeper the bow, the more respect is shown.
  • It is made before formally entering/leaving a house
  • It can also be made as a sign of gratitude or apology
  • You do not make the greeting to those who are younger than you unless you are returning the wai.
  • The gesture is normally accompanied with the phrase “sawadee (krap/ka)” (“krap” if you are  male and “ka” if you are female)
  • A corporate wai (made by cashiers etc) can be returned with a smile or a nod

The major festival in Thailand is Thai New Year, known as Songkran. It is celebrated on the 13th-14th April of every year. It is a festival that concludes the dry season and involves a lot of water throwing!

Gastronomy

Thai cuisine is very nutritious and alongside its plentiful use of rice, it generally contains fresh vegetables and white meats like chicken and fish. Thai people love spicy food but do not fear if you do not, just say ‘mai pet’ when you order. However, the flavors are not only about the spice, as many people believe. Thai food can be slightly salty, sour and/or sweet, so there really is something to suit everyone’s palate.