Understanding the concept of responsible travel is vital to having a successful cultural journey in northeast Thailand. It’s not just about ensuring your safety; it’s about preparing your mind so you can interact with local people and communities on a whole other level. Our mission is to provide authentic immersion into northeastern Thai culture, while ensuring we preserve Isaan heritage and the daily customs people live by. For us to maintain sustainable projects in the area it is paramount that young people on our programs respect this duty we have.
It’s always a good idea to have background knowledge on the destination you’re travelling to. The more time you take to learn about Thailand and what life is like for people before you leave, the more you will be able to appreciate the culture and customs once you’re here. We ask that all program participants read the pre-departure information provided by YESasia carefully before arrival and maintain awareness of what behavior is appropriate and expected from them.
We also advise program participants to familiarize themselves with travel information provided by their homeland government, particularly any advisories issued by consulates.
CONSULATES & TRAVEL ADVISORIES
Government consulates provide up-to-date travel advice, including precautions you should consider based on a country’s typical living environment and the behavior of its local people. Remember the news in your home country will not always talk about stories from every country worldwide and it’s always good to have a basic understanding of recent events before arrival. Thailand has a history of political unrest that at times has caused conflict in certain regions of the country.
Government consulates also provide real-time advice on how to react to new events as they happen, known as advisories. These are useful because they provide reliable information from your own country’s government from an international perspective. Advisories can help prepare you for changing circumstances as they occur. They can also give you useful tips on how you should react to such circumstances whilst abroad.