This blog has been created for students participating in the 2014 University of Minnesota learning abroad course Families and Healthcare in Thailand. Students and professors will share pictures and stories about our experiences in Chiang Mai, Chiangrai, and Bangkok. Please join us as we learn about Thai families, culture, and healthcare.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
we first landed in Bangkok, the feeling of being 8,000 plus miles away from
home did not hit me. To my surprise, I felt very much at home aside from the occasional
swifts of sewer smells. It wasn’t until we arrived to Chiang Mai that I felt
disconnected and detached from home. This is because unlike Bangkok’s city atmosphere, Chiang Mai is filled with a traditional and natural atmosphere with
coconut trees around every corner…well, almost every corner.
both cities brought different feelings within me, my impression of the people
of Thailand remains the same. One thing that particularly captured my attention
about the Thai people is their knowledge of the English language. Before coming
to Thailand, I truly believed language would be my biggest barrier to indulging
its culture. However, I was proven wrong. Many Thailand natives not only understood
English, but spoke it as well. And although their English was not perfect, it
motivated me to communicate with them in English.
would be premature of me to say that surprises of the Thai people are of the