Thailand: Khon Kaen - Southeast Asian Studies, Health & Wellness

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The colorful, vibrant country of Thailand is considered the "land of smiles," and for good reason: the friendliness and hospitality of the Thai people, 95 percent of whom are Buddhist, will enrich your experience living there. Khon Kaen is located in the heart of Thailand's northeast region, well known for the high-quality Mud Mee silk.

Historically, Khon Kaen is quite a new town, established a little over two centuries ago. However, prehistorically, this town located on the plateau has been home to various cultures as well as other fascinating creatures unknown to the modern world. The ancient cultures, traditions, and historical sites in this area have all contributed to shaping the local people and culture. Kohn Kaen is the commercial and political center of northeastern Thailand featuring a number of upscale restaurants and hotels, as well as being the largest center of education, healthcare, and technology.

Highlights
  • Study health, wellness, and culture in the heart of northeastern Thailand, rich in natural beauty with civilizations and customs dating back to pre-historic times.
  • Visit nearby mountainous areas and traditional Isan community and neighboring countries, i.e. Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam with good public transportation.
  • Enjoy a wide range of field trips, including a visit to the dinosaur museum, national parks, lakes, traditional communities and nearby provinces bordering Laos.
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient cultural traditions and customs through fairs and festivals year-round in a fast-growing city and a gateway to Indo-China.

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saul
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life in Thailand Khon Kaen!

What can I say choosing to go to Thailand was a unique adventure, there is so much to see there and so much to learn at the same time! When I was looking for which country I should go my top three was Spain, France, and Thailand, I know it might sound crazy but I made that right chose in going to Thailand. In my few months living in Thailand it has been a great expense for me, there is so much that I have learned while living in Khon Kaen. One of my biggest change for me was the foods, mostly all the foods in Thailand is spicy but in my class of Thai language my teacher teach me how to say "no spicy" in Thai for me that was a big help!!! There is so much unique foods that I tasted over there! One of my favorite parts was going to a café, there are so many of them around the university and around the city with each one in a different atmosphere! There is a lot of night markets that I went to and it was fun and it was really fun buying a lot of clothes, books, and other stuff for my family!! Also the next things is that I have meet new friends a long the away while studying in living in Khon Kaen!!! Mean while living in Khon Kaen I travel to a few places like Ko Samui, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. While I was traveling to other place too I meet more friends around the world. Now I keep in touch with them, even though I live across the other side of the world. On my last day it was hard for my to say good bye to my new friends that I meet in the university, but I know that our paths will cross again one day! Over all this program has really opened my eyes and my mind to see how it really is in the world! I don't regret my decision that I made in going over there! For me I have grown as a person being away from my life for the first time and I have learned so much more of what I want to do in the future. Lastly I would recommend to any one that travel abroad is a great choose that they can do in there life, at first it can be hard but once you learn and experience a lot in a new country you'll want to travel again and again.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future students and travelers is have fun and learn as much as you can while being in Thailand! There is so much to do over there and its easy to travel around Thailand, there's bus and cars that you can go travel in near by city! Khon Kaen is a great place to start and then go out and see other city. Don't be afraid of going out of you comfort zone, because I was until I made a big jump and I know now that there is so much to see in the world. Even though it is scary at first but once you are there it changes everything!
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Cora
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The most unique experience

I had no idea what to expect coming to a rising city in the northeastern part of Thailand. What beauty and goodness this part of the world will bring to anyone’s life. I can’t believe I overlooked this program to begin with- went with my gut to study somewhere a bit more “out there”. I am so thrilled I chose to be here and cannot believe all the amazing things I’ve learned since arriving. Khon Kaen is authentic- it is real Thailand! There’s so many opportunities to get involved with the locals, meet people on campus, adventure to neighboring countries, and get to know the city. Endless cafes and study spaces, friendly people, and the best food you’ll ever taste. Although it’s not so well known as a common destination in Thailand, makes it all the more special getting to know an area so raw and real and untouched by mass tourism. Can’t reccomend this place enough!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get involved with local events, crafting, activities! There’s so many easily accessible hiking and outdoor areas by bus, cities not too far, and Khon Kaen in general to explore. With a little planning you can see so many amazing things in this part of Thailand.