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Summer Abroad Thailand

Climate Resilience in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

  • Dates – TBD
  • Max Enrollment – 32
  • Taught In – English
  • Prerequisites – No
  • Academic Area – Community & Regional Development; Landscape Architecture

Program Overview

Come discover why Bangkok, Thailand is considered ‘the Venice of the East’ by exploring the significance of water in the culture, design and planning of this Southeast Asian mega-city. During your time in Bangkok, you will explore the ways that conceptualizations of water in Thai culture has informed policy, planning, and design of the city and the implications of that decision-making on future climate resilience. We will examine vernacular building techniques that enabled the Thai people to adapt to living in an active tidal estuary, as well as more recent Westernized strategies of water management (and their impacts) within the city. Kayaking through ‘klongs,’ urban agricultural tours and a community-wide water fight will be all part of the experience.

Program Contacts

Program Highlights

  • Collaborate with Thai students and instructors at the Chulalongkorn School of Environmental Design.
  • Explore the ‘amphibious’ lifestyle of floating markets and open canals.
  • Tour UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the former capital, Ayutthaya.
  • Experience real Thai food at street vendors and market stalls (some Michelin-rated)!
  • Ride a tuk-tuk weaving through the crowded streets of Bangkok.

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