Patricia DeWit

Patricia DeWit

Patricia is a Canadian who grew up near Toronto, and spent many years in Quebec before coming to Bangkok with her family. They came as missionaries, but even that is radically different since she embraced life as a Local.

People love adventure. They are the tourist, the visitor, the Foreigner. The Urban Tox believes that Foreigners in any city can actually become Locals. Patricia, along with her husband and five children, has been a Foreigner living in the crowded embrace of Bangkok since 1991. She spent her first two years devoted to learning the Thai language.

“Even though you speak the language, you never stop being the Foreigner. I can’t be Thai, but I don’t always have to be the visitor. I can be a Local.”

Patricia says that it wasn’t until she started experiencing life as a ‘Local’ that a passion for the city caused crazy changes in how she interacted with Bangkok. What exactly does it take to become a local? How long do you have to live in a place until you are no longer the outsider, the visitor, the tourist? With 20 years of experience Patricia and her friends will give you 5 intense days of The Urban Tox and help you see the world through the eyes of everyday Thais like Khun Su who sells noodles or the maverick architect, Khun Boon. The Urban Tox Adventure dares you to search for a city’s TOX – its high-mobility human gene, its collective pride, its soul, and worldview – and to see how it is part of a global picture that includes you. Your perspective goes from Visitor to Local in a short time. With The Urban Tox you don’t just go into a city but the city will actually get into you!