The architecture of the houses and the lifestyle of the villagers are influenced by the geography, the climate, as well as the social aspect of each region. This reflects the wisdom of the Thai in the olden days.
The terrain of the Northeast is mainly highlands and the soil quality is not so good. It is difficult for agricultural activities in this region, therefore, the people tend to be less wealthy than in other regions of the country. This means that houses are relatively simple and small compared to other regions and mostly elevated up from the ground. The spaces on the ground floor are used to store food and fermented products such as fish.
The culture of the people in the Northeast is influenced by the culture of the Tai-Laos minority. The villagers are joyous people and love to gather together and eat to celebrate weddings or other occasions. It is an open community where there are no fences and people often help, share food with each other.