A Sample 21-Day Tour Itinerary:
The following itinerary is an example that is based on a three-week (21 day) study tour in Thailand. Its length and focus can be customized to fit the needs of university faculty members, students, and specific course objectives.
Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok
Attend an orientation and briefing on safety, health and emergency planning, and then explore the streets of Bangkok. Attend a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Bangkok
Attend a lecture on Thai business culture, take a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River, and then hear a lecture on Bangkok’s river system.
Day 3: Bangkok
Visit Bangkok’s historic sites, and then visit the local headquarters of a leading multinational company to learn about their CSR business strategies and programs in Thailand.
Day 4: Bangkok
Visit a local university and listen to a lecture on CSR strategies and sustainable business practices in Thailand. Attend a business networking function in the evening.
Day 5: Bangkok
Visit a public relations and communications firm to understand how companies benefit from the market positioning other firms as socially responsible. Attend a briefing at the US Embassy about trade relations between Thailand and the US.
Day 6: Bangkok-Chiang Rai
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. Enjoy a traditional Thai dinner followed by a visit to the night bazaar.
Day 7: Chiang Rai
Visit the key historical and cultural sites of Chiang Rai. Visit the headquarters of a Thai business to learn about sustainable agricultural practices. Make a quick boat trip across the Mekong River to visit a special trade zone of Laos.
Days 9-10: Chiang Rai
Attend a briefing on Thailand’s hill tribes and then trek to a hill-tribe village to spend the night with local families.
Day 11: Chiang Rai-Mae Sai
Visit Tachileik, Myanmar, to observe cross-border trade. Go shopping and visit some local temples, then take a tour of the Hall of Opium Museum to understand the history of opium in the economies of Southeast Asia.
Day 12: Chiang Rai-Bangkok-Pattaya
Fly from Chiang Rai to Bangkok and then take a bus to the vibrant beach community of Pattaya, Thailand.
Day 13: Pattaya
Spend the day exploring the area, spend time at the beach, etc.
Day 14: Pattaya
Visit and observe the impact of economic and touristic growth on the infrastructure, culture environment of the Pattaya area. Listen to the government’s plans for increasing and improving sustainability.
Day 15: Pattaya-Bangkok-Siem Reap
Travel from Pattaya to Bangkok, and then to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Attend a briefing on safety, health and emergency planning, and then explore the streets of Siem Reap. Attend a welcome dinner.
Day 16: Siem Reap
Visit Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. Enjoy dinner with university student peers.
Day 17: Siem Reap
Visit an NGO (charity) that is involved with helping overcome various social issues and challenges faced by the Cambodian people. Hear a lecture by a local organization on NGOs in Cambodia. In the evening attend a local circus that is run as a nonprofit.
Day 18: Siem Reap
Visit to a rural area by bike. Help build vertical gardens for rural families as a service learning project. In the evening participate in a fun Khmer cooking-class/team competition event.
Day 19: Siem Reap-Bangkok
Visit a company that makes fashion wear items in a responsible manner, then fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok.
Day 20: Bangkok
Attend a final debrief and farewell dinner.
Day 21: Bangkok
Check-out of hotel; catch flights home or remain in the region to join another tour, internship, or for personal travel.