A Sample 21-Day Tour Itinerary
The following itinerary is an example that is based on a three-week (21 day) study tour of Thailand and Cambodia. It can be customized to fit the needs of university faculty members, students, and specific course objectives. The length of the tour can also be amended, as can the specific list of learning activities (see list below).
Day 1: Bangkok
Attend an orientation briefing on safety, health and emergency planning, and then explore the streets of Bangkok. Attend a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Bangkok
Visit to the Thai Ministry of Public Health. After lunch, make a field visit to the UN AIDs Regional Office. Meet local life sciences student peers from local universities in a casual dinner setting.
Day 3: Bangkok
Visit Bangkok’s key historical sites while learning about the culture and history of Thailand. Then visit a Medical Massage Therapy Clinic. Attend a presentation on the cuisine of Central Thailand. Participate in a fun cooking-class competition and dinner in the evening.
Day 4: Bangkok
Make a field visit to a Thai NGO and listen to a presentation on Family Planning, Social Enterprise & Education Reform. Enjoy a lunch at their nonprofit restaurant while learning about the history of population control in Thailand. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 6: Bangkok-Chiang Mai
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. In the afternoon and evening attend a presentation on the cuisine of Central Thailand. Participate in a fun cooking-class competition and dinner.
Day 6: Chiang Mai
Attend a lecture at Chiang Mai University on the topic of Community-Based Treatment for People Who Use Drugs. After lunch, make a field trip to a local NGO to learn about female migrant health. Meet local life sciences students from local universities in a casual dinner setting.
Day 7: Chiang Mai
Attend a Buddhist meditation class and learn about the positive effects of meditation on mental and physical health, and how this is practiced in Thailand. In the afternoon visit the historic sites of the area.
Day 8: Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai
Take a bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, stopping on the way to visit to an elephant camp that rehabilitates elephants. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Days 9-10: Chiang Rai
Attend a briefing on Thailand’s hill tribes, then trek to a hill-tribe village to spend the night with local families as part of a project run by a local NGO. Learn about the healthcare challenges faced by the local villages.
Day 11: Chiang Rai
Visit to the Opium Museum and learn about the history of opium in Thailand and Asia. Understand its role in traditional medicine. Make a quick boat trip across the Mekong River to visit the special economic zone in Laos.
Day 12: Chiang Rai to Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The group will fly to Bangkok where from they will catch a flight to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Attend an orientation briefing on safety, health and emergency planning, and then explore the streets of the city.
Day 13: Phnom Penh
Attend a lecture on the Khmer Rouge Genocide and visit the Killing Fields. Then attend a presentation on the Overview of Public Health in Cambodia by the Ministry of Public Health. In the evening attend a fun Khmer cooking-class competition and dinner.
Day 14: Phnom Penh
Visit a local public hospital to learn about the challenges of public healthcare delivery in Cambodia. In the afternoon attend a lecture by the local UN WHO office on health priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Day 15: Phnom Penh
Spend the day at leisure. In the evening enjoy a dinner cruise on the Mekong River with local life sciences student peers from local universities.
Day 13: Phnom Penh-Siem Reap
Fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, a medium size city in Cambodia and home to Angkor Wat. In the evening enjoy a tuk-tuk ride around the city and then enjoy a group dinner.
Day 17: Siem Reap
Attend a lecture by the Provincial Health Office on the topic of Communicable Disease Control in Rural Areas. In the afternoon enjoy a networking event with local nursing and medical school students.
Day 18: Siem Reap
Make a field trip to the Angkor temple complex – one of the great wonders of the ancient world. In the afternoon make a field trip to a Malaria Border Control Office to learn about controlling malaria on the Thai-Cambodian border.
Day 19: Siem Reap
Participate in a service-learning activity by helping build organic vegetable gardens for rural families. Learn about the impact of micro-donations on the rural poor. In the afternoon visit a local charity-run hospital that provides free healthcare for adolescents.
Day 20: Siem Reap–Bangkok
Fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok. Final debrief and farewell dinner.
Day 21: Bangkok
Check-out of the hotel; catch flights home, or remain in the region to join another tour, internship, or for personal travel.