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 and Vietnam. Its length and focus can be customized to fit the needs of university faculty members, students, and specific course objectives.
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. In the evening attend a networking event with local university students from the fields of nursing and medicine.
Day 3: Bangkok
Visit Bangkok’s key historical sites. 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 5: 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 & 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 with STEM students from a local university, make a field trip to a local NGO to learn about female migrant health.
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 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. Visit a local health clinic and learn about Thailand’s universal healthcare program.
Day 12: Chiang Rai to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Fly to Bangkok to catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Attend an orientation briefing on safety, health and emergency planning, and then explore the streets of Ho Chi Minh.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the Provincial Health Committee office to learn about universal healthcare in Vietnam. In the evening attend a fun Vietnamese cooking-class competition and dinner.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit a local public hospital to learn about the challenges of public healthcare in Vietnam. In the afternoon visit the local office of a nonprofit clinic providing free community HIV testing and treatment.
Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City
Visit the UNFPA Office to learn about reproductive health and safe motherhood programs. In the afternoon and evening spend time with nursing and other STEM students from a local university.
Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi
Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital that is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture. In the evening have dinner with student peers to get to know the city and the culture of northern Vietnam.
Day 17: Hanoi
Visit the historical sites of Hanoi. In the afternoon visit a local NGO to learn about their community-based sexual and reproductive health services. Spend the evening at leisure.
Day 18: Hanoi
Visit a local private hospital to learn about the cross-cultural elements of delivering healthcare in Vietnam. Then attend a lecture by the Hanoi medical school on harm reduction programs that prevent HIV, TB, and malaria. Attend a networking event with local medical and other STEM students.
Day 19: Hanoi
Visit the Vietnam Ministry of Health to learn about national policies and programs on public healthcare. In the afternoon make a field trip to the UNAIDs Country Office to learn about eliminating AIDs in Vietnam.
Day 20: Hanoi-Bangkok
Fly from Hanoi 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.