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 Cambodia. Its length and topical 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
Attend a Thai language class and then listen to a lecture on Thai culture, history and society from a university professor. Attend a presentation on the cuisine of Central Thailand. Participate in a fun cooking-class competition and dinner in the evening.
Day 3: Bangkok
Visit Bangkok’s key historical sites while learning about the culture and history of Thailand. Visit a classical Asian art collection at a local museum.
Day 4: Bangkok
Visit a community that practices three faiths: Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. Then visit an NGO working in the Bangkok slums to learn about some of the challenges of Bangkok’s urban poor.
Day 6: Bangkok-Chiang Mai
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Hear a history lecture on the Lanna Kingdom and visit local historic sites. Attend a presentation on the cuisine of Northern Thailand. Participate in a fun cooking-class and dinner in the evening.
Day 7: Chiang Mai
Listen to a lecture on the Buddhist faith and attend a Buddhist meditation class. Explore the area at leisure in the afternoon. In the evening have dinner with local university students.
Day 8: Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai
Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Visit an elephant camp that rehabilitates elephants.
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.
Day 11: Chiang Rai
Walk across the border bridge into Tachileik, Myanmar, to shop and visit some local temples, then visit the Hall of Opium Museum. Make a quick boat trip across the Mekong River to visit a special trade zone of Laos.
Day 12: Chiang Rai- Siem Reap, Cambodia
Fly from Chiang Rai to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Attend an orientation briefing on safety, health and emergency planning, and then explore the streets of Siem Reap. Attend a welcome dinner.
Day 13: Siem Reap
A free day for students to explore the area, go shopping, etc. Attend a presentation on Khmer cuisine. Participate in a fun cooking-class and dinner in the evening.
Day 14: Siem Reap
Visit a rural village to help build an organic vegetable garden as a hands-on service-learning project. In the afternoon attend a lecture on the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Day 15: Siem Reap
Visit the Angkor temple complex, one of the great wonders of the ancient world. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the city. In the evening attend a local circus that is run as a nonprofit.
Day 17: Siem Reap
Visit an NGO that works with at-risk adolescents. Then visit a local art school to learn about private arts education.
Day 18: Bangkok
Fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok. Spend the evening in a casual peer networking event with students from a local university.
Day 19: Bangkok
Spend the day at leisure exploring other historic and cultural sites such as Jim Thompson’s house, a Hindu temple and a Buddhist wat.
Day 20: Bangkok
Final debrief and farewell dinner.
Day 21: Bangkok-Return Home
Check-out of the hotel; catch flights home, or remain in the region to join another tour, internship, or for personal travel.