Flight Itinerary for May Term Thailand X

We will again be taking EVA Air from SLC to BKK via SFO and TPE, and via TPE and SFO on the way home. It will be approximately 20 hours in the air. We will be in coach, and the flights are usually full. But the 747s and 777s are big and comfortable, with free meals, food, drinks, blankets, headphones, slippers, and personal entertainment centers.

Please note that the flights this year are a bit different than in previous years.

Here are the details of our flight itinerary for the trip:

Salt Lake City to Bangkok, Thailand

Time (all times are local)

Monday, May 14, 2018 Alaska Airlines AS 743 Salt Lake City (SLC) Dep 6:15 am
San Francisco (SFO) Arr 7:09 am
Duration 1:54

Monday, May 14, 2018 EVA Airways BR 7 San Francisco (SFO) Dep 1:00 pm
Taipei (TPE) Arr 5:10 pm (May 15)
Duration 13:10

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 EVA Airways BR 61 Taipei (TPE) Dep 10:30 pm
Bangkok (BKK) Arr 1:10 am (May 16)
Duration 3:40

Bangkok, Thailand to Salt Lake City

Time (all times are local)

Sunday, June 10, 2018 EVA Airways BR 212 Bangkok (BKK) Dep 12:20 pm
Taipei (TPE) Arr 5:10 pm
Duration 3:50

Sunday, June 10, 2018 EVA Airways BR 18 Taipei (TPE) Dep 7:40 pm
San Francisco (SFO) Arr 4:10 pm
Duration 11:30

Sunday, June 10, 2018 Alaska Airlines AS 3450 San Francisco (SFO) Dep 7:05 pm
Salt Lake City (SLC) Arr 9:50 pm
Duration 1:45

Tentative Itinerary for May Term Thailand X

Here is the tentative itinerary for May Term Thailand X. Please note that this is subject to change.

Date Activity


May 14 Depart SLC, UT for Bangkok, Thailand  Flight information can be found here.
May 15 In Transit
May 16 Arrive in Bangkok (very early morning)

Orientation and information session

Welcome Dinner

Hotel: Marvel Hotel, Bangkok (2 nights)
May 17 Depart Bangkok for Buriram

Arrive in Buriram

Educational tour of Bamboo School

Hotel: Cabbages & Condoms Resort, Buriram (2 nights)
May 18 Visit village development projects

Tour of Phanom Rung Historical Park

May 19 Depart Buriram

Arrive in Kalasin

Welcoming ceremony

Kalasin lodgings will consist of homestays within the village in local homes. Homes vary from very traditional Thai to modern Thai homes. All homes were screened and selected and most have been used the last seven years. (5 nights)
May 20 Village project and activities
May 21 Village project and activities
May 22 Village project and activities
May 23 Village project and activities
May 24 Depart Kalasin for Sukhothai

Arrive in Sukhothai

Hotel: Le Charme Sukhothai Resort, Sukhothai (1 night)
May 25 Sightseeing at Sukhothai Historical Park

Depart Sukhothai for Chiang Mai

Hotel: Suriwongse Hotel, Chiang Mai (1 night)
May 26 Depart Chiang Mai for Chiang Rai

Golden Triangle

 Hotel: TBA (1 night)
May 27 Depart Chiang Rai for Chiang Mai

Wat Rong Khun

Hotel: Suriwongse Hotel, Chiang Mai (1 night)
May 28 Depart Chiang Mai for Ban Tung Ting

Arrive in Ban Tung Ting

Welcoming ceremony

Stay at school in village, usually in separate common rooms segregated by sex. (4 nights)

Transportation to village will be via school pickup trucks over 4-wheel drive roads.

May 29 Village project and activities
May 30 Village project and activities
May 31 Village project and activities
June 1 Depart Ban Tung Ting for Chiang Mai

Visit Obluang National Park

Arrive in Chiang Mai

Transportation from village will be via school pickup trucks over 4-wheel drive roads

Hotel: Suriwongse Hotel, Chiang Mai (2 nights)

June 2 Sightseeing in Chiang Mai
June 3 Depart Chiang Mai for Kamphaeng Phet

Arrive in Kamphaeng Phet

Hotel: Chakungrao Riverview Hotel, Kamphaeng Phet (1 night)
June 4 Depart Kamphaeng Phet for Bangkok

Visit HIV/AIDS Hospice, Lop Buri

Arrive in Bangkok

Hotel: Marvel Hotel, Bangkok (1 night)
June 5 Depart Bangkok for Ko Samet

Arrive Ko Samet

Hotel: Sai Kaew Beach Resort (3 nights)

Transportation via Speedboat to Ko Samet

June 6 Free Day Optional activity: snorkeling (approximately $50 for 6 hours)
June 7 Free Day
June 8 Depart Ko Samet for Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok

Transportation via Speedboat from Ko Samet

Hotel: Marvel Hotel, Bangkok (2 nights)

June 9 Free day in Bangkok

Farewell Dinner

June 10 Depart Bangkok for SLC, UT

Arrive in SLC, UT

 Flight information can be found here.


Vietnam is a very popular choice for travelers to Southeast Asia, and for good reason. It’s very cheap to travel there, the people are welcoming, the locale is breathtaking, the cities are vibrant, the culture is unique, the history is complex, and the food is amazing. There is a pretty good travel infrastructure in most of Vietnam, so it’s quite easy to travel there. And there’s something there for just about everyone: the culture buffs, the beach bum, the adventure traveler, the foodie, the city explorers, shoppers….

Getting there – I suggest flying to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) from Bangkok. Flights are relatively inexpensive (roughly $40 one way on a discount airline). From Hanoi, you can then fly or take a train to Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City, and then fly back to Bangkok. Air Asia, Nok Air, and Jetstar all fly from Bangkok to several Vietnamese cities. Please keep in mind that many of these flights depart from Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, not Suvarnabhumi Airport, the airport we arrive and depart from. It’s anywhere from 45 – 90 minute drive via taxi or shuttle bus between the two airports, depending on traffic, so keep this in mind if you are arriving in Bangkok and departing for the US on the same day. Continue reading Vietnam

For Those Staying Afterwards….

For students who are planning on staying afterwards and traveling on your own, here is some advice on where to go, getting around, visas and passports, and other sundry comments.

Where to go and for how long?

Bangkok is a great base for travel to a number of places. Within a one hour flight, you can reach Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Chiang Mai, Southern Thailand, and Northern Malaysia. Within a two hour flight, you can reach Singapore and the rest of Malaysia, as well as parts of China. Within a four hour flight, you can reach a number of places, including Bali, the Philippines, Indonesia, more of China….. Continue reading For Those Staying Afterwards….

May Term Thailand X FAQs


Family and friends of May Term Thailand participants have asked us many questionsabout this trip. Questions such as what we’re going to do, how we’re going to stay safe and healthy, and why we’re going to Thailand are some of what is asked of me. These are very important questions for friends and family, knowing that we’re going so far away to a country that is so different. So to answer some of these questions, I have compiled a little FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) post here. If you have any further questions, please feel free to comment on this post, and I can answer those questions as well.

What is the purpose of this course? Why do we do this?

Continue reading May Term Thailand X FAQs

More Details on Registration for May Term Thailand X

Here are a few more details on registration for May Term Thailand X for May 2018:

  • Registration for seniors (90+ credits) and juniors (60-89 credits) begins on Tuesday, October 24th at 7:30 AM. All other undergraduate students can register beginning at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, October 25th. Registration will be online through Self-Service (the same as registration for any other classes).
  • IMPORTANT! If you have a registration hold for any reason (student accounts, library, etc.), you will not be able to register for any May Term trips! Please check your Self-Service account and make sure you don’t have a registration hold. If you do, please clear it and confirm that it’s clear prior to October 24th so you can register!
  • If the trip is full by the time you register,  you will automatically be placed on a wait list. I know it’s disappointing that you aren’t on the list, but there are always cancellations, so please put your name on the wait list. Furthermore, if someone doesn’t place their $300 deposit within three days of registration (see below), they forfeit their spot on the list, and the next person on the wait list will be eligible to register and place a deposit.
  • Once you successfully register, you MUST place a $300 deposit to your account within three days of registration. This can be done through the Cashier’s Office in the basement of Bamberger Hall or online, using the same system to pay for tuition. Failure to place this deposit will forfeit your spot on the trip. This deposit is nonrefundable (unless the trip is officially cancelled by the College due to lack of enrollment or other unforeseeable reasons).
  • The registration deadline for all May Term trips is January 31, 2018.
  • The total trip cost for May Term Thailand X is $4,400. This includes round trip airfare from SLC to Bangkok, all lodging, meals in Thailand, fees for guides, transportation within country, trip and event fees, travel insurance, and cell phones (or SIM cards) to use within Thailand along with initial amount of minutes. It does not include passport or visa costs (no visa is required, unless you plan on traveling after the official trip), vaccinations, meals at airports during transit, or optional outings. Spending money varies wildly depending on your spending habits and what you decide to buy, but around $200-300 is typical. You will want money to buy gifts and souvenirs, for optional outings in Chiang Mai and Ko Samet, snacks and food, and evening activities on your own (but not for dinner, which is included in the trip fee).
  • Final payment is due February 1, 2018. Your account at that point must be at $4,400.
  • Please note the dates for REQUIRED pretrip orientation sessions.

Please note that this trip has traditionally filled very quickly. Last year, it filled in less than 30 minutes. If you are planning on going, I strongly suggest you register as early as possible. If you cannot register for May Term Thailand X, and you have one or more years left before graduation, May Term Thailand XI for May 2019 has already been approved, and we will for certain be going again!

Registration for May Term Thailand X

Yes, that is correct, May Term Thailand 2018 will be our tenth May Term Thailand! It’s quite humbling to us that this trip has been so popular and so life-changing for so many students! And we can’t wait for our tenth trip to Thailand.

The trip this year will be from May 13, 2018 to June 9, 2018. These dates are still tentative, and may chance by +/- 1 day.

The registration process starts with the Global Engagement Fair in Shaw on Thursday, September 21st, from 10 am to 2 pm. You won’t be able to register then, but you will be able to ask us questions, get information, and sign up to receive updates. Both Peter Ingle and Han Kim will be available to answer any questions you may have, and we may also have May Term Thailand alum around to give you student perspectives on the trip.

The actual registration will begin on October 24th. The registration process will be slightly different this year. It will be an online registration through Self-Service, similar to registering for class. Also, priority will be given to Seniors (90+ credits) and Juniors (60–89 credits); they will be allowed to register on October 24th. All other students will be allowed to register on October 25th. Once you register online, you will have three days to pay the non-refundable $300 deposit to the Cashier’s Office; failure to do so will remove your place on the trip, and the next person on the wait list. The remainder of the trip fee will be due on February 1, 2018. Last year, the trip filled in less than 30 minutes, so if you want to go, please make sure you register as soon as you can!

The trip fee this year will be $4,400, and this includes roundtrip airfare from Salt Lake City to Bangkok, Thailand, all in-country travel, all lodging, all meals while in Thailand (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and all admissions and trip fees. It does not include spending money for souvenirs or snacks, cost of immunizations, passport fees, visa fees (if you are staying afterwards), food at airports during the flight to and from Salt Lake City, or fees for optional activities.

A Brief Overview of Health Care in Thailand

By Madeline Gere, Megan Poling, and Lyons Wells

During a primary orientation meeting for the May Term Thailand Course, a question regarding the quality of Thai health care was asked. Han Kim replied, “Oh yeah, the Thai health care system is great. In fact, some people travel there for health care. Medical tourism, ever heard of it?” By many measures medical practice in Thailand is laudable. With a rich history of Thai medical care and progressive advancements, Thai health care has emerged as a leader in medicine.

History of Thai Health Care

Medical care has deep roots in the history of Thailand. Dating back to the early 11th century, there is evidence of intentional efforts to provide healing services to the people. Tools to produce medicines and written instructions for a royal medicinal garden suggest that many empires studied and manipulated the healing properties of their natural environments (Hays, 2008). During the 14th to 18th century, health care continued to grow. Some major advancements included royal drug dispensaries, drug stores and royal documents detailing the effects and directions for using specific medicines (Hays, 2008). The study and expansion of medicine was an integral part of many historical eras in Thailand.

Western medicine was slowly incorporated into Thai health care. The French and Portuguese were responsible for introducing international methods of medicine and Western hospitals to the Thai (Hays, 2008). When King Phet Racha banned foreigners from the

Continue reading A Brief Overview of Health Care in Thailand

Tourism in Thailand

By Eli Clarke and Tanner Peacock

Thailand is a small, but amazing country. There are a couple things that Thailand is well-known for. First is the fact that Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia to never been colonized by Europeans. The people within this country take great pride in this aspect of their lives. Since this country has never been colonized, this means there is a very unique culture that you cannot experience anywhere else in the world.

However, due to this unique culture, Thailand has become a huge tourist destination. Bangkok, with 12.2 million expected visitors in 2017 alone, is the third most visited city in the world (behind London and Paris). With the high amount of visitors, tourism has shaped the country in more ways than one is able to think about. Now, Thailand is seen more as a getaway vacation destination than as a country in most visitors’ eyes. The influence of tourism has been divided up into four main sections: economic, social, environmental, and technological. Continue reading Tourism in Thailand

Contemporary Thai Political Issues

By Noor Hamouda, Sophia Moreno, and Kiera Stukey

Death of the King

Over the last year the political climate in Thailand has experienced a new turn that it has not witnessed in over seventy years. On October 13th, 2016, former and beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej also known as King Rama IX passed away.

King Rama IX became the monarch shortly after world war II and was only 18 years old when he gained power. He was born in the United States, in Cambridge, where his father was attending Harvard. He spent a significant amount of his own educational career in Switzerland, but once he returned home to Thailand he stayed. Continue reading Contemporary Thai Political Issues

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