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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

Date
Airline
Flight
Airport
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

Date
Airline
Flight
Airport
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

Notes

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.

Staying Healthy in Thailand – Vaccinations

One of the nice things about travelling to Thailand is that you don’t need too many special vaccinations other than the ones that you SHOULD have already (MMR, Td, Hep A, Hep B, Varicella if you haven’t had chicken pox, and possibly meningococcus, especially if you live in  dorms).  Pay particular attention to make sure your tetanus-diptheria is up to date, as well as the Hep A and B series.  If you need the Hep A and Hep B, get started NOW as Hep B is a 4-6 month regimen.  Here is the CDC’s recommendations:

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May Term Thailand X FAQs

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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?

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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.

Important Things to Remember Before Departure – 2017

Here are some miscellaneous important things to remember before departure:

I think that’s it for now. If you have any questions or comments, please call me, email me, or stop by my office. See you on Thursday and Sunday!

Course Assignments 2017

Here is a summary of the assignments that you will need to get credit for the course:

PRIOR TO LEAVING:

Pre-trip Personal Reflection

All students will submit a 2-3 page pre-trip reflection where students will reflect on their traits as a global citizen; how they learn about and respect other cultures,beliefs, values, etc; ways in which they address global issues; and a self reflection on one’s own beliefs, culture, language, religion, and more. Please submit this to Canvas on May 11.

Short Research Assignment

This is a 3-5 page research report on a topic relevant to the trip. This will be done in groups of 2 to 4, on a topic of your choice (as long as it isn’t a topic someone else is doing). This report will be posted directly on this blog. Make sure that the report is referenced and cited correctly. Since this is a blog post, please include illustrations and hyperlinks to other sites whenever appropriate. This is an informational post, so keep it general. As for the audience, this should be for those looking to travel to Thailand to learn and experience a different culture, rather than just to frolic on the beach. It should be informational, and in-depth enough for college students who want to know something about the culture, history, cuisine, language, economy, politics, and other aspects of a country so that they can truly have an educated travel experience. Have fun with this one! If you need guidance, please ask Han, or check out the posts done by students from previous trips.

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What to Bring – Checklist for Packing

I like to use a checklist of things to pack and do for a long trip to make sure I don’t forget anything. This one is specifically for Thailand. You can add and subtract certain items, but I would be really careful about dropping “critical” items. I have a packing list you can print out here in .pdf format. I would literally check off items as you pack them, to make sure you bring those critical items.

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How to Survive the (Gulp!) 24+ Hour Flight to Thailand

It’s a long flight to Bangkok, there’s no way around it. It is almost on the opposite side of the globe. It’s not quite as long as a flight to Africa, or India, or Australia, but it’s close. It’s a 1 hour 59 minute flight from SLC to SFO, a 9 hour 14 minute layover in SFO, a 13 hour 20 minute flight from SFO to TPE, a 55 minute layover in TPE, and a 3 hour 30 minute flight from TPE to BKK. It’s a long long day! And during this “day”, we pass through 13 time zones and the international date line. We miraculously land 2 days after we leave. You will have no sense of time or place; your body will be completely out of whack.

But there are ways to make this flight, if not completely enjoyable, at least tolerable. You have to do three things: bring the right things for the flight, wear the right things during the flight, and do the right thing during the flight. Continue reading How to Survive the (Gulp!) 24+ Hour Flight to Thailand