- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Thailand
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
Students will live in suite-like apartments. Location and proximity to internships will vary based on individual placements.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
A few group meals, including a welcome dinner, meals during orientation weekend and program excursions, lunch during the Thai cooking class, and a farewell dinner, are included in the program fee. Meals during the regular workweek and free weekends are not included. Eating out in Thailand is very cheap—about $2-3/meal. Thailand’s culinary portfolio is diverse, rich and delightful. Soups, rice and noodle dishes are peppered with unique combinations of sauces and spices found nowhere else in the world. Fruit is fresh, cheap and plentiful.
Short excursions and day trips will be included as part of the program and may include some or all of the following:
- Visiting an elephant sanctuary
- Day trip to the mountains and national parks surrounding Chiang Mai
- Thai cooking class
- “La Vida Local” culture series
Students will have free time to explore other sites on their own and may enjoy visits to Chiang Mai’s most holy temple, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep; to the Sunday Walking Street Market, Chiang Mai’s biggest attraction; bamboo rafting; hiking; and more.
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)
Friendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand radiates a golden hue from its glittering temples and tropical beaches to the ever-comforting Thai smile.
In between the cluttered cities and towns is the rural heartland, which is a mix of rice paddies, tropical forests and squat villages tied to the agricultural clock. In the north, the forests and fields bump up against toothy blue mountains decorated with silvery waterfalls. In the south, scraggy limestone cliffs poke out of the cultivated landscape like prehistoric skyscrapers. The usually arid northeast emits an emerald hue during the rainy season when tender green rice shoots carpet the landscape.
With a long coastline (actually, two coastlines) and jungle-topped islands anchored in azure waters, Thailand is a tropical getaway for the hedonist and the hermit, the prince and the pauper. This paradise offers a varied menu: playing in the gentle surf of Ko Lipe, diving with whale sharks off Ko Tao, scaling the sea cliffs of Krabi, kiteboarding in Hua Hin, partying on Ko Phi-Phi, recuperating at a health resort on Ko Samui and feasting on the beach wherever sand meets sea.
Source: Lonely Planet
Currency: Thai Baht
Language Spoken: Thai