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Here are a few helpful tips before you begin your journey towards greatness:
1. Most people speak English, but learn some Thai
The majority of Thais speak English. But in some cases, it is great to know the basics. Thai is a gender specific language. For men, sentences will end with “KRUB”. For women, sentences end in “KA”.
2. Thailand is very well developed
Thailand, especially its capital of Bangkok, is well developed. With some of the world’s finest universities, shopping malls, restaurants, movie theaters and beyond, find all of the modern amenities the city has to offer. The Siam, Ratchaprasong, and Em Districts are the trendiest and “must” visits. There, you’ll get a feel of how metropolitan the city’s people really are.
3. Thailand is well connected
Thailand is a fast-paced developing country equipped with high connectivity and technological advancements. For the most part, a secure 4G network provides fast internet connection. For those with smart phones or other mobile devices/tablets, prepaid DATA SIM Cards can be purchased at any convenience store at reasonable prices. At more popular tourist destinations, free WIFI is commonly available.
4. Travelling is easy
Bangkok is a buzzing metropolis. MDCU is conveniently situated in the heart of the city. It is connected with both BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway stations with a 2 minute walk from the MDCU medical campus. Convenient public transportation and taxis offer travelling alternatives. For the adventurous, there are also iconic tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis for a uniquely different way to get around the city.
5. Thailand is safe
Despite the news about dangerous situations and occasional political issues, Thailand is overall, a very safe country. Especially in Bangkok, you’ll find that security is a priority with routine security checks before entering buildings and public areas. Regardless, visitors should seek out information regarding unsafe and potentially unstable areas on a regular basis.
6. Know your cultural etiquette
Buddha statues and images are sacred. Please refrain from misusing them as tattoos or purchasing these religious icons for decorative purposes. Putting your feet up on chairs or tables is considered poor etiquette. When greeting Thai people, a simple “Wai” with hands in the praying position is the way to go. When visiting temples or religious shrines, please make sure that proper attire and respectful behavior is observed at all times.
7. Pack light
The average temperature in Bangkok is 34°C/93°F. With year round heat and a monsoon season lasting approximately 3 months, the weather is hot and humid. It’s best to wear light clothing made of natural fibers like cotton or linen. Be sure to pack ample short-sleeved shirts and shorts along with athletic gear. Bangkok’s version of “Central Park” is located just across the street from the MDCU campus. Flip flops and sandals are essential for this type of climate but please check with various destinations in the city for any dress code requirements.
8. Befriend the locals
Thai people are very friendly. It’s best to make the first move in saying hello or greeting. Sometimes, Thai people are a bit shy at first but once you’ve greeted them, they will open up and appreciate the gesture. When addressing Thai people, please add a “Khun” before saying their name to make it more polite. Please don’t be offended if Thais ask seemingly personal questions like “where do you live? Or are you married?” as these types of questions are meant to break the ice.
9. Chulalongkorn University is Thailand’s first university
King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) was a visionary leader. During the 17th-18th centuries, his highnesses royal envoys often travelled to France, England and the rest of Europe. Heavily influenced by the western approach of developing its citizens by offering education to all, King Chulalongkorn wished to share this monumental gift with his own nation. Chulalongkorn University was founded on the principles of honor and leadership for the benefit of the Thai society.
10. Foreign exchange and money matters
Foreign exchange and money matters are essential for living in Bangkok. There are many ATMs on campus as well as a wide selection of different bank branches for your convenience. International credit cards are welcome around the city. For your safety, we recommend that you make photocopies of all of your important documents. Have them on hand in case you may need them. With fluctuating currency rates, it is advised to check exchange rates often to maximize your transaction.
11. Food is delicious and clean
Especially at the MDCU canteen, there are many great restaurants, food stalls and cafés that offer all types of international and Thai cuisine. There are snacks and local favorites as well as ice cream and donut shops. Diverse dining in a clean and modern cafeteria setting keeps you full on every visit to the faculty.
12. Keep cool
Protect yourself from the heat and powerful rays of the sun with an umbrella. Great for any type of weather condition, be sure to have one with you at all times just in case the elements get harsh.