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    INFORMATION SHEET

    UMAP THAILAND SCHOLARSHIP:

    UMAP Summer Course 2009 th thJULY 13 AUGUST 7, 2009

    1. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

    ththArrival Date July 11 - 12 (Saturday - Sunday) th Orientation Date July 13 (Monday) at Century Park Hotel, Bangkok th Class Starting July 14 th Class Ending August 7 thth Departure Date August 8 9

* Please be notified that arriving before and departing after the indicated dates above,

    participants must pay for extra accommodation.

    2. PROGRAM COORDINATORS

     2.1 Host Universities

    A. Hospitality and Tourism Management in Thailand

     1) Silpakorn University

    Name: Mr. Prapruet Siwayingsuwan

    Tel: 66 2 434 1748

    Mobile: 66 81 303 5181

    Fax: 66 2 880 7790

    E-mail: popyuknowy@hotmail.com

    2) Dhurakij Pundit University

     Name: Ms. Kornkamon Hemabutra

     Tel: 66 2 954 7300 ext. 491

     Mobile: 66 81 559 8777

     Fax: 66 2 954 9519

     E-mail: interaffairs@dpu.ac.th, kornkamon@dpu.ac.th

    B. Immersion into Thai Cultures in Dynamic Contexts

    1) Udon Thani Rajabhat University

    Name: Asst.Prof. Supapong Gansar

    Tel: 66 42 411 040

    Mobile: 66 87 373 3509

    Fax: 66 42 341 617

    E-mail: supapongg@yahoo.com

    2) Dhurakij Pundit University

     Name: Ms. Kornkamon Hemabutra

     Tel: 66 2 954 7300 ext. 491

     Mobile: 66 81 559 8777

     Fax: 66 2 954 9519

     E-mail: interaffairs@dpu.ac.th, kornkamon@dpu.ac.th

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     C. International Business Management and Cross Culture Program

     1) Burapha University

     Name: Mr. Sorasak Thepsatidsilph

     Mobile: 66 85 1100 810

     Fax: 66 38 393 264

     E-mail: soro_t@yahoo.com

     2) Siam University

     Name: Ms. Zhu Yingli

     Tel: 66 2 457 0068 ext. 5361

     Mobile: 66 86 773 0160

     Fax: 66 2 868 6657

     E-mail: zhuyingli85@hotmail.com

     2.2 Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC)

     Name: Ms. Plaiphan Seupsook

     Tel: 66 2 610 5401

     Mobile: 66 89 516 1501

     Fax: 66 2 354 5570

     E-mail: plaiphan@mua.go.th, plaiphan@yahoo.com

     Name: Mrs. Chulee Srinuan

     Tel: 66 2 610 5401

     Mobile: 66 86 013 1118

     Fax: 66 2 354 5570

     E-mail: chulee_srinuan@yahoo.com

    3. ACCOMMODATIONS

     Twin-bed accommodation will be provided. All participants are arranged to share rooms with

    their partners. Those who need to be in single rooms have to bare room cost on their own.

    Silpakorn University @ Bhiman Inn.

    Address:

    Bhiman Inn

    55 Phra Sumen Road

    Banglampu

    Bangkok 10200

    Thailand

    Tel: (662) 282-6171-5

     Fax: (662) 282-6176

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    Burapha University @ The SEZ

    Address:

    The SEZ

    98 BangSangsai 1

    Sangsuk, Meung

    Chunburi 20130

    Thailand

    Tel: (663) 838-1666

    Fax: (663) 838-1365

     Dhurakij Pundit University @ TK. Palace Hotel (only on July 11

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    Address:

    TK. Palace Hotel

    54/7 Chaengwatthana Rd.

    Soi 15 Laksi

    Bangkok 10210

    Thailand

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     Dhurakij Pundit University @ DPU Place

    Address:

    DPU Place

    110/1-4 Prachachuen Rd.

    Laksi, Bangkok 10210

    Thailand

    Tel: (662) 954-9500-4

    Fax: (662) 954-9511

    Siam University @ Jolly Suites & SPA Hotel Bangkok

    Address:

    Jolly Suites & Spa Hotel

    Bangkok

    1421 Soi Rachada-Thaphra 13

    Rachada-Thaphra Rd.

    Bangkok 10600

    Thailand

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    Udon Thani Rajabhat University @ URIC

     Address: 64 Thaharn Road, Muang, Udon Thani 41000, Thailand

     Tel: +66 (42) 211040-59

    Fax: +66 (42) 241418, +66 (42) 243296

4. PICK UP AT SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT

All participants will be contacted by contact program coordinators about the meeting point and

    pick up schedule at the airport. From the airport, you will be transferred to the arranged hotels

    as follows:

    A. Hospitality and Tourism Management in Thailand program

     TK. Palace Hotel

    B. Immersion into Thai Cultures in Dynamic Contexts program

     TK. Palace Hotel

    C. International Business Management and Cross Culture Program

     Jolly Suites & SPA Hotel

    In case of getting lost or changing of flight schedule, please take these instructions 4.1 Contact program coordinators as follows:

    A. Hospitality and Tourism Management in Thailand

    B. Immersion into Thai Cultures in Dynamic Contexts

    Dhurakij Pundit University

    Asst.Prof. Montakan Lancaster

    Tel: 66 2 954 7300 ext. 702

     Mobile: 66 81 520 8720

     Ms. Kornkamon Hemabutra

     Tel: 66 2 954 7300 ext. 491

     Mobile: 66 81 559 8777

    C. International Business Management and Cross Culture Program

     Siam University

     Ms. Zhu Yingli

     Tel: 66 2 457 0068 ext. 5361

     Mobile: 66 86 773 0160

     4.2 Take a taxi directly to the hotels of your programs listed above.

    5. INFLUENZA A (H1N1)

    Advice for travellers arriving from the countries with on-going outbreaks of influenza A

    (H1N1) by Ministry of Public Health, Thailand (6 May 2009)

    ? If a passenger has fever while on board, he/she is advised to notify airline staff or flight

    attendants so that he/she will be properly taken care of by the airline, and other passengers

    at the airport as well as on board will be protected.

    ? Thailand is screening airline passengers for influenza A (H1N1) with thermo scanners on

    arrival at all international airports. In case a passenger with fever is detected, he/she will

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    be examined and taken care of by a physician at check-points according to protocol

    given by the Ministry of Public Health.

    ? Passengers who do not have fever and do not fall ill are advised avoid social activities and

    observe their own symptoms for seven days after arrival.

    ? In case a passenger has fever together with any of the following symptoms: cough, sore

    throat, vomiting and diarrhoea, he/she should avoid close contact with other people, wear

    a face mask or cover his/her nose with tissue paper when coughing, and frequently wash

    his/her hands with water and soap or rub them with alcohol gel. The passenger is

    strongly advised to see a doctor, showing the health beware card given by quarantine

    authorities at the airport.

    ? If the passenger is not hospitalized, he/she is advised to suspend work or classes, stay at

    his/her residence, and observe his/her own symptoms within seven days after arrival from

    a foreign country.

    ? Also, the passenger is advised to cover his/her mouth and nose with tissue paper when

    coughing or sneezing and dispose of the paper into a garbage bin as well as wash his/her

    hands with water and soap or rub them with alcohol gel.

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Public Health’s website: www.moph.go.th, and

    for questions, call the Department of Disease Control’s Operations Centre at 0 2590 333 or the

    National Institute of Medical Emergency System at 1669 around the clock.

    6. CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

    Narcotics and obscene material are strictly prohibited. Narcotic offenders face severe penalties

    which may include the death sentence.

    A reasonable amount of clothing for personal use, toiletries and professional instrument may

    be brought into Thailand free of duty.

    Tobacco, cigarettes or cigars should not exceed 250 grammes in weight, and cigarette should

    not more than 200 in quantity. One litre each of wine or spirits may be brought in free of duty.

    Personal items may not exceed 10,000 baht in value.

    Certain kinds of fruit, vegetables and plants are prohibited. Permission to bring in pets by air

    can be obtained at the Airport.

    7. VISA

    All participants must have valid passport or travel document and directly contact the nearest Thai consular office or Royal Thai Embassy in your country for applying for a visa. Please present the letter of the Office of the Higher Education Commission to Thai consular officer. The listing of the countries and respective visa requirements are available at

    www.immigration.go.th

8. WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

    ? Polite outfits for classroom and all field trips

    ? National or traditional costumes for special functions

    ? Computer notebook for your study and assignment (optional)

    ? Personal medication

    ? Personal expenses (minimum $10 per day)

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    9. ABOUT THAILAND

Electricity

The standard capacity for electricity in Thailand is 220 volts, 50 Hz frequency. Power outlet

    is normally 2 square pin contact socket. However, multiple adaptors are available with round

    pins upon request at the hotel. Participants are encouraged to have their own adapters and transformers.

Currency

The unit of Thai currency is Baht. One Baht is made up of 100 satang. Coins in copper-

    colour are valued at 25 and 50 satang. Thicker silver-coloured coins are equal to 5 Bath

    while smaller ones represent 1 and 2 Bath. In addition, 2 Bath could be found in golden

    colour. 10 Bath coins are available in mixed silver and copper colour. Banknotes are valued

    at 20 Bath (in green), 50 Bath (in light blue), 100 Bath (in red), 500 Bath (in purple), and

    1,000 Bath (in gray)

    Currencies of major countries, foreign bank notes, and traveler's checks can be exchanged

    into Baht at major banks or major hotels. For currency exchange rates, please kindly visit the

    Bank of Thailand’s website at www.bot.or.th. Foreign exchange counters are located at the

    airport and in shopping centers.

Weather

Weather in Thailand during July - August is warm and moisture with rainy in some days.

    Average daytime temperature is around 31? C. Cotton is recommended.

    Travel Within the City

    Various transportation modes are available for travel within the city as well as to the suburbs.

    TAXIS

    Metered taxis can be hailed anywhere in Bangkok, but make sure that the meter is switched

    on at a set fare of 35 baht for the first three kilometres before you start, then approximately

    increasing five baht for every additional kilometre. When traveling on expressway,

    passengers must also pay the toll.

    Three-wheeled mini taxis called Tuk Tuk are cheaper and suitable only for shorter trips

    during off-peak hours. They can cost from 30 to 1000 baht depending on length of journey.

    Fare can be negotiated and reached an agreement before a journey starts as there is no meter.

    MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM Skytrain

    The Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) runs a light elevated railway or Skytrain system

    every day from 6 a.m. till midnight. There are two lines, Sukhumvit and Silom. The

    Sukhumvit line runs between Moh Chit station near Chatuchak market and On Nut station at

    Sukhumvit Soi 77. The Silom line runs between Wongwian Yai station to the National

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    Stadium station on Rama I Road. Fares range from 15 baht to 40 baht depending on number

    of stations. Daily and weekly passes for tourists and commuters are available at the stations.

    For more information please visit BTS website: www.bts.co.th

    Bangkok Metro

    The Bangkok Metro, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is Bangkok’s underground subway

    system. Service of MRT trains starts at 5 a.m. and runs until midnight. The line extends in a

    wide loop from the Hua Lumphong, the main railway station, then back via the Queen Sirikit

    National Convention Centre to Bang Sue station to the north. It connects with the Skytrain at

    Silom, Sukhumvit and Chatuchak stations. Tickets cost from 15 baht to 39 baht depending

    on distance traveled. There are also one-day, three-day and 30-day passes available. For

    more information please visit MRT website: www.bangkokmetro.co.th

    BUS

    Normal buses are available in many routes in Bangkok and inexpensive, with a 7 baht

    minimum and 12 baht maximum fare. Fares on air-conditioned buses start from a minimum

    of 12 baht to 22 baht depending on distance. Bus route map can be obtained from most hotels,

    bookshops and Tourism Authority of Thailand office. Call 184 for bus route information or

    visit the website: http://www.bmta.co.th.

    10. DO'S AND DON'T IN THAI CULTURE

    DO:

    ? Always be respectful to Buddhism.

    ? Always be respectful to the elderly in every situation.

    ? If you know a little bit of Thai, you should always be adding “Krup” if you are a male or

    “Ka if you are a female to the end of everything you say to show politeness.

    ? Stay away from discussions of political issues and don’t give your opinion if asked about

    it.

    ? Always be respectful to our Majesty and Royal family. Negative comments about the king

    can lead to public admonishment and in some cases imprisonment.

    ? Before all shows start in the cinema, in the theater and in the concert, do stand still and

    keep quiet during Thai Royal Anthem, Phleng Sansoen Phra Barami, to show respect to

    our Majesty.

    ? Standing during Thai national anthem Do stand still and keep quiet like everybody else

    during the playing of the Thai national anthem, usually played at 8.a.m. and 6 p.m. daily

    in various places.

    DON'T:

    ? Women are forbidden to touch Buddhist priests. If you are female, you are not allowed

    to accept anything from hand to hand. If you want to give the monk something, you

    must put items in monk’s alms-bowl.

    ? If you visit temple, do not climb up on Buddha statues. Buddha images and statutes

    are considered as sacred object.

    ? Thai people don’t shake hands to greet each other. They press their palm together in a

    prayer gesture called, “Wai”. You should learn how to do it.

     9 ? Do not point your foot toward anything, especially at a person. Foot is considered the

    lowest part of the body. If you want to show someone a thing, use your finger to point it

    instead.

    ? Public Display Affection is frowned upon. It is rude to make out in public. If you do that,

    you will draw a lot of attention to yourself. Anything that is more than holding hands is

    considered rude.

    Please link to http://www.thaiworldview.com/society/day4.htm for more DO’s and

    Don’t in Thai culture

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