student travel guide

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student travel guide

SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMME – “SOUTHEAST ASIA IN CONTEXT”

STUDENT TRAVEL GUIDE

BEFORE TRAVELLING

DOCUMENTS

Important: Please make sure your travel documents (passport, visas, etc.) are valid for at least 6 months and

health requirements are current. This is your responsibility! If you require a visa to the countries we visit, please

obtain a visa at an Embassy beforehand as soon as possible so that the group can travel smoothly.

It is recommended that you subscribe to travel insurance during our fieldtrips abroad.

Recommended vaccinations (not compulsory): Hepatitis A and B, Japanese Encephalitis, Malaria, Rabies,

Typhoid, Tetanus-Diphtheria, Measles, Polio, and Flu. Please see a doctor for more advice.

Please make sure that you have a personal copy of your important documents as well as emergency contact

number of your Embassy, credit cards, and other important documents in case they go missing (see next page).

PACKING

Check out the itinerary and weather for the type of clothes and shoes you need to wear.

Do not over pack – leave some space for souvenirs. Do not bring anything that you cannot replace.

Bring several ID-sized photos for the entrance pass to certain field sites (e.g. Angkor complex).

Bring enough money for day to day meals and the occasional souvenirs. Bring extra for emergencies. Important:

Do not put all your money in one area for safety reasons!

It is advisable for you to bring insect repellent (that has DEET), a foldable umbrella and a small torch/flashlight.

Wet wipes and hand disinfectants are also handy.

It is also advisable for you to bring a personal medical kit, consisting of basic first-aid items such as band-aids,

medicine for diarrhoea, headache, allergies, personal hygiene items, etc.

Should you need to water-proof items, zip-lock bags are useful.

It is also advisable to bring along a water bottle to hydrate yourself during the day.

READING

Read up on the country, customs and etiquette of the places you will be visiting so that you do not offend

anyone inadvertently. One contextual example for Thailand (there are many more):

When you visit temples, modest clothing is required – you should wear sleeved-tops that cover the shoulders

and bottoms that at least cover the knees. No tank-tops or shorts! Before entering any building in a temple, you

must always take off your shoes. There are usually shoe racks outside the building. In general, you may

photograph anything in a Wat, but taking pictures while people are praying is not polite! You should also never,

ever have your picture taken with any Buddhist image. The monks may be photographed, but they often do not

like it; they just hide when they see a camera aimed at them. Women may talk to monks, but may not touch

them (and the monks may also not receive anything directly from a woman’s hand). You should also never,

ever touch the head of a Buddha statue or point with a foot at it, or climb on anything in a temple.

EMBASSIES

It is recommended you register with your respective embassies’ websites in the country of travel so that they

know you are there (should there be an emergency situation).

DURING TRAVELLING

Do not go anywhere alone – it is advised that you travel at least in pairs (2). Tell someone outside your group

where you will be going so someone knows where to start looking for you.

If you are lost / separated from the main group, call the group’s main numbers to reconnect / regroup.

o If you cannot get through, keep trying. Get to the meeting place and stay there until someone shows

up to look for you. If for some reason all else fails, try to get to the accommodation we will be staying

for the night. Leave word with the hotel if you will be going there on your own or staying at the

meeting place until someone goes to fetch you.

Be courteous to your fellow travellers – don’t be late!

Make sure you are familiar with the customs regulation for each country you visit (especially Singapore) and the

consequences of violating those regulations. Examples: most countries have a death penalty for drug trafficking

and severe penalties for carrying any illegal drugs. It is also illegal to bring in cigarettes into Singapore without

paying the customs tax, which is quite high (US$6+ a pack).

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SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMME – “SOUTHEAST ASIA IN CONTEXT”

EMERGENCY CONTACT SHEET (FOR PERSONAL USE)

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Student Leader 1 – Name: Tel: Email:

Student Leader 2 – Name: Tel: Email:

Name (SG): Tel:

Name (ID): Tel:

Name (TH): Tel:

Name (KH): Tel:

Travel Agent (ID) – Name: Tel:

Travel Agent (TH) – Name: Tel:

Travel Agent (KH) – Name: Tel:

CREDIT CARD BACK-UP INFORMATION

Credit Card Number: Bank:

Expiry Date:

Tel (SG): Tel (TH):

Tel (ID): Tel (KH):

Credit Card Number: Bank:

Expiry Date:

Tel (SG): Tel (TH):

Tel (ID): Tel (KH):

EMBASSY INFORMATION IN COUNTRY OF TRAVEL

Singapore

Tel: Email:

Address:

Thailand

Tel: Email:

Address:

Cambodia

Tel: Email:

Address:

OTHER EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Singapore Thailand Cambodia Indonesia

Police: 999

Police:

Police:

Police:

Fire: 995

Fire:

Fire:

Fire:

Ambulance (Emergency):

995

Ambulance (Normal): 1777

Ambulance:

Ambulance:

Ambulance:

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

AMEX:

AMEX:

AMEX:

AMEX: 6299 8133 (Office Diners:

Diners:

Diners:

Hrs); 6294 3133 (After Hrs) MasterCard:

MasterCard:

MasterCard:

Diners: 800-110 0113

MasterCard: 800-110 0113

VISA: 800-448 1250

VISA:

VISA:

VISA:

KEY:

SG = Singapore; TH = Thailand; KH = Cambodia; ID = Indonesia

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