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INTERNATIONAL

STUDENT

SURVIVAL

GUIDE

Mae Fah Luang University


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Table of Contents

About MFU 3

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International Affairs Division 6

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Registration 8

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Campus Life 13

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Culture Shock 24

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Important Behavioral Tips 24

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Visa 25

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Money Matters 28

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Ride and Drive in Thailand 31

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Thailand and Chiang Rai 36

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Useful Phone Numbers 41

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Maps 44

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About MFU

Mae Fah Luang University

Mae Fah Luang University was established as an

autonomous public institution under the Royal

Charter in 1998, with fi nancial support from the

Royal Thai Government. It was created to meet

the needs of the people in the north of Thailand,

and to commemorate the gracious contribution

of Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra, the

late Princess Mother, lovingly known to her

subjects as “Mae Fah Luang.” From its inaugural

class of 64 students in 1998 to now, MFU has

become Thailand’s fastest growing post-secondary

institution with an enrollment of 9,700 students

in 2010. After little over a decade of operation, it

is already well-known for the high quality of its

teaching, research, and service to the people of

the north, and the country as a whole.

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The campus is located in a spectacular setting of mountains

and trees. It has a clean, inviting environment that is conducive

to teaching and learning. It spans an area of more than 800

hectares and consists of a number of state-of-the-art buildings.

Construction has recently been completed on a new residence

and recreational building for international students, a large

modern gymnasium equipped with fi tness facilities, and an

outdoors sport fi eld. Established to serve as both a national

and regional university, MFU also provides quality educational

services and resources to the neighboring countries of the

Greater Mekong Sub-region, (Lao PDR, the Republic of the

Union of Myanmar, Cambodia, China and Vietnam) and reaches

out to all of Southeast Asia.

The University’s philosophy is embodied in the intention of

the Princess Mother to foster quality environment and human

resource development. In this regard, promotion of a healthy

environment throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region is a

primary focus for the University, as well as improvement of

the quality of life for the disadvantaged, through higher

education. Another focus of the university is to build human

capacity in an ongoing search for knowledge. Also, as an

institution of higher learning that meets international

standards, the University aims to excel in selected academic

services to society, such as technology adaptation and

promotion of Thai arts and culture.

Mae Fah Luang University is proud to offer living and learning

in an ideal atmosphere and environment. It is simply the best

place to be!


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International

Affairs Division

Vision

Our vision is to provide high-quality service and establish

international cooperation with partners around the world, with

the aim of fostering academic opportunities for students and

staff. As the primary unit for supporting international activities

within the campus, the International Affairs Division is

committed to providing students with the opportunity to attain

a global education.

Resposibilities

Our Division is comprised of 5 separate affairs, each with their

own responsibilities:

1. General Affairs.

2. Scholarship and Exchange Program.

3. Public Relations and Information.

4. International Collaboration.

5. Student Affairs.


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Contact Us

Dr. Romyen Kosaikanont

Assistant to the President

(66) 5391 6087

Mrs. Natthaporn Wongjai

Administrative Offi cer, General Affairs

(66) 5391 6024

Ms. Chadaporn Chotiradapa

Administrative Offi cer, Scholarship and Exchange Program

(66) 5391 6090

Ms. Natchayathorn Taranitpirapat

Administrative Offi cer, International Collaboration

(66) 5391 6026

Ms. Yaowapha Phoemphul

Administrative Offi cer, Student Affairs

(66) 5391 6024

Ms. Wannapha Thippayasak

Administrative Offi cer, Public Relations and Information

(66) 5391 6091

Ms. Kelly McCray

Administrative Offi cer, Public Relations and Information

(66) 5391 6091

Address: International Affairs Division

AD Building, 1st Floor,

Mae Fah Luang University

333 Moo 1, Tha Sud District, Muang, Chiang Rai,

Thailand 57100

Tel: (66) 53 916 024 Fax: (66) 53 916 023

Email: inter@mfu.ac.th Website: www.mfu.ac.th

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Registration

The registration date for each academic year is offi cially

announced at www.mfu.ac.th

Required Documents

• Two 1-inch color photographs while dressed in proper

student uniform.

• Two copies of passport (student to verify each copy with

signature).

• Two copies of name change certifi cate (student to verify

each copy with signature).

• Two copies of high school or diploma certifi cate (student

to verify each copy with signature).

• Two copies of transcript (student to verify each copy

with signature).

Step 1: Payment

1. Fill out a yellow registration form and prepare the

documents listed above.

2. Present documents and tuition fees to the Division of

Registrar during the registration period.

3. Receive a tuition fee receipt.

4. Receive your password to access the Online Course

Registration Website.


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Step 2: Student ID Card

Upon registration, the Division of Registrar will help students

to obtain a Student ID card. The ID card, which is issued by

the Bank of Ayudhya, can also be used as an ATM card and

Visa Electron. Please allow 3 weeks for it to be processed.

Students may have to inquire at the Bank of Ayudhya (D1

building) as to when it is ready, and then pick it up in person.

Step 3: Open a bank account

• Pick up a bank form at the Division of Registrar and fi ll

it out. Prepare the documents listed below.

d A copy of passport (student to verify the copy)

d A copy of visa (student to verify the copy)

d A 1-inch color photograph with proper student uniform

d A copy of MFU acceptance letter

• Electron ID fee of THB 155.

• The minimum THB 100 deposit needed to open an

account.

Note: If your receipt is lost, go to the police station and

receive the proper form. Next go to the accounting

department to get a copy of the receipt.

Note: Please wear your student uniform every time

you visit a University offi ce.

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Step 4: Online course registration guide

1. Go to the website http://reg.mfu.ac.th

2. Click on “English version” on the left-hand side of the menu.

3. Click on “Log In” on the left-hand side of the menu.

4. Enter your student ID and password.

5. Follow the instructions.

6. Click “confi rm” after you have inserted the list of all the

courses.

7. Print out your tuition bill before paying your account balance

at the bank or the Division of Financial Affairs.

Note: The registration period begins one week before

classes open. The late registration period ends 2

weeks after classes open during the fi rst and second

semesters, and one week after classes open during

the summer semester.

Note: 2nd and 3rd year students will be required to pay

a late fee of THB 50 each day they do not register for

classes.

GPAX requirements

Students are required to maintain a GPAX of 2.00 while

enrolled at MFU. If you fall under the GPAX requirement, and

have a GPAX of 1.50 to 1.99 for 4 semesters, you will be retired

from the university. If your GPAX falls under 1.50, you will be

retired form the university.


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Caution!

How to survive when studying at MFU:

1. Student should not have a GPAX lower than 1.5.

2. If you get put on probation for 2 semesters, you will be

retired from MFU.

Note: If your GPAX falls below 2.00, contact your

advisor immediately; you may be in danger of

retirement from the University.

Changing Major/Program of Study

To change your program of study, you must have studied at

least 2 semesters. First-year students are not allowed to

change their program of study.

If you have studied at least 2 semesters, you may submit a

change of major form to the Division of Registrar at least one

week before the registration period begins. This form may be

downloaded at http://reg.mfu.ac.th.

All the courses that you have registered for will be changed

into your new major. Courses not in your new major structure

will be classifi ed as elective courses.

Checking Your Exam Schedule

Go to http://reg.mfu.ac.th to check your exam schedule. Click

on the “Student Timetable” link on the left side of the home

page. Once directed to a new page, input your student ID

where it asks for your student code. You will be directed to

your exam schedule.

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Campus Life

Student dormitories

The University has increased its accommodation capacity and

offers up to 5,000 beds in 16 dormitory buildings for students.

The international students’ attractive residence is just a tenminute

walk from the main building. Students have privacy

within a safe, friendly, and lively leaning environment. First

year students are recommended to stay in the dormitories.

Intended to encourage students to develop their social skills

through living together, learning together and helping one

another, the student dormitories, which are supervised by

University staff and guarded round the clock by security

offi cers, offer desks, beds and mattresses, internet corners,

TV rooms and study rooms.

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Dormitory Services

24-hour dormitory guardians

24-hour security offi cers

24-hour laundry

Wi-Fi Internet access

Dormitory Rules and

Regulations

All students who reside in the

dormitory shall strictly observe the

following rules and regulations:

1. No gambling.

2. No alcohol, illegal drugs, or any

other substances which when

used inappropriately or excessively

can be dangerous, are allowed in the building.

3. Weapons, bombs, fuel, fi recrackers and any other material

which cause fi re, disturbance, or danger, are prohibited.

4. Pets are not allowed.

5. Permission must be sought from the offi ce in charge of

the dormitory in order to bring electronic equipment into

the rooms.

6. Furniture or shared equipment provided in the dormitory

cannot be taken to any other room.

7. Permission must be sought from an authorized person in

order to post advertisements within the building, and they

are only permitted in specifi c places for an allotted time.


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8. Guests are not allowed inside dormitories or to stay

overnight.

9. No loud noises.

10. Cooking in the rooms is prohibited.

11. Equipment within the room must not be altered, modifi ed,

or moved elsewhere.

12. Nothing can be done that will damage the dormitory or

any property within it.

13. Written permission must be sought from an authorized

person in order for the student to stay overnight outside

the dormitory.

14. Partying is not allowed inside the dormitory.

15. No refrigerators or microwaves are allowed.

16. The dorm will close at 10:00 pm and open again at 6:00

am. After 10:00 pm, you may enter after contacting a

security offi cer, who will then record your ID number to

report to the Student Development Center.

Punishments

Students residing in the dormitory who violate the above rules

and regulations will be punished as follows:

• Written warning, or

• Put on probation, or

• Suspended from all courses for a minimum of 1

academic year, or

• Compelled to resign from the university, or

• Given any other sanction according to MFU Regulations.

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Dormitory Checkout Procedure

Before leaving MFU at the end of the semester, students have

to:

1. Inform the dormitory staff of the exact date of leaving, the

date of return, and home contact number.

2. Collect all valuables, such as computers and money. They

are not to be left in the dormitory.

3. If the student wants to live in the dormitory the next

semester, pack up belongings in the cupboard, lock it, and

pay THB 2,000 to keep the room.

4. Drop off the room keys to dormitory staff. Dormitory staff

will check the room and the student will have to sign a

document confi rming that they have left the room.

5. Students who want to stay in the dormitory more than 15

days after the last day of examination must pay the

dormitory fee of THB 2,000 per person.


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Uniforms

International students who are registered at the undergraduate

level (regular or international program) are required to wear

University uniforms in accordance with the University policy.

The uniform requirements are specifi ed below.

Female

A white, short-sleeved shirt with fold line at the back and MFU

logo on the front, with engraved chrome buttons; a black skirt

long enough to cover the knees; a brown leather belt with

MFU buckle. White canvas shoes for First-year students and

black leather shoes for all others. The university pin must be

clasped on the right hand side of the shirt at chest level.

Male

A white long-sleeved shirt, navy/black trousers; a black leather

belt with MFU buckle; black leather shoes; a blue necktie.

Ride and Drive at MFU

The general rules and regulations of Thailand will be listed

later in this handbook; however, there are a few rules particular

to Mae Fah Luang University.

1. First-year students are strongly encouraged not to ride a

motorbike or drive a car.

2. Everyone, including passengers, must be wearing a helmet

in order to enter or depart from the campus at Mae Fah

Luang University while driving a motorbike.

3. Motorcycles must park in the designated parking areas.

Note: In case of emergency or accident on campus,

please contact 0 5391 6999.


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Medical Insurance

International students are required to purchase medical

insurance.

Individual policies are subject to change.

For more information, contact Ms. Yaowapha Phoemphul at

0 5391 6024.

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Facilities and Resource Centers

MFU Hospital

This on-campus hospital provides

students, staff, and community members

with medical treatment from a physician,

dermatology services, dental services

and holistic health services. The hospital

aims to combine Thai traditional medicine

with western medicine.

Tel: 0 5391 7563

The Living and Learning Support Center

This support center is on the fi rst fl oor

of D1 Building, Room number 127 (open

08.00 am. - 05.30 pm.). It provides

assistance to students to advance their

personal, academic and psychological

development. The center provides

students with many different aids, from

reading techniques and memorization

strategies to improve their study skills, to

consultation and counseling services to

improve their personal and social lives.

Tel: 0 5391 6666

The Sirindhorn Chinese Language and

Culture Center

A center for Chinese language instruction,

development and standardization, this

center offers both Chinese language and

Chinese teaching courses to ensure

community and national level human

resources development.

Tel: 0 5391 7097


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The Center for Learning Resources and

Educational Media Center

This modern library and learning center

located on the second floor of D1

Building. It utilizes internationally

recognized information-technology

systems in its services. One of which is

the Teaching Development Center, which

provides academic services for the

community.

Tel: 0 5391 6330-31

Scientifi c and Technological Instrument

Center

This center provides science and

technology support and services for

university students and personnel.

Tel: 0 5391 6211

Computer Laboratory

This computer laboratory is a center fi lled

with electronic educational tools to

supplement students’ learning and

training activities. This computer laboratory

is at S1 Building.

Tel: 0 5391 6404

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MFU Book Center

This a center for the distribution and sale

of books, educational media and

stationary for students, lecturers, and

university staff, as well as the general

public. Open Mon.-Fri., 08.00 am. to

07.00 pm. and Sat.-Sun., 10.00 am. to

06.00 pm., it close to 7-Eleven shop on

University Avenue.

Tel: 0 5391 7020-4

Auditorium and Conference Hall

Mae Fah Luang University’s auditoria and

conference halls are fully equipped with

modern audiovisual facilities. They serve

both the university and other organizations

as venues for seminars, training programs,

symposia and conferences.

Food Centers

The canteens on the second fl oor of D1

Building and on the ground fl oor of E1

Building are open from 6 am. to 10 pm.

In addition, the Faculty Union cafeteria,

which is open from morning to evening,

and the food shops near 7-Eleven, which

are open from 5 pm. to 10 pm., give

students and staff a greater variety of

dining options.


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Indoor Stadium (Chalermprakiat

Building) and Sports Center

This is a multi-purpose indoor stadium

offering various indoor sports facilities as

well as fi tness rooms, open to both MFU

staff and the public to promote sports

activities and exercising.

Wanaphirom Park

This is an arboretum-like park where

arboricultural attractions can be

appreciated.

Post Offi ce

A licensed on-campus post offi ce offers

post services such as mailing and

receiving of letters and parcels. The offi ce

open Mon.-Fri. from 08.00 am. to 04.00

pm., it located on the fi rst fl oor of the D1

Building.

Tel: 0 5391 6170

Banks

• The Bank of Ayudhaya, MFU Branch open Mon.-

Fri. 08.30 am. to 03.30 pm., located on the fi rst

fl oor of the D1 Building. Tel: 0 5391 6177

• The Bangkok Bank, MFU Branch open Mon.-Fri.

09.00 am. to 04.30 pm., located next to 7-Eleven

shop on University Avenue. Tel: 0 5391 2209-13

• The Government Savings Bank, MFU Branch

open Mon.-Fri. 09.30 am. to 04.30 pm., located

next to the 7-Eleven shop on University Avenue.

Tel: 0 5391 2441

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Culture shock

Every culture has a unique understanding of the range of

behavior that is acceptable. Diffi culties and frustrations may

arise when people integrate into a new culture. Culture shock

may occur when a one feels excessively homesick, lonely, or

bored. When fi rst arriving in a new place, many people feel

culture shock. Even with adequate preparation, it may be

impossible to prevent. It takes time to overcome it, but it will

ultimately broaden your perspective and help you grow as a

person.

MFU is the fi rst public university to provide a Living and

Learning Support Center equipped with professional staff

and teachers who are on duty to assist students with any

issues, be they academic of personal.

Important

Behavioral Tips

1. Show reverence to all Buddhist objects and places. Women

should never touch a monk or his robes.


2. Thais greet each other with a Wai (a prayer-like gesture

where the palms of the hands are pressed together and

raised to chest level) As a general rule it is polite to Wai

when meeting someone older or in a more senior position

than you.

3. Always remove your shoes before entering a temple or

someone’s home.

Visa

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Obtaining a visa

Once your application to study at MFU has been approved, you

will need to obtain a Non-Immigrant ED visa to enter Thailand.

This visa will be extended once your study commences. In any

case, DO NOT enter Thailand on a tourist or transit visa, as they

cannot be extended to cover your period of study.

Documents required for a visa:

1. A copy of the offi cial letter of acceptance from MFU.

2. Four recent 3x4 cms photographs (less than 6 months old).

3. A copy of your passport-information page(s).

4. A medical certifi cate (less than 6 months old.

5. Visa fee.

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Visa extension

Students are requested to:

1. Notify the International Affairs Division no less than 2-3

weeks before the expiry date, bringing your passport with

you, as well as the documents listed below. In about one

week, the International Affairs Division will issue the visa

extension request letter.

• Certifi cate of Students status issued by the Division of

Registrar.

• Transcript – except for fi rst year students – issued by

the Division of Registrar (NOTE: It takes 3 days for the

Division of Registrar to complete a transcript request).

• A copy of passport (the fi rst page that shows your photo).

• A copy of visa (the page that shows your expired date

of Visa).

2. After receiving the visa extension request letter from MFU,

take your passport and one recent 3x4 cms photograph to

the Mae Sai Immigration Offi ce.

Note: Foreign nationals on a student visa are not

eligible to work in Thailand.

Re-Entry Regulations

Students wishing to leave Thailand for academic purposes

must apply for RE-ENTRY at the Immigration Offi ce. If they

fail to do so, when re-entering Thailand, their visa will be

canceled automatically.


Documents required for re-entry:

1. Completed re-entry form, which can be obtained at the

Immigration Offi ce front desk.

2. Your passport.

3. A recent 2-inch photograph.

Immigration Office

Mae Fah Luang University

Chiang Rai Immigration Offi ce

117 Moo 1, Wang Phang Kham, Mae Sai, Chiang Rai 57130

Tel: 0 5373 1008 Ext. 23

Offi ce Hours: 08.30 am. to 04.00 pm.

Monday-Friday

Bangkok Immigration Offi ce

507 South Sathon Road, Soi Suan Phlu, Bangkok

Tel. 0 2287 3101-10

Offi ce hours: 08.30 am. to 04.00 pm.

Monday-Friday

90-Day Report

Before the end of your initial 90 days in Thailand, foreign

students must report to the International Affairs Division to

complete a “Form for Alien to Notify of Staying Longer Than

90 Days.” Please bring your passport and an empty stamped

envelope. This form will be sent to the Chiang Rai Immigration

Offi ce to document that you are still in the country and still

studying.

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Money Matters

Sending and Receiving Money in Thailand

You may need to send money to someone in Thailand, or even

to yourself. Due to advance technology in the banking industry,

sending a small amount of money– less then 10,000 US dollars,

to Thailand is easy. Banks in Thailand do not use an International

Bank Account Number (IBAN); instead, they used SWIFT

coding system for bank transaction. Here are some methods

used to send money to Thailand:

• Via Western Union. Many people fi nd this convenient,

cheap and fast. This service is very useful in emergency

cases; it is a retail money transfer with no bank account

required. The fees vary depending on the amount, the


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country you send from, and the country you send to. If

you send more than 1,000 dollars, they will ask for more

personal information and the reason for sending it.

• Bank transfer. This is convenient if both the sender and

the recipient have a bank account. The sender requests

an international bank transfer at their bank. The money

transfer can take up to fi ve days depending on the bank.

Not all bank branches do international money transfers.

• International money order. This is inconvenient because

it can be cashed only at certain bank branches, and banks

in Thailand charge a high fee for cashing money orders.

• Sending a debit card to a recipient in Thailand. The sender

provides a debit card such as Visa or MasterCard to the

recipient, along with the pin number. The recipient can

withdraw money directly from an ATM machine in

Thailand. This way, the sender can control how much

money is put into the account and can stop the account

access at any time.

• By PayPal. This is the safer, easier way to make an online

payment and can also be used to send money to

someone. PayPal lets you send money to anyone with

an e-mail address. It is free, and works with your existing

credit card and current bank account. There are a few

ways to do this. Go to www.paypal.com to learn more

about how to sign up and other details.

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Exchanging Money In Thailand

It is easy and convenient to exchange money when you fi rst

arrive at the airport. You should exchange just enough for a

few days because you can get a better rate from bank in town

or from money exchange booths.

An easy way to access your money from your home country

is to use ATM card with the PLUS, Cirrus, or STAR logo. You

can also use a major credit card to get Thai currency from your

account back home.

Fees vary from bank-to-bank. Also, you should alert your bank

and credit card company that you will be traveling in Thailand

before you leave home. The bank may detect what it may think

are unauthorized withdrawals and put a hold on your

accounting learning you with no access to your money.

There are always unforeseen problems when you need to get

cash right way. Therefore, you should have some extra cash

and travel’s checks as back up. Only carry enough cash for

your expense for the day, or only an amount that you are

comfortable losing. Check with your hotel about leaving your

valuables in a safe.

Thai banks are closed on public holidays. Some branches in

town open on weekends. ATM machines are usually accessible

24-hours a day, since many of them are outside bank,

convenient stores, and other locations.


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Ride and Drive

in Thailand

Rules of riding a motorbike and driving a car

1. Traffi c moves on the left side of the road.

2. The legal driving age for cars and motorcycles is eighteen.

3. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.5 milligrams of alcohol

per liter of blood, and 0.2 milligrams of alcohol per liter of

blood for those who have held licenses under 5 years.

4. Law requires the driver of any vehicle to hold a valid driver’s

license and copy of vehicle registration document.

5. A tax sticker and at least third-party motor insurance are

required for all vehicles (including motorcycles), and have

to be renewed annually at the local Department of Land

Transportation offi ce.

6. The driver and passengers in the front seat of vehicles

are required to wear seatbelts fastened.

7. Speeding fi nes and traffi c tickets may be paid at the local

police station.

8. Vehicles with red registration plates cannot be ridden at

night.

9. Law does not require children’s car seats.

10. The speed limit on the highway is usually 90 kilometers

per hour, and in some areas 100 or 120 kilometers per hour.

In urban areas it is usually 50 or 60 kilometers per hour.

11. Motorcycle riders are required to wear a helmet.

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Safe Driving Tips

• In larger cities, heavy traffi c usually occurs on weekdays

between 07.00 am. - 09.30 am. and from 04.30 am. to

07.30 pm. In smaller towns, the rush hours are shorter.

• At the start and end of major holidays, traffi c is very

heavy. Numerous accident and fatalities may occur due

to drunkenness and recklessness.

• Pay more attention to your driving than you would back

home because directional signs in English are quite small

and some road signs are only in Thai.

Traffic Accidents

In case of a traffi c accident in which no one is injured:

• Move all vehicles involved to the side of the road to avoid

blocking traffi c.

• Call the emergency number 191, or 1155 for English

speaking police assistance.

• Exchange information with the other drivers: passport

and ID card numbers, driving license number, vehicle

registration, insurance details, the vehicles’ registration

number, phone numbers and addresses.

• Know what your insurance company requires. Know if

the company has a 24-hour assistance phone number.

• Inform your insurance company and fi le the necessary

forms.


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In case of a traffi c accident in which there is an injury:

• Call the emergency number 191, or 1155 (Englishspeaking)

for police assistance.

• Uninjured persons should move to the side of the road.

• Call an ambulance and tend to anyone who is injured.

If you are trained, apply emergency fi rst-aid procedures.

• Do not move the vehicles involved.

• Exchange information with the other drivers: passport

and ID card numbers, driver’s license number, vehicle

registration, insurance details, the vehicles’ registration

number, phone numbers and addresses.

• Know what your insurance company requires. Know if

the company has a 24-hour assistance phone number.

• Inform your insurance company and fi le the necessary

forms. A police report will need to be completed at the

local police station.

How to Get a Driving License

To get a driving license you have to be in good health with no

physical or mental handicaps and be of sound mind. Foreigners

with an international driving license and valid driving license

from their home country, along with a Non-Immigrant visa,

can apply for Thai license. With these documents foreigners

do not need to take the driving test or written exam in Thailand.

You will be provided with a one – year temporary driving

license for passenger cars. (Not for commercial vehicles or

motorcycles)

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In Thailand, a driving license is obtained at the Department

of Land Transport Offi ce. In certain offi ces the exam is available

in English. If not, the exam will be in Thai, but you may be able

to use a Thai interpreter to help you during the process if you

receive the permission of the examiner. Foreigners must take

the Thai driving license examination if they do not have and

international driving license and valid license from their home

country.

In order to receive a driving license, you must fi rst submit

the following documents to the International Affairs Division:

• Proof of residency from your dormitory.

• Student certifi cation (from the Division of Registrar).

• A copy of your transcript (from the Division of Registrar).

• A copy of your passport information (the page with your

photo).

• A copy of your visa (showing the date of expiry).

• Letter of certifi cation form a doctor (from the Hospital).

Once you submit these documents, you will receive a letter

from the President authorizing you to apply for a driving

license. Take that letter, along with your passport containing

a valid non-immigrant visa, your letter of certifi cation from a

doctor, and a copy of relevant passport information to the

Chiang Rai Immigration Office. Once you submit this

paperwork to the Immigration Offi ce, you will receive another

letter from them, saying that you will apply for a driving

License. Take this letter, and the following documents to your

local Land Transport Offi ce:


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• Your valid passport with valid non – immigrant visa.

• Two copies of the passport’s relevant pages for personal

data and signature, the current non – immigrant visa,

the page with the last entry stamp and the immigration

card.

• A letter of certifi cation from a doctor that you are in good

health physically and mentally, issued within the previous

thirty days.

• Letter form the Mae Sai Immigration Offi ce.

• Two recent 1-inch photographs (less than 6 months old).

Note: If you have your international and home –

country driving license, you will only need to pass

these simple tests: color blindness, refl exes, and

depth perception. After you have passed these tests,

your documents will be checked. After paying the

THB 105 fee, you will receive a temporary Thai

driving license.

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Thailand and

Chiang Rai

Climate

Thailand has a tropical climate, with three distinct seasons–

hot from March to June, wet from July to October, and cool

from November through February. The temperature in Chiang

Rai is 28°C (83°F) on average, ranging from 40°C in April to

15°C in December.

What to Wear

Light, loose cotton clothing is best. Synthetic materials should

be avoided. Sweaters are needed in the cool season, especially

in the evening or when visiting mountainous areas or national

parks. Jackets may be necessary. Polite, modest dress is

required entering temples or palaces.

Local Time

GMT+7 hours

Business Hours

Most offi ces open from 08.00 am. to 04.00 pm., Monday to

Friday, except on public holidays. However, the offi ces may

be closed during the lunch hour. Many stores are open 12

hours a day, seven days a week.


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Currency

THB=Thai Baht, there are 100 Satang in THB 1. Notes are

issued in denominations of THB 1000 (gray), THB 500 (purple),

THB 100 (red), THB 50 (blue), and THB 20 (green). There are

10, 5, and 1 Baht coins, as well as 50 and 25 Satang coins.

Most foreign currencies and traveler’s checks are easily

changed at banks, hotels, or moneychangers.

Electricity

The electric system is 220 Volt AC (50 cycles). There are many

types of plugs, so carrying a plug adapter kit is recommended.

Thai Food

Thai food offers a variety of fl avors and tastes, mixing herbs

and spices and market-fresh ingredients for a special culinary

experience.

Eating ranks high on the Thai scale of pleasures; and meals

are informal affairs. The staple is rice, accompanied by a variety

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of dishes that can be eaten in almost any order and seasoned

to individual taste. Several condiments such as fi sh sauce and

chili peppers are also usually present at every meal. Most

often there will also be a soup of some kind, along with curry,

a steamed or fried dish, a salad, and one or more basic sauces.

Desserts may consist of fresh fruit or one of the many

traditional Thai sweets.

Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand, is about

785 kilometers north of Bangkok. Situated in the Kok River

basin, Chiang Rai covers on area of approximately 11,678

square meters with an average elevation of 580 meters above

sea level. The province, which is located within the renowned

Golden Triangle area where the Republic of the Union of

Myanmar, Lao PDR and Thailand converge, is also know as

the gateway to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Lao

PDR and southern China, Chiang Rai, founded in 1262 by King

Meng Rai, was the fi rst capital of the Lanna Thai Kingdom (the

kingdom of a million rice-fi elds). Later conquered by Burma,

it was not unit 1786 that Chiang Rai again became a Thai

territory and was proclaimed a province during the reign of

King Rama VI in 1910. However, Chiang Rai culture remains

distinctive. Because of its Lanna origins, Chiang Rai has food,

music, art, and even a language unique only to this region.

Today, Chiang Rai is a traveler’s paradise endowed with

abundant natural tourist attractions and antiquities. The

province itself is evidence of a past civilization. Attractions


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range from magnifi cent mountain scenery to ruins of ancient

settlements. There are historic sites, Buddhist shrines, and

ethnic groups, as the province is also home to several ethnic

groups who maintain fascinating lifestyles. For those

interested in the natural side of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking is

recommended along various trails. Chiang Rai, which tends

to be a little more “laid back” now competes with Chiang Mai

as a hub for reaching many tourist attractions and is fast

becoming a popular escape for tourists wanting to get away

from the troubles they left behind.

HRH The Princess Mother built the Doi Tung Royal Villa, where

she lived there for a number of years, while implementing the

Doi Tung Development Project, a reforestation project and

program to improve the lives of the people in the area. The

Golden Triangle is a popular tourist destination because of the

ability to view the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Lao

PDR and Thailand all at once. Many people visit Phucheefah

during the winter to watch the sunrise and set over a sea of

valleys.

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The food of the North is as distinctive as its culture. Sticky

rice is preferred, traditionally kneaded into small balls with

fi ngers. Northern curries are generally milder than those of

central and northeastern Thailand. The infl uence of neighboring

the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is evident in such

popular dishes as Kaeng Hang Le, a pork curry that relies on

ginger, tamarind, and turmeric for its fl avor, and Khao Soy, a

curry broth with egg noodles and meat topped with spring

onions, pickled cabbage, and slices of lime.


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Useful Phone

Numbers

Emergency Numbers

MFU Emergency 0 5391 6999 (internal 6999)

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Emergency Police Service 191

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Police Fire Bridgade 0 5371 1222

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Crime Suppression Division 195

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Tourist Police 0 5371 7779

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General Numbers

Tourist Service Center 1155

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Food and Drug Administration (hotline) 1556

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Airport

Flight Schedules 1566

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Suvarnabhumi Airport (66) 2312 1888

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Mae Fah Luang - Chiang Rai

International Airport 0 5379 3048

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Airline

Thai Airways International 0 2288 7000

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Air Asia 0 2515 9999

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Orient Thai 1126

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Kan Air 0 2551 6111

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Bus

Nakhonchai Air 0 5391 2391

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Sombat Tour 0 2792 1444

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Green Bus 0 5370 5739

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Immigration Department

Immigration Bureau Offi ce (66) 2287 3101-10

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Chiang Rai Immigration Offi ce 0 5377 7098

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University Numbers

School of Agro-Industry 0 5391 6738

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School of Cosmetic Science 0 5391 6830

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School of Health Science 0 5391 6821

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School of Information Technology 0 5391 6741

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School of Law 0 5391 6857-8

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School of Liberal Arts 0 5391 6723

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School of Management 0 5391 6695

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School of Nursing 0 5391 6869

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School of Science 0 5391 6775

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School of Anti-Aging and Regenerative 0 2664 4360,

0 2664 2295

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Divisions

Division of Registrar Tel: 0 5391 6370-5

reg@mfu.ac.th

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Division of Research Services Tel: 0 5391 6389

research@mfu.ac.th

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Division of Students Development Tel: 0 5391 6377

personal@ mfu.ac.th

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Division of Admission Tel: 0 5391 6103

admission@mfu.ac.th

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Division of Public Relations Tel: 0 5391 7034

pr@mfu.ac.th

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Division of Finance and Accounting Tel: 0 5391 6003-5

fi nance@mfu.ac.th

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Division of Placement Tel: 0 5391 6366

and Co-operative Education job@mfu.ac.th

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Division of Graduate School Coordination Tel: 0 5391 6138

graduate@mfu.ac.th

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International Affairs Division Tel: 0 5391 6026

inter@mfu.ac.th

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Buildings snd Offi ce Buildings Zone

1. Her Royal Highness The Princess Mother’s Statue 8. The Offi ce of T

2. Lang Tong Vihara 9. Princess Moth

3. Mae Fah Luang University Hospital 10. Building Front

4. Police General Pow Sarasin Hall 11. The Offi ce of T

5. Learning Resources and Educational Media Center 12. Wanasom We

6. Sirindhorn Chinese Laguage and Culture Center 13. Wanawes Inn

7. Sport Complex


he President Building 1

er Hall

or University Avenue

he President Building 2

llness and Aesthetic Resort

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Map of MFU

Dormitory Zone

A Dormitory Lamduan 1 - Lamduan 5

B Pow Sarasin Dormitory

C Female Dormitory 1,2,3,4,5,6

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BUS STATION

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Map from Chiang Ra

TO PAYAO

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TRANSPORT OFFICE

TEAK GARDEN

SPA RESORT

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RAJABHAT UNIVERSITY

CHIANG RAI

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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17 kilometers from King Mengrai Statue to Mae Fah Luang University

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Mae Fah Luang University Chiang Rai Thailand 57100 Tel. : (+66) 5391 6026, (+66) 5391 6024

Fax : (+66) 5391 6023 Website : http://www.mfu.ac.th E-mail : inter@mfu.ac.th

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