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Upcoming Trips 

Thailand - March 18-30, 2020!

A Guided Self Discovery Journey - Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

Mindfulness, Professional Exchange, and Cultural Immersion- 1 professional development graduate credit or 15 CEUs

Faculty lead: Dr. David M. Kleist

Tour Guide: Rotjanee Daphne Larsen (Awake in Thailand Tour guide)


Mar 20 (F) - Arrive in Bangkok, fly to Chiang Mai

Mar 21 (s) - Explore Chiang Mai inner city, temples, sample local cuisine, night market

Mar 22 (Su) - Join temple festivities (i.e., alms round, blessings, ceremonial)

Mar 23 (M) - Chiang Mai University, Humanities Department, Professional Exchange with Psychology Dept.

Mar 24 (T) - Elephant Nature Park experience (van ride about 1 hr., one way)

Mar 25 (W) - Chiang Rai (White temple visit, Cat Cafe visit) van ride about 3 hours from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai)

Mar 26 (Th) - Visit a meditation retreat center in Chiang Rai; Return to Bangkok

Mar 27 (F) - Visit Chulalongkorn University Psychology program, dinner at traditional Thai restaurant 

Mar 28 (S) - Visit Jatujak outdoor flea market, dinner at the Asiatique

Mar 29 (Su) - Visit Phra Mahawongsakya (Than Anil) at Wat Borworn, Indian temple, Chinese temple.

Important Dates

$500 deposit due by 1/17/20

$2000 balance due 2/5/20

Total: $2500

* Travel Scholarships available for full time Idaho State University students ranging between $500-$800).

Airfare not included: to make air arrangement, contact Launa @ TTS Travel

Be certain to have a current passport (expiration date at least October 2020)

For those taking as credit or workshop we will have two prepatory meetings prior to departure to discuss syllabus, learning objectives, assignments, and discussion of Thai culture and expectations. 

Please contact Randa Fuller @ 208-282-3156 for sign up details, or Dr. David M. Kleist at for more details and any inquiries.

Study Abroad Application 2020





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