First Few Days in Thailand

View from airplane as approaching Incheon International Airport

I’ve been in Thailand for almost a week. Traveling here was pretty grueling, but it has been very worth the long journey! I left my home in Hood River at 2:30 am on Wednesday, August 28th. After checking my bags, getting through security, I got on my first flight from PDX to LAX. I was exhausted and had a long lay-over, so I slept on the floor for awhile. Also in LA, I met up with another K student — we got to fly on the next flight, our next one was to Seoul, South Korea. The flight was about 14 hours long- I passed the time sleeping, coloring, and watching TV. It was a quick turn-over for us after we landed in Seoul! We had to speed straight to our gate, and we got there as the flight was finishing boarding. On the plane, we met up with the other six students from K. It was nice to see more friendly faces for the last 5 hour fight to Chiang Mai.

One airplane meal on the long flight

Once in Chiang Mai, we finished going through customs and got our luggage with ease! Staff from ISDSI greeted us at the airport. They arranged for us to ride in a really cool hostel that we’re staying at during orientation — we got there around midnight and we all went to bed right away. Jet lag has been weird to experience so we’ve been resting lots. Songthaews (red truck like transportation) to a really cool hostel that we’re staying at during orientation — we got there around midnight and all went to bed right away. Jet lag has been weird to experience so we’ve been resting lots.

Many of the ISDSI Fall 2019 program students at the Chiang Mai International Airport

Since arriving, we have stayed very busy. We’ve had orientation-like lessons and activities with ISDSI that included going to get Thai SIM cards and phones, registering with the hospital, and getting necessities in the market. ISDSI had also scheduled other activities and destinations around Chiang Mai into orientation so we have visited markets, temples, and malls. It’s been awesome learning and getting to see some of Chiang Mai!

On Monday, we began Thai classes in the morning and continued with orientation in the afternoon. We started wearing uniforms which has been fun so far. Below I’ve included a few photos from some of our outings. Check out the pictures page for more soon!

Wat Phra Singh Temple. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
View of Songthaew and road from the back of a Songthaew.
Sunday Night Market (before the crowds arrived).
Side of pagoda at Wat Chiang Mun Temple. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
All 8 K students with first day of class uniforms (Fall 2019).
First day of Thai classes (Fall 2019).

Thank you for reading my first official entry! Check back soon for my next post. I’ll publish most of my posts on Thursdays!

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