Planning my Thailand elective was by far one of the most challenging things I have had to do. I had decided at the end of last year already that I wanted to do my 5th year elective in Thailand so that gave me a nice head start. A friend of mine who was planning on doing his elective in Thailand too, suggested a university that we could apply to. So, we decided to do our elective at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The hospital was established in 1947 and consists of 21 medical departments. There are 1500 beds, 409 physicians and 1177 nurses. Our decision though was mainly based on the fact that the hospital is located in Bangkok, meaning most of the people we would encounter would be able to understand some basic English and so communication would not be a huge obstacle.
Every good tourist does a fair amount of planning before a trip to be prepared for the broad array of peculiar situations one might find oneself in when travelling abroad. Being a researcher, I just couldn’t stop myself from digging into every bit of travel information I could find. This included everything from the best type of suitcase to travel with, what clothes to wear on a plane, customs and visa regulations, pre-travel health precautions and insurance, right through to transiting in foreign countries, cultural do’s and don’ts and of course sights to see!
All this research naturally led to the discovery of a lot of interesting facts and opinions. I will share the most important ones with you that ensured a smooth ride all the way to Thailand and back!