Because Thailand is one of the most popular destinations on earth, we have lots of students who choose to do their shadowing there. And with views like this, who can blame them? To give everyone the best possible chance to settle in and fully immerse themselves in Thai culture, we have introduced a full day of cultural activities on the Sunday before you begin your placement. Here’s what you’ll be getting involved in! Visiting local temples There are more than 40,000 temples in Thailand, which shows how integral they are both to the country’s architecture and culture. You will have the opportunity to visit two of Phitsanulok’s temples where a group of local schoolchildren (eager to practise their English!) will give you a tour around the area. You can spend as much time as you wish taking in the spectacular atmosphere. A waterfall visit Thailand is also full of stunning natural beauty, and you will be given the chance to experience this in the flesh on a visit to a breathtaking waterfall. Keep your camera handy! Optional: elephant visit As an optional extra, students are invited to attend a local organization that houses a group of elephants in beautifully lush green space. You will be able to wash and help to bathe the elephants and ride on one of them if you wish to. This will cost around 450 THB (around USD $13) and is the only extra fee incurred during the day. Evening activities After a fantastic day of activities you will retire back to the Gap Medics house to continue making memories into the evening. You will be introduced to some Thai games, have a simple language lesson and be educated on respect and etiquette in the country. This means you will be able to properly greet your mentor the day that you start your placement and forge a great working relationship with them. You’ll get the chance to learn about Thai culture and history before your full welcome briefing to the medical shadowing program itself, and – finally – a gorgeous welcome dinner prepared by our in-house chefs! We really hope our new structure to the day will mean that all students feel ready and raring to go on Monday morning. Still making your mind up? Check out all of our destinations here. Eye-opening hospital work experience International hospital shadowing for school and university students Find out more You might also be interested in ... Our new Caribbean programs are on their way Scholarship profile: Michaela Kowalewski Under 18s can now join us in the Dominican Republic!