The UB Tourism students during the tour (Photo courtesy of Pamela Eileen Consul)
Tourism students of the University of Baguio (UB) have immersed in three-day tour of Thailand last November.
The group was divided into two – one had the tour last Nov. 8-10; the other had the trip last Nov. 10-12.
The tour participants’ accommodation was at Bangkok Palace Hotel, where they participated in a conference which tackled, among others, the partnership between the UB Travel Club and the Thailand-based Pacific Asia Travel Association of Young Tourism Professionals (PATA YTP ). The UB Travel Club is the organization of UB Tourism students.
Thailand is famous for its elephants. The group visited the Elephant Sanctuary and the Ground Zoo, which featured an elephant show and a crocodile show.
The group also explored Bangkok’s Floating Market, where souvenir pieces are housed and sold in a boat.
On the second and third days of the experiential tour, the students were asked to explore by themselves and interact with the locals.
Shopping in Bangkok is popular among tourists. The products and the food are considerably cheap. The group stopped by Big C and Intrasquare malls, where they tried some Thai food and shopped for some souvenir items.
The group also checked out the Neon Market. According to one of the tour participants, items at the Neon Market are quite expensive.
Overall, the tour participants shared that the locals were friendly and accommodating. “It’s sort of an eye-opener. We experienced another culture and it gave us an understanding of the diversity of cultures. We did not just acquire new knowledge, but we have also gained memories to treasure for life,” said one of the participants.
The students were accompanied by their instructors, namely Rachelle Anne Montoya, Edel Isanan, Jonidi Reyes, and Mark Anthony Santos, together with Joanna Marie Victorio, program chair of BS Tourism at the UB School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management (SIHTM), and Jenelyn Magpatoc, dean of UB-SIHTM.
Indeed, immersion allows students to better understand theories. – Dianna Rose Santiago, Krizzelle Palicos and Karen Joy Mabanta