Asian Clinical Tropical Medicine FAQs
Dates and Locations
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 10th, 2018 Century Park Hotel, 9 Ratchaprarop Road, Pratunam - Victory Monument, Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand: Monday, June 11th - Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
Siem Reap, Cambodia: Wednesday, June 20th - Friday, June 22nd, 2018
U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry. Upon entry, Thai immigration officials will place an immigration stamp in the passport permitting a 30-day stay in Thailand if arriving by air or land. Please find more information on the U.S. state department page here, or the embassy page here. If you are travelling from Canada you can find more information on the embassy page here, or the government page here.
We have negotiated a special conference rate at the Century Park Hotel. All rooms include breakfast, free wifi, a fitness center and pool access. The executive rooms include access to the top Club floor, which has a happy hour with drinks and snacks each afternoon. The exchange rate is currently approximately 34-35 baht to the US dollar. Please make sure you tell the Century Park Hotel you are an Asian Clinical Tropical Medicine participant with the Mahidol Faculty of Tropical Medicine to get this special rate. The phone number is (66) 02-246-7800 and e-mail address is email@example.com.
We can also suggest the Picnic Hotel located just opposite Kingpower shopping complex. We have not yet stayed there, but it is recommended by Mahidol University. They have contract rates as below:
42 USD/night (Single room)
45 USD/night (Twin room)
48 USD/night (Superior single room)
54 USD/night (Superior twin room)
In order to make accommodations at these rates we can connect you to our contact at Mahidol University.
Transportation in Thailand
Transportation in Thailand
After arriving at the Bangkok airport (Suvarnabhumi International Airport), and clearing customs, you will enter the receiving hall.
The easiest way to get to the Century Park Hotel is by taxi (make sure it is metered). It will take about 30-45 minutes from the airport to the hotel. You can exchange money at the airport – very few taxis will accept foreign currency. A Century Park Hotel shuttle is available for a higher fee and can be arranged through the hotel. There are also trains and buses that you can take as well.
Note: In the receiving area you will be accosted by a bewildering number of people offering you either taxi or limo service. While these are safe, the price is usually several times what you will pay if you go outside to the taxi stand. Outside at the taxi area, please do not accept taxis that are solicited by anyone other than the official taxi stand area. If your taxi takes the express toll road, you will need to pay the toll, about 40 Baht. You pay this directly to the driver in cash at the time he pays the toll.
There are overnight daybeds at the airport if you arrive late, and you can travel to your accommodations in the morning.
In general, it is a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel to the hospital or you can get picked up with the van.
We are arranging for our lectures and labs as well as for our small clinical groups to visit and see patients in several hospitals throughout Bangkok and the surrounding area. The Faculty of Tropical Medicine of Mahidol University will be our host and logistically our home throughout the course in Bangkok.
To give you a taste, you may be visiting these clinical sites (and others):
Hospital of the Faculty of Tropical Medicine and intensive care units
Children’s Hospital infectious disease and dengue units
The Bamrajnaradura Infectious Disease Hospital
Ramathibodi General Hospital infectious disease wards
Thai Red Cross Society
Prapradang Leprosy Hospital
Suan Phung regional Hospital
Malaria Field and Research Station in Ratchaburi on the Myanmar border
You will have opportunities to see patients with tropical infectious diseases in each of these locations and will be able to question them and examine them. We will be holding our labs at the Faculty of Tropical Medicine in the laboratory classroom.
We will send you the course schedule once it is finalized. We can give you an idea of the day to day activities. We meet usually at 8:30AM to take the bus to the appropriate facility. Throughout the day, there are lectures, patient rounds or laboratory sessions, with the day wrapping up and return to the hotel around 5:30PM. Lunch and frequent snacks are provided by the faculty. We have a field trip on Friday and Saturday and this includes going to the malaria research station on the Myanmar border, and staying overnight. Sunday is a free day and a great time for touring and visiting the market.
Tourism in Thailand
Transportation from Bangkok to Siem Reap
Transportation from Bangkok to Siem Reap
This travel can be arranged after arriving in Bangkok (you are welcome to book beforehand). More details to follow. You should plan to have an extra 2-3 days if possible to visit the ruins of Angkor, as well as local artisans and, if interested, a temple which honors those lives lost during the Cambodia Khmer Rouge regime.
The schedule is being finalized, but will include outstanding lectures, hospital rounds and a visit to a satellite hospital.
Angkor Hospital for Children and their satellite clinic
Tourism in Cambodia
We are applying for AMA 1 category CME credit and you will be able to request this. In 2016 we had over 50 hours of CME credit.
- Please be certain to check the CDC, Trip Prep, British Fit For Travel, or the Canadian Government Travel page for travel advice to Thailand and Cambodia.
- Visit a travel clinic at least 6 weeks before your trip.
- We hold the course specifically during part of the rainy season so that there is a heightened incidence of dengue, malaria and arboviral encephalitis - good for us, bad for the local population. Bangkok is malaria free, but there is a lot of dengue in Bangkok. There is no malaria risk in the Siem Reap tourist zone. Zika has also been reported in Bangkok. We will be spending the night at the Ratchaburi malaria station on the Myanmar border; so yes, you will be in a malaria endemic zone and there is drug resistant malaria present there. That is why it makes a good location for malaria research.
- There is always some controversy about the use of malaria prophylaxis. There are valid points on both sides. Clearly everyone agrees that you need personal protective measures against malaria while at the Ratchaburi Malaria Research Station. That includes the use of DEET or similar product on your exposed skin, long sleeves and pants in the evenings and avoidance of bites. Avoidance of bites is difficult as we are in a jungle setting in open dorm rooms that invite mosquito presence. Many experts recommend if you are in a malaria area less than 24 hours that just being careful and using DEET and long sleeves is sufficient. Others point out that there is a high incidence of malaria, the malaria is about half falciparum and is chloroquine and mefloquine resistant. They recommend prophylaxis with either malarone or doxycycline saying “why take the chance?” The decision is yours, but in any case, if you are unfortunate enough to contract malaria, you can take comfort in knowing that you are in the presence of some of the world’s most respected malaria experts. Please make sure that you check on the recommended prevention methods – your health is your responsibility!
- You will need to bring on the weekend trip:
- Hat (we will be walking outside to view villages and malaria breeding grounds)
- DEET/Promethrian/mosquito net
- Personal items