Phuket, Thailand is a world-class destination for medical tourism, where medical and dental health care services are equal to most developed countries at a fraction of the cost. There are a number of excellent international hospitals near the university, including the Bangkok-Phuket Hospital, The Phuket International Hospital, and Mission Hospital (managed by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church).
In case of an emergency, each of these hospitals meets international standards.
Dental services in Phuket can be arranged at Dental Sea Clinic, owned and operated by Prince of Songkla University Professor, DDS/PhD, Ann Assenov. Professor Assenov not only has a medical degree in Dentistry (DDS), she holds a PhD in Dental Philosophy, and teaches and trains students at the university.
Earning her degree in Japan, "Professor Ann" prides her work on honesty and affordable dental care for her patients. Services at Dental Sea range from routine teeth cleaning, to more advanced services, including surgery.
Thailand has left-hand traffic, a legacy of British influence in the region. American students are urged to be particularly observant as traffic flows on in the opposite direction to what they are used to.
Compared to the US, traffic flows in a different style and speed in Thailand, with motorcycles and vehicles of very different sizes driving at very different speeds. The "rules of the road" may vary considerably when compared with the US, and a safety in this regard cannot be overstated. A safety briefing is provided during the orientation.
Keeping with current standards in study abroad, Education Abroad Asia observes a safety-first policy, and students should not operate a motorcycle or drive in Thailand as outlined in the program agreement.
STUDENTS DON'T NEED TO DRIVE – JOIN OUR FUN FIELD TRIPS WITH LOCAL AND LICENSED DRIVERS!
Accommodations are on campus – and all field trips and in-country travel will be arranged with licensed and experienced local drivers and guides. Students are free to use the local bus system, tuk-tuks, and private taxies for transportation.
Additionally, the university provides a shuttle service to local shopping malls several times a week and Education Abroad Asia will arrange transportation to beaches and places of interest that best meet the needs of our students.
Phuket is a world-class tourism destination, and adventures in and around the island are easily arranged. Education Abroad Asia has a designated travel company, Phuket Land Tour, owned and operated by “Mr. Soop”, a fun, fair, and friendly face on campus.
PHUKET OCEAN SAFETY – Phuket can have high and dangerous surf at anytime of year and lifeguard services, unfortunately, are unpredictable. It is essential that ocean safety be taken seriously.
Waves are highest and most frequent during the Southwest Monsoon, from approximately May to October.
In recent years, Phuket has gained recognition as a surfing destination and hosts various surfing competitions including those run by the Asian Surfing Circuit (ASC).
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