A Sampling of Notes from the Trip Leader

A sampling of the notes from Dr. Marshall Peters, the Thai trip leader.

Culture:

  • Heads are most important – do not touch anyone’s head
  • Feet are dirty – take off shoes when entering homes or churches
  • Also, do not point with your feet at anyone or anything
  • Do not hold eye contact for long (type of domination)
  • Thai currency has the face of the Thai king – treat it respectfully

Things to bring:

  • Shoes that are easy to put on and take off; flip-flops or other washable shoes for camp
  • Toilet paper, at least one roll
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Washcloth, towel; wet wipes
  • Flashlight, extra batteries
  • Dramamine
  • Immodium
  • Carry-on type bag for use in camp

Weather, Time, Currency:

  • Kuala Lumpur – 90 degrees down to 75 at night
  • + 14 hrs
  • Currency – Ringget, about 3.3 to $1
  • Chiang Mai – 80 degrees down to possibly 55 at night
  • + 13 hrs
  • Currency – Baht, about 33 to $1

Be Prepared:

  • If you are a pastor, have a sermon ready
  • Musical numbers
  • Bring photos from home to share one on one

Clothing:

  • Women, keep shoulders covered and no shorts
  • Jackets, sweatshirts to layer
  • Remember we will have little privacy in the camps so bring suitable nightwear

Food and water:

  • Expect lots of rice
  • We’ll point out the spiciest peppers to avoid!Drink only bottled water or water that has been boiled
  • Brush teeth and rinse mouth with bottled water
  • Look for ice cubes with holes in them; avoid crushed ice which may be unclean

Travel:

  • We’ll be in vans and in the back of pickups – there will be wind and rough roads
  • There will be squat toilets in some places (practice knee bends)

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