Spotlight on Thailand

Spotlight on Thailand

A guide to custom programs in Thailand

There’s a reason Thailand is home to the second most-visited city in the world, Bangkok, and attracted nearly 30 million visitors in 2015: it is a paradise of culture, history and natural beauty, offering visitors a true adventure. Thailand’s food scene is as bustling in street markets as it is in Michelin-rated fine dining restaurants, and its Buddhist temples and giant Golden Buddha’s offer a look into Thailand’s unique and peaceful culture.

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Customize Your Program

Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Thailand, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:


Thailand’s successful transition in the last 20 years from lower-income country to industrialized nation has captured the attention of global giants such as Nike, Ralph Lauren, and Hitachi. Consider the geopolitical challenges of competing with neighboring export giants, such as China.

Food & Beverage

Thailand’s recent industrialization has brought access to more sophisticated farming technology, greater capacity to adhere to international quality standards, and enhanced ability to maximize its arable land as a resource. Explore how advanced technology allows Thailand to keep prices low as one of the world’s largest food exporters.

Energy, Oil & Gas

Until recently, more than two-thirds of Thailand’s labor force was employed in agriculture. As Thailand’s middle class starts to play a larger economic role and increase its energy consumption, understand the challenges of this country’s dependence on crude oil imports, and the inherent threat to economic stability.


Though Thailand is home to many religious affiliations, nearly 94% of the population is practices Buddhism. Ornate temples and ruins are strewn across the landscape, including the traditional tall golden stupas and striking statues of Buddha.




Spotlight on Thailand

Destination Overview

Spotlight on Thailand Tourism

Thailand’s status as a major tourist destination has led to more than half its GDP coming from the service sector. The country has a strong infrastructure, having successfully transitioned into an industrialized nation over the last 50 years. It is now a key player in global value chains. However, its trade sector is largely dependent on the Chinese economy, and political instability within Thailand since 2006 has caused concern in the business climate and slowed economic growth, particularly in recent years.