[Video] Webster Thailand Students Explore Bangkok During Orientation

| May 26, 2015

Webster University Thailand welcomed new students for the 2015 summer term recently with a student orientation program May 16-17. In addition to providing students with an opportunity to meet their new classmates, the session also included a tour of Bangkok that took in some of the city’s favorite tourist sites and activities.

The tour was recorded as part of the new Webster University Thailand VLOG series that shares student events and other activities surrounding Webster University in Thailand. View the embedded video of the orientation daytrip video above, or at the Webster University Thailand YouTube channel.

After exploring the sites of Bangkok under the hot Thai sun, Iben Buus from Denmark said, “I had an amazing, but very hot day. I got to make friends with my new classmates.”

“It was a great trip,” added Poranin Technauban from Thailand. “I got to know some new friends from around world and visited the stunning places in Bangkok.”

During Webster University Thailand's student orientation program, students toured some of Bangkok's most popular sites while getting to know their new classmates.

During Webster University Thailand’s student orientation program May 16-17, students toured some of Bangkok’s most popular sites along with their new classmates.

Bangkok Cityscape Tour

View the tour video

With a population of more than 14 million, Bangkok is a regional economic hub as well as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The number one draw for both Thai and foreign tourists is the elaborate Grand Palace, the official residence of the Kings of Siam and later Thailand from 1782 until 1925. The walled complex consists of numerous ornately decorated buildings, including Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which is the most important religious site for Thai Buddhists.

Another major tourist attraction, not to mention the favorite weekend destination of many Thais, is the amazingly diverse array of retail outlets. No tour of Bangkok would be complete without a spot of shopping, whether seeking out brand names in a world class shopping mall or hunting for bargains in one of the countless street markets.

Students also got to see the Chao Praya, the River of Kings, which flows from northern Thailand through Bangkok before entering the Gulf of Siam. Together with Bangkok’s many canals and waterways, the river was once the main means of getting around the city and earned Bangkok the title of the Venice of the East.

Today, much of the river traffic has been replaced by buses and cars. Fortunately, the city’s sprawling network of roads is supplemented by an ever growing public transport system that includes that fast and convenient sky train.

The sky-train passes through Bangkok’s main business district, which covers the parallel streets of Silom and Sathorn. The sky-train’s Chong Nonsi station connects directly to Empire Tower, one of the most famous landmarks in the area and the site of Webster University Thailand’s Bangkok campus.

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