By: Jo Yee Yap, Foster Undergraduate and GBC Study Abroad Scholarship Recipient who participated in an exchange with the National University of Singapore
When in Singapore, there is a great opportunity to travel to nearby SE Asia countries. Throughout these 5 months, I was able to travel to 9 different countries.
By the first month of study abroad, I had been able to find a group of students who had similar interests in places to travel, and I started looking for air fares. I would recommend buying flight tickets as early as possible. I did not spend more than $120 on a round trip flight. I remember during January-February period, I found tickets to Phuket, Hong Kong, and Bali for $90 round trip.
I recommend doing much research about the countries you are interested in visiting and creating an itinerary before you go, as time is tight and there is so much to see and so little time.
I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
If you are all about outdoor adventures, the two countries I would highly recommend are Philippines and Myanmar.
The Philippines was nothing but beautiful. I was able to travel to Cebu and some of the activities that I did include canyoneering jumping off waterfalls, swimming at Kawasan Falls with incredibly blue waters, going to Oslob and having the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, and relax at a beautiful local beach. I also visited one of Asia’s wonders in Bohol overlooking the famous chocolate hills.
Myanmar is also one of the most amazing places I have visited. It is the land of golden temples as the country has thousands of temples. A group of friends and I rented a scooter for the day which costed $4, and rode around the city of Bagan visiting various temples, learning about the religion, and explored numerous temples, observing the beauty and architecture.