Four reasons to study in the Mekong region

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THAILAND

There’s a reason 16 million international visitors flock to the “land of smiles” every year. Asia’s primary travel destination, Thailand is known for its fusion of rich heritage and contemporary Western influence. Originally known as Siam, Thailand’s 77 provinces are currently home to 63 million people distributed across its mysterious mountains and near-endless coastline. Bustling metropolitan areas, meanwhile, offer urbanites everything from savory street food to amazing nightlife.

The beach on Krabi tropical island

The beach on Krabi tropical island

Four Reasons to study in Thailand

1. Degrees Abound

A total of 685 accredited international programs comprising 251 bachelor’s degrees, 314 master’s degrees, 105 doctorate degrees and 11 graduate diploma degree programs — not to mention additional continuing education opportunities — mean you’re sure to find the perfect program to meet your academic interests.

2. Cheap and Chic

A favorite destination among budget-conscious travelers, Thailand offers an economical option for international students for whom studying elsewhere is cost-prohibitive. Just how inexpensive is it to live and study in Thailand? Pricerunner ranked it the second least expensive city in the world, behind only Mumbai.

3. Take It All In

Whether you earn to take in traditional scenes of quaint fishing communities or the bright lights and sophisticated culture of modern-day Bangkok, Thailand is full of amazing things to see and do thanks to offerings comprising lush, dense jungles, famed lakes, and everything in between.

4. Cheer-worthy chow

No discussion of Thailand is complete without mention of its exquisite food served up by its famously friendly natives. From outdoor stalls to fine dining, there are countless ways to discover Thailand’s glorious cuisine. Believe us when we say: Pad Thai is just the beginning….

CAMBODIA

This petite country was once a powerful player in early ancient civilization but has since experienced more than its share of heartache. Still, millions of annual visitors head to Cambodia for its “non-touristy” vibe offering everything from world-famous temples to tropical beaches. Bordered by Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, Cambodia is home to a population of 13.5 million people.

Stone Gate of Angkor Thom in Cambodia

Stone Gate of Angkor Thom in Cambodia

Four Reasons to study in Cambodia

1.  Honor and Learn

Perhaps summed up best by Lonely Planet as “the good, the bad and the ugly,” Cambodia’s history is simultaneously fascinating and heartbreaking. Visitors pay homage to the rise and fall of one of the planet’s greatest civilizations.

2.  Step Back in Time

Because so little has changed here in recent generations, studying in Cambodia doesn’t just offer the chance to learn history, but also to bask in some seriously old-fashioned and provincial charm.

3. Meet and Greet

Despite their country’s recent tragic history and relatively basic living standards, Cambodians remain some of Asia’s most welcoming people. How much so? Cambodians don’t address strangers as “ma’am” or “sir” but instead as “”sister,” “brother,” “aunt,” “uncle,” or even “grandma” or “grandpa,” depending on your age.

4.  Education Meets Agriculture

While the Cambodian higher education provides quality and stable higher educational offerings, the country is still in a state of growth. Students gain access to a truly genuine educational experience against a backdrop of rare, authentic agriculture.

LAOS

Lesser-traveled Laos is often overlooked for its flashier neighbors, but this laid-back, landlocked country has plenty of allures of its own. While a limited infrastructure may make visiting a challenge, the rewards are plentiful in terms of authentic access to this sparsely populated country’s fascinating history, rich culture, and pristine landscapes. And while less than seven million people live here, the population is surprisingly diverse, including everything from vibrantly attired hill tribes to Buddhist monks.

Landscape of Nam Song River at Vang Vieng, Laos

Landscape of Nam Song River at Vang Vieng, Laos

Four Reasons to study in Laos

1. Natural Beauty at its Best

From the mighty Mekong river — a way of life in Laos — to lush rainforests and heavily forested mountains, Laos is an untouched and beguiling destination for foreigners — particularly for outdoor enthusiasts who revel in the country’s amazing biking and climbing.

2. Set the Trend

While Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia may garner the lion’s share of the buzz, this is quickly changing. As Laos beckons to more and more travelers — tourism is now the country’s biggest growth sector — get there first to enjoy to enjoy an unsullied experience. 

3. An Archaeologist’s Dream

While Laos is a wonderland of archaeological exploration, its “Plain of Jars,” offers a truly extraordinary experience. Located in northern Laos, this world-famous plateau features a smattering of massive, ancient jars scattered over the region’s hilly plains. Even more remarkably, experts know little about the civilization which created them.

4. A Fresh Perspective

The difference between eastern and western cultures is heavily referenced, but can hardly be captured secondhand. Spending time in Laos gives international students true awareness of this very different worldview. This understanding will serve you well throughout life — both personally and professionally. The Lao also have a great love for storytelling and humor. If you enjoy meeting new people, hearing about their experiences,  and having a laugh together, there’s no better destination than Laos.

VIETNAM

One of the region’s biggest and most populated countries, Vietnam is home to more than 92 million people representing 54 different ethnic groups.  A utopia for lovers of adventure, history, relaxation, and cuisine, Vietnam attracts millions of visitors every year for its sublime natural beauty, resilient people and bustling marketplaces packed with people and motorbikes.

farmer and farm

farmer and farm

Four Reasons to study in Vietnam

1. History in the Making

Just 40 years out from the devastating Vietnam War, the country remains in an accelerated state of recovery and development meaning visitors enjoy greater access and amenities by the day.

2.   A Food-Lover’s Paradise.

Many culinary luminaries agree: no other Southeast Asian cuisine compares to Vietnamese. Amazing flavors, complex techniques, and diverse influences have earned Vietnam its reputation as an epicurean epicenter.

3.  Pick your Program

From Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, Vietnam’s higher education institutions offer a broad range of programs – many of which are taught in English. Students enjoy a multicultural learning environment while being immersed in Vietnam’s rich culture.

4. Festivals Galore

Festivals are an ingrained part of the Vietnamese culture. Whether for pure entertainment or to commemorate a special occasion, you’re never far from a celebration when you travel to Vietnam.

Source: Master Studies

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