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Anastasiia Lebedenko, Brno University of Technology, ročník 2

Faculty Fakulta Informačních Technologií
Field of study IT
Field of internship Computer and Information Sciences
Specialization of InternshipComputer and Information Sciences, General
Internship period (from - to) 01.07.2022 - 30.09.2022
Internship duration (weeks) 12
Transport (means, price) 20 000 CZK
Insurance/Insurance company VUT
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) yes
Price of Visa 2000 CZK
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Thailand, Bangkok
Internship reference number TH/2022-U01-05

About the country

Location of the place

University was in the Northern part of Bangkok, it is near the outskirts, but not really different from other parts of the city. Don't be surprised if you see dozens of toy giraffes outside - colleagues told me the founder of university loved those animals and now students bring them as offerings to his spirit to pass the exams. (There are also some "cheaper versions" of offerings like strawberry Fanta, water bottles, etc) Besides a spirit house, which is obviously the most important thing, campus also has a canteen (1 dollar per meal), cafes, 7-11, food stalls, souvenir shop with university merch and uniform, doctor's office.


Bangkok is a huge city. You won't be able to hide from the noise even in the park, there is always rush time with heavy traffic, air is kinda dirty and humid. But on the other hand, infrastructure is great and MRT (metro) with river transport solve the traffic situation. I really enjoyed the view of Grand Palace, the riverfront, spectacular skyscrapers, hundreds of Buddhist temples... Go to Chatuchak park - it is a gorgeous place and as a bonus, you'll see lots of varans (big lizards) wandering around.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Bangkok is a convenient city to have a trip from, so I've taken a few.

Pattaya (2.5 h by bus)
Been there twice. Don't get me wrong, the beach is nasty and a day is enough just to see the city and party. But there is a 1 dollar - 30 minutes ferry to an amazing island - Ko Larn and that's why I went there again. Ko Lan is tiny, but has great and surprisingly not so trashed beaches. Tawaen Beach has the best infrastructure, Ta Yai is the coziest one, and also test your luck at the Monkey Beach (I didn't see any monkeys, but maybe you will)

Rayong (3.5 h by bus)
A popular tourist destination for Thais. Beach is mostly one long strip of sand but is kinda nice (I recommend the area near Novohotel and the hotel itself). You can take a boat to Ko Samet and oh boy, it is a heavenly island. White sand, magnificent rocks, great hotels with private access to the sea. Be prepared for sand flies though - they bite real bad, so maybe don't lay on the beach all day. Instead, try out snorkeling (huge variety of flora and fauna), go to see the sunset on the rocks, wander in the jungle. And you'll probably take pictures a lot.

Surat Thani (1 h by plane)
This city is popular for cheap transit flights to other, more popular locations. The city itself is ok, but half a day is more that enough there. My final destination was Khao Sok and that ended up being the best trip (ever?) in Thailand. 3 days, no data (that's the middle of nowhere), enormous azure lake, wild jungles and rocks around you. Local guide on traditional long-tail boat takes you to your bungalow, which floats on water and the door leads right into the lake. You enjoy a sky with billions of stars (again, a middle of nowhere) at night, go to wildlife safari at sunrise and ride kayaks in the endless lake in the afternoon. The chillest, the most beautiful, the most underrated experience in Thailand.

Phuket (1h by plane)
The most overrated experience in Thailand. I mean, its tourist infrastructure is great, you get really busy international airport, tours to literally everywhere straight from Phuket, all kinds of activities. Waves are awesome for surfers, but if you are not up to that, be prepared to swim just on the shallow. Kamala and Karon beaches are better for views and chill, if you want to party - definitely go to Patong Beach.

Chiang Mai (1h by plane)
A nomad paradise, Rose of the North, city of coffee shops and hub for hikers. Located just an hour away from Thailand's highest mount Doi Ithanon, and 15 minutes from Doi Suthep, it is the best location if you want to combine the amenities and comfort with outdoor experience. A secret tip: find a Doi Ithanon tour on Airbnb from a local and ask them to take you to the top trough the trail, not by car. Take a lifestyle tour around a city from Trailheads, drink special Japanese-style coffee at Mix Kaffee, hike the Monk's trail. A week or more should be awesome for this location.

Ayutthaya (2h by train)
Ancient city, amazing floating market. Try local green desert and wander around the temples. A day should be enough.

Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) - 1h by plane
Go to Angkor Wat both with the guide and by yourself. Local guides are great and Cambodian people are amazing, but they don't really get Westerner's obsession with Angkor Wat. So learn the info from them, and then feel the vibe getting lost there by your own. Go to the villages and explore rural Cambodian life. Really different from Thailand, although geographically really close.



I worked at King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok. I had two supervisors and a mentor, who turned out to be a nice Master's student who eventually became a good friend of mine. In the beginning, I got a clear task what to do and it was easy to start and carry on by myself. Neither supervisor or a mentor didn't really offer me some professional advise, professor was rather taking a customer side, mostly talking just about the final state of the product. So I worked by myself and presented progress at weekly meetings. It was chill and nice.

Work description

The description in the o-form was mostly accurate. As it stated, I was working on face recognition software that is also able to recognize people when wearing masks. At first I had to train an ML model in Python, then set up an API that implemented the model and wrote recognition results in the database. When it got to the final product, I was asked to make an Android app that would serve as a client to the API. I was not really prepared for that and this experience was kinda bumpy but in the end it turned out great. My final product was the app that would stream video to the screen in real time and indicate people's names and temperatures.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

I got 10 000 Baht a month (and some bonus in the end of internship). I would not say it's the comfortable amount for average person, but you'll survive. Take some extra money from home, though. Especially if you want to travel.

Language requirements

Oh boy, English was not enough. The ones that do speak English have a strong accent, but you'll get used to it. Be prepared that people would not reply and/or laugh uncomfortably when you speak to them.
Learn "sawadee-ka (or sawadee-krap if you're a man), kop kun-kaa (kop kun-krap) and mai ped.
Use google translate, gestures, give an offering to the spirit house (they are everywhere), pray to Buddha, I don't know. It's an experience.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

Interns live in the dormitory that is right on the campus. It is always a single room and mine was rather a closet. Initial price was 4 000 Baht but local IAESTE got us some discount and then it was 3 000 Baht.
Before arriving, you can find some Airbnb in the area and move there, which I did.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

IAESTE was working perfectly when it came to something important and official. Waited for my delayed plane in the airport, drove me to accommodation in private van, went with me to my visa appointments, resolved all my questions quickly.
When it comes to entertainment, they added me to chat with other interns and after that the international gang hung out on its own.

Meeting other foreign students

We had a trip, organised by university for (mostly) international exchange students. The trip was great and generous, I'd say. I had great time.

Sport and culture

I went to Thailand to learn new culture and I definitely did. I definitely got some culture shocks too.
Buddhist temple are so wildly mixed with Chinese and Hindu religious symbols, that at some point I felt like in parallel reality. Don't forget to add spirit houses, Muslim mosques, Christian churches to the mix too. People are tolerant to all religions, to other cultures, to everything. As a Westerner, you'll seem incredibly rude comparing to Thais. And they are tolerant to that too. They just shrug, smile and say "it's your culture". Thais value your personal space (except for street sellers, lol), have great hospitality tradition, are eager to introduce you to local customs.
It is too much to tell everything, but trust me - with new culture a whole new way of life is added to your consciousness. It's such an enriching experience.

Food, local specialties

Thais eat lots of chicken, but you'll find plenty of seafood options as well. Western food is either fake or expensive, prepare your stomach for lots of spicy, rice, weird vegetables and more rice.
My personal top list:
1. Grilled chicken on a stick (at street food markets). Try an orange one and you'll want a dozen of them.
2. Tom Kha Gai. Coconut soup with lime, chicken and mushrooms.
3. Seaweed chips at 7-11. Literally my daily snack at work.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

I used email, but social media is possible too. IAESTE Czech Republic is the best :)

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Before the trip, buy good insurance, check your health and eat some vitamins. For some reason it is easy to catch some virus. sore throat, infection, etc.
Start eating spicy food in advance.

Most importantly - during the internship, don't compare Thailand to Europe. It is a whole different world. It is not worse, not better, just different :)

What not to forget with you

Clothes - long sleeve tops and pants. (for work and temples)

Benefits of the internship

New culture
You get to apply your knowledge, gain workplace skills, maybe even head-start you thesis at home.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

It was flawless.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Everything was great. It is a nice opportunity to get an interesting (and also paid!) internship with not-so-harsh selection process and support along the way. A must do for university students, in my opinion.

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