TRAVEL INFORMATION

Everything our guests need to know to plan a trip for a JoyCorps accelerator summit or to visit one of our partner communities in Asia.

 

INDIA

We recommend the following as you plan your travel to India. Please contact us at info@joycorps.org for questions or further recommendations.

Airports

  • New Delhi = DEL (Indira Gandhi)

  • Dehradun = DED (Jolly Grant)

    (We recommend booking Delhi to Dehradun flights on Air India, as it is the most reliable airline and allows 25 kg of checked baggage as opposed to 15 kg on other airlines.)

Visas

  • Apply for your tourist visa to India here.

  • We recommend that you apply 2 months prior to your trip to allow plenty of time.

Accommodations

Taxi

  • Delhi: Most taxi cabs are safe, but if you prefer to play it safe, hire a Radio Taxi.

  • Dehradun: Please contact our trusted friend Prem: +91 98972 96048

  • Prem's daily rate is INR 2,000 (about $29 USD).

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off is an additional INR 2,200 (about $32 USD).

Restaurants

Shopping

  • Delhi: Dilli Haat - a large market selling authentic Indian textiles and handicrafts

  • Dehradun: Fabindia - popular Indian department store featuring ethnic wear, housewares, scarves, and stoles

  • Dehradun: Paltan Bazar - Dehradun’s busiest marketplace; it is recommended that guests go with a local

Health Information

  • Click here for recommended vaccines and health tips from the CDC for staying safe and healthy while you travel to India.

  • A general rule of thumb to follow while in India is to avoid tap water and any food that might have been washed or prepared in it. This generally means sticking to bottled water and avoiding ice, ice cream, salads, and raw veggies and fruit that you haven’t peeled yourself. If eating street food, stick to items that have been baked or fried.

Additional Tips

  • Click here for travel and safety trips from Lonely Planet.

  • Click here for an exhaustive guide to Indian culture, customs, business practices and etiquette.

THAILAND

We recommend the following as you plan your travel to Thailand. Please contact us at info@joycorps.org for questions or further recommendations.

Airports

  • Bangkok = BKK (Suvarnabhumi)

  • Hong Kong = HKG (Hong Kong International Airport)

  • Chiang Rai = CEI (Mae Fah Luang)

    (You will typically travel through Bangkok to reach Chiang Rai, but there is now a limited flight offered direct to Chiang Rai through Hong Kong.)

Visas

  • U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa ahead of time. You will be issued an automatic 30-day tourist visa upon arrival.

  • If you are not an American, click here to learn whether you need a visa to visit Thailand.

Accommodations

  • Bangkok: At Residence Suvarnabhumi (near airport)

    Price: Usually $40 - $50 USD per night

  • Chiang Rai: Bura Resort (near our founders, the Murrays)
    Price: Usually $50 - $80 USD per night

Taxi

  • The best taxi service is Thailand’s version of Uber, called Grab. Download the GrabTaxi App before you go.

Restaurants

  • Bangkok: You have to try the street food.

  • Chiang Rai: Chivit Tamma Da - bistro and cafe in a lovely setting

  • Chiang Rai: Risen Koff - coffee shop featuring coffee by JoyCorps fellows

Shopping

  • Bangkok: Bangkok has malls, weekend markets, floating markets, night markets, flower markets, and even a Chinatown. Read more here.

  • Chiang Rai: Doi Din Dang Pottery - our favorite local pottery studio

  • Chiang Rai: Night Bazaar

Health Information

  • Click here for recommended vaccines and health tips from the CDC for staying safe and healthy while you travel to Thailand.

  • Thailand recommends Malaria pills, but these are usually not necessary unless you would like to take extra precaution. 

Additional Tips

  • Click here for a list of things to know before you visit Thailand.

  • Click here for a guide to cultural etiquette in Thailand.

  • Click here for a list of things to do in Chiang Rai.