ASIA-AQ General Travel Information

Philippines 


Emergency Contacts
            National Emergency Hotline: 911
            Police: 117 or (02) 8722-0650 
            Fire: (02) 8426-0219 or (02) 8426-3812
ESPO Site Manager 
            Vidal Salazar: +1 (650) 499-6405

Hospital
            The Medical City Clark
            100 Gatwick Gateway
            Clark Global City Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, 2023
            Emergency Department: +63 919-069-5537 or (045) 598 4000
Lodging
General Safety and Information 
            Refrain from walking alone at night 
            Hold onto purses/bags and keep in mind pickpocketing can occur in crowded areas 
            Always carry a copy of your passport if you are asked about your citizenship 
            You may be questioned by authorities is you take pictures of military installations or government buildings 
            Philippine peso (PHP) or “₱”
            Plan to use cash for daily transactions
Visas 
            No visa is required for travel under 30 days 
            Passport must be valid for 6 months at the time of entry 

South Korea 


Emergency Contacts
            Police: 112
            Ambulance & Fire: 119 
            Emergencies Medical Information Hotline: 1339

ESPO Site Manager 
            Andrian Liem: +1 (415) 746-0555

Hospital(s)
            Asan Medical Center, International Healthcare Service
            88, Olympic-ro 43-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul
            Tel: +82-2-3010-5001
            Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (weekdays only)
            Transportation: Walk from exit 1 of Jamsillaru Station (Line 2) to the hospital shuttle stop (arrives every 10 minutes); or 
            take bus 4318 from exit 7 of Jamsil Station (Line 2) 
            Samsung Medical Center, International Healthcare Service
            80, Irwon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 
            Tel: 02)3410-0200 Email: ihs.smc@samsung.com
            Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (weekdays), 8:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
            Transportation: Walk five minutes to SMC from exit 1 of Irwon Station (Line 3) 
            Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) International Healthcare Service
            101, Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 
            Tel: 02)2072-2890/0505 Email: international@snuh.org
            Hours: 9:00am-5:30pm (weekdays), 9:00am-12:30pm (Saturdays)
            Transportation: Hyehwa Station (Line 4, exit 3) 
            Severance Hospital (Yonsei University Hospital), International Healthcare Service
            Hours: 9:30am-12:30pm; 1:30pm-5:30pm (weekdays; office opens at 8:30am), 9:30am- 12:30pm (Saturdays; walk-in
            only) 
            Transportation: Walk 15 minutes from exit 3 of Sinchon Station (Line 2) or take the shuttle bus in front of exit 1. The
            hospital is located next to the Yonsei University campus. 
            Lodging
General Safety and Information 
            Extensive subway system
            Secure your wallets and purses and wear bags across your body to avoid pickpocketing in public areas 
            Be aware for scams such as the Teahouse scam
            Republic of Korea uses the won (W)
            Most ATMs are open from 8:30am-10:00pm and some require Korean bank accounts
            Transactions during no-banking hours and weekends incur a fee
            Cash dispenser (CD) machines provide only cash withdrawal services are generally 24-hours and are commonly found
            in convenience stores, bus terminals, and department stores, but have a higher withdrawal fee than an ATM.
            If you have any trouble using an ATM or a CD, call the Korea Travel Phone at tel. 1330 for assistance in English
            Credit cards, especially Visa and MasterCard, are widely accepted, but some stores may have problems processing
            foreign cards
            Smaller restaurants, outdoor markets, and buses require cash

Malaysia 


Emergency Contacts
            Police & Ambulance: 999 (landline) or 112 (cell/mobile)
            Fire: 994 (landline) or 112 (cell/mobile)
ESPO Site Manager 
            Roy Johnson: +1 (650) 623-7539

Hospital(s)
            Gleneagles Hospital
            Block A & Block B, 282 & 286, Jalan Ampang, Kampung Berembang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah           Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 
            Tel: +603-4141 3000; Whatsapp Line: +6016 339 3000 
            Park City Medical Center
            No.2, Jalan Intisari Perdana, Desa ParkCity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
            Tel: 24 Hours Careline: +03-56391616; WhatsApp line: +6019 650 1616; 24-Hour Emergency Department: +03-62793085
            Pantai Hospital
            8, Jalan Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
            Tel: +603-2296 0888; WhatsApp line: +6016-313 0888; Emergency Department/Ambulance Service +603–2296 0999 
Lodging
General Safety and Information 
            In many areas, tap water is not potable; be aware that ice drinks may be used using tap water
            Getting around is easily done by foot or through the subway and monorail system
                        A special 'KL Travel Pass' is sold at KL Sentral, the main transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur, and this pass
            allows you to explore the city 
            Medium to high risk of pickpocketing and purse snatching, so ensure your belongings, including your travel documents,
            are always secure in high-traffic areas, trains, and airports
            Avoid using your phone when walking or waiting in crowded areas
            Make sure your bag is locked and hold your purse close to your body
            Currency is the Malaysian ringgit; one ringgit is equal to 100 sen
                        Coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen
            Currency can be changed at banks and hotels; more favorable rates with moneychangers located in shopping centers,
            lanes, and small stores (displaying exchange rates)
            Credit cards are widely accepted at hotel and restaurants and at many shops; most popular are American Express,
            MasterCard, and Visa
            ATMs may not accept credit/debit cards from your home bank
Visa
            US passport must be valid for 6 months and you need one blank page for the entry stamp

Thailand 


Emergency Contacts
            Police: 191 or Tourist Police: 1155
            Medical Emergency: 1669 
ESPO Site Manager 
            Erin Czech: +1 (650) 499-6406

Hospital 
            Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
            301 Moo 6 Sukhumvit Rd, Muang Pattaya, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
            Tel: +66 38 259 911 or 1719 Email: inquiry@bph.co.th
            Pattaya International Hospital
            255/4 Moo 9 Soi Pattaya 4 Pattaya 2nd Road Nongprue Banglamung Chonburi 20150. 
            Tel: +66 38 428 374
Lodging
General Safety and Information 
            In many areas, tap water is not potable; be aware that ice for drinks may be made using tap water 
            Risk of pickpocketing and purse snatching; ensure belongings and travel documentations are always secure in high-
            traffic areas, trains, airports, and specifically on Walking Street
            Avoid using your phone when walking or waiting in crowded areas
            Make sure your bag is locked and hold your purse close to your body
            Currency is the baht (written B, Bt, Bht, or THB) and is divided into 100 satang coins
            It is easy to visit an airport exchange booth or ATM on arrival in Thailand
            There are exchange kiosks at most international airport arrival halls in Thailand, but they might not be open 24 hours 
            International hotels and larger businesses in Thailand accept major credit cards
            Be sure to ask about surcharges before handing over your card and keep all receipts
            MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards in Thailand, followed by American Express
            Look at the back of your bank card to see which network you're on, and then call or check online for ATM locations
            Be sure you know your personal identification number (PIN) and daily withdrawal limit before you depart
            You'll need a 4-digit PIN in Thailand, so if yours is a 6-digit number, get it changed before you go
Visa
            Passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of entry and have one blank page for the entry stamp

 If you cannot contact the site manager, contact ESPO:


Jhony Zavaleta: +1 (650) 965-5301
Sam Kim: +1 (650) 935-0840