Department of Political Science

California State University, Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, CA  93311


Phone:  661-664-2141

Fax:  661-665-6075






Vietnam/Cambodia Guide (Required Reading)

CSUB Version, Updated: May 5, 2005


This document is intended to prepare you for the trip and to ensure the individual and collective safety of the entire group.  It is imperative that each of you read the entire guide thoroughly and carefully. There are forms that you must sign included in this document.



Each person must sign a California State University Waiver of Liability and Medical Disclosure form. Please return these signed forms to me no later than Friday, May 27, 2005. I have been informed by the University that failure to sign these forms will disqualify you from participation.

Waiver Form One

Waiver Form Two



Everyone needs to have a valid passport. If you do not have one, you can order an expedited passport from: Visas will be handled by the travel agency.



1. Hepatitis A: This is available at the CSUB Health Center for $20. It does have to be taken in cycles, but they’re about 6 months apart or as soon as you come back from your trip. You may also receive this from your private Doctor.


2. Hepatitis B: This is available at the CSUB Health Center for $20. It does have to be taken in cycles, but they’re about 6 months apart or as soon as you come back from your trip. You may also receive this from your private Doctor.


3. Typhoid: This shot/oral is provided by the Kern County Health Department at 1800 Mount Vernon Ave. The cost is $56 and you have to make an appointment -- the number is 868-0502.  You may also receive this from your private Doctor.


4. Malaria: Tablets can be prescribed by your Doctor, or by CSUB Health Center. The number is 664-2394.  According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, all of the locations we are visiting in Vietnam are considered low or no risk areas for Malaria. However, Cambodia is considered a risk, especially in the jungles around Angor Wat. 


Atovaquone/proguanil (brand name: Malarone™ ) is the recommended pill for the areas we will be visiting.


See the following link for more details:


Should be up to date on:

1. Polio Booster: Check your personal immunizations records.


2. Measles Booster: Check your personal immunizations records.


3. Tetanus/Diptheria (Td): Check your personal immunizations records.


Additional Precautions


1. Immodium or Cipro: Immodium is available over-the-counter and Cipro is available with a prescription from your doctor.


2. Mosquito Bite Protection: The best protection against mosquito bites is wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats; apply insect repellent to exposed skin. Be sure to use repellent with DEET (diethylmethyltoluamide) or Picaridin (read more). You can buy highly concentrated DEET at specialty camping supply stores such as Copeland’s, REI, or online but use with extreme caution.  Also, oil of lemon eucalyptus is effective.



Travel insurance is not required, but it is recommended.  Both faculty and students can get a student ID (or University ID) that comes with travel insurance and other benefits. It costs $22 and will cover costs of Medivac privileges (if you can call it that).  The website is Or you can contact your Insurance agent or you may also try,  The cost ranges from $40-140 depending on the type of coverage you want.



You can receive CSUB course credit for this trip (2-5 credits). If you are interested please contact me immediately.



The Airport Bus of Bakersfield has service from Bakersfield to Los Angeles International Airport. It leaves Bakersfield seven times daily. I will arrange for us to travel from Bakersfield on it, unless you already know you will provide your own transportation. I wouldn’t recommend leaving a car at the airport but it’s your decision.  I’ll finalize this when we receive the exact times on the tickets.

Location: 2530 F Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 800-858-5000, 395-0635
Fares: $27 one way, $44 round-trip





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PACKING GUIDE (Suggestions)

There are several good sources online for packing suggestions. A general rule of thumb is “travel light.” In fact, one recommendation is “Once you've made a pile of everything you might bring, halve it and then see if you can leave 3 more things behind!”  Read more at the links below. (An excellent easy-to-use list!)