Each year we welcome over 2,500 students and staff from schools worldwide.
After a whole day travelling, the students from the University of Minnesota finally arrived in Bangkok. They were a little weary but keen to learn more about Thailand and its customs.
First stop was Koh Kret to find out more about the history of the Mon people and the famous pottery workshops. The students had the chance to try their hand at throwing a pot. One student took up the challenge as she has been studying pottery. She was so skilled that the workshop owner offered her a job with the company!
After lunch the afternoon was relaxed as they observed life along the river as we sailed up to Pathum Thani market.
Armed with newly learnt key Thai vocabulary we headed out into the market ready to buy the ingredients we needed for our evening meal. Some of the produce on sale was a real eye opener for a number of the students and they were thankful that we were only having chicken for dinner that evening!
After a good night’s sleep the students were ready to get stuck in and their hands dirty investigating the macro invertebrates in the water hyacinth
While we sailed up river towards Ayutthaya we stopped off to swim in the Chao Phraya to cool off from the heat of the day.
Next stop was Ayutthaya to learn about Thailand’s ancient capital.
Whilst walking amongst the ruins of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet the students gained a sense of what this great temple would have been like at the time that Ayutthaya was the capital. Every few meters you could hear the click of a camera shutter as they were keen to record the various symbols of Buddhism.
We then moved onto the nearby market where they could buy all sort of souvenirs for themselves or family and friends. Of course not forgetting to use the Thai they had learnt the previous day.
Finally we were whisked off in a Tuk Tuk to Wat Chai Wattanaram. Many of the students immediately spotted the resemblance to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.
It was time to head back to the barge but not before a last minute photo opportunity of Wat Chai Wattanaram at sunset!