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Early December is a perfect time to go to Chiang Mai. With winter coming in it makes a wonderful change from the sweltering lowlands of Thailand, and Regents Bangkok chose this time to take their Year 6s on a week of discovery up north. We kicked off the trip with a traditional Khantoke dinner, which was repeatedly gate-crashed by a millipede, and dip in the pool as the sun went down.
On the second day we went to explore life in a northern village, watching hemp weavers at work, trying crossbow firing and racing go karts down a hill. We also went to a buffalo farm to discover how rice is planted and reaped, and to have a little mud fight. Once we were clean, we did some team building and parachute games, a group bike ride to a local village and tried a game of night football (with mixed success).
The next two days were spent in the high mountains in Doi Inthanon National Park, getting wet in a waterfall while discovering the water quality and hunting for macro invertebrates. All that day the clouds were gathering, and just as we set off on our mountain hike, the storm broke and within minutes, everyone was soaked. Two hours later, dripping wet but happy, we arrived at the Karen village where we stayed overnight.
A little more exploring of the mountains, a look at the highest point in Thailand and the source of the Chao Phraya, and we set back off towards Chiang Mai. We arrived at sunset, and got straight in to the night market for a bit of shopping. One last trip to the buffalo farm the next day to cook ourselves some lunch, and we were off back to Bangkok.
An excellent trip with a lovely bunch of students. Thank you Regents Bangkok! Hope to see you next year.