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29 May- 1 June, 2017
Kanchanaburi Settlers History.
Dear Mum and Dad,
I am writing you this letter to let you know all about my wonderful trip to Kanchanaburi and all of the discoveries I have made. On my first day, we arrived at the bridge over the river Kwae, it was beautiful the sun glistening on the river and creating a wonderful reflection. We took some time to observe around us how the land was being used, how this impacted the river and the people that worked here positively and negatively. After this we went for lunch at a floating restaurant next to the bridge, the food was delicious all I could eat!! The manager of the restaurant was even kind enough to answer some questions, which my fellow classmates and I created, using the Compass of Sustainability tool with Nature, Economy, Society and Wellbeing. We found out that the manager of the restaurant employs over 100 members of staff, and many big organizations use his restaurant as somewhere to meet. After lunch we visited the Jeath Museum, which holds lots of different artifacts which were collected after WW2. After all of these activities we went to our resort, where my friends and I swam in an infinity pool overlooking the river as well as getting involved in an activity called tribal mapping.
After a good night’s sleep and breakfast, we were all ready to take on the next day, Lawa Cave. This was so much fun. We travelled to the cave in a long tail boat, observing all of the uses of the river along the way, we saw plenty of resorts some still being built and signs of erosion. Once we got to the pier we climbed to the top of the hill to enter the cave, it was so cool. We saw lots of formations and leant all about stalactites and stalagmites, even saw some bats. When we left the cave and cruised back down the river on our long tail boats, it started to rain and we all got a bit soggy!! But we didn’t mind as it was still a lot of fun. After lunch we were allowed to go shopping at a market, where we were all treated to ice-cream and finished off our day with more swimming, some games, and an activity called watershed puzzle which showed us how we can impact the river in our daily lives.
Day three saw my friends and me complete some community service work at a local primary school here in Kanchanburi. We all got really stuck in and painted some old tyres and turned them into plant pots. We even created some giraffe statues at the front of the school using recycled materials. After lunch we enjoyed a hybrid planting class to grow morning glory taught by the children, we planted some ourselves which could be used by the school’s own kitchen. The school were very welcoming and appreciated all of the hard work we had done for them. I have attached some pictures below to show you the work my friends and I did. We are very proud of what we accomplishedJ, we even got to donate books, pencils and some sweet treats to the children who were very happy to see us. In the evening we all got to perform at a camp fire at our resort. I did a dance with my friends and made everyone laugh, then we was lucky enough to roast some marshmallows and eat waffles which were super yummy.
Waking up the final day we started the day again with breakfast. We were lucky enough to see some elephants across the way playing in the river. After breakfast we loaded up the vans and made our way to Ban Gao museum, here we discovered lots of artifacts 3000 years old or more, which had been found in the local area through an archeological dig. Prasat Muang Singh was then our final place of our discovery in Kanchanaburi. Here we did some sketching of the old temple and imagined what it would have been like back when it was a fully working temple, through some guided imagery. When you receive this letter I will be back home, safe and well with you, telling you about all about the fun discoveries we all made this weekJ.
We really did have a wonderful time in Kanchanaburi Grade 6 Thank You again for all of your hard work and enthusiasmJ.