Arriving in Khao Kitchikut, we were allocated tents on a beautiful site overlooking a lake with the waterfall we were going to see, visible on the hillside opposite.
Walking across a rustic bridge and through a bamboo forest and alongside a stream.
Butterflies taking in minerals, interesting lianas and fish swimming in the pools at the base of waterfalls.
Everyone managing to reach the eighth level of the waterfall – a satisfying achievement! Cooling off and enjoying a waterfall massage!
More challenges, cooperation and teamwork resulting in brilliant dinners cooked up on camping stoves. Delicious!!
Visiting a fishing village and, by questioning the people working there, finding out that it was becoming more difficult to find the numbers of crabs and fish compared to a few years ago.
Playing a fishing game (common dilemmas) and realizing that the best way to survive (and win the game!) was to conserve fish stocks to allow them to reproduce.
Swimming and playing exciting team games on the beach in the evening.
Exploring the mangroves– listening to snapping shrimps, seeing snakes wrapped round prop roots and learning how vital the mangroves are for protecting both land and sea as well as providing a safe area for young fish to grow and animals such as kingfishers to live.
Kayaking in the bay and through the mangroves.
Watching the bull sharks coming up to feed at the demonstration unit– scattering the smaller fish that come in through the netting to feed!
Seeing thousands of baby crabs that are looked after and released into the bay to help to restock the local area – amazing!
Teaching English at a local school. At first the pupils were very shy, and we were a bit nervous, but soon everyone relaxed. We played all sorts of games with the children and everyone learned something and had a great deal of fun.
Exploring the maritime museum and learning about the shipping, trading and history of the area.
Visiting Koh Manai .
Learning how massively human activities damages and kills turtles, and seeing how plastic waste is a huge problem for all of sea life.
Snorkeling– seeing sea life in its natural habitat.