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14-17 Jan 2019
We finally escaped the smog of Bangkok and arrived in the beautiful fresh air of Charloem Rattanakosin National Park. After checking in to our accommodation, we started preparing for our jungle cooking session. Many students did not get the opportunity to cook at home and were enthusiastic about cooking and eating some new things like barbequed tofu and hand-made salsa. After we had eaten as much as we could possibly eat we went on a walk in search of bats. Whilst we could hear them on the bat detector they were staying out of sight.
The following day we hiked up a mountain, stopping along the way for stunning views, and finally finishing at the temple at the mountain top. The students had earned a rest after this walk and so we headed to Prasat Muang Singh where students could take a leisurely walk around the ancient khmer settlement. Despite some heavy rain the students were eager to explore. Later that evening students learned about the different peoples that have inhabited the Kanchanaburi province over millennia.
Day 3 took us the Elephant World, an elephant sanctuary, where everyone fed both adults and babies and bathed 2 adults. At the end of a very long but enjoyable day students were set the challenge of making popcorn using limited supplies including foil trays and candles.
Our penultimate day was more somber. Students visited Donrak Cemetery, a Railway Museum and Hell Fire Pass to learn about the Death Railway during WWII. Students really engaged with all of the activities and showed a high level of maturity whilst discussing the tragic history of the Death Railway.
Lastly we explored Sai Yok National Park. Taking a walk through a cave system everyone was lucky enough to see bats roosting inside as well as the incredible stalagmite and stalactite formations. The week was rounded off nicely when kingfishers were spotted on the boat journey to the restaurant for lunch.