Each year we welcome over 2,500 students and staff from schools worldwide.
The year 6 students from Garden Bangkok had a fun four day trip travelling on the Chao Phraya River on our barge and exploring the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. The trip was focussed on settlements and looked at why it is common for communities to settle near rivers.
We travelled from Bangkok to Ayutthaya on the barge and stopped off at locations on the way. This included the island of Ko Kret where we learnt about the Mon people who lived there and did a mapping activity to understand the different features and uses of maps. We also stopped at Sala Daeng, an interesting river-side village which had some traditional Thai-style buildings and boats. It also gave us the opportunity to discuss flooding impacts as the river has been the location of some bad historic flooding.
Once we reached Ayutthaya we visited the Japanese village and Portuguese village to discuss influences of other cultures into the Thai ancient capital. We also used traditional techniques to make bricks, visited a brick maker and the gold museum to understand the use of natural material that made Ayutthaya successful.
No trip to Ayutthaya would be complete without a trip to historic temples, we visited Wat Chai Wattanaram and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. Both stunning temples built in very different architecture styles.