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Regent’s International School, Bangkok Y6 #2

18-22 November 2019

Exploring Life in The North (Chiang Mai)

Regent’s joined us for a fun week exploring the north of Thailand. Their objectives were to develop their teamwork skills, investigate the natural environments of mountains, participate in activities with hill tribe and northern people and observe differences and similarities between their lifestyles, and to gain motivation and skills to live sustainably!

Day 1- On the first day after an early morning flight we arrived in Chiang Mai. We spent the afternoon playing teambuilding games and running around after the journey there. That evening we enjoyed a Khantok dinner (traditional Lanna Thai tradition) followed by watching some traditional dancing.

Day 2- On the second day of our adventure we travelled to Doi Inthanon National Park to explore what macro-invertebrates were living in the waterfall. Students found many invertebrates and discovered that the water up here was very clean. We then met the Karen tribe who guided us on a hike to their village.

Once we arrived at the village we learned about how they grow coffee, and even got to try some! We then got ready to meet our host families and stayed with our homestay families for the night. We learned all about their jobs, what they farm and where they go to school.

Day 3- The next morning after comparing what our homestays were like and what we learned from our families, we walked up to the school to play some games with the students. After this we travelled up to the summit of Doi Inthanon where it was much colder! We explored the cloud forest and its adaptations and how it is the water source for Thailand. Students made some pledges on how they can protect the forest and keep our water sources clean.

Afterwards, we travelled down the mountain and visited the royal projects, visited the greenhouses, and watched the farmers packing the vegetables they have grown ready to sell. 
We then ended the day with a BBQ dinner and some games, before a much earned sleep.

Day 4- After a big breakfast we travelled to the Hmong village to learn about their lifestyle and how they grow vegetables, such as peppers, to sell to make a living. This was followed by having a go on the go-carts built by themselves from wood, and trying out the crossbows which traditionally were used for hunting.

Next we travelled back to our accommodation and got ready for a bike ride. Fitted with helmets and ready to go we cycled to Huay Sai Village to explore and learn about how this small village farms rice, weaves baskets from bamboo, and fishes to make a living. Students got involved in asking local people questions and learning about their lives. On our journey back we stopped by the farm and got stuck in with rice farming! We got muddy feet ploughing the fields with the buffalo, and learned all about the processes of rice from the field to our plate.

We ended our last day with full spirits singing songs around the campfire. Students and teachers got involved with their own songs and skits, before toasting some marshmallows on the fire.

Day 5- For our final day we took a trip to the farm where we met the pigs and picked our own vegetables ready to cook for our lunch. Students made a delicious lunch to fill our bellies before our flight home.

Thank you for an amazing trip full of songs and laughter- the barge team

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