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Hammocks and Melons - Tori Milone

Due to Independence Day on Wednesay we only had a four day school week so this past weekend we spent a long weekend on the island of Koh Rong.

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We've hit Thailand's islands

This past week has been one of sun, sea and sand... we've hit Thailand's islands! A train, an overnight bus, a ferry and a songteaw later and we arrive in Koh Tao and settle in right on the beach. Checked in and having checked out the beach we all went for a bit of a posh dinner and joined the diver's resort in celebrating with some newly qualified instructors. Que lots of day glo paint and playing with fire. Special mention for Steph and Becky who got quite into fire limbo, fire jump rope and jumping through fire hoops!

The next few days were spent in blissful peace with some of the group getting PADI Open Water qualified and others using the time to explore the island, snorkel, sun bathe and learn to paddle board!

Everyone was sad to leave the chilled out happy vibes of Koh Tao but equally excited to visit the legendary Koh Pha Ngan! Confronted once again by one of the most beautiful beaches you could imagine everyone quickly settled in and made friends at the hostel. Aussie Day saw everyone out for a pool party with our new Aussie friends and down to Haad Rin for a beach party that night.

Koh Pha Ngan is soo much bigger than Koh Tao which means even more of it to explore! Some of the group made the pilgramige up to the north of the island to the sand bar that connects neighbouring island Koh Ma and even kayaked the whole way around the smaller island!

Our last night ended with a big celebration for the half moon festival! Way out in the jungle this party is the little sister of the famous Full Moon Party but still draws a mighty crowd. Laid out like a festival with different stages revelers dance the night away surrounded by strobe lights and palm trees with other travallers from all over the world.

A ferry, and overnight bus, a last night in Bangkok and then on to Cambodia to start our volunteering projects! Thanks Thailand you've been beautiful.  

By Maria Sowter, Trail Leader

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Getting around in Thailand

Having been in Thailand for 3 weeks now and having spent time in many different places all over the country, we have certainly experienced the Thai transport system! From tuk-tuks on the crazy streets of Bangkok to the overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai, some of which can be more comfortable than others!

Be prepared to perfect your night bus sleeping position!

With 13 people on the trail, the prospect of fitting everyone (including their luggage!) into a Songteaw is pretty daunting at first, but somehow the Songteaw drivers always find a way.

I'd definitely recommend making the 762 bend journey from Chiang Mai to Pai, which has amazing views of the surrounding mountains, however only if you have a strong stomach. My favourite journey so far has to be the day train we took to get to Kanchanaburi. Other than passing through the pretty countryside, it also made the classic clickety-clack sound on the rails, which was surprisingly easy to nod off to.

Top tip: Be VERY clear with taxi directions or you might just find yourself at a completely different train station.

By Ren Rees, Trail Volunteer

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