This weekend I, along with 5 other PC volunteers, headed down to Pattalung (about 7 hours South of where I live) to help a fellow volunteer do an English camp. This was the first camp I’ve helped lead put on by another volunteer, which is surprising, considering how popular camps are in Thailand. The theme was “Rockstar” and my session was about reading/writing a party invitation. It went well, considering many of the 5th and 6th graders who came, like most students in Thailand, couldn’t actually read English. Overall the camp was very successful and everyone had a lot of fun!
After working hard we decided it was time to play hard. A group of us headed over to Trang, Thailand (the province directly west of Patthalung bordering the Andaman sea). I was excited to go for the first time since I’d heard about how beautiful, and less touristy, the islands are down there. We did a snorkeling and island hopping day tour. I was particularly looking forward to going to Emerald Cave. Inside there is a secret beach that can only be reached by going through a dark tunnel in the cave. (I was terrified of this at first, but it actually wasn’t as bad as it might sound. And once you get inside its definitely worth it!) On the way into the cave the water is a bright, beautiful green. Unfortunately there were a lot of people there when we went. I can only imagine how magical it must look if you could have the beach to yourself. The snorkeling around the area probably had the most diverse fish I’ve seen and also had some colorful coral. This was one of the most scenic places I’ve been in Thailand!