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Project Blogs - South East Asia Trail


The majority of the second half of my month in Cambodia was spent on the small island of Koh Rong Sanloem. The island is an interesting place. Only recently populated, most of the island interior is still forested, and most of the coastline is untamed.

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As part of our trip, we took part in a two-week placement teaching at the New Life School in Siem Reap. It was only small, but it was full of energy and children who were very eager to learn and engage with us. The tuk tuk ride to the school, however, wasn’t as luxurious especially when it torrentially poured down with rain halfway through the hour-long journey.

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Upon our arrival in Cambodia, we decided to visit Angkor Wat for the day. The temple is considered one of the wonders of the world, and unsurprisingly left us all in awe after we got up at 4 am to see the sunrise.

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Three weeks into our trip we arrived in Pai. During our stay there I was able to (for three nights and four days) live in a Buddhist monastery where we would meditate, chant and live with a few Buddhist monks.

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Being honest, I was a little apprehensive about teaching abroad. I didn’t really know much about the Asian schooling system, and had no idea what to expect. On the other hand, the new experience also excited me, and I was intrigued to find out what was in store.

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What can be said about Koh Rong Samloem? Well, it’s a very small island just off the West Coast of Cambodia located in the Gulf of Thailand and it is full of utterly wonderful people who’re delighted to invite you into their, very recent community.

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At the start of our third week in Thailand, we were still in Kanchanaburi. As we had visited the World War II Cemetery, The JEATH war museum and the Death Railway a couple of days ago, for our last day we had to visit the Hellfire Pass.

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Hi all. We started the week off by travelling from our hostel in Kanchanaburi to the train station in Bangkok. Here we played a couple of card games such as Go Fish, whilst waiting for our bus leaving at 7pm.

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We arrived in Chiang Mai on Sunday and spent the evening exploring the Sunday Market. Stalls stretched down the streets in every direction as far as the eye could see, selling everything imaginable.

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Hello, This week has flown by. We started off on a day trip around Chiang Mai and visited the Thee Kings Monument, a couple of temples and a famous rooftop bar.

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