SUP Thailand, Kanchanaburi
Year 9 was led by Ms Thexton, students visited Kanchanaburi and took part in challenges like Stand-Up Paddleboard, campcraft and bushcraft. The trip also included an optional 2 days for students undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
5 hours from Regents on a coach saw the Year 9 students to the Royal River Kwai Resort and Spa. They didn’t have much time to enjoy their lovely rooms and the beautiful surroundings right on the river because they went straight into their first rotation of activities.
Year 9 learnt to navigate using GPS, identify non-venomous and venomous snake bikes, communicate correctly using a 2-way radio and finally make French toast and tea over a camping stove! Groups headed off shopping for expedition food and needed to get their rucksacks packed for their overnight camp. Other groups unpacked and had a well-deserved shower and were looking forward to paddle boarding, learning camp craft and leadership skills and spending time with the elephants on the second day.
Everyone took part in Stand-Up Paddle-boarding today, it was FANTASTIC. Students saw the Kanchanaburi landscape from a new and fluid perspective. They floated by temples, monuments and floating houses. One group travelled 13km, all the way to the bridge over the River Kwai. Before paddle boarding another group learnt how to use steel and flint to create fire and how to take only photos and leave only footprints, removing all trace of their fire pits and shelters. Later some groups had a rapid change of pace and visited Elephant Heaven.
The other two groups hiked through beautiful Thai countryside, past farms, flowers and karst mountainscapes. Finding the Vietnamese temple along the way, they stopped for a time to talk to the friendly monks, and catch their breath.
Energised by their morning endeavours, two groups decided they wanted to continue walking, and completed a 5km mini hike double time, completing 16km by the end of the session. Later, pitching tents and setting themselves for the grand event of the day, they made their evening meal, and although there was a conspicuous amount of pasta, everyone completed the task and survived their own cooking.
Students had a wonderful morning cycle ride past paddy fields and banana plantations with a beautiful mountain vista in the background. They also had an orienteering lesson and were then sent on an orienteering challenge. Triumphant trekkers arrived for a hurried lunch before splitting in two, with half heading down the river on the stand-up paddle boards, and the second half heading for an afternoon with the magnificent elephants.
On the last day, the groups changed the challenges. That means, Group C and D started the hiking and Group A and B tries to do the campcraft and orientation games. Thanks to the perfect weather, the last day was a great full ending for all students and teachers. At the end of the day, students had the opportunity to stay 2 more days and to complete a 27 km walk. All students who finished this hike get the “Bronze Award Adventurous Journey”