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Samui students’ magical journey to Thailand’s UNESCO national marine park
Koh Samui, Thailand…April 6, 2017–Students from Year 5 & 6 of the International School of Samui (ISS) journeyed by boat northwest from Koh Samui for an overnight camping trip at famed Ang Thong Marine Park, a pristine archipelago of 42 mostly uninhabited islands.
The children were excited to explore the National Marine Park in the Gulf of Thailand, covered with towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, fertile mangroves, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes. A UNESCO site and protected area of more than 100 square kilometres of land and sea, Ang Thong is home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures with jungle islands stretching across the cerulean sea.
The Koh Samui ISS student camping adventure began with a long boat journey, stopping at a small island with a hidden lagoon where all sorts of marine wildlife were spotted, including sting rays. The students and teachers staff then journeyed on to Koh Wua Talab, the island they called home for the night.
Snorkelling, beach play, swimming and hiking along with beach cleaning were among the main activities the students enjoyed during the day. There was plenty of time to enjoy beach games, stories and singing by torchlight on the beach before sleeping in tents, even managing to fit in a ‘Literacy Lesson’ under the palm trees!
From the smooth boat trip and stunning scenery to the tasty outdoor meals and challenging hikes, this was without doubt an extremely successful camping trip for children and teachers alike.
The following photos ‘tell the story’ of the students’ adventure trip to Ang Thong Marine Park:
Year 6 students at Angthong Marine Park for a briefing on the day’s events from Year 6 teacher, Mrs Andrewartha.
Fabulous morning trekking & paddling around the lagoon, then swimming at beach.
Touring the visitor center at Angthong
Students enjoy trek to secluded beach for “Beach Clean-up” for Forestry Department, then swimming after!
Stunning cave walk/climb in the afternoon culminated in an impromptu lesson on stalagmites and stalactites by Mrs Andrewartha.
A joyous farewell to the beautiful Ang Thong Marine Park!