Change of Plans
A change of plans: First, I decided that I would content myself with seeing the ‘mini’ Angkor Wat about 30 miles from Korat, but I have changed my mind – it’s the “real thing” or nothing. Booked a hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia for 4 nights starting 3rd January. Several reasons for this: I had intended to see Angkor Wat, and prior to leaving the UK had received an e-visa with just that intention. I was unsure whether I’d have the time, but as the school will close for a short period (30th Dec until 5th Jan), I will take a few days off (5-8th) and take the opportunity. Thai visa complications also caused me doubts. My visa is for 3 months, (single entry) and this means that when I leave Thailand to enter Cambodia, on my return I will need to get another visa to re-enter Thailand and visas are only valid for 30 days. So I have to make sure that it covers the rest of my stay as I am due to leave for the UK at beginning of February.
Initially was going to fly, but have discovered a much more exciting method; a train from Bangkok to Aranyaphrathet, then into Cambodia, as Siem Reap is only about 4 hours from this Thai border town. The train journey is 6-7 hours from Bangkok, so a great chance to see other places in Thailand as in my experience, the railway always takes wonderful routes, and is (in my perception) the best way to see places and meet people, so looking forward to this journey.
Meanwhile, I have been doing English Fun Camps, and the schools in question are Ban Proomhom and Ban Du. These fun camps involve lots of games, and specific periods of reading, writing and speaking English. Both went well, and I adapted; although the games part involved me drumming up a few ideas. I organised a team game where you run with a ball around a distant point and back again, a relay which involved lots of cheating and barging, but they loved it. Another game I introduced to them was a favourite of mine, one where you pick a letter of the alphabet and them each team tries to find a vegetable, fruit, country etc., good for their learning and testing their abilities to search books (the teachers liked this one). Ban Du was on Xmas day, and while Santa arrived with small gifts, the format was the same, just different kids and teachers. It has been a busy last ten days, but thoroughly enjoyable.
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