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South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail
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South East Asia Ethical Adventure Trail

Overall Rating

9/ 10

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Southeast Asia ethical trail

Activities on the South East Asia trail with Frontier were great. Everything was organised for us from the moment we landed in Bangkok, right up until we left for home in Hanoi. In Chang Mai, Thailand we went to visit an elephant sanctuary. Here we fed, washed and bathed with the elephants and this was a wonderful experience which I will never forget. In Pai we visited the Pai Canyon to watch the sunset surrounded by greenery and sand; thiswas part of a whole day of activities and ended the day perfectly. Moving on to the islands was a long but amazing experience. The blue waters as we crossed from mainland to island were mesmerising. All transport was arranged for us and we just had to turn up and be present in order to move onto the next place.

In Vietnam our leader arranged for us to go to the killing fields where we learnt in depth information about that awful time. Many skulls lie on top of one another in a huge cabinet, really showing off the affects of what happened. Once we reached Hanoi we ventured out on a boat through Halong Bay - a beautiful peice of land with clear waters, lovely warm sand and an island full of monkeys. Here we jumped off the boat into the cool, crisp waters of Vietnam and afterwards enjoyed a feast of fresh Vietnamese foods. The best way to end the whole trip with an amazing group of people!

On a scale of 1-10 I would rate my overall adventure travel experience a 9. There was amazing array of different activities to enjoy through out the whole trip, although some I may not choose to do again, most I would do over and over again and I cannot wait to return to Asia again very soon!

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7/ 10

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Southeast Asia ethical trail

My favourite part of the trip was visiting Angkor Wat and the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, they were both unforgettable. The temples are everything you’d hope them to be and I could have spent days there! Our team leader Christina always made a huge effort to find lots of activities we could do and made it really easy for us to get to and from anywhere. She also made sure there was something for everyone, and it was a fair decision - which was important in a big group.

Our accommodation was great, Christina somehow managed to find superb places for us to stay everywhere we visited, and all within budget (which wasn’t always easy). We felt at home in all of them and that made such a difference after a long day travelling! Our guesthouse at Pai in Thailand was especially great, it had superb views and loads of hammocks we could chill out in in the afternoon. I’d highly recommend visiting Pai if you want somewhere pretty and relaxed, still with a busy nightlife and a really good market - it’s well worth a visit!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

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Southeast Asia ethical trail

During the 10 week Southeast Asia adventure, our itinerary was full of numerous activities to keep us busy. From temple exploring in Thailand, teaching in Cambodia, and discovering and learning about the history of Vietnam is just to name a few. Learning about SEA tradition enabled all of us as a group to not be ignorant in knowing just our western culture, and it developed a further understanding of different parts of the world. This trail further made us realise how lucky we are to have what we have - a textbook for school, a pen or even a pencil. And what we could take away from this was an enriched experience that would benefit us for a lifetime ahead.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

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Southeast Asia ethical trail

Island hopping was one of the highlights of Thailand. Our days were filled with sun-bathing and watching beautiful sunsets in the evening. Four of us braved hiking Khoa Ra, a strenuous climb that took us to a picturesque mountain top in the centre of Khoa Ra. From here we could see other islands in the distance and canopies of trees coating the area beneath us. The long stretches of sand allowed us to take early morning runs along the beaches and having such clear waters, snorkelling was a popular activity.

Wat Pho dazzled with endless reds, golds and yellows. Renovated by Rama III, it is known for being the earliest public centre of education in Thailand and houses a school of Thai Medicine. Traditional Thai massages (that I would highly recommend), were first practised here and to this day still are. Plaques are frequently situated around the area scribed with texts on these subjects, serving as education to the general public. Here, we were fortunate enough to visit the 46 metre long and 15 metre high Reclining Buddha and see temples baring intricate details that decorated their many walls- a true reflection of Thai beauty.

The Angkor complex waited for us with absolute grandeur. These breathtaking temples transported history through time and being Cambodia's main tourist attraction, it was only natural we return the following week. Though built in the first half of the 12th century, Angkor Wat remained truly mesmerising with infinite pathways, tunnels and passages only a group of wanderlust backpackers could dream of exploring.

Teaching was not easy, but was by far one of the best things any of us had ever done. The happiness the school children found through paper aeroplanes and colouring pencils showed us a side to life none of us knew existed. Our day consisted of two hours on a morning followed by two hours on an afternoon, with a fifteen minute break in both. From citing the alphabet to learning colours, this was a rewarding experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

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    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Thailand to Cambodia expedition

I was on the South East Asia trail this summer, going through Thailand and into Cambodia. We had a group of 8 and a trail leader who organised the travel, accommodation, excursions, food and so on. In Thailand we visited floating markets, went to thai boxing, did a jungle trek and other cool stuff. The second leg in Cambodia was more cultural and we spent two weeks on the frontier teaching project there. Good fun with good people, and i'd love to go back to South East Asia again soon.