Activities in Siem Reap

On Sunday the 13th, we woke up and got a tuk-tuk from the entrance to our hotel ‘Mango Rain’. The tuk-tuks all have the names of the driver written on the side. The driver we got was called Mr Dhat and we used him lots of times while we were in Siem Reap/Angkor Wat.

He took us to the Angkor Wat museum so we could learn about what we were going to see over the next 3 days. Only Mum and Dad were looking forward to the museum but Cara, Piran and I had been promised to go to the ‘Royal Archery Club’ if we were good at the museum.

When we got to the museum we all jumped out and walked towards the entrance. Inside there was a spiral slope which we walked up so we could go to the first room.

The first room was a large one with 1000 Buddha statues in but I didn’t think it was very interesting. I thought most of the museum was boring but some of it was fun like the lingas, which represent a boys phallus. They have a square on the bottom, a octagon in the middle and a cylinder on the top. We saw lots of lingas while we were looking around temples.
When we were nearly at the end we found a board that had all of the 9 kings from Cambodia during the time when Angkor Wat was built. We found the king who built it was called king Suryavarman II. In the length of 400 years (during the ancient Khmer kingdom) those 9 kings built over 60 temples all really near to each other! Before we had left Mango Rain, Mum had made a worksheet for us to fill out and that was one of the questions so we stopped to put it on. After that we finished, got an ice cream, had lunch and went to archery.

At archery we were told to put on the gear that we needed on for shooting. There was a greave, a little bit of leather you put on your finger to stop it rubbing and a belt with your arrows in. After we had put all of it on, we were given a bow and mine was taller than me! One of the staff told me how to fire the arrows and soon I was starting to shoot.

I started on a 5 metre target and I worked my way up to the 25 metres which was furthest away. There were also rubber animals that you could shoot and I got all of them. There was a crocodile, a skunk, a dinosaur, a grizzly bear, a black bear and a leopard. It was really fun and I loved the archery especially the shooting the animals. At the end we asked if we could have a go with a proper Khmer bow and arrow. They said yes so we were given one and 3 really sharp arrows. We then started shooting and I was the best at them so I was happy.

We enjoyed it so much that Dad, Piran and I went again 6 days later. When we went again we had a competition to see who was best at the modern bow and that was Piran so we called him ‘modern master ‘ and then I won at Khmer so I was called ‘Khmer king’!

On Wednesday we did a pottery class that was run by people who couldn’t talk or hear so they had to mime it. We got a tuk-tuk there because it was on the other side of town. When we got there Mum, Cara, Piran and I sat down but Dad didn’t do it because it was expensive. We were showed how to make the pots and then we did it ourselves. We had a pottery wheel that we used for making the pots, plates, vases, cups and bowls.
Here are the steps for making a pottery cup:

  1. First you get your clay and roll it into a ball
  2. Next you hit it hard onto the centre of your wheel and start turning it
  3. Then you hold your hands tightly around the clay to make it go into a cylinder
  4. After that you stick both thumbs into the top so you make it have a hole
  5. Next you make the wall thin but not that much otherwise it could break
  6. Then you get some string and cut off the top of the cup to make it flat
  7. After that you stop turning the wheel and cut off the pot (because it will have stuck on the wheel) using the string
  8. Finally you can decorate it if you want

I thought that pottery had been really fun and I would have loved to do it again.
Siem Reap was our last place while travelling. I didn’t really like Siem Reap because of all of the noise and the temples but there were some fun things around to do and we were in a really nice hotel with a swimming pool. Although I didn’t like the city, I was happy because we would be going home in a few days and we got to do archery and pottery and we got to go to the circus. I felt both happy and sad in our final week of travelling because I was looking forward to seeing my friends and family again but I was going to miss doing so many fun activities.

Travelling

After spending 2 weeks at Ban Yangkuea I was looking forward to some travelling and getting somewhere new. Having not travelled at all for 2 weeks, we spent over 40 weeks on the road this week! When we left the village, first we went in the back of a pick up truck that belonged to one of the adults we had taught. It was really wobbly and bumpy but we all thought it was good fun.

We were dropped off at the bus station 20 minutes away. There was a local bus that pulled up and some people were getting on so we thought it was ours but it wasn’t. Although that bus wasn’t ours the next was, so we got on and got settled for the 6 hour bus journey ahead. We were on a local bus that had only 2-3 seats left, heading to Thakek.

The bus was really cramped but I was next to Piran so I had lots of space because he was small. The journey was really long and I spent most of it reading and Piran played games on his kindle. When we arrived I had finished my book and was wanting to go to sleep but we got off and wandered around for a little while looking for somewhere to stay. Eventually we found somewhere called Sooksomboon Hotel and stayed there.

One day later we woke up at 6:00am because we had hired a car for 3 days to do ‘The loop’ (which is a 500km route that has lots of caves and swimming holes). The first day of the loop we drove 150km, taking us 3 hours including stopping at caves. The next day and the day after was the same distance as the first day.

On the second day Dad almost killed us when he overtook a big lorry. When he was half way round it a local bus came round the corner. Instead of slowing down and pulling back in behind the lorry, he drove at top speed and missed hitting the bus by an inch!!!

I thought it was really fun doing the driving from one cave to the other because before we came travelling Cara, Piran and I had made up a fun game to play. We called the game ‘wheetos’ because in it you open the window and when you overtake someone you shout “Do you want some wheetos?” as loud as you can!

Four days later we were getting a tuk-tuk to Thakek bus station so we could get an air-conditioned bus to Pakse. When we arrived we went to the ticket counter and asked for tickets for the 9:00 bus to Pakse. The man said that it had left 15 minutes before and the next bus was a local bus at 10:30 and then an AC bus at 12:00.

We sat at the station waiting and talking about whether we should get the local or the AC. Mum, Dad and Cara wanted to get there quicker and take the local bus but Piran and I wanted the AC one. Eventually at around 10:00 we all agreed to get the local bus so Dad bought the tickets and we got on.

It was a long 7 hour bus journey and I read my book the whole time. It didn’t feel very long to me but to the others it felt like forever. It was quite wiggly and bendy but I didn’t get sick. When we arrived in Pakse we got off and went to sleep in our guesthouse.

The next morning we woke up at 6:30am to get a minivan to Siem Reap which was a 12 hour bus journey through Laos and Cambodia. We ate breakfast and when we were ready to leave we sat down and waited for the minivan to arrive. We waited 1 hour for the minivan and while we did I counted 958 motorbikes drive past! When we got in the minivan it drove 5 minutes down the road and then we were told to get out and get onto a bigger bus.

The big bus drove 1 hour to a junction and we got off again and onto another bus that took us to the Laos-Cambodia border. It took a long time but eventually we got through. When we were walking to the building that would give us a visa we met a teacher who taught french children in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. He had his projector and I carried it for him while we walked.

When we got our visa we got on another minivan that took us 3 hours down exciting roads to a place called Stung Treng . Then we had a quick lunch and carried on for the last bus of the day. It was the last drive which was 7 hours in a really cramped minivan. On that bus journey I listened to lots of music and then I watched a Blue Planet (which is a programme about the ocean and creatures miles under the sea) which I thought was fun. Mum and Piran both felt sick but neither of them were.

It was really bumpy and windy and all along the way there were open rice fields. At one point I thought we were going to die because our driver was going too fast round blind bends. It was one of my favourite drives we had so far on our travels.

Here are all of the ways of travelling we have used while being away:

Type of transport Number
Buses 22
Aeroplanes 14
Boats 10
Trains 2
Campervan 2
Pick-up Truck 2
Car 1

Differences between Willingham and Ban Yangkheua

While we were in the Laos village I noticed a lot of differences from a English village and the village we were in. Here are some of the things I noticed –

Differences in a Laos village
At home we have showers and baths but in the village we were in the locals came down to the river at around 5 o’clock with their shampoo and soap to wash. One day I was playing on the logs in the water and Piran was by the shore playing with the local kids when the villagers came down to wash in the river. One of them grabbed Piran and washed his hair so I got scared that I was going to be washed so I ran up to the homestay and into my room. When Piran came back up and told Mum, Dad and Cara we decided to call the person who washed Piran ‘Washer Lady’.
On farms in England you keep your animals in fences so they don’t escape but in our village they just let the cows and buffalo go anywhere so when it was raining the cows came and took shelter under our house! In the river there are lots of islands and on one of them there was lots of buffalo which were from a farm 2 miles away and the owner came and rounded them up every month. The animals also pooed everywhere so you couldn’t go 10 steps without seeing a cow pat. Even the school had cow pats in the field outside. On the walk to teaching the adults it was dark and our guide Jouy stepped in some.

In England we have binmen but in the Laos village there was no binmen so the villagers just put all the rubbish on the floor and then they had a village clean where everyone helped pick up the stuff lying on the road. All the villagers were there but only 2 or 3 were actually helping, the rest were taking selfies on their phones. We helped for 10 minutes but then we went for a swim because it was too hot.

In England we have lots of different clothes but in the Laos village most of the children only had 1 or 2 different pairs of clothes. Because of this, we used them to tell which child was which when we first arrived. Some of their clothes got washed often but some hardly at all. When they went swimming the older children wore there clothes in the water because they were the only clothes they could wear but the younger ones swam naked.

In England we get filtered water out of the taps but in the village it isn’t filtered so they had to use a pump to get water out from deep underground so that they could drink. There was 1 pump in the village so if you lived a long way away from it you had to walk with your tank of water, fill it up and walk back with it full. We had to do that every other day and it was really hard work. Dad carried it there, then we pumped it up which I liked to do even though it was really hard and then Dad would carry it back. Cara came once but she couldn’t lift the pump up and down!

In England we have big schools with lots of different classes but in this Laos village there was 1 class, 1 teacher and 14 children. There were all the village children aged 5-9. There weren’t any books or a computer or anything else schools in England have. There was a blackboard with chalk and a rubber that the teacher used for teaching.

At home we eat lots of food especially potato, pasta and bread but in the Laos village they ate sticky rice, vegetables and pork with almost every meal. When we were there and it was time for our dinner they would bring us 4 pots of sticky rice and 4 bowls of veg and meat. While we ate the ladies who bought us our meals sat there and kept saying “eem” to us (which means “Are you full?” in Laos). After 2 weeks of eating sticky rice and being pestered to eat more we were all looking forward to a western meal in Thakhek. At the last meal, Mum asked if we could eat insects because they kept catching them for eating and we were actually bought a bowl full of them. We all tried one and I liked it so much I went back for more.

Week 2 in Ban Yangkheua – Waterfall

On the second Saturday, we went to a nearby waterfall. We were meant to leave at 9:00 but I didn’t want to go so Mum and Dad had to persuade me to come. In the end we left at 9:30. We would be walking there and getting a boat along the Nam Leuk river back. After we set out, we headed north along a small dirt track into the middle of nowhere. We walked for what felt like ages until eventually we came to the waterfall that we had been to the day before. after this we would have another hour’s walk ahead of us.

We went on again but we soon came to a junction and Mum, Cara and Piran went left and Dad and I went right. After we walked 10 steps the path met and we carried on walking. After 5 minutes we came to a different part of the Nam Leuk river this one a lot shallower than the part outside the Homestay. We walked along its edge until we came to a part where we couldn’t get over. The river was over the path and we couldn’t go round because there was a big rock. Me and Dad tried to climb over the rock but there was no way down so we all walked through the water.

Jouy got lots of leeches so she had to pull them off but she wasn’t quick enough because they had bitten her. After that obstacle, we went on another 30 minutes to the waterfall. On the way we were joined by Meter (sounds like Meh-Dur) who was one of the local kids who walked with us till the end. When we arrived we ate a snack and went onto the waterfall. There was no water so we walked across and over to where the small waterfall was. We quickly jumped in and swam up to the waterfall.

There was lots of moss on the rock and a little bit of water running down that I slid down on my belly. Meter gave us some small balls that we chucked to the top of the waterfall and tried to catch as they came speeding down at us! it was really fun and we ended up staying there till 4:00 in the evening.

When we got back we had some tea, ate dinner, taught the adults and went to bed. I decided that it was good I changed my mind about coming to the waterfall because I had had lots of fun sliding down the wet moss.

First week in Ban Yangkheua

On Friday the 20th of April we went to a Laos village in the middle of nowhere which took 3 hours on a tuk-tuk from Vientiene. We were going there so we could teach English to the kids and the adults. We would be staying there for two weeks so that would be a long time. On the weekends we would be playing games with the children and at night we would teach the adults. Then on weekdays we would teach the children at the school for 1 hour and then have free time until the evening when we would teach the adults again.

On the first day it was Friday and the children had already finished school because we had arrived at 4:00, so we didn’t have time to play but we had a quick swim to cool off. Next we had a tour of the village, then dinner which was too big with 4 different plates of food and 4 big pots of sticky rice. It was so filling we only ate about half of it. After that we went to the village meeting room so we could teach the adults. There were a lot of people but most were children wanting to learn more English. We learnt all of the names but I forgot them in about ten seconds and we also taught them basic words and phrases like “Hello” and “How are you?”

The next day was Saturday and the kids came at around half past seven and stayed playing until we had dinner. There were only 14 kids but it was very tiring and somehow I managed to teach them 10 new words like “dog” and “cat”. We also drew 27 pictures and stuck them up on the wall with gaffer tape. In the evening dinner was too big again and I could hardly move on the way to the meeting house. At the meeting house we taught them about favourite food. It was weird because they liked duck soup but not soup duck!

There were lots of children, some of them had dark skin, some of them had lighter skin and some in the middle. After a few days teaching them at the school I had learnt some of their names. The ones I had managed to learn were Jut, Jan, Bo, Bem, Kamlar and Mhot. At the school there were 14 children, 1 classroom and 1 teacher. The children start school at 8:30 and finish at 3:00 so we went and taught at 9:30 till 10:30. On the first day we sang songs, learnt their names and taught numbers. Mhot, Jan and Bem (who were the oldest) were the best at English.

On the walk back from the school we saw the village better because it was light. The houses were made of either brick, wood or bamboo but most were wood. Only a few houses were brick and bamboo. Our house was made out of wood with 2 rooms with 2 mattresses in each. There were 2 shops, one on either side of the village, and we were lucky because we were right next to one. We were also on the river with a beautiful view from our balcony and it meant only a 10 second walk to the place where you swim. Most of the little kids swam naked because they didn’t want their clothes to get to wet. The older ones however swam in their clothes or just their pants.

We did lots of the same things over the 2 weeks we were there. It was fun on the first few days of playing and teaching the children but when we had done it for a week or two it became quite difficult only having 3 hours to ourselves everyday. Although I was a bit annoyed sometimes, I was still happy because it meant I was teaching them English and giving them a better opportunity for the rest of their lives.

Rice growing

On Tuesday we went to a rice growing farm so we could learn how to make it and see where it was grown. Here are the 12 steps of making rice:

1. Get the good seeds by putting an egg in salty water so it floats. Then take out the egg and put in the rice. The rice that sinks to the bottom is the good rice.

 

 

 

2. Plant the baby seeds in the nursery, which is a flooded area with lots of squelchy mud underneath the water.

 

 

 

 

3. Attach a plough to a buffalo and shout “Hua! Hua!” to make it go. You then walk behind him and make sure it walks straight.

 

 

4. Next you took the rice out of the nursery and planted it in the ploughed field a hands width apart. For the next few months the field alternates every 5-10 days between being flooded, which stops weeds growing, and being dry, which encourages the roots to grow deeper and increases the amount of rice from each plant.

 

 

 

5. After 3 months you chop it down with a scythe and bundle it up using 2 of the rice strands.

 

 

 

 

 

6. After that you leave it in the sun to dry for a while

7. Next you get 2 sticks joined together by rope and then thrash the rice to get all the grains off the stalks.

 

 

 

8. After that you dance around the pile of grains you just thrashed waving a fan around to get rid of the straw.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Next you thrash it so you can get rid of shell that surrounds the actual rice because we can’t eat it.

10. Then you sieve it to get all the fine dust out.

11. Then you soak it in water for four to six hours or overnight

 

 

12. Then you cook it by steaming it in a wicker basket for 30 minutes.

13. Finally you can eat it.

You can also grind it again to make flour or make rice wine with it.

 

 

After I saw the rice being grown I would never think of rice the same way as I used to. I used to think that it was very simple and easy to make but now I know it is not! My favourite part was when we had to plough the field using Rudolphe the pink Buffalo. When we went in the fields the squelchy mud came up to our knees and it was very hard to get out.

Quang Si Waterfalls

For the first time while travelling we found ourselves on a longboat starting the 7 hour journey down the Mekong river. I was very excited but Cara was more interested in her sandwich. When we were on the boat it was fun for the first part but not the second because you didn’t have anything to do. After we finished, we stayed a night in Pak Beng and then had anther journey to Luang Prabang which was 7 hours like the last.

On Easter Sunday we got a tuk-tuk to Quang Si waterfalls so we could spend a day there. When we arrived we bought some fizzy drinks because for lent we gave up them and we got them as a prize for lasting 6 weeks without having one. After that we got the tickets and walked straight in.

 

Before we reached the actual waterfall there was a sunbear and moonbear center so we went there and learnt that a sunbear had a yellow V on it’s neck but a moonbear has a white one. Next we walked up to the top of the waterfall and took some photos because it was really nice. It was one of our favourite waterfalls so far.

We then had lunch while looking at the waterfall crashing down in front of us. Once we finished lunch we walked down to the pools where you could swim. We found one that had a smaller waterfall and then somewhere that looked liked you could jump off into the pool below. First we swam over to the waterfall in the corner but the water was freezing. We had a back massage on it then swam back.

Next I asked Mum if she could check if there was any rocks under the good looking place for jumping off. She checked and said no so I jumped in and it was really deep. It was fun so I went and did it 10 more times till I was told to get out.

I really enjoyed Quang Si waterfalls and it was really fun especially when I jumped in the water.

Chiang Mai

On Thursday it was Piran’s birthday and we had booked a trip to see some elephants. Before we went Piran opened his presents. He got a bow and arrow that he had been nagging Mum for since Borneo, some massive boxes of star wars lego, a transformers car and three thousand Thai Baht.

When the van came to pick us up we all got in though Piran insisted he brought his bow. When we got there, we got out and ran down to see if we could see elephants. There were two and they were being fed by their mahouts. Mahouts are elephant trainers and for the day we had to dress up as them.

We then started to feed them and they ate loads of food. We were told that they ate 300kg a day and weighed 2000kg. They were each fed two buckets of sugercane and bananas using their trunk. The elephants then were told to kneel down so we could get on their backs. We then rode on them around the fields they lived in. I thought it was really cool sitting so high up and I really enjoyed it.

After lunch we rode them to a small pond where we were put down and given brushes that we used to clean them. Cara and Dad’s elephant rolled around in the water using its trunk as a snorkel. Once we finished, the elephants walked up to a tree and sprayed dust all over their backs ruining the work we had just done.
We then went and swam in some clean water to refresh ourselves. Once we finished cooling off the elephants needed feeding again so we gave them more bananas. Next we said goodbye to the elephants and went on a bamboo rafting trip down the river.

 

On Saturday we woke up at six o’clock to get ready for a long day of fun ahead. We had breakfast and got in a minivan that took us on a one and a half hour journey to the camp. When we got there we signed in then got back in the bus that would then take us to the start of the white water kayaking route.
We had a quick demonstration of what to do and what not to do then we got in our kayaks. Cara and I went together in a inflatable kayak with a guide called Tom. Once in, we set off down the river and towards our first rapid.
The rapid was the biggest on the route and we went flying over the top and landed in the white water below. We then had a few smaller ones then there was nothing for 1km. In the still part we stood up and paddled like we were on a stand up paddle board. After 4km we got out because there was grade 4 rapids ahead and only Dad could do it. We drove round instead stopping to see Dad go down a rapid. We only drove 2km then we got back in kayak for another 4km that was just like the last.

A few days after kayaking we got a taxi to a place called Noina art studio where Cara and I were going to get a art class. I had brought a photo from Milford Sound of a dolphin jumping out of the water. I did that in an hour then a did another of a sun set. She showed us what to do and then we copied. I thought it was really fun so we came back a week later and that time I drew a dog and a cat.
Chiang Mai was really fun and I especially enjoyed the elephants. We also hired bikes for the two weeks we were there that we rode every were even around the block.

The Adventure of Wat Chai Wattanaram Ruins

Chapter 1- Wats going on?

The three friends were really excited as they boarded the plane that would soon be taking them to Thailand. As the plane took off Jack looked out of the window and then across at his two friends sitting the other side of the aisle. Sam and Max were reading the newspaper though Jack couldn’t read their emotions.They were good friends and they both loved football. Max was small and clever whereas Sam was tall but not as smart.

As they got off the plane Sam came up to Jack and told him that they needed to go to Wat Chai Wattanaram ruins straight away. Then he sprinted over to Max to tell him as well. In five minutes they were in a three wheeled motorbike called a tuk – tuk heading for the place Sam seemed so eager to see. On the way Sam told Jack and Max what he had read in the paper. “The paper says that at Wat Chai Wattanaram ruins there have been ghosts spotted and 7 tourists lost”.

Chapter 2 – Ghost hunting

When the tuk -tuk pulled over Jack, Sam and Max all jumped out and started towards the entrance. When they got to the ticket counter there was no one around so they walked straight in. There was one central temple in Khmer style with a pointed roof and a big staircase leading up to a door. There were lots of chedis surrounding the temple but half of them were lying on the floor in heaps of rubble with Buddhas surrounding them on what used to be the walls. The walls were red and brown brick with no traces of the gold that used to be there.
Jack said they should split up so they could investigate quicker but Max said that if they did then they might get attacked by the ghosts. Jack didn’t think that was true, he thought it was because Max was scared but he agreed so they set off round the temple. They only got about half way round when they heard an earsplitting scream coming from the middle of the temple. “Come on quick”, shouted Jack as he ran back round towards the steps of the temple.

Chapter 3 – The lava lake

Jack raced up the steps with Sam and Max on his heels but just as he got to the top he saw a glowing figure gliding into the door. Jack stopped so suddenly that Max ran into him and fell down a few steps but he got up and tiptoed to Jack’s side.”What is it Jack?”, Sam whispered as he caught up. “I…I saw a ghost go into the door and it was terrifying, in the shape of a human but glowing with blood red eyes”, Jack replied in a scared voice. “Alright let’s follow it and see whats there”, Max said sounding as terrified as Jack. The boys started creeping slowly into the darkness within.
Inside there was a narrow passage with a faint glow at the end so they followed it through. As they got to the end they came out into a large cavern with stalactites dangling from the roof. In the center there were 7 human shaped ghosts floating above the thing that was making the light. The boys crawled around the edge and hid behind a rock, peeping over the top. The ghosts were chanting but they couldn’t hear what they were saying.
Jack was just about to crawl closer when the stone beneath him began to crack. He jumped back hitting his head on the wall causing the ghosts to stop chanting. The ghosts started to come over so Max ran out towards the light. All Jack and Sam could do was follow him so they both jumped out and ran after Max. When they came to the pit they jumped in without stopping but when Jack looked down he was terrified to see they were plunging into a pit of red, bubbling lava.

 

Chapter 4 – Flying foxes save the day

Jack’s heart was beating fast and he thought that there was nothing he could do to save them from dying. Just as they were about to hit the hot surface of lava three shiny, green-eyed things with massive black wings came swooping in and caught them on their backs. Jack sighed a breath of relief as the black creatures started up towards the mouth of the pit. As they came up the ghosts were nowhere to be seen so they flew straight into the dark passage.
Just as the creatures came to the entrance the ghosts appeared at the mouth of the cavern but this time they had galactic guns that they started to use on the three boys. By the time they reached this point Jack realised that he was sitting on the back of a flying fox but this one was 10 times the size of any he’d seen before. The boys managed to dodge the first shots by leaning to the left or the right to control the flying foxes. On the fifth Max got hit on the ankle and his skin turned purple and brown. Max screamed in pain and hit the roof with his head, causing the tunnel to collapse behind him blocking the ghosts in.

Chapter 5 – Captured

“Well done Max”’, Jack shouted as the flying foxes put him down “We’ve blocked them in so now all we have to do is get rid of them. “I’ll go and make a ghost proof cage to catch them in”, Sam said. Within minutes Sam had finished it and they were standing outside ready to let the ghosts out. The flying foxes rammed into the rubble sending it soaring into the sky. There were a few seconds of silence then the ghosts came gliding through the dust and into the cage.
The three boys immediately closed the cage door and put it gently on the floor. “Ha ha we’ve caught them”, Max said with delight. “Please don’t hurt us, because we are only tourists that fell down the lava pit and died but we needed your help so we tryed to catch you”, said one of them. “We can’t rest until we have been buried where we come from”, said another. “Where do you come from?”, Sam said calmly.The first ghost replied “an island off the bottom of Thailand called Koh Bulon”. ” You will be buried there then”, Jack said. “Oh thank you”, cried all of the ghosts together.

 

 

Chapter 6 – Koh bulon

As Jack, Sam and Max boarded, the boat started its engine and they went zooming off towards the island. When the boat got to Koh Buon they dragged the cage over the soft white sand and through the middle of the island. They were surrounded by beautiful jungle and Jack could see why the ghosts wanted to be buried here. After twenty minutes of walking they came to the other side of the island where it was really rocky and the sand wasn’t as nice but the sea was as blue as the sky on a mid summers day.
They dug a small hole in the sand and pushed the cage in. Once they did that they filled it in with sand and collapsed on the hot sand panting.” I know what to do”, Max said ” Last one in is a rotten egg.” The three boys then ran back to the other side of the island and jumped in the sea to refresh themselves.
While swimming Jack said ” This is quite a nice island and seeing as we’re here lets stay here for a holiday instead of going back to Bangkok”.”Good idea”, said Sam ” Lets go find a place to stay. Soon they were in a place called Choelae homestay relaxing without having to bother about the ghosts anymore. They were very glad that they were still alive after the terrifying adventure they had just experienced. As they then boarded the plane one week later they knew it was a holiday they were never going to forget.

Hua Hin

On Monday we all packed our rucksacks at dinner time and walked to Hat Yai train station where we were going to get a sleeper train. We waited for ten minutes and soon our train arrived so we found our seats and sat down. Dad sat opposite me and I couldn’t wait to see the folding beds. When our beds were made I climbed up to the top and Dad got in the bottom.

I read for ten minutes and then I fell asleep. When I woke up it was two o’clock but I couldn’t get back to bed so I lay there for four hours until everyone else woke up. It felt like ages but eventually they did. We packed our rucksacks and got off the train. It was half past six in the morning and I had hardly slept that night.

We went to our house which was right on the sea front so we had a really good view. We spent the day around the house going onto the beach once to get ice creams. I made up a game called ‘Restaurant Jago’ and I made everyone breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The next day we went to a national park and did some walking and then after the park we went to a elephant park. On the way to the elephant park we got lost and it was very fun not knowing where the park was. Eventually we found it so we got on a tour and about five minutes into the drive we spotted one.

It was a lot bigger than the one at Danum Valley and this one had tusks. It was in the bushes to the left of us and it was wandering around itching itself. It even washed itself by sucking up water and spraying it back. It was really cool but we only saw one of them on the drive. We then drove back and went to the night market. I got a chicken wrap and mango sticky rice.

The next day we stayed at the house and Mum, Piran and I went jet skiing. I steered and it was really fun. I had to pull down a lever to decide how fast to go. At the beginning I kept on going fast then slow then fast and slow again but at the end I started getting the hang of it. By the end we were going the same speed the whole time which was about 27 mph but it felt a lot faster. We also saw a massive jellyfish that was a tall as two of Mum’s shoes.

The next day we were going to leave so we packed and went back down onto the beach so we could see if we could jet ski again. The man said yes and he went to get the jet ski for us. Just after a storm came so we decided not to go do instead I went back and played Minecraft. After I finished we went and got a bus to Bangkok.

I really enjoyed Hua Hin and it was one of my favourite places while traveling. My best part of Hua Hin was the jet skiing and restaurant Jago.