Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Tessa
We woke up early to the sound of rain on the roofs of our tents. Luckily it stopped for a while so we could pack up and load the truck. Dave made French toast for breakfast. We road in the back of the trucks out of the park and then loaded into vans which took us to our lunch spot. The rain had started up again since packing up after breakfast. It felt cozy to be eating in a small open-air restaurant while the rain came down just a few meters away. The restaurant was in a town about 20 minutes from where we met the vans. We had amazing pad Thai and it was definitely a crowd pleaser; some people ate an entire second dish. After lunch we loaded back into the vans and drove another hour or so back to the northern entrance of Huai Kha Khaeng. We stopped close by at a research building near the entrance to spend some time in our project groups creating an outline for our presentations. After the brain storming session we made our way to the breeding center. There we saw a couple of Asiatic black bears, some deer, and about a dozen or so tigers. We were told that some of the tigers had been taken from their mothers by people who wanted pets or to sell them. It was thrilling to finally see tigers in person, even though they were in captivity. We spent a while looking at them but eventually the rain picked back up and we made our way back to the trucks. Most people had to brave the rain in the back of the pick-ups while we journeyed back up to the research station. Once we arrived, about an hour and a half later, we had down time until our final dinner at the research station. Most people took this opportunity to change into dry clothes. The dinner was a special one because we were leaving the next morning to go o the wetland. We ate with the researchers and had delicious food as usual, mainly grilled meat and vegetables and sticky rice. After dinner we all hung out together in a cabin and enjoyed each other’s company in the jungle for the last night!