Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Maggie

We started the day by leaving the Fortuna Hotel in our vans and heading to the barge on the Chao Praya River (or River of Kings) right in the heart of Bangkok. We waited for a while for the barge to show up, and we later found out that the boat was going against the current which is why it took so long. We got on board and had to take our shoes and socks off which was hard for me because I love wearing socks… We grabbed everything we needed for two days and stowed the rest of our big duffels away. It was amazing being on the water. It was warm and breezy.

Thailand Journal 2016-2017 by Francie

Today was the big departure day and all went well for most of us (sorry, Mat!). The class met at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport early in the AM to catch their first flight on American Airlines to Chicago and then connected with Japan Airlines into Narita (Tokyo) Airport. From there, they took their next flight to Bangkok. Unfortunately, Mat missed the MSP flight but got booked on a new flight for the next day. The group made it safely to Bangkok by about 11:30 PM on the 28th.

Thailand Journal 2015-2016 by Veronica

The morning of the last day was hard for different reasons. First, it was 4 in the morning. Everyone was exhausted, especially after a fun last night in Bangkok. Most of the students went to markets until very early in the morning. The game plan was to stay up as late as we could so we could sleep on the first flight, which was going to be 6 hours. However, I don’t think most of us anticipated how tired we were going to be. Everyone met in the lobby of The Fortuna Hotel. We all had a soup of emotions going through each of us.

Thailand Journal 2015-2016 by Veronica

On the last day in Bangkok we split into different groups to explore the city. There were a lot of different ideas on how each person wanted to spend their last day. Many of the students decided on getting tattoos. There were sharks, tigers, elephants and other cool ideas. The prices for tattoos were even more surprising to all of us college kids. The people who did not get tattoos decided to scavenge the city for great market gifts. Ryan, Melissa and I were all set on finding the new Star Wars Movie on DVD for $3. I was so excited to find it that I bought two copies.

Thailand Journal 2015-2016 by Abby

Today started with us waking up before dawn to open the mist nets we’d set the day before. My group had set ours up on the canal so we took a boat to our site. While we were opening the nets I noticed that we were surrounded by massive mimosa plants and one of the guides told us that they’re an invasive species in Thailand. This surprised me considering I was able to kill my own mimosa plant back home entirely by accident. However, Minnesota is considerably more inhospitable than Thailand at least with regard to plant life.

Thailand Journal 2015-2016 by Tatum

Today was one of my favorite days on this trip. We had to wake up at 4 a.m. but it was definitely worth it for the experience. I was very excited because I had never done much with birds, and I was really looking forward to the hands on experience. We woke up early and drove out to our group spot. I decided to sit in the truck bed because I thought that it would be cool to be able to look at the stars and feel the breeze. It was an easy trip compared to our jungle rides, but it was definitely a lot colder and windier than I had expected.

Thailand Journal 2015-2016 by Donmanic

I woke up at 7:10 and this morning was unusually cold. I went to our classroom before breakfast and read my novel for a while. A Thai I got to know last night stopped by and we greeted each other. At breakfast I talked to Dave regarding one research‐related idea. Later he talked about his idea on pellet counts and how to obtain a sambar population estimate. He also discussed how it is important to work with people in a wildlife career, not just wildlife. We went to the classroom at 09:00 and started preparing for the final project. I helped as much as I could.

Thailand Journal 2015-2016 by Lindsey

January 11 was a very special day for all of us students. It was our first day back from camping in Nang Ma but it was also our last full day at the Khao Nang Rum research station and in the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary! It was also the day that we put together most of our final project which was to be presented to the research staff the next day. Breakfast was at 8am per usual. We ate rice, fried vegetables, and chicken soup with potatoes and tomatoes.

Thailand Journal 2015-2016 by Carl

The day started with Dave shaking the tents awake. Time to get up, stretch away the nighttime cold and aches and start packing, because our time spent camping was done. Our reward for packing up our tents and belongings so quickly was French toast for breakfast. Or a fried egg on toast if that was your preference. With happy bellies we loaded into the all‐too‐familiar trucks for the bumpy drive out of the jungle. We were returning to Huai Kha Khaeng. We stopped for lunch in Ban Rai at an open restaurant that served amazing pad thai.

Thailand Journal 2015-2016 by Kylie

You could say that this morning was a bit chilly. And by a bit chilly, I mean I woke up shivering again, even in my three layers and sleeping bag. But even though I woke up freezing in my hammock, I was still in awe of the incredibleness that comes with waking up in the jungle. Birds were singing already and the jungle was alive. Even with waking up countless times because I was so cold, I would never trade this experience for anything. I don't know many people who can say that they have camped in pure jungle. That's pretty cool, if I do say so myself.