Monday, November 19, 2007

Eco ... Tourist

I’m off today to be a researching eco tourist. I’ve bought myself a bandana in lieu of the dreadlocks. This is what my itinerary looks like:

Tuesday 20 Nov
Today I’m going to Ban Talae Nok village. After lunch with my host family I will make batik in the batik cooperative. Following a visit to a conservation centre I get the choice of community aerobics, beach football, helping prepare dinner or enjoying the sunset on the beach. I wonder which one I’ll do.

Wednesday 21 Nov
After breakfast with my host family I’m taking a boat trip through a mangrove forest. I’m particularly excited about this. This afternoon I’m going to an interactive workshop with tsunami soap cooperative followed by a creative workshop with children at community centre. ‘Making’ is something I like to do, so this will be fun.

I get the choice again of community aerobics, beach football, helping prepare dinner or enjoying the sunset on the beach.

Thursday 22 Nov
After breakfast I leave for Kuraburi pier to transfer to Tung Nang Dam pier. We can walk to the homestay from here (I hope the terrain is okay for my wheelie case. Oh dear, I’ll never make an eco warrior.)

I get to work on an orchid conservation at community nursery and go on a jungle hike to replant orchids. The hike finishes on the beach. No choice of activity tonight, I finish by admiring the sunset on the beach. Sounds good after an honest day’s work.

Friday 23 Nov
Today is my last day. After breakfast I prepare bags to leave village via Tung Nang Dam pier. Transferring back to Kuraburi pier, I get final briefing in the office before I go away to write the articles. I get to visit a waterfall if there’s time. After lunch we leave for Phuket airport and it’s back to life as a Mum and writer!

In between all these activities I will be scribbling notes about everything so that I can come back and write about my experience.

I am so excited.

I have no idea if I’ll be able to blog via the Blackberry or whether I’ll be right out of it. So I’ll see you here if I can make it and if not, on Friday!


Pacha said...

Sounds fantastic JJ!!! All best and enjoy...

Lane said...

Have a fab time! Sounds fantastic and looking forward to reports and photos:-)

Leigh said...

I like the way that preparing dinner is given as an option beside aeorbics, volleyball, or lounging about looking at the sunset! I wonder which one you'll choose...!

Have a lovely time. Make sure you take lots of photos.

Carol and Chris said...

Can't wait to hear how you get on!! I'll be expecting a full report when you get back since we'll be deciding our dates on Friday.

Good luck

C x

Cathy said...

Have a great time!

Jon M said...

Wow! Sounds very intrepid! Good luck and have fun!

Mel said...

Wow, sounds like you're in Khao Lak! That was my home for 5 months after the tsunami! Good luck with the wheelie case!!

Lucy Diamond said...

Wow - sounds fab, how exciting! Can't wait to hear all about it - and of course see the photographic evidence of that bandana!

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Sounds terrific. I look forward to the details.

Angie said...

That sounds fascinating! Enjoy your trip. Can't wait to hear all about it. :)