IGCSE Geography Field Work in Chiang Mai
Geography is a fantastic subject and this was proven, especially on the Chiang Mai trip of 2017 for the Geography IGCSE students. Our journey consisted of 5 days of fun and new experiences. Starting off at the Eco-Resort we viewed and searched on whether or not it was truly an eco-friendly resort. The next morning we drove higher into the mountains to a place called Ban Mae Kampong where we stayed and lived with the locals for 2 nights and 3 days. These amazing people allowed us into their homes and fed us with home made meals. While there we studied both tourism and rivers, conducting verbal interviews and questionnaires for the locals while also getting down and wet as we did a thorough river study. Not to mention that we had trekked up the mountain and down again in a 8km trek.
On Thursday we left Ban Mae Kampong and started to drive back to Chiang Mai. However, we had a quick stop at the hot springs. That night we journeyed to the Night Bazaar. It was extensive, extravagant and extremely fun. After buying dinner and shopping around and meeting new people, we regrouped to share our adventures. The following day, we had a late flight and had the entire day to continue with our research into tourism. A day full of questionnaires, measuring and counting cars exhausted our poor developing minds only to end in a concluding flight back home.
This IGCSE Geography trip was not only a fun, exciting and hilarious adventure but it was also one that expanded our knowledge and deeper understanding to the world around us. I learned the true value of the kindness of strangers and received such a shock when not surrounded by the modern world for a couple of days. Getting to spend time with my friends and learning all the same is all that a student can hope for. So I want to end this informal account of the 2017 IGCSE Geography Trip to Chiang Mai by saying thank you to all who gave me this opportunity and a new clear and open minded mindset to the rest of the world.
By, Samantha R. Bastien, Year 9.