From the 5th – 9th of April 2019, The Diamond Elephant Foundation coordinated with volunteers and the Royal Thai Navy to take children from a rural village in the North of Thailand on a field trip to the beach for the first time in their life. They traveled 30 hours from Chiang Mai to Sattahip Naval Base in Chonburi.
The children traveled from their village by 4WD pick up truck to the Chiang Mai train station. From there, they took an overnight train to Bangkok. Once in Bangkok, we took them to the MOCA art museum and to see the beautiful Wat Arun, and then took a Navy bus to Sattahip Naval base. The next day, the children visited the Sea Turtle Conservation Center, visited the HMS Similan and enjoyed a day on the beach. On the last day, we arranged a painting class for the children and then took them to the Bang Saen Aquarium and took them back to the Bangkok train station where they travelled back home to their village.
The children very much enjoyed this trip and were introduced to many new things. They had the chance to learn about art and the environment and were able to see the capital city as well as the beach for the first time.