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Sophie's Thailand Experience- Volunteering

Hi guys! For the next part of my diary, I wanted to fill you in on the volunteering part of the Thailand Experience...
 
We were staying in the north of Thailand- Sangkhalburi during our volunteering stint, and there are a large number of poorer people living in the area. I wanted to be able to understand their hardships and their stories, so I chose the community option when I was booked onto the trip. 
 
And I'm so glad I did! After a bumpy ride in the back of 4x4 pick up trucks, we finally...
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My Experience: Bangkok to Beaches

I have a confession to make. I am addicted to the Real Gap website- I browse it every day, planning trips and deciding where to explore next. It’s been my lifelong dream to see the world, ever since I was little I had visions of donning a backpack, immersing myself into different countries and cultures and exploring the world. One day I decided to put my dream to travel into action, I went onto the Real Gap website and headed straight over to the Thailand section and after reading up about...

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Getting Ready for your Big Trip!

Packing

Preparing for your summer adventure can be a task and a half, so- because all of us Real Gappers are ridiculously nice- we’ve put together a top class guide to help you get into order. Today we’re going to be talking about all things ‘packing’- so get your backpack/suitcase in gear and let’s get ready to roll (...those suitcases through departures)!

‘Case, or backpack? We’d usually always go with the latter, but it really does depend on what adventure you’ve booked yourself on. If...

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Sophie's Thailand Experience- Kanchanaburi

After the craziness of Bangkok, it was time to pack out rucksacks and get on the road to discover the 'Real Thailand'... 

We got picked up just outside our hotel (such a luxury- definitely preferable than dragging your heavy bags through the streets, begging for a Tuk Tuk that won't rip you off!) by a coach that looked like it was made by the Barbie Factory. On the outside, it had cartoon characters all over while we had a pink plastic interior, adored with blue and pink frilly curtains! The...

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Sophie's Thailand Experience- Temples in Thailand

I've been visiting temples galore during my time on the Thailand Experience, so thought it was about time I filled you in on what I've seen so far!

In a country where (according to the last census) 94.6% of the population described themselves as Buddhist, you would be correct in thinking that Thailand is littered with stunning temples and shrines. Wherever you go, be it a small rural town, a motorway service station, or deep in the heart of the city, you will soon be blinded by glittering...

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Sophie's Thailand Experience- Bangkok!

Now Sophie's spent her first two weeks in Thailand on our awesome Thailand Experience (and taught us how to cook in her last post!)- it's now the time to go back to her arrival day and her first few days in Bangkok! 

So the days of travelling solo are over- now its time to kick back, relax and enjoy the travellers paradise, Thailand. After 7 months of going it alone, I was so excited to go on a Real Gap tour, where all the boring bits of travelling are taken away (transport, accomodation,...

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Top Ten Tips: Scuba Diving

Scuba pro Polly, the founder of our 'Dive and Marine' Conservation project in Belize, has dived over 5000 times (told you she was a pro!). We love scuba diving here at RG (but admittedly, it can be a little bit difficult at first!) so Polly's kindly given us a few tips on how we can perfect our diving skills. Cheers Polly!

1.“Treat your air like you would a good drink, sip it slowly!”

Remember to breathe!  Breathe like you do when you are sleeping-  long, slow breathes.  Breathe in slowly and...

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Thailand... Cookery Style!

If you're booked on to go on the Thailand Experience, one thing you'll try during your time in Thailand is a Thai cookery lesson. The dishes we made were SO yummy, so I thought I'd share the recipes with you!

There are two things that I can guarantee you'll hear about travelling in Thailand- 1) "OMG, it is so cheap!" and 2) "OMG, the food is so good".  After spending a few days in Bangkok, we'd already had the chance to experience the cheapness of the country (after Australia I think anything...

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My Experience: Game Ranger Internship

Hi Real Gappers! We've just received a fantastic blog post from Real Gap customer Archie Middleton, who's just completed our Game Ranger Internship. If you want to find out what life's like on a Big 5 game reserve, have a little gander....

My time spent training for my level one Field Guide qualification on my Game Ranger internship in South Africa was some of the best of my life so far. What made it so enjoyable was the fact that although we spent our days running, climbing and crawling...

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Sophie's Aussie Bests...

Now my posts on the good old Aus are coming to a close, I thought I'd recap on where, and what I think is best in Australia!

Best City: Melbourne

This really is the most liveable but most jaw dropping city I have ever had the pleasure to experience. Everything works so well here. Despite being voted the 4th most expensive city in the world (it has leapfrogged 5th place Sydney) there are always things to do to keep you entertained! Alright, the city might not have the beaches of Sydney but...

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