Reflections before heading home from Thailand by Acacia

I cannot believe how close we are to heading back to the United States. Although I know I will miss the last three weeks of traveling around Thailand, I am ready to get back into a regular schedule with school, work, & lacrosse.

On Wednesday the 10th, we traveled to the southeast of Thailand for a day at the beach. It was gorgeous there with water clearer than I had seen in Thailand so far & almost no clouds in the sky. Although I applied & reapplied sunscreen, I still managed to get burnt. After spending a few hours at the beach we traveled to Prachinburi & this is where we stayed for the night. The hotel was beautiful with small pools of water all over the grounds & an infinity pool to swim in that overlooked a small lake. After we had dinner at the hotel restaurant a group of us played a very intense game of Phase 10. The next day we went off to our last & final visit of our three week trip– a hospital that specializes in using herbal medicines. I found the lecture to be very interesting, especially hearing about what the different herbals are meant to heal. After the lecture we were taken to the herbal shop where we were allowed to buy / test a variety of products.

After three weeks of traveling around Thailand it is extremely hard to pick my favorite part. On the more adventure side, the elephant riding & ziplining are definitely what stands out. On the academic side I enjoyed the lecture & tour of the Bumrungrad International Hospital, as well as the visit to Hill Area & Community Development Foundation (HADF), which included a lecture & a visit to a hill tribe.

Only a few more days left before we head back to the United States– I will definitely be taking everything during these last days. See you all soon!

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