Published 12th April 2017
Last summer I spent one month at Camp Thailand, the camp location I chose was Camp C Tropical Jungle. Camp C was based in Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand. Chiang Mai is famous for its landscapes because its surrounded by beautiful jungles. If you get chance, visit Chiang Mai when you’re at Thailand because I travelled round Thailand after Camp Thailand and nowhere beat Chiang Mai for me. Although, that could be because I was at Camp Thailand and nothing can beat Camp Thailand really can it!
My month in Chiang Mai was incredible, if you want somewhere overflowing with nightlife, street food and markets then I would definitely choose Camp C at Camp Thailand. We got to do some awesome activities such as tubing down a river, visiting a waterfall and working with elephants. The waterfalls in Thailand are absolutely B-E-A-UTIFUL! Well I’m sure they are pretty everywhere else as well, but there’s something about going to a waterfall in Thailand which is more exciting. It’s so nice just chilling out for a day swimming in a waterfall, I think I’ll remember that day forever, well I have enough photos of it so I’m sure I won’t forget it.
Chiang Mai is also famous for its temples, the most impressive one we visited was called Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and I’m gunna warn you now, requires 309 steps to the top. Although that doesn’t sound like much, in 30-degree heat and 80% humidity, trust me it’s a lot. The temple itself is so intricately designed its breath-taking, but once you get to the top you can see over Chiang Mai which is a stunning view and definitely a photo opportunity. At the top of the steps I remember just standing and taking it all in, which was definitely a surreal moment to say the least.
The nightlife in Chiang Mai is insane as well, you’ll never be stuck for things to do in the evenings. I’d recommend only getting drunk on your days off though because you do not want to be teaching with a hangover in the heat. For some reason, Thai people love karaoke so pretty much every nightclub is a karaoke bar. If you’re not a karaoke person, I guarantee you will be by the time you come back. If you don’t fancy going out in the evenings, the night market in Chiang Mai is incredible! I’ve never seen so many things I wanted to buy in one place, so make sure to take quite a bit of spending money with you if you go there. Plus make sure you barter, because you’re at a night market the people running the stalls will put the prices up by loads but if you barter you can usually get an alright deal.
When we weren’t doing karaoke or visiting waterfalls, we were teaching. Although I didn’t think I’d be the best at teaching, I truly did enjoy it a lot. The kids are so cute and get so excited to see you, which really does warm your heart. It’s nice to go home knowing that you haven’t had the same experience as every tourist that visits Thailand and that you have made a difference the to lives of the kids you meet. All in all, Camp Thailand was insanely good as I’m sure you can tell from my Camp Thailand reviews. If you are considering doing it, go for it! If you aren’t you definitely should change your mind.