The tasks accomplished by Team BG
Go to Wat Bangbao on Koh Chang and get a lucky charm from a monk.
Wat Bangbao visited at a dusk when monks weren't there. For the case of good luck we wrote our names on the back of the ceramic scales of the Dragon being built in the Chinese temple of Chao Por Koh Chang Shrine on the same island of Koh Chang
Visit the fisherman village of Bangbao/ buy fish in the local market and ask a local to prepare it for you
Done. Twice. First in Bang Bao (barbecued Thai Fish) and then at Lonely beach (fried baracuda with garlic) Two out of many culinary highlights!
Visit the Nam Tok Khlong Phlu waterfall on Koh Chang
Done. Bumped into some Romanians there. Visited 2 more of another spectacular waterfalls on Koh Chang - Than Ma Yom and the one behind the Russian Orthodox church, suggested by the priest (detour x2)
Stop at one of the most beautiful view points on Koh Chang (white sand beach) and get a stranger to take a selfie with you
Done. Selfies with locals and strangers taken all over the place. Multiple nice beach views recorded on Koh Chang.
Treat yourself to a Thai massage
Done. Task performed at least half a dozen times. Each.
Visit the Ban Kwan Chang elephant camp and find out about the Thai elephants
Visit Mr. Ann at the Lazy Day on Koh Mak and find out about the history of the place
Koh Mak observed from a wooden boat. Instead - the marine national park around Ko Rung explored on foot and snorkelling. At least 4 extra islands visited, including Ko Wai (detour x 4)
Head back to mainland and visit Baan Nam Chiew Village - buy a hat that represents you and personalize it. Extra points if you try to make a hat yourself!
Done. Both the making and the buying
Head to Nam Phliu waterfall - you can take a dip to cool off
Done. Selfies with fishes in their habitat taken
Head to Chanthaburi and look for the Nang Praya view point and draw a small picture of the view and show it to the world!
Done. Town explored. Multiple wats, including a Roman Catholic one, explored (detour x ?) Scenic coastal area explored. Nang Praya view enjoyed. Lovers' padlocks galore. BG + RO = GL (great love)
Visit the turtle sanctuary at Koh Man Nai island (Rayong)
Fresh water turtles spotted and observed in their nature habitat on Koh Chang
Wake up in the morning and give alms to the monks in a location of your choice
Done. At War Klang, Chanthaburi
Send us a postcard from Thailand
Done. Names signed in Thai. Local people manage to read them right
For every 5 means of transportation used,
3. Car ferry
4. Pick-up truck taxi
5. Wooden tourist carrier boat
6. Hitch-hiked cargo motorcycle
7. Funny ferry-to-parking opensided shuttle vehicle
8. Sedan car (courtsey the hat artisans)
9. Big intercity bus
10. Motorcycle taxi
11. etc, etc
For each picture of a Thai smile posted on the teams’ web page, the team will receive 5 points.
Busy posting them here and on other social media. Ref. Instagram #thethailandraceTeamBG
For detours from the original route map the teams will receive 10 points, provided that they make the detour to visit a traditional village, viewpoint or temple/ sight.
- 2 extra waterfalls on Koh Chang
- 1 extra Buddhist Wat (Koh Chang)
- 1 Chinese Wat (Koh Chang)
- 1 Russian Orthodox Wat (Koh Chang)
- 1 Roman Catholic Wat (Chanthaburi)
- Even more wats (Chanthaburi)
- 1 extra traditional fishing pier (Koh Chang)
- 1 monument to King Teksin (Chanthaburi)
- 4+ islands in Mu Koh Chang National Park
- view point of PakNam Khaem Nu Bridge
- Dolphinarium (Oasis Sea World, Laem Sing District)
- Aquarium (Kung Kraben)
Visiting a local market & buying fruit (4-5 different sorts) – 10 points
Done. Multiple times. Banana, pineapple, watermelon, mango, longan, coconut etc.
Learn how to write your name in Thai – 10 points
Teach a local how to say 'Good day' and 'Thank you' in your language and learn how to say the same in Thai – 10 points. For the above you will need to submit a short video!