Trip Location Focus
New trip location: Samae San
Exciting news from the Traidhos Barge Program: a new land site has been developed!
Located only a couple of hours away from Bangkok towards the coast, lies Samae San, a small fishing community in Sattahip. This community allows the opportunity to study the role and impact the fishing industry has on Thailand’s coastlines. Nearby is the Thailand Sea and Natural History Museum, a wonderful museum that takes visitors from the earth’s origins, through to early life on earth, on to the prehistoric life that existed millions of years ago in Thailand, and all the way through to the present day ecosystems found throughout the south of Thailand.
Off the coast of Samae San fishing village lie several uninhabited islands, with only a couple open to the public. Samae San Island is one of these, which is managed by the Thai Navy as a site of botanical conservation. Only a short boat ride away, the island provides hours of fun, with picture-perfect white sand beaches and magnificent mangrove ecosystems. The island provides an idyllic setting to learn about marine ecosystems and habitats. The mangrove boardwalk allows students to learn about mangrove ecosystems and see first-hand the role they play in protecting coastlines throughout Thailand. There is even an opportunity for visitors to reduce their carbon footprints by planting their very own mangrove tree. The coral reef surrounding the island is the perfect place to go snorkelling and witness first-hand the incredible biodiversity that lies under the waves. There are also glass-bottomed boats that offer a dry alternative to ecosystem investigations. Other activities on the island also include hiking, cycling and beach games.
The Sea Turtle Conservation Centre in Sattahip is another conservation project run by the Thai Navy. Here students can see the problems turtles face throughout their lives, and also play a favourite barge game: “Turtle Hurdle”. In this game students can experience the dangers themselves and hopefully the experience will ignite in them a desire to help protect the beautiful creatures from extinction.
The Samae San site is ideal for students aged ten and up, and its proximity to Bangkok makes it an ideal site for schools both within Thailand as well as internationally. We hope to see you soon in the beautiful setting of Samae San.
For more information about booking a barge or land trip click here
Local residents of Samae San sorting out the daily catch
The beaches of Samae San Island
The Three-Generation Barge Program’s Carbon Series
We all want to do the right thing for the planet, but what’s the real impact of each of the things we do and of each thing we buy? We hear a lot about the negative effects of driving and flying, but what are the effects of sending a text message, buying a bottle of water or taking a shower? How do bananas compare to a block of cheese or a beefsteak? And what about the big things? How much C02 is generated from a Football World Cup or even a volcanic eruption?
Welcome to the Three-Generation Barge Program’s Carbon Series. This is the second email in a series that is designed to give you a sense of carbon - a ‘carbon instinct’ - and this will allow you to make those simple changes to reduce your carbon footprint and actually make a difference!
How Bad is a Steak?
- Beef is the most climate-unfriendly food around today
- Around 90% of beef's carbon footprint comes farming... and not packaging or transport
- Farm animals eat lots of crops which also release CO2
- Beef farming also releases Nitrous Oxide which is five times more deadly than CO2
Q) How much C02 is released in the production of one raw 4oz steak?
A) 2 kg
Q) How many raw 4oz steaks are offset in the CO2 storage of one tree per year?
A) 5 raw 4oz steaks
per tree per year
(That's the same impact as 25 bananas!)