Trip to Southern Part of Thailand
MPV staffs and students visited the southernmost parts of Thailand known for its friendly and pristine environment after the final examination of SecondSemester of 2015, onMarch 24, 2016. These places are mostly famous because they have preserved and maintained their beauty as it should be ‘green and clean’. This recreational trip was organized so that our students could get to merge into the nature's beautify and know the values of ecological preservation at first hand, and at the same time they could forget the tedious and tiring academic session they have had.
The journey began early in the morning from Hatyai district to Phatthulung province. We reached at our first destination, Sumano cave temple (Sumano cave temple or Wat Thaam Sumano) around 10.30am. This temple has a famous meditation center which was set up in 1988. The temple premises spread across two densely forested mountains. It has two separate caves--one for the monastics and the other for the laity. Anyone is welcome to join the meditation practice and the retreat is conducted throughout the year. Our over 200km of exhausting bus ride was amazingly worthwhile. No sooner than we arrived there the scenic nature gave us rejuvenating joy and serenity. We spent about an hour inside the cave and headed to Khao Pu Khao Ya National Park.
The park has a long range of steep mountains that snakes through the three Provinces of Phatthalung, Trang and Nakhonsi Thammarat. Its rich flora and fauna consists of highly commercialized woods and medicinal herbs. The park’s mission is to protect these natural resources and environment from illegal logging and encroaching into forest lands. They strive to develop into education and research center especially for South Thailand and also to facilitate recreations for people seeking nature’s blessings. While receiving lots of information from the park officials we walked almost 2km into the thickets. We saw breath-taking giant trees. From there we went to Talay Noi.
Talay Noi is a river basin located to the north side of Songkla Lake. This lake is very rich in natural resources such as aquatic plants and standing timber. This is the reason why there are different kinds of birds in this area. In fact, it is regarded as the biggest water bird park in Thailand. It is indeed a paradise for ornithologists. Talay Noi is also very famous for pink lotuses and the local food “Pla Duk Ra”. Unfortunately, as it was well past our lunchtime we could not taste the local delicacy. There were several shops selling beautiful and creative handmade souvenirs that compensated us though. After spending an hour in Talay Noi river basin we returned directly to our campus.
It was a very nice and a memorable trip. Thanks to the MPV and its staffs and members for organizing this wonderful trip. And special thanks to Chotiwat Manufacturing Company for providing the transportation and other requirements. Without their support and generosity, this trip would not have been realized at all.