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The First Trip : Discovering Whales of Thailand in World Oceans Day

The First Trip : Discovering Whales of Thailand in World Oceans Day

June 8 marked a very special occasion for our trip. It was the ‘World Oceans Day’. The World Oceans day was unofficially celebrated on every 8th of June since its inception in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The day only became officially recognized by UN in 2008 and reaches global awareness ever since. It was an auspicious day to start our very first whale-watching trip in the gulf of Thailand.

We departed from Bangkok through Highway 35. That’s the same road to Cha-am/Hua Hin, heading to Rama II road. The route passes Mahachai from Samut Sakhon to Samut Songkhram province. Our van turned at Klong Kloan and we drove onto Bang Taboon located at Ban Laem, Petchaburi province.
On our way we passed through four main rivers in Thailand. There is Chao Phraya (in Bangkok), Tha-Jeen, Mae Klong (both in Samut Songkhram), and Petchburi river. Bang Taboon is where our vessel is moored, which also happens to be the river mouth of Petchburi River. We spotted a few long tail macaques as it was searching for food. Bang Taboon and Ban Laem area is famously known for shrimp paste called ‘kapii’ with their main ingredients from krill. The locals catch the krill in the ocean and leave them to dry out in the sun.
We arrived to our vessel, and departed at 9:30 a.m. About 40 minutes into our travel, we were able to spot a lone baby Irrawaddy dolphin near the mussel farm. Indeed a good sign to start off the day.

Our intention was to head north at first. We did stick to this plan for a while up until our captain passed a fisherman boat.

“Greetings!”
“We spotted several whales down South today. You should be heading there,” one of the fishermen said.
“Look, a dolphin!” said one of our passengers.
“Where?”
“That one over there!”
“Ah….oh you!”

We smiled as our passenger was referring to the painting of a dolphin that was in front of the fisherman’s boat. Well…It didn’t take much guess to where we are headed now because that was indeed the only other marine animal that we could spot at that time. Our captain agreed and changed the course midway, and we headed south.

At 25 past noon, just after all the lunches were handed out, we heard shouts from Captain Lek.

It was too far for us to see anything, but man, these locals have incredible pair of eyes. At this point everyone started getting their cameras out. We are now onto something, and at least we are heading at the right direction.
Then 15 minutes later, it all became so clear.
We were able to identify the whale as Jao Petch, at an offshore oil platform.
‘Jao’ [เจ้า] has two connotations in Thai.  It can be either referred to as  ‘Mr. or Ms.’ and or also as  ‘ruler’ – Thais have always view whales as the ‘king’ of the ocean. A well suited name to what is considered the largest mammals on our planet.

It gets better. At 2.24 p.m., we spotted a mother and its calf.

From this point on every 2-5 or so minutes, we would be able to see these majestic creatures coming out for a blow (breathing) and every so often goes on an endless episode of lunge feeding at every fishes that it can consume.

A happy day for us indeed – a very happy Worlds Ocean Day for us!

Cr: http://chomwhales.org/2013/06/08/hello-world/

Rafting along the Nakhon Nayok River

Rafting along the Nakhon Nayok River

Nakhon Nayok River

Travel Info

From Bangkok, take Highway 3049 (Bangkok-Nakhon Nayok). Just 2 km before you reach the Nang Rong Waterfall, turn right to the Khlong Tha Dan Dam.
GPS Location 
N14° 19.935’, E101° 19.024’
Contact
Sarika Adventure Point
Call  +66 3761 6164
+66 81251 8317
www.sarikaadventurepoint.com
Facilities & Services
Tour guide, raft, kayak,
restroom and parking lot.

If you have a day left in your trip, we strongly recommend an adventure at Nakhon Nayok River to cool down out of the heat. Originating from Khao Yai National Park, it flows down creating the Nang Rong Waterfall before becoming the Nakhon Nayok River. The river is special as there are 3 slanted rocks, arranged like steps that are about 50 m in length. The water flows onto these rocks creating 1 m wave above. These exciting rapids are a challenge for kayaks and canoes alike. Before reaching the Three Rock Rapids, there is an extremely sharp turn. Adventurers should concentrate on paddling the boat to get through this area.
Another charm of the Nakhon Nayok River rafting is the snake-like winding of the waterway throughout the route. You can enjoy practising controlling your raft, canoe, or kayak all the way to Ban Wang Yao, the end of the route.

Know Before You Go
“The stream is released from the Khlong Tha Dan Dam,so we can do rafting all year round.”

Recommendation
“Bring a change of clothing because you will definitely get wet.”

Please 
“Follow instructions given by your boat captain, and dump garbage in the specified area.”

Cr. : http://adventure.tourismthailand.org/eng/whitewater-rafting/nakhon-nayok-river

Tandem Skydive

Tandem Skydive

Your FIRST Jump

Here at Thai Sky Adventures, we offer a number of methods to complete one of life’s most memorable experiences – a skydive.
The easiest and safest way to make that big leap is by Tandem.

In this method, you are attached to a highly experienced instructor using a dual harness/single container parachute designed for two.

The great thing about this method is that you are never alone during your whole adventure.

Your experience begins with a short training course designed to familiarize you with the equipment, exit, body position, canopy and landing techniques. You are then matched up with your instructor who will fit you a harness designed to attach to the instructors harness.

When your name comes up on the manifest, you and your instructor will take a 20 minute scenic ride to 13,000 feet/4,000meters then freefall at 120 mph/200kph for approximately 60 seconds opening your parachute 5,000 feet above the ground.

A bird’s eye view

Once you’ve regained your composure (and your breath), you get a 5 to 7 minute canopy ride enjoying a birds eye view of the world around you. My favourite question at this point is, “So how do you like my office window?” If you’d like, you can assist the instructor flying the parachute and together you will fly back to the ground for a soft landing.

Air-to-air video

The best method of preserving your experience and to enjoy with family and friends in the years to come is with air-to-air video. We employ highly experienced camera flyers who shoot great footage with the latest video and DSLR cameras. You can expect a video of 10-12 minutes in length with footage of you on the ground before the jump, in the plane, during freefall and also your landing – presented in DVD format. If you choose stills you will normally receive 60+ images shot with a DSLR camera with file sizes of 10MB+. If you choose to print these the images are of sufficient resolution for A3 size.

Zero to Hero

3 small steps to becoming a jumper…

Step 1

Decide on your jump date – remember we are open everyday apart from Tuesdays from 08.00am until 17.00 – we jump people on a first come first served basis so best to arrive in the morning if you can.

Step 2

Make a deposit payment either online with a credit card, over the phone with a credit card, or through a travel/tour agent with cash or credit card. We will then agree pickup time and location. We are sometimes available to collect you right away – other times you may have to wait. It is better to book at least a day in advance if possible.

Step 3

Arrive on time for your pick up! We have many customers to collect and everyone wants to get jumping as soon as possible. Please have the decency to be on time so as not to keep others waiting. The fun is about to begin and on the 25 minute drive to the dropzone we’ll play you a video so you know what to expect. Get ready for the ride of your life!

No experience needed…

  • Anyone over 18 and weighing less then 120kg can jump. Note: Certain Instructors are prepared to take those in excess of 95Kg, however a surcharge of 500 Thai baht will apply if you are over 95KG but less than 100KG, and 1000 Baht will be surcharged for people over 100KG
  • Highly qualified and experienced European Instructors who take care of all aspects of the skydive
  • European pilot – plane imported from US.
  • United States Parachute Association Affiliated Dropzone.
  • 30+ years running Tandem Skydiving in UK/US.

Fully insured Tandem Skydiving is statistically safer than Horse-riding, American football and Cricket!

½ Day Tour Program for Tandem Skydiving – Pattaya

Allow 4 hours from pick up to drop off. Normally finished after 3 hours.
Pick up – 07.00…09.00…11.00…13.00...14.30 from your Hotel in Pattaya/Jomtien. Your tour agent will arrange this for you. Please note it is best to begin as early as possible to guarantee your jump on that date. We start jumping at 08.00am. Free transport/transfer in VIP Minibus from your Hotel in Pattaya/Jomtien

Please wear Jean/Shorts, T-Shirt and closed toe shoes running shoes/sneakers…

It is ok to eat before you jump. Restaurant and refreshments available.

Tandem Jumps

1. SAFETY BRIEFING – 10-15mins – After filling out forms and payment you’ll be introduced to your fully qualified USPA tandem instructor who will show you the equipment and talk you through the in’s and out’s of the skydive. Don’t worry, they will be with you the whole time during your skydive!!!

2. LIFT – you will be assigned onto the next available plane load and await lift to 13,000 feet/4,000 meters. Once in plane this takes around 15 minutes.

3. PREPARE TO EXIT – At 13,000 feet/4,000 meters plane door will open and instructors will “check out” with you if your ready to jump. This is it!

4. JUMP!!! – Instructor and you will exit together on Tandem rig and freefall for approximately 60 seconds/1 minute at around 120 miles/190km an hour. The Ultimate thrill!

5. PARACHUTE DEPLOYMENT – At around 5000 feet/1500 meters the parachute will open and the wind noise will stop suspending you and your instructor in relative calm.

6. CANOPY FLIGHT/LANDING – It now takes around 5-8 minutes to ride to the ground with magnificent views over the area below. Ask your instructor if you can have a go at flying the canopy! They will take over for landing of course…

Getting to the Dropzone

Tandem customers receive free transport to and from the dropzone from the Pattaya/Jomtien area if you have pre-booked. If you have paid a tandem deposit and not received details about your pickup get in touch on 085 900 3412 or e-mail us.
The Drop Zone is Located at Nong Khor (Ao Udom) and is exactly 19 Km from Pattaya just off the main Highway – Bangkok and Chon Buri (Route 3/Sukhumvit) to Pattaya or Highway 7 to Bangkok.

Thai Sky Adventures, LLC. 777/77 moo 7 Ang Kep Nham Kho Road, Nong Khor Chon Buri 20230 Thailand DZ +66 (0)85 900 3412

The exact GPS Coordinates are N13° 8′ 34″ – E101° 2′ 50″

Cr.:  http://www.thaiskyadventures.com/tandem-skydive-pattaya-thailand.html