Today we travel to Asian University in Chonburi, approximately 30 kilometres from Pattaya, where we are to stay for the next four days.
Asian University is privately owned by Dr Viphandh Roengpithya (Dr Vip). The university is located quite a way from anywhere so students who study here also board here.
This was my first "student accommodation" experience. I didn't mind it for 4 days, not sure if I could have coped for a semester though.
On the way Asian University we made a few stops.
The first was at Laem Chabang Port Authority where we were given a presentation. Unfortunately the presentation was not overly informative, we were able to go up to the top of the observation tower for a great view of the port though:
We then moved on to Nong Nooch Gardens where we ate lunch together, enjoyed the gardens and watched a cultural show followed by an elephant show.
These gardens were lovely, lots of bushes in the shape of elephants and of course "Long Live the King"
The elephant show was very entertaining although I hate to think what they do to these animals to get them to play soccer, basketball, ten pin bowling etc.
From the gardens we went to ride on elephants. We all had 20 minutes up on an elephant...this was possibly one of my favourite moments of the study tour, it was fantastic. At one point the guy controlling the elephant jumped down to take our picture, I must say this worried me a lot...fortunately the elephant didn't wander off with us still on its back!!
We then moved into the student accommodation at Asian University. We were very happy to discover that each room had its own bathroom but were soon disappointed to realise that there was no hot water to any of these rooms, luckily it was hot!