A trek in the hills of northern Thailand. What a wild five days it’s been! Leaving our home in Ban Apa, we started our four day trek on October 6th. Our first destination was Ya Fu village. On our first day, we had a one and a half hour trek to the first stop at a waterfall where we got a delicious lunch wrapped in bamboo leaves. Paulina was a… Read More
After an exciting yet exhausting week at our first homestays in Thailand, it was time to say la gon (goodbye in Thai.) We packed our bags, bought some snacks, and our families sent us off to our next adventures.
The leadership team, which consisted of Joe, Bryley, and Claire G., coordinated transportation and bought bus tickets to Chiang Rai. The four-hour long journey, although boring at times, was breathtaking the… Read More
After one week of Thai lessons, we can hold a simple conversation, but everything starts with this greeting. Combined with a “wai,” a short bow with your hands in a prayer position, when you are greeting someone older than yourself, “sawatdii kha” (or “sawatdii khrop,” if you identify as male) is the proper “hello” here in Thailand!
What a week we have had! It started last Tuesday, when… Read More
Hello from Thailand,
Audrey, Joe, and Paulina here, It has been an amazing four days or orientation, eating some amazing food, learning everything we will need to know for how to be travelers instead of tourists. Tomorrow we head out to our homestays, and we are really looking forward to that. Thailand is full of good vibes, and even better food!!
These past few days have been a blast! Besides… Read More
Greetings friends and family
The Sabai group landed safely in Chiang Mai, Thailand on September 13th. The group had a short layover in Hong Kong, and have arrived happy and a bit tired. The group will now make their way to the East side of Chiang Mai city to their orientation accommodation. After some food and a nap, the group will begin their Orientation. Once complete, the Sabai crew will… Read More
Greetings, Family and Friends of the Carpe Diem Fall 2019 Sabai group
We are happy to inform you that the Sabai group is united and already beginning to get to know one another at the Los Angeles airport.
They have quite a journey ahead of them, with a long overnight flight and a brief Hong Kong layover, however, they seem to be a group that is more than up to… Read More
Hello Sabai Crew and all who will be following and supporting us on this journey!
We are so excited to be writing this introductory blog, less than a week before we will all be meeting up at the airport in Los Angeles to head to the other side of the world. Although the students will be taking on the majority of sharing our experience here, you will be hearing from… Read More
Written By Cari & Brian
Sabai Spring Spring 2019 has bid farewell to Southeast Asia. We have had such a journey, it is hard to summarize in a short blog post. Over the past three months, we have been privileged to experience three very distinct and different cultures and countries in Southeast Asia spending the most time in Thailand.
In Thailand, we lived with local host families, learned to speak… Read More
Written By Annie
When you think of the word snorkeling what comes in mind? Well here is a brief explanation on what I’ve discovered about snorkeling. Snorkeling is the ability to float under water with a diving mask equipped with a breathing tool. I am not an expert in snorkeling, but being able to get out in the ocean was a shock to me because I am not an expert… Read More
Written By Peter
A 10 hour by-sleeper-bus journey later and we were in Vietnam, the red banner waving over our small group as we passed through the Cambodia-Vietnam Border. Within only a few minutes it really sank in that we were in a totally different country; the yellow star, hammer and sickle, and a myriad of brightly-colored propaganda posters no doubt boasting the strength of the Vietnamese military and proletariat… Read More
Written By Jess
For the last 5 days, Sabai Spring 2019 took a break from all the cities we’ve been staying in attend a yoga retreat near the beach town of Kep! We yoga-ed (and much more) with Sarah and her husband, Larry, at the Yoga Barn (yes there was a barn plus two sheep and chickens) as their first ever retreat group. At first our group was… Read More
Written By Jess & Jackie
During the past 2 weeks, Sabai 2019 has been finishing up our travels in Thailand and beginning our adventures in Cambodia!
We began our Cambodian adventure 4 days ago in Siem Reap and finally saw Angkor Wat this morning (at 6 am…). While the temples were breathtaking in the morning sun, one of my favorite experiences so far has been our visit to EGBOK,… Read More
Written By Jacklyn
Hello everyone! This past week we all went on a 4 day 3 night trek through the jungle outside Chiang Mai. We started off at a orchid farm/ butterfly garden, and then went to cool off at a waterfall. Afterwards we began our trek to the first Karen village where we stayed the night. Day two was a long day of trekking. We finished off the day… Read More
Written By Thao
Hey everyone! We’ve been working with the Mirror Foundation for the past five days to build a school for stateless children. It was hard manual work, our bodies hurt and our hands were full of blisters, but it was worth it. We made a lot of progress and had so much fun. Everyone was so welcoming. We arrived at the school for a quick introduction and met… Read More
Written By Eva
Hey y’all! It’s Eva, coming to you from Chiang Rai, Thailand. We spent the last 10 days at a Permaculture farm, learning about sustainability and the many different uses of bamboo. Personally, I learned a lot more than that. Seeing how our lovely host, Sandot and his family, lives their life was a one of a kind experience. I learned about myself and how to do the… Read More
Written By Charlie & Annie
Swaadii Ka/ Khrap! Hello families, this is Charlie and Annie coming at you with the second blog of the semester! Here’s a quick recap of the homestays outside of Chiang Mai:
Monday the 18th, we got picked up at the hostel in Chiang Mai and drove about 40 mins to the Banrai Thai Gnarm Eco Lodge. When we got there, we unloaded our stuff and… Read More
Three days into the Sabai 2019 Spring program and I can already say that this is one of the greatest experiences of my life. As long as you can handle some nausea and jetlag, this trip is absolutely perfect. Chiang Mai is a beautiful city and experiencing this entirely new culture is truly one of the most indescribable times of my life so far. Five stars.
Ben… Read More
So far Thailand is amazing and beautiful! The food is absolutely fantastic, especially the mango and sticky rice, and the culture and people are lovely. I cant wait to see and learn so much more!
Sincerely, Jackie… Read More