TEST YOURSELF: Cool camping

Photo: Samui Caravans
Photo: Samui Caravans

Sleep outdoors this winter

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Read the following story by Eric E Surbano from Bangkok Post’s Guru Magazine. Then, answer the questions that follow.

T hailand has officially entered the ‘cold’ season -- well, at least it's cold for those of us who live in the kingdom. It’s the perfect time to take a camping trip, especially up North where temperatures are expected to go as low as 6C or 7C. It's time to go camping and Guru's got some spots picked out for you.

Rimtara Camping
Suan Phung District, Ratchaburi

The campsite in Ratchaburi offers forest camping with the sun peeking through the trees and a glimpse of the mountains beyond. It only costs B150 per night, per person and offers the basic amenities like toilets, showers and even electricity so you can still have the full camping experience. Tents are also rented for B200 if you don't have your own.

Samui Caravans
Na Mueung, Koh Samui

Samui Caravans is off the coast of Laem Sor beach. They've got a caravan that can fit up to four people and they also have a campsite where you can park your motor home. Or you can just choose a tent. Their caravans start at B1,690 per night while their campsite grounds are priced at B150 a night. And, you still get a magnificent view of the rising and setting sun over the Gulf of Thailand.

Rabbit Campsite

Rabbit Campsite is located along the Khwae Noi River. Staying on the campsite costs B200 per night for adults, B100 for kids between the ages of 12-15 and children below the age of 12 are free. They don't rent out tents so you've got to bring your own, but they do rent out other things you may need like extension wires, fans and barbecue grills.

Wangkaew Resort

Wangkaew Resort in Rayong is a large and spacious spot that also has a private beach. Though Wangkeaw is a full-fledged resort and you can choose to live the comfy life with a bedroom, balcony and a fridge, you can also choose to set up a tent at their campsite by the beach. Wangkeaw also has a 3km trail, which you can hike or cycle on.

Pang Ung
Mae Hong Son

Located in the mountainous province of Mae Hong Son, Pang Ung is by a lake where, if lucky, you may be able to spot a few black swans. You can rent tents but you're welcome to bring your own and all you'll have to pay is a B100 fee. Reservations in advance are a must if you're planning to stay overnight.

Section 1: Write the correct answer in the space provided.
1. Which place is cheapest for adults? …………….
2. Which place rents out tents for B200? …………….
3. Which place rents out equipment for cooking? …………….
4. Where can young children stay for free? …………….
5. Which place has animals you might see?…………..
6. Which place has hotel rooms as well as camping? …………….

Section 2: Read the following passage. Then, fill in the blanks with the correct words from the choices given.
Bangkok Backyard is far …7… from the city's centre that you won't …8… to worry about noise and pollution. But it’s …9… close enough to not spend hours …10… .

7. __A. more             __B. enough                __C. away
8. __A. go                 __B. have                  __C. want
9. __A. still                __B. always               __C. however
10. __A. driving            __B. going                __C. staying
Section 3: Find words that match the following definitions.
11. a quick view of something ……………
12. things that are useful at a place ……………
13. a path through woods ……………
14. bookings …………

Answers: 1. Pang Ung. 2. Rimtara. 3. Rabbit. 4. Rabbit. 5. Pang Ung. 6. Wangkaew. 7. b. 8. b. 9. a. 10. a. 11. glimpse. 12. amenities. 13. trail. 14. reservations.

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