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A Day at the Office

Text by Sofie, Moa and Erika. Doing our Internship at Yenit (Kohsamui.org) - Thursday, April 28, 2011

We spent the Thursday at the office. First, we selected our best photos we had taken during the week here in Koh Samui. We altered them the rest of the day and will later post them on a photo page, that later on will be published on the internet.

After that, we got the rest of the day free, so we enjoyed the sunshine at Silver Beach. It is a beautiful beach situated between Lamai and Chaweng. We spent a few hours there until it started to rain and we had to hurry back to the hotel. Then we spent the evening in Chaweng, as we have noticed is a great place for young people, with a better nightlife and more tourists than in Lamai. Most young people can be found at Solo Bar and Club Sound.

Butterfly Garden

Text by Sofie, Moa and Erika. Doing our Internship at Yenit (Kohsamui.org) - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Today our day begun at the office and Jens asked us to comment on what should be included in a great travel website. We presented a number of ideas that we submitted to him and after we went out on a new photo assignment. This time we went to the Butterfly Garden, a park where the butterflies can fly freely among the visitors. However, we did not see that many butterflies, which was a little disappointing. But the environment was very beautiful with small waterfalls and exotic flowers and plants. After going around for a while, we finally found some butterflies, not flying around like mad. They settled down on flowers not that far from us, so we could photograph them.

After our stay at the Butterfly Garden we had lunch at the neighboring hotel, Centara, which is an incredibly nice (and large) hotel. We ate at the hotel restaurant located just next to the beach. The view and the food were brilliant. Then we went back to Lamai, tired but happy. We hope that the sun will continue to shine on Koh Samui tomorrow!

A perfect day

Butterfly on a flower

Yellow hibiscus

Fun at Paradise Park Farm

Text by Sofie, Moa and Erika. Doing our Internship at Yenit (Kohsamui.org) - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Right now we are sitting in our hotel room tired after a long but fun day at Paradise Park Farm, on the west coast of Samui. The day began with a winding drive through the jungle that took us to Paradise Park Farm, which is located high in the mountains. When we arrived, we were let into a large cage where we walked around among various exotic birds and even a large peacock landed on the top of the cage. The animals walked around freely among the visitors in the park, which we are not used to from Swedish zoos. At first it felt a little uncomfortable, but we got used to it quickly as the animals seemed to be accustomed to encounters with humans.

In the park we met a cute little creature, a monkey who was sitting on his toy bike and cuddled with her pet, a guinea pig and the staff gave us a bowl of food to feed the monkey. Further down in the park there was another monkey, but not as social and not easy to photograph as he was busy swinging around. We also saw an incredibly cute little deer. Surprisingly, the animals were all very affectionate and friendly. For 20 baht we got a fruit basket as we walked into a paddock where all the deers were hiding underneath the trees, in the shade from the sun. One of them was so hungry, so he even broke the basket while eating!

After having photographed for an hour we threw ourselves into the park's stunning infinity pool overlooking the jungle! We enjoyed ourselves until it was time to move on. Next stop on the way was the mummified monk. It was a very "unusual" but interesting sight! Then we went back to the hotel and enjoyed the sun and sea! In a few days we will be back again to discover yet more of Samui through the camera lens.

A refreshing bath

Feeding the monkey

Internship in Paradise - Dog Rescue Center

Text by Sofie, Moa and Erika. Doing our Internship at Yenit (Kohsamui.org) - Monday, April 25, 2011

Erika, Moa and Sofie - Internship at Yenit (Kohsamui.org)

We are three girls who are studying media (photography and web development etc) in Sweden and we wanted to do something extra during our internship. Therefore we chose to spend our three weeks at Yenit (same company that develops Kohsamui.org) on Koh Samui. Here, we can develop our interest in photography, while we discover new and exciting environments. We have been very well received by the company and we went on our first "mission" to Koh Samui's most popular attraction, the Big Buddha. Despite the hot sun we went up for all the steps leading up to the 15 meter high statue. Here we had an incredible view over the sea and the nearby beaches. Below the statue there is a small temple where you're able to give small donations. You can write your name on a brick, which is used to for temple construction purposes.

The next day we decided to visit the Dog Rescue Centre in Bophut, where they take care of homeless dogs and cats. When we arrived we were immediately greeted by two curious dogs who welcomed us. The center are helping animals, vaccinating them and educating people on how to take care of the animals. Because there are so many homeless animals on the island, people need to donate money to help the animals to get a better life. The center operates from donations only, so if you're visiting, please contribute to help them be able to continue to help all the stray cats and dogs.

The coming days we'll try to find new adventurous places, so please come back to see what we discover during our stay at the stunning island of Koh Samui!

Buddhist monk

Pug dog

Dog at rest

Dogs behind bars

There are also cats here

Looking sad

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