Another Bali Blog – Bye Bye Bali, hello Bangkok

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Another Bali Blog – Bye Bye Bali, hello Bangkok

Like Christmas for Santa the last day of my trip to Bali came way too soon. Bali you beautiful surfing mecca, wave-rich paradise you will be missed, but it was time to head to Thailand; a place where by best friend runs an orphanage in a little town called Mai Sot and a country I’ve never been to so I was super keen to visit and help out.
I flew from Bali to Bangkok, got in during the midday painful heat, then was meant to take me to the bus station where I would get a bus for 7 hours to the orphanage, but as always Asia hit me with another plot twist and about 1 mile away from the bus station I looked up in to the sky and saw a huge cloud of black smoke… I asked the taxi driver what it was coming from to which he far too relaxingly replied; “oh its just one of the buses that has blown up happens sometimes when it gets too hot.”
So without a second thought I called my friend / big sister Natasha who was already at the orphanage and informed her that there was zero chance of me getting a bus to Mai Sot so in her best Thai she pleaded with the taxi driver to drive me the 7 hours and like a little boss he said yes. It was the best £150 I have ever spent! Always trust your insticts when traveling guys.
I arrived to the hotel at ridiculous o clock, passed straight out for a mere 3 hours then straight to the orphanage to take all 45 kids on a day trip.
I’m not gonna lie, I was feeling a little bit nervous as I wasn’t really sure what to expect, if I’m honest when you imagine an orphanage you instantly think that it is a really sad place full of lonely kids with no parents so when I drove in that morning and had 45 of the happiest kids you can imagine running at me it was a massive, quite selfish relief! They are with out doubt some of the happiest children I have ever met, they all work together making sure no one is left out but if you had 45 brothers and sisters I think you would find it tough to be lonely!
After meeting the kids we all jumped in to two trucks and headed out on a day trip to the hot springs. The excitement levels were off the chart so when we arrived it was straight in to the pool for hours. It was so sweet to see the bigger kids helping out the little ones who struggled to swim and was so beautiful so see them all so happy. After a few hours of playing it was time for a team lunch plated up by the kids all making sure one another had food before eating, then after a long day out we headed home with 45 very tired kids dinner was eaten and beds were calling.
Next day was full of fun again but we had to say our goodbyes which was hard to say the least, as the kids all filed out to school we kissed them all bye, had a last little snuggle with the babies and then it was time to head back to Bangkok .
I honestly can’t explain how special this experience was for me it has changed the way I will live my life forever and I can’t wait to go back and spend more time with the beautiful family at Acorn Overseas.
If you would  like to donate anything to this totally non profit charity the kids would be so Thankful, here is the link if you would like to help out the little beauties:

Hans van Mourik

Co-founder SurfaWhile, ♥️travel, sports & outdoors.

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