The boys, who became trapped deep in a flooded cave complex said they tried to dig their way out and survived on rainwater for nine days before being found and later rescued. "Coach told us to be quiet and listen", he said.
"We could say to ourselves that there is hope now". "So we stopped and listened".
A crowd of media and onlookers were penned behind barricades as the boys arrived in vans from the hospital where they had stayed since their rescue from the complex in Thailand's northern province of Chiang Rai.
The 12 Thai boys and soccer coach who were rescued from a flooded cave will be discharged from hospital on Wednesday and hold a news conference the same day to satisfy huge media interest in their story, a government official said.
Entering to applause from the media and classmates, the team appeared to be in good spirits.
Worldwide and local media were asked to provide a list of questions to authorities yesterday so they could be screened by psychologists.
Titan, the team's youngest member, said, "I had no strength".
"I was afraid I wouldn't go home", he said.
Other boys said though they still dreamed of becoming soccer players, they also now wanted to become Navy SEALs.
Vans painted in silver and pink drove the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, out of the hospital where they have stayed since last week's global effort to extricate them from a flooded cave complex where they had been trapped.
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One boy said he believed he would be "scolded" by his mother after realising they were trapped.
Doctors took the first two questions, and said the 13 were healthy in body and mind.
They were said to have lost an average of 4 kilograms (9 pounds) during the more than two weeks they were trapped in the cave.
The news conference was the first opportunity the members of the team had to speak directly to the media, though video of them was released previously. Officials reviewed questions in advance to make certain none might cause damaging psychological effects.
The Wild Boars teammates entered the Tham Luang cave on June 23 for a quick, relaxing excursion after soccer practice. But rain began falling while they were underground, and the water filled the caverns, cutting off their escape. The last boys and their coach were rescued on 10 July after 18 days in the treacherous Thai cave system.
The "Wild Boars" football team are being discharged from hospital a day earlier than expected and eight days after the last of them were rescued from the cave.
One of the boys recounted how they kept going during their excruciating stay in the cave: "I told everyone fight on, don't despair", he said.
Banphot Konkum, an uncle who has raised 13-year-old Duangpetch Promthep, said he'll have a renovated bedroom and gifts awaiting him.
"We tried to dig out as we thought we can not only wait for authorities to get us", coach Ekkapol Chantawong told a press conference Wednesday as the Wild Boars team made their first public appearance since being saved.
"Today we will get the answers to the questions we have been wondering, from the boys themselves", said Suthichai Yoon, presenter of the 45-minute programme being televised live on dozens of channels.