2018/2019 Term Two: Asia

TERM TWO ITINERARY

Beijing • Siem Reap • Luang Prabang • Chiang Rai • Ko Lanta • Ayutthaya


Explore the bustling cities of Beijing, be awed by sacred temples in Cambodia and Thailand, trek through spectacular mountain scenery, and take a riverboat cruise from Laos to Thailand. During Term Two of Global High School, you’ll experience fascinating cultures, ancient ceremonies, astounding architecture, and modern city life all while you earn two Ontario Secondary School credits.

The journey begins in China’s capital city of Beijing, both a modern and ancient place to explore. From the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square to the Great Wall of China, everything tells an incredible story. Beijing is an ever-evolving megacity of over 21 million that is home to seven separate UNESCO World Heritage sites; 91 universities; a variety of palaces, temples, parks, gardens, and tombs; a thriving cultural and arts scene; and much, much more. It is impossible to be bored in this buzzing metropolis – every turn brings new adventures, sights, and sounds.

Step out of the city and into the lush jungles of Cambodia, Another short flight brings us to the incredible country of Cambodia. The centrally-located Siem Reap will be your home base, as you travel to the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat, and surrounding monuments – from Ta Prohm, a temple enveloped in huge tree roots; to Bayon, decorated with huge carved smiling faces. Before you leave the country, take time to visit the Landmine Museum and learn about the horrifying history of the Khmer Rouge.

Dive back into the ancient world in Laos, and the town of Luang Prabang. Tour the most spectacular of over 30 Buddhist temples, see shrines decorated in gold, covered in intricate carvings and inhabited by orange-clad monks, and get your thrills on a zip line through the jungle and a hike to stunning waterfalls.

Leave the roads behind and take the scenic route to Thailand on a boat cruise along the Mekong River. Start from the top in Chiang Rai Province, where we’ll trek into the surrounding hills to see tribal villages. Further south, you’ll discover the island of Ko Lanta. Spectacular white sand beaches stretch along the west sunset coast. Students will spend the days having class on the sand and snorkelling in the clear blue waters before heading back inland to the breathtaking Ayutthaya, where the ruins of the old city form an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues, the perfect place to bid farewell to an awesome term two in Asia.

FLIGHT DETAILS

Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure.

DateAirline/Flight #DepartureArrival
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Air Canada flight 031
Depart Toronto 2:40 pm
Arrive Beijing 4:05 pm, October 19
Friday, December 7, 2018
Cathay Pacific flight 750
Depart Bangkok 11:40 am
Arrive Hong Kong 3:30 pm

Friday, December 7, 2018
Cathay Pacific flight 826
Depart Hong Kong 6:15 pm
Arrive Toronto 8:20 pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

Temple of Heaven Park (Beijing)

Temple of Heaven Park excursionThe Temple of Heaven Park is located in the Chongwen District, Beijing. This was the place where emperors of the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. It is the largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings.

Today, residents living near the Temple of Heaven enjoy many activities; such as running, cycling, singing, dancing, playing chess, flying kites, Tai Chi and more.

On this day excursion, your tour guide will take you inside the temple and around the ancient Hutong city alleyways. Experience a Rickshaw ride, connect with some of the local people and join in on some of their favourite activities.

Please bring: Water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Price: $135
 

Countryside Biking (Siem Reap)

Countryside Biking ExcursionDepart at 3:00pm (3hrs) in the srok srai Khmer (Cambodian countryside). You will ride along red soil roads, rice fields, see farmers at work, and their beautiful small villages. We will then stop and pay a visit to some of these traditional Khmer stilt houses and pagodas (built of wood, bamboo and palm), and chat with the local people.

After a while you will take a rest and try some local drinks such as sugar cane juice, a refreshing drink poured over ice, which is drunk by Cambodians and is especially popular in the countryside.
Return to Siem Reap in time for dinner.

Please wear comfortable shoes (no flip-flops) and conservative clothing for cycling through the villages. Bike, helmet, and English-speaking guide included. Please wear sunscreen, sunglasses and bring a water bottle.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Price: $60
 

Community Service (Siem Reap)

Countryside Biking Excursion**CLOSED**

Community Service is an important aspect of every Blyth International Summer Program. We try to instill a sense of global responsibility in all of our students as they explore the world. This optional excursion will allow students to engage in locally based environmental or educational initiatives. Their time with local children, animals, or the natural environment of the area will earn them 4-5 community involvement hours which can go towards his/her high school diploma. The students will be heading to Angkor Krav, a small village in Siem Reap and help plant vegetables and herbs for the community, tidy up the area and read to children.

Please wear appropriate clothing that you can get dirty, bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.

Anticipated Date: Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Kayaking (Luang Prabang)

Countryside Biking Excursion**CLOSED**

We’ll leave our accommodation around 12:30pm and enjoy a drive through the local countryside to our starting point of this river adventure.

In the shadow of mountains, surrounded by jungle we will paddle along the river with several traditional villages on the river banks. We’ll even tackle some exciting river rapids! We rest along the banks for photos, river-jumping and swimming.

We will be guided by a knowledgeable local English-speaking guide. All equipment is provided.

Please bring: Sunscreen, swimsuit and a change of clothes, flip-flops/water-friendly shoes, and a water bottle.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Price: $110
 

Elephant Sanctuary (Luang Prabang)

Countryside Biking Excursion**CLOSED**

On the Elephant Volunteer Program, you will be spending the day at the sanctuary helping out onsite with many activities. Every week, the sanctuary has new projects underway; planting, growing and cutting elephant food and feeding the elephants.

This elephant experience is focused on education and animal welfare. We will learn about elephant behaviour, ecology and conservation efforts. We’ll take a boat upriver to assist the elephants with their morning bath, before trekking alongside the elephants through the jungle.

We’ll enjoy a traditional-style lunch, take a swim beside a waterfall and visit a local village while the elephants have their lunch. Then we’ll trek back to the elephant’s nighttime feeding grounds, say our goodbyes and return to base for snacks and de-brief. Prepare yourself for a very enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

We return to our accommodation for dinnertime.

Please bring: Long sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent and a spare water bottle.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Price: $220
 

One-day Trekking (Chiang Rai)

One day Tekking Excursion**CLOSED**

Explore more of Chiang Rai and the beautiful villages surrounding this city. Start at around 9:00 am and head to a relaxing hot spring before starting your 2-hour trek through Ban Lahu and Ban Arka village.

Stop for lunch and a rest and then continue to the waterfalls where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Finish your day off with some tea and a visit to the Chinese village before heading back to the hotel for dinner.

Please bring: Water, sunscreen, bug spray

Anticipated Date: Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Price: $100
 

Thai Cooking Class (Koh Lanta)

Thai cooking class ExcursionWe head to a local cookery school to learn how to cook some of Thailand’s most mouth-watering dishes, and learn about the herbs and spices that make this country’s cooking so unique.

As a group, you’ll get to make spring rolls and Pad Thai. Dishes will be made vegetarian with the option to add chicken or beef.

Our experienced teacher will make our class fun, and with a practical approach, you’ll be able to recreate the dishes back home to impress family and friends.

Anticipated Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Price: $80
 

October 18 – December 7, 2018

Travel Services
(Including taxes & fees)
$10,075
Tuition, Supervision, Health & Wellness$5,920
Total Fee:
$15,995*
or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:

  • English (ENG3U)
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology(HSP3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)

GRADE 12:

  • English (ENG4U)
  • Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
  • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)
  • Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice (HSE4M)
  • World Cultures (HSC4M)
  • International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)

Included in your Program:

 

Hiking
Forbidden City
The Great Wall
Angkor Wat
And more

Included in this program:

  • Excursions to Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Visits to Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha, Temples of Angkor
  • Zip lining, Mekong River cruise, snorkelling, hiking & trekking

Accommodations

Beijing: Grand Mercure Dongcheng
Siem Reap: Salasara Hotel
Luang Prabang: Sunways Hotel | Sabaidee Guesthouse
Chiang Rai: Maryo Resort
Ko Lanta: Relax Bay Resorts
Ayutthaya: Krungsri River Hotel

Other Terms

See what destinations, courses and excursions we offer on the other terms:

*Plus $495 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1,095.00** in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change. Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.

**Plus Cancellation and/or Medical Insurance fees (if selected)**