2017-18 Term 2: Asia

Itinerary

Beijing – Hong Kong – Siem Reap – Luang Prabang – Chiang Rai – Ko Lanta – Ayutthaya

 
Beijing

Our launch point for this Asia adventure is Beijing. China’s capital city is both a modern and ancient place to explore. From the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the National Museum of China, everything tells an incredible story.

Hong Kong

We fly to Hong Kong, a vibrant city famed for its skyscraper-studded skyline. We’ll experience incredible markets selling everything from flowers to fashion, and goldfish to jade; a dazzling Symphony of Lights nighttime harbour front show; and a visit to the Po Lin Monastery, home to the Big Buddha.

Siem Reap

Another short flight brings us to the incredible country of Cambodia. We’ll be based in Siem Reap, where we’ll get to view the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat, and the surrounding monuments – from Ta Prohm, a temple enveloped in huge tree roots; to Bayon, decorated with huge carved smiling faces. We’ll also learn about the good work of the Landmine Museum and horrifying history of the Khmer Rouge.

Luang Prabang

Next, we travel to Laos, and the town of Luang Prabang. We’ll tour the most spectacular of over 30 Buddhist temples, seeing shrines decorated in gold, covered in intricate carving and inhabited by orange-clad monks. We’ll zip-line through lush jungle and hike to local waterfalls.

Chiang Rai

We then take a boat cruise along the Mekong River to our final country, Thailand. We begin in the north in Chiang Rai Province, where we will trek into the surrounding hills to see tribal villages.

Ko Lanta

Moving south we arrive on the island of Ko Lanta. Spectacular white sand beaches stretch along the west sunset coast. We’ll spend our days having class on the sand and snorkelling in the clear blue waters.

Ayutthaya

Finally, we visit Ayutthaya, where we’ll take our final exam and enjoy a farewell banquet. Throughout this term we will also have several opportunities to participate in meaningful community work, volunteering in local agricultural or educational projects.

Flight Details

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

DateAirline/Flight #DepartureArrival
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Air Canada flight 031 Depart Toronto 2:55pm Arrive Beijing 4:05pm, October 20
Friday, December 8, 2017 Cathay Pacific flight 614 Depart Bangkok 1:05pm Arrive Hong Kong 4:45pm
Friday, December 8, 2017 Cathay Pacific flight 826 Depart Hong Kong 6:15pm Arrive Toronto 8:10pm
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline

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

Optional Excursions

Great Wall of China (Beijing)

**CLOSED**

One of the most iconic wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China stretches over 8,000km. Sections were built as early as the 7th Century BC, but the majority of the wall standing today dates from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Badaling Great Wall is one of the most visited sections because of its magnitude, with high watch towers and impressive views over rolling hills and countryside. The walkway here is wide enough for five horses or ten soldiers to walk abreast, and over 7 metres high!

After a Chinese lunch, we’ll visit Mutianyu Great Wall. Less-visited than Badaling, it is known for its natural surroundings of woodland. The scenery is beautiful here all year round.

On this full day tour, we’ll visit 2 sections of the wall. On each section, we’ll spend 2 hours hiking the wall, though you’ll also have the option, payable locally, to take a cable car, chair lift or toboggan, (approx. $18 for a one-way ride on either form of ascent/descent) if you prefer to avoid the hike.

Please wear shoes suitable for hiking uneven surfaces. Keep your daypack light, bring layers for cooler weather on the exposed wall, wear sunscreen, and bring water and snacks.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, 28th October

Price: $260.00

T2 Great Wall

Macau (Hong Kong)

Macau, home to some of the region’s most glamourous resorts and casinos, is just an hour by ferry from Hong Kong. This former Portuguese enclave is a mix of colonial and Chinese architecture and tradition. After 400 years of Portuguese rule, it was returned to China just 18 years ago.

The historic centre of Macau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and includes the ruins of a 17th century cathedral, Catholic churches, Buddhist and Taoist temples and even a library. Our private guide will walk us around some of the most impressive sites for us to gain an understanding of the beauty and history of the city.

In your free time, you may choose to visit the observation deck of the Macau Tower for stunning views across the Pearl River, see the pandas at the Giant Panda Pavilion, or stroll Fisherman’s Wharf, an entertainment and shopping complex.

Be sure to try some of the Macanese food (with a unique blend of spices often featuring coconut milk), and indulge in a Portuguese egg tart or two!

NB: You will need your passport to travel to Macau. Macau uses its own currency, the pataca. Please check exchange rates at time of travel. Traffic drives on the left-side of the road, as per Hong Kong.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, 4th November

Price: $195.00

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Countryside Biking (Siem Reap)

Departing after an early breakfast, take a leisurely ride (3hrs) in the srok srai Khmer (Cambodian countryside) along red soil roads. Ride through rice fields, seeing farmers at work, and small villages. Stop and pay a visit to some of these traditional Khmer stilt houses and pagodas, built with 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 every Cambodian and is especially popular in the countryside.

Return to Siem Reap in time for lunch.

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

Anticipated Date: Saturday, 11th November

Price: $50.00

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T2 Macau

Kayaking (Luang Prabang)

We’ll leave Luang Prabang after class to 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: Friday, 17th November

Price: $110.00

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T2 Kayaking

Elephant Sanctuary (Chiang Rai)

This is a one of a kind experience for visitors to Thailand. This newly opened sanctuary truly puts the elephants first!

The 3 elephants here (plus a baby on the way sometime between now and October, and an elephant recuperating from an operation) were previously logging elephants, and are learning again to act like elephants, grazing through forest and in paddocks. There is no riding of the elephants, tricks or shows, and it is rare to see elephants like this in a country where elephants are predominantly used in the logging or tourist trekking industries.

The sanctuary owners have run a successful sanctuary in Cambodia for 10 years and wanted to bring their ethos of elephant care to Thailand. The aim is to set an example of how to look after and treat elephants to other small camp owners.

The elephants love bananas – so if you can bring a few to help feed their insatiable appetite – that would be most welcome!

On this half day visit we will enjoy following, photographing and even feeding these majestic creatures. Our visit will include a Northern Thai style lunch and transportation.

Anticipated Date: Saturday, 25th November

Price: $95.00

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T2 Kayaking

Diving – for certified and non-certified divers (Ko Lanta)

The Try Dive program allows you to experience the thrill of diving under close supervision of experienced instructors in calm pool-like conditions.

Nothing compares with the sensation of breathing underwater and floating effortlessly above coral reef with tropical fish swimming around you.

During the class, you’ll master some of the basic scuba concepts and skills, before we take a boat excursion for two dives in shallow sheltered settings, chosen based on the weather and conditions of the day.
Dive equipment, snacks, soft drinks and Marine Park Fee included.

Medical Form is required.

Anticipated Date: Thursday, 30th November

Try Dive (uncertified divers) – Price: $375.00

Certified Diver (2 dive package) – Price: $350.00

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October 19 – December 8 2017

Travel Services
(Plus Taxes)
$10,075
Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness$5,920
Total Fee:
$15,995*

or use your Aeroplan Points

Included in your Program:

 

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Included in this program:

  • Walking tours of Beijing, Hong Kong, Luang Prabang
  • Boat cruise along the Mekong River, zip-lining in Luang Prabang, snorkelling in Ko Lanta
  • Visits to the Forbidden City, National Museum of China, Po Lin Monastery, and Angkor Wat

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology(HSP3U)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
  • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • World Cultures (HSC4M)
  • Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice (HSE4M)
  • Philosophy: Questions and Theories (HZT4U)
  • International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)
  • Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (GRADES 11 & 12):
  • AP English Language and Composition

Accommodations

Other Terms

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*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)**