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Learn & Explore Trip: Asia 2018


(note: this trip has already been completed and the information below is only for reference purposes)

Where?

Hong Kong, Macau, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok

WHEN?

Participants will meet in Hong Kong on Friday, Dec. 7th, 2018 and may travel home from Bangkok as soon as Wednesday Dec. 19th 2018.

WHO'S LEADING THE TRIP?

Sigfried Seeliger: Wayfinding Academy Luminary, film geek, foodie, and a curious traveler.

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING? 

We'll be doing a lot in just a few days. Join us to: 

  • Visit Buddhist temples

  • Understand the history of the region (including the influence of British & Portuguese colonialism)

  • Venture to the countryside of Thailand

  • Learn to cook and eat tasty food

  • See local wildlife

  • Visit Khao Yai National Park

  • View Bangkok's floating markets

  • And much more!

The simple goal is... to open your mind.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY:

Hong Kong/Macau:

  • Dec 7th - Participants arrive in Hong Kong, meet up, and make their way to our hostel or Airbnb.

  • Dec 8th - On our first day we'll start off relatively slow. We’ll head to Victoria Peak for a 3 mile hike, check out downtown Hong Kong, and have high tea on the 103rd floor of a hotel.

  • Dec 9th - During the day we'll get a private tour of the influential ShawBros Film Studio. In the evening we'll check out street food, walk the star walk, and have a drink on a floating restaurant.

  • Dec 10th - Visit Lantau island with Tian Tan Buddha (2nd largest copper statue), take a cable car, and check out the Po Lin Monastery.

  • Dec 11th - Take a jet boat over to Portuguese style island of Macau. Visit Our Lady of Penha, Mandarin’s House, Guia Lighthouse, and journey through the cuisine of colliding cultures.

Chiang Mai

  • Dec 12th - Fly to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Relax, check out the night markets, and visit Wat Chedi (Buddhist temple)

  • Dec 13th - Visit additional temples and markets potentially including Wat Pha Lat (Buddhist temple & monastery) and Was Phra Singh (Buddhist temple).

  • Dec 14th - Take an extended cooking class.

  • Dec 15th - Fly to Bangkok and take a train to the former capitol city of Thailand, Ayutthaya.

Bangkok

  • Dec 16th - Travel from Ayutthaya to Khao Yai National Park for an all-day group tour with hiking, waterfalls, wildlife, and more. Travel to Bangkok in the evening.

  • Dec 17th - Visit the Klong floating market, the Golden Palace, and experience Muay Thai (Thai boxing) in the evening.

  • Dec 18th - Visit Thompson House and then do optional activities for our last day such as shopping, temples, or food.

  • Dec 19th - Depart for your next destination.

EXPERIENCE NEEDED:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip. However, please note there will be quite a bit of time spent on your feet during the trip.  Additionally, the pace of the trip is fast with long days as the norm. We recommend bringing a proper hiking backpack over a rolling suitcase.

Students: This trip can potentially be used to replace a Lab. If you're interested, check in with Tiffany for next steps!

RECOMMENDED (OPTIONAL) PREP NIGHTS:

Save the date! We recommend joining us for the following movie and prep nights. They are open to anyone, but we will be talking about culture and the trip, and of course seeing fun films.

  • Monday, Oct. 8th at 6:30pm: Man with the Golden Gun

  • Monday, Oct. 15th at 6:30pm: Pok Pok chicken wings ($15)

  • Monday, Oct. 22nd at 6:30pm: Citizen Dog

  • Sunday, Nov. 25th at 3:30pm: Shaw Brow Double Feature with dimsum

More information coming soon! 

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ON THE TRIP?

There is a cap of sixteen people. Registration is first come, first served. 

WHAT DOES IT COST? 

We are still determining exact pricing for this trip. More information will be coming shortly. This is our current best estimate: 

  • Estimated Costs:

    • Students: $1,100 PLUS flights (scholarships may be available!)

    • Luminaries, Board, Crew: $1,250

    • Community Members: $1,350

HOW DO I SIGN UP? 

Registration is now closed for this trip.

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