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Ultimate Asia

Ultimate Asia

Travel through China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand exploring world-renowned cultural sites. Get to know the communities you visit through engaging service projects far off the beaten path. Walk along the Great Wall of China, explore the 12th-century ruins of Angkor Wat, meander through the bustling markets of Bangkok, stroll down the quaint side streets in Luang Prabang, visit one of Vietnam’s most picturesque villages, observe elephants in their natural habitat and raft through the lush hills of Thailand. Most people only dream of being able to experience Asia’s most renowned cultural gems, but you’ll get to explore them all and dive into the unique cultures you’ll discover along the journey.

Students love exploring the highlights of Asia on this epic 3-week adventure!

Students love our programs in China!
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

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CARRY-ON

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

Passport
Photocopy of passport
Chinese Visa
4 passport-sized photos for Visas
Wallet/money
Book and/or journal
Pen
Phone
Chargers
Camera
Ear buds
Change of clothes
Reusable water bottle (Nalgene sized)
Medication
Additional community service forms
Outlet power converter
Consent to Travel form
Rustic Pathways emergency contacts

CHECKED LUGGAGE

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal. A wheeled bag is acceptable only if it can be carried like a duffel bag over rough terrain.

Clothes:

  • Socks (2-4)
  • Underwear (6-8)
  • Pants/capris (1-2, lightweight)
  • Knee-length shorts (4-5)
  • Athletic shorts/leggings (1-2)
  • T-shirts (4-6)
  • Casual shirts/tops (3-4)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1-2, lightweight)
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • Flip-flops
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (for sun)
  • Quick dry towel

Toiletries:
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm w/sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam earplugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Small packs of tissues
  • Razor/shaving cream

Miscellaneous:

  • Headlamp/flashlight with extra batteries
  • A bag for dirty clothes

Optional:

  • Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
  • Pictures of family and friends
  • Travel pillow
Important Luggage Weight Restrictions

Airlines in Southeast Asia have weight restrictions for checked and carry on luggage. Please limit your checked luggage to no more than 33lbs (15kg) and your carry on luggage to 15lbs (7kg).

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Southeast Asia is a conservative culture with ancient customs based mostly on Buddhism. Dressing respectfully is imperative. You will not be allowed to wear short shorts and low cuts tops. Everyone will be expected to respect the people and culture by dressing appropriately.

Carry-On Luggage cannot weigh more than 7 kilos (15 lbs.)

Check-In Luggage cannot weigh more than 15 kilos (33 lbs.)

If your bags weigh more than the amounts specified above, the airlines in Southeast Asia will charge you an excess baggage fee for every kilo over the allowed limit. In past years, we have had students incur significant charges for excess baggage. These fees must be paid in cash at the check-in counter (no USD accepted), so this is a situation that we always try to avoid!

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