Neon-bright cities, floating markets, tropical beaches and shimmering temples come together on an 11-night journey around Thailand and China. Our tour encompasses the captivating metropolis of Beijing, the dazzling palaces and royal relics of Bangkok before easing down on the palm-fringed sands of vibrant Phuket.
Our Asia vacation starts as we board an international flight bound for Beijing. Enjoy inflight meals, beverages, and entertainment. *Thailand entry visa and China entry visa are not required for USA passport holders. For passports other than US passport, please get the entry visa on your own. Please visit: https://www.affordableasia.com/infocenter/passport-visa for more information.
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China. Meet your local guide at Beijing International Airport, and transfer to your hotel, with the rest of the day free to enjoy at your leisure. Make the most of the hotel amenities, or head out for your first taste of this fascinating city.
After breakfast, enjoy a morning tour of China’s incredible capital. Hectic yet historic, Beijing is an intoxicating blend of 21st-century modernity, imperial treasures and imposing Mao-era monuments, and offers much to delight and interest visitors. Absorb the huge expanse of Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest city square, and famous for being overlooked by a giant portrait of Chairman Mao and the Forbidden City, the former seat of China’s imperial rulers. Check out Qianmen Street, Beijing’s oldest shopping street, and enjoy photo stops at the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube stadiums, built for the 2008 Olympics, and the stunning National Center for the Performing Arts. Afterward, enjoy the afternoon free or join us for an optional tour of the Forbidden City, the majestic palace of 24 Chinese emperors from the 1400s to the early 20th century.
**For those purchasing the Forbidden City optional tour - your passport is required for entry. Please note if your passport does not match the passport on file for your reservation, you will be denied entry at the Forbidden City and your ticket will be nonrefundable**
Enjoy a day to explore Beijing at your own pace, perhaps visiting more of the city’s highlights, dipping into countless restaurants, or shopping at the malls and markets.
Alternatively, seize the opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China, listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Stretching for thousands of miles across northern China, this extraordinary edifice has origins in the 3rd century BC and was built to protect China from northern marauders. After walking along the ramparts and admiring the far-reaching views, continue to the Sacred Way. This 14th-century pathway was believed to lead China’s emperors to heaven, and is lined with extraordinary statues of animals and human figures.
After breakfast, catch a flight to Bangkok, Thailand’s lively capital. Meet your local guide at Bangkok International Airport, and enjoy a transfer to your hotel. Check in, and after settling in, enjoy the evening free to relax, dine and perhaps dip into this sprawling city, home to 9 million people and crowded with skyscrapers, malls, street markets and temples.
Depart on a half-day tour after breakfast to witness some of Bangkok’s most interesting sights. Visit the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Trimitr) to see its solid-gold Buddha, and peek inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), known for its monumental horizontal Buddha. Stroll through the Paklong Talat flower market, a whirlwind of stalls selling masses of perfumed orchids, marigolds and roses. After a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy the afternoon independently, or explore Bangkok’s must-sees on our optional Landmark of Bangkok tour. Tour the splendid Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, see the riverside Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and ride a motorboat along the Chao Phraya River.
*Men and women must have their shoulders, arms and legs covered when visiting the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple*
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
Following breakfast, depart Bangkok for Damnoen Saduak, one of Thailand’s most famous floating markets. Ride a long-tail speedboat around the lively canals, passing boats and stalls laden with fresh produce, spices, and handicrafts. Continue to a local gem workshop and silk factory to see how these precious items are produced for sale, and perhaps purchase some as souvenirs. After returning to Bangkok, spend the evening as you wish or enjoy our optional dinner cruise on the Grand Pearl ship along the Chao Phraya River.
A free day beckons, giving you the opportunity to explore and enjoy Bangkok on your own. Alternatively, make the most of your time with our optional full-day Elephant World Sanctuary and River Kwai excursion. After an early start, travel into scenic Kanchanaburi province and visit the Elephant World Sanctuary for rescued elephants. Admire, feed and help bathe these incredible animals in the river before enjoying lunch at the camp. Later, visit the Bridge over the River Kwai, famously connected to the ‘Death Railway’ of World War II, and the poignant Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, home to 9,000 Allied war graves.
This morning, transfer to Bangkok airport for your short flight to Phuket, the biggest of Thailand’s islands. Measuring 30 miles long and 13 wide, this island in the Andaman Sea is famed for its white sands, crystal-clear seas and lush rainforests. Check in to your hotel, relax and soak in the gorgeous tropical setting. Enhance your Phuket stay further by upgrading your hotel to the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket's and stay in one of their timeless rooms facing the breathtaking Andaman Sea. Enjoy the rest of your evening free at leisure or perhaps join our optional excursion to the Patong Night Market.
Enjoy the day at leisure today, perhaps luxuriating in your hotel’s beaches, pool or other amenities. Alternatively, you may fancy our full-day trip to Phang Nga Bay, an idyllic area of limestone islands, caves and mangroves. The tour starts with a visit to Phang Nga province where we will visit the Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha), also known as Monkey Temple. Our jouney continues with a visit to Ao Phang Nga National Park This scenic area covers over 40 limestone islands, caves, rock formations and evergreen mangroves. Ride a long-tail boat around the bays, admire the famous James Bond Island, where parts of the movie ‘The Man with a Golden Gun’ was filmed. Enjoy lunch at the stilted Sea Gypsy Village before returning to Phuket
Spend today as you wish or delight in the stunning scenery of the Andaman Sea by taking our optional tour to Phi Phi Island. Catch a speedboat to this exquisite island and enjoy its sandy white beaches, turquoise seas and endless scenic gems. Sightseeing includes stops at Pileh Lagoon or Rantee Bay*, Loh Samah Bay, Pi Leh Cave, Viking Cave, Camel Rock, Monkey Beach and Khai Island.
*Please note as of October 2nd, Maya Bay will be closed indefinitely. A vist to either Pileh Lagoon or Rantee Bay will replace Maya Bay until further notice.
Start today with a morning sightseeing tour of Phuket. Admire the island’s porcelain-white beaches and take a drive to the Old Town to view its historic Sino-Portuguese architecture. Stop to take in the spectacular views of the local coastline and nearby islands from Promthrep Cape, and explore other scenic and cultural highlights.
Today we have the full day to relax before we depart for the airport later in the evening. Late check-outs are available for purchase if you wish to enjoy your hotel room until our evening departure. Otherwise, the hotel standard check-out time will be at 12 noon today.
Your included accommodation will be at one of the below hotels or a hotel of a similar category; we will notify you of your final hotel list before departure.
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Create your ideal getaway with the following upgrade options. Extensions and upgrades can be added during the booking process.
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Turn back time to the days of China’s great emperors on a 4-hour optional tour of Beijing’s historical showpiece: the UNESCO-protected Forbidden City. Located on the northern edge of Tiananmen Square in the heart of China’s vast capital, this gargantuan walled palace was the residence and political base of 24 emperors of the Ming and
Stride along the Great Wall of China and visit the Sacred Way of China’s past emperors on this fascinating 8-hour optional day trip from Beijing.
After pickup from your hotel in the city, soak in views of Beijing’s suburbs and rural China as you travel north to one of the most scenic sections of the Great
Visit Bangkok’s signature sights — the Grand Palace — and its famous Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Temple of Emerald Buddha on an afternoon sightseeing tour, including a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River.
After pickup from your Bangkok hotel, travel to the Grand Palace, the landmark that tops Bangkok’s must-see list. Head
Drift along the Chao Phraya River past Bangkok’s illuminated landmarks on this memorable dinner cruise by the luxurious Grand Pearl River Cruise. Step aboard and enjoy a welcome cocktail as you set sail. Cruise upriver and stop for photos of highlights such as the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), the spires of the Grand Palace
Venture into Thailand’s scenic Kanchanaburi province to an elephant sanctuary and the Bridge over the River Kwai on this full-day excursion from Bangkok. After breakfast, travel into the Thai countryside and visit Elephants World, a sanctuary for rescued elephants. Meet the elephants and prepare rice balls and fruit to feed them before enjoying a tasty
Spend an exciting evening at Patong’s night market and relax over a seafood dinner on this evening excursion. After pickup at your hotel, travel to Patong Beach, the heart of Patong’s nightlife district, and enjoy a delicious dinner featuring authentic Thai seafood dishes, such as deep-fried shrimp, stir-fried sweet clams, and steamed fish with lime
Ride a boat around the dream-like scenery of Phang Nga Bay on this 9-hour excursion from Phuket. After pickup from your Phuket hotel, travel overland into Phang Nga province to the Buddha Cave Temple (Suwannakuha), sometimes called Monkey Temple for its resident monkeys. Enter the cave to admire its Buddha statues and take photos of
Spend a day in the paradise-like Phi Phi islands, a gorgeous archipelago of islands off Phuket, on this 7-hour speedboat excursion. Cruise over the azure waters of the Andaman Sea and marvel at the sight of the islands rising from the sea like giant, rounded rock spears. Then, enjoy an unforgettable few hours hopping from