Ancient and modern. Energetic and serene. Changing yet constant. Our 11-night tour captures the beauty and spirit of these two enchanting countries – China and Thailand. Experience pulsating Shanghai, where cutting-edge towers, old temples and colonial architecture form the country’s most electrifying metropolis. Soak up the frenetic pace, floating markets and shimmering Grand Palace of bewitching Bangkok, and bask in the tropical beauty and white sands of Phuket.
Board an international flight bound for Shanghai, eager to begin our Shanghai and Thailand vacation. Spend the night aboard as our flight crosses the International Date Line. Arrive at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and relax with a transfer to your hotel. Check in for three nights and spend the remainder of your evening as you wish.
This morning, we visit the Shanghai Museum and view the exhibits of ancient Chinese art. Designed by a local Shanghai Architect, the current building was completed in 1993 and resembles the shape of a bronze cooking vessel. Afterwards, we visit City God Temple Bazaar, the Nanjing Road and the Bund. Spend the afternoon to relax at the hotel or take the optional tour to Lujiazui Finance and Trade Development Zone and a ride on Huang Pu River Cruise. In the evening, do not miss the opportunity to experience the exciting Chinese Acrobatics Show.
Spend the day free at leisure or take an optional excursion to the charming water village of Suzhou. Suzhou, often known as the “Venice of the Orient”, is a historic city located at the heart of the Yangtze Delta in the southern part of the Jiangsu Province. Beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, and classical gardens line the canals that cover 42 percent of the city.
Board our regional flight to Bangkok, the starting point of our Thailand journey. Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport, enjoy a comfortable transfer to your hotel and spend the remainder of the evening free at leisure.
Bangkok is a city of gleaming modernity firmly rooted in ancient Buddhist tradition and beliefs. 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 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 2018, 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.
For guests taking China Eastern flights, you have the full day to relax or explore the city 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 standard check-out time will be at 12 noon today.
**The flights back to the U.S. via China Eastern departs in the early morning on the following day**
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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Then, cruise along the city's main shipping artery, the Huangpu River, and enjoy sweeping views of Shanghai's cityscapes. Colonial buildings along the Bund and gleaming skyscrapers in Pudong.
Enjoy dinner and an acrobatics show, performed by the world-renowned Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe. Watch as the award-winning performers execute jaw-dropping stunts and bring back the grandeur to acrobatics.
Depart for Suzhou, an ancient water village lined with canals and nicknamed the "Venice of the Orient". Our first stop is the Garden of the Master of the Nets", the smallest yet the most impressive of Suzhou's residential gardens. Take in the waterfront village scenery as you cruise along the Grand Canal, the longest in
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