From ancient ruins to cosmopolitan cities, this tour will take you on a journey from the exotic region of Thailand and Cambodia to the modern city of Hong Kong. Experience the glimmering temples and floating markets of Bangkok, explore River Kwai and the relics of royal Ayutthaya, and lounge on the beaches of Pattaya. Fly to Siem Reap and stand in awe of the architectural achievement of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Continue on to explore the modern city of Hong Kong and marvel at the skyline while enjoying the finest Chinese cuisine.
Board our transpacific flight to Bangkok, the starting point of our Thailand Delight journey. *Thailand entry visa is not required for USA passport holders. For passports other than US passport, please get the entry visa on your own. Please click http://www.affordableworld.com/infocenter/passport-visa/thailand for more information.
Touch down in Beijing and catch a connecting flight to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Guests flying with Cathay Pacific, will board a connecting flight in Hong Kong. Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport, enjoy a transfer to your hotel and the remainder of the evening to rest and relax.
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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning back to the hotel. Spend the evening as you wish or join our optional tour to Asiatique Riverfront Night Market and enjoy a classic Thai dinner and dance show.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
After an early start, travel into scenic Kanchanaburi province and 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. Check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Alternatively, make the most of your time with our optional tour to the Elephant World Sanctuary for rescued elephants. Admire, feed and help bathe these incredible animals in the river before enjoying lunch at the camp.
After breakfast, journey to Ayutthaya, home to the UNESCO-listed ruins of the medieval capital of Siam. Founded in 1350, this royal city was a major power for over 400 years, until Burmese forces destroyed it in the 1700s. Stroll around the remains of this once-thriving city, seeing the restored chedi of the crumbled Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the blackened remnants of monasteries, the carved Buddha face entangled in tree roots, and the working Wat Yai Chaimongkol temple. Your tour also includes time at the Bang Pa In palace, a beautiful lakeside retreat of Thailand’s kings during the 19th century. Tonight, make the most of Ayutthaya’s setting by joining us for an optional dinner cruise on a traditional wooden rice barge.
Relax over breakfast before a scenic drive to Pattaya, a popular vacation spot on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand whose beaches and entertainments draw thousands of visitors annually. On arrival, experience the virtual ‘Theme Park - Dark Ride’ at a gems gallery, learning about Thailand’s most prized gemstones. Then, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day as you please, perhaps relaxing on the sands or by the pool. Later, you may wish to take our optional Pattaya by Night tour, savoring a sumptuous seafood dinner and cabaret show.
Transfer from the hotel to the Bangkok airport and catch a flight to Siem Reap. Welcome to Siem Reap, the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia and gateway to Angkor region. You will be met by our local guide and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Today we encounter Cambodia's crown jewel, the magnificent Angkor Wat ("Temple that is a City"), the most breathtaking and well-preserved of the Khmer temples. The temple complex is the world's largest religious monument. Continue to the fortified city of Angkor Thom and discover the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper Kings, the ruin of Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure, and Phimeanakas. Admire the marvelous murals in the Bayon and watch the sunset over the Cambodian countryside from atop an ancient Angkorian temple.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch
Visit the most romantic temple of Angkor, Ta Prohm. Enveloped by jungle foliage, the temple was the only one left in its ruinous state by early archaeologists. This dynamic temple, a favorite for many, looks as it did when the first explorer discovered Angkor in the 19th century. Continue to explore Ta Keo, Chau Say Tevoda, Roluos Group Temples and Les Chantiers Ecole. Chantiers Ecole was a vocational handicraft center aimed to preserve traditional Cambodian culture and artistry. Take a tour of the stone sculpture and woodcarving workshops and watch the artisans at work.
Included: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner at Local Restaurant
Transfer to the airport and board a short flight to the high-octane island of Hong Kong. On arrival at Hong Kong airport, transfer to our selected hotel and check in. The rest of the day and evening are then yours to spend as you please, either enjoying your hotel’s amenities or getting acquainted with this electrifying city at your own pace.
Depart after breakfast for a city sightseeing tour that showcases Hong Kong’s major sights. Ride a tram up Victoria Peak, one of the city’s scenic viewpoints, for bird’s-eye panoramas over the gleaming skyscrapers, Kowloon and Victoria Harbour. Visit colorful Aberdeen floating fishing village, admire the pale sandy beach at Repulse Bay, and delve into vibrant Stanley Market. Your day also includes free time to relax as you wish, perhaps focusing on the Stanley area, where you’ll find lovely beaches and a multitude of enticing bars and restaurants.
After your hotel breakfast this morning, check out of your room and enjoy a convenient transfer to Hong Kong International Airport in time for your homebound journey. Bid farewell to Hong Kong as you board your international flight back to the US, bringing your adventure to a close.
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.
Cathay Pacific Airways:
*Subject to availability
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
Visit Bangkok's largest riverfront evening market and sit down to a Thai dinner and show on this enjoyable excursion. Travel to Asiatique Night Market, a vibrant outdoor night market located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in a restored dock complex. After an introduction from your guide, enjoy free time to stroll around
This afternoon, venture further into Thailand's scenic Kanchanaburi province to visit Elephants World, a sanctuary for rescued elephants. Meet the elephants and prepare rice balls and fruit to feed them before taking the opportunity to help bathe these magnificent animals in the river. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the camp before returning to the hotel for the evening.
Experience Ayutthaya by tuk tuk this evening on this exciting optional night tour. Enjoy the city of ruins after sunset. Stop for a glimpse of the local markets and Wat Wattanarum temple before continuing on to a local restaurant by the river. Tonight's dinner will include local dishes such as deep fried sea bass fish
Enjoy a slice of Pattaya’s legendary nightlife on this 4-hour Pattaya by Night tour with cabaret show and dinner. Following pickup from your hotel, start your evening with a scrumptious seafood dinner at a local restaurant before taking a seat for one of Pattaya’s best-known spectacles: the famous Alcazar Cabaret Show. Sit back and enjoy