China & Thailand 18 Days

Dates:Apr13May5Sep8/15 Oct6/18Nov2/10/24

Day 1: Canada- Beijing   Fly to Beijing. Cross the Int'l Date Line.

Day 2: Beijing--Upon arrival in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 - Beijing (AB, L)Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit a Tong Ren Tang to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years. Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional tour with dinner, a large scale dramatic musical-"The Golden Mask Dynasty" ($65/RMB340 optional).

Day 4: Beijing (AB, L, SD)Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné" Factory. Then we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.

Day 5 - Beijing/Shanghai-Suzhou(B) Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with lunch ($79/RMB420 optional ). Temple of heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch.  Hutongs  are  traditional  alley  ways  that  made  up  Beijing’s  old  city  planning,  take  a  special  rickshaw  ride  for  an  immersive  tour  to  get  a  wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the  dramatic  changes  the  city  has  undergone,  continue  to  visit  a  local  family  and  local  market  afterwards. In the afternoon, depart for Shanghai, and be transferred to Suzhou upon arrival.

Day 6: Suzhou - Wuxi (B, L)This morning, visit the Lingering Garden, one of the classical garden masterpieces on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East” as a large part of the city is covered in water. After lunch, you may take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal for a glimpse of the local life and China’s golden waterway in its heyday ($30/RMB160 optional). Then, visit a Silk Spinning Mill to learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. You will be transferred to Wuxi hotel this afternoon. 

Day 7: Wuxi - Hangzhou (B, L)To start the day, visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm. Then, head to admire the famous Lingshan Grand Buddha, with a thousand-year old Buddhism temple nearby. Later, you will be transferred to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show “Impression West Lake”, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes ($90/RMB450 optional).

Day 8: Hangzhou- Shanghai (B, L)In the morning, take a boat ride on the West Lake, known for its scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sights. Then experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. After lunch, travel to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial center of China. Followed by a walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. It is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. This evening, you may take the optional Huangpu River Night Cruise to get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai ($50/RMB250 optional).

Day 9: Shanghai (B, L)Today, visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. In the evening, attend a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show “ERA – The Intersection of Time” at your own expense ($65/RMB340 optional ).

Day 10 - Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.               

Day 11 - Bangkok (B)
Bangkok radiates modernity with a deep root in Buddhist tradition. After breakfast, explore the city starting with the Reclining Buddha, a signature sight representing Buddhism. Take a stroll by China town, and visit the largest local wholesale flower market at Paklong Talat. In the afternoon, take a boat ride along the Chao Phaya River and Canals by a local speed boat. Visit Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, one of Thailand's best known landmarks built in the 17th century by King Taksin. Spend your evening at leisure, or enjoy an optional Thai dinner(US$45) while watching classical dance at the Silom Village Restaurant.

Day 12 - Bangkok (B)
Enjoy the day at leisure or join our optional Bangkok Day Tour & Boat Ride along the River of the King(US$60). During this optional tour we visit the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand, the emerald Buddha housed in the temple is a potent religio-political symbol and the palladium of Thai society. You will board on a motor boat to meander  through  winding  waterway  along  the  Chaopraya  river  and  canal  on  Thonburi  side. Lunch will be served at local Thai Restaurant. Explore the city on your own this afternoon, or watch an optional Siam Niramit Light & Sound Show(US$65), a world class showcase of Thai culture with incredible visual effects, followed by a    .
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Day 13 - Bangkok-Kanchanaburi(B)
This morning, after breakfast, transfer to the city of Kanchanaburi. Along the way, visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with a boat trip along the small canal. You will have some free time to browse through the vendors. Continue the journey to the provincial capital Kanchanaburi. Upon arrival, visit a WWII cemetery site and the bridge at the Kwai River, and ride a mini train over the bridge. Learn about history at the Death Railway Museum at WWII War Memorial.
         
Day 14 - Kanchanaburi-Ayuthaya (B/L/D)
Depart Kanchanaburi for the historic city of Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once the largest city in Southeast Asia. Start the city tour by visiting the Ayutthaya Historical Park in the city centre, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The remains, characterized by the reliquary towers and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its glorious past, envision the grandeur and splendor that once was the Kingdom of Ayutthaya as you walk through the ancient town. After lunch, continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Thong, a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took his throne. Here, you can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of Siam before dinner.
                 
Day 15 - Ayuthaya-Pattaya (B)
Transfer to Pattaya after breakfast. Start your morning with a visit to the illustrious Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, a lakeside complex used as a summer dwelling by the Siamese royalty and their consorts, created by King Prasat Thong in 1632. Continue to drive to Pattaya. Stop by a Gem Gallery en route, visit a Theme Park- Dark Ride into a spectacular show of the glittering world of gems.
      
Day 16 - Pattaya (B)
After breakfast at the resort, enjoy a day of leisure. You may also join an optional day cruise to the idyllic beaches of Koh Larn, or Coral Island($55), relax on the white sand and enjoy a seafood lunch there. This former sleepy fishing village boasts translucent blue waters, brimming with an abundance of coral and marine life.
                      
Day 17 - Pattaya -Bangkok(B)
Have a restful day at leisure. Transfer to Bangkok in the afternoon, visit the province Chachoengsao en route in south-central Thailand, east of Bangkok. It is an agricultural hub centered on the Bang Pakong River, which runs the length of the province. The main town, also called Chachoengsao, sits on the river's edge. It's known for the stately Wat Sathon Wararam Worawihan temple, which has an important Buddha image, making the temple is one of the most famous in Thailand.

Day 18 - Bangkok-Canada 
Today is leisure on your own.Transfer to the airport and board your flight home in the afternoon or at night 

Price include:
•    Round trip airfares 
•    Arrival/ departure airport transfers
•    4-5 star hotel accommodation
•    Daily meals as listed on the itinerary
•    All transportation: coach, local air
•    Entrance fees to scenic attractions as indicated
•    English-speaking tour guide(s)
Price not include:
•    Visa fees
•    Insurance for any kind
•    Prepaid Tipping: $10/pp/day
•    Personal expenditure such as laundry service, souvenirs and telephone calls
We reserve the right to modify the itinerary if necessary subject to the local real conditions. We reserve the right to modify the price without notice subject to the currency exchange rates.(NHF01B)