Thailand Triumph & China Glance
This remarkable journey through Thailand introduces you to the splendour of three capitals, Bangkok, the current capital of this vibrant nation; Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, two ancient sites where Thai rulers once called home. See the temples where the royal families worshipped and their palaces and all the golden glitter that comes along with them. Then enjoy some time on the Pattaya. It is a famous costal resort city in Thailand, which contains many beautiful beaches and travel sites to go. Then head to China. Explore the Shanghai's Bund Waterfront, the fascinating Shanghai Museum, and walk on the pedestrian-friendly Nanjing road.End your tour with a visit to an ancient water-town to see traditional architecture,stone bridges & meandering river ways, and then have some time to explore Shanghai at your leisure.
Day 1: Departure
Departure from the airport and fly to Thailand. It is a friendly country that contains thousand years of history and culture, waiting for you to enjoy and discover. From the beauty of its charming ancient temples to the modern development of the capital is all for you to experience. Also, do not forget its famous beautiful beaches. While on the plane, meals and Snacks will be provided.
Day 2: Arrival at Bangkok (Breakfast)
Upon arrival in Bangkok, the tour guide will transfer you to the hotel and have your own leisure time for the rest of the day. Bangkok is Thailand’s capital that contrasts with its elements at every turn. In this city, you will enjoy the modern life in Thailand but also experience the beauty of its famous ancient temples.
Day 3: Bangkok (Breakfast)
Today, Visit the famous temples: Marble Temples and The Golden Buddha. Marble Temples, also known as Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram, is one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok. The construction began in 1899 and the temple stands since the completion in 1911. In 2005, the temple was submitted to UNESCO for consideration as a future World Heritage Site. It has an entrance with four impressive marble pillars, and a large courtyard that is made with shiny white marble that was imported from Italy. This magnificent temple shows the ancient Bangkok architectural style for you to explore. Next, head to The Golden Buddha Temple, which is also known as Wat Traimit Samphanthawong. It is believed that it was made in the Sukhothai Dynasty in the 13th-14th centuries. The statue originally was covered by a layer of stucco and coloured glass to avoid being stolen. It remained in ruins without any attention for 200 years, until its relocation in 1955. The accidental drop while relocation cracked the plaster and revealed the solid gold buddha you see today in Wat Traimit. You will be amazed how the statue was crafted beautifully even back in the ancient time without any technological tools. After visiting the temples, scroll through the famous Bangkok China Town-one of the oldest areas of Bangkok. In here, you will be able to taste amazing street food, and experiences the busy life in Thailand. You enjoy the rest of the day by yourself, or you can choose to join our special optional Dinner – Chaophraya Princess Dinner Cruise (USD $75/person).
Welcome aboard to a two-hour journey on the extravagant Chao Phraya Princess Cruise. Experience a sensation of luxury and romance throughout your dinner night. Each deck has its unique qualities and design. Your dinner includes a wide selection of dishes ranging Thai-styled to international foods, appetizers to main dishes to deserts served in a buffet fashion. While enjoying your dinner, our saxophonists and singers will soothe you with soft Pop and Jazz songs in the first hour of your journey. You will have the opportunity to take snapshots of the scenery, famous historical structures and religious monasteries such as the Royal Grand Palace Wat Pra Kaew, Wat Arun (The Temple of the Dawn), Bangkhunprom Palace, Kanlayanamitr Temple and the Rama 8 Bridge along both sides of the river bank. After your dinner, join our talented musicians with an entire hour of upbeat groovy songs for dancing. After the dinner, transferred back to the hotel and have a good rest.
Day 4: Bangkok (Breakfast)
Enjoy your free leisure day or join the optional tours to visit Safari World & Marine Park (USD $75/person).
Safari World is Thailand’s greatest open zoo. The weather in Thailand allow them to provide you an exciting experience of Picturesque African Wilderness. In this park, you will be able to feed and get close to the animals and learn more about them. The zoo also provide daily tiger and lion feed shows and other varies of shows.
Day 5: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi (Breakfast)
This morning transfer from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi by bus. Kanchanaburi contains beautiful nature views and development of hectic modern centre. Despite the goods, Kanchanaburi also have a dark history which allows travellers to experience through memorials and museums. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the tour guide, and transfer back to hotel. Enjoy your own free leisure day or join one of our optional tours:
Join our Evening Half Day tour, which includes Train ride on the famous RiverKwai Bridge and visit to the 2nd World war Museum. In the evening, take a train ride on the RiverKwai Bridge which is also known as the Death Railway. The name came from World War 2, when the Japanese used 61,000 Allied prisoners of war and at least 200,000 Asian Force laborers to build the railway form Thailand to Burma to transfer supplies without the danger of transferring through the sea. Many workers died under appalling conditions. After the ride, visit the 2nd world war museum. It is built as an exact copy of the original Prisoner of Wars Camp and contains photographs and artifacts that proves the dark history (USD $50/person).
Day 6: Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya (Breakfast)
This morning visits Erawan National Park, in the park you will wowed by the beauty of the Erawan Falls with emerald tree ponds. Deeper into the forest you will see animals like Indian muntjac, sambar deer, and more. In the afternoon, transfer form Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya is city that is listed as UNESCO site. It is founded in 1350 and is the ancient capital of Thailand before it was destroyed in the 18th century. It is now an archaeological ruin characterized by the remains of reliquary towers and Buddhist Monasteries. Once you arrive, you will be greeted by the tour guide and you can join our optional city tour sightseeing which includes the two ancient Temples which can trace back to the 13th century (USD $35/person).
Visit Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, one of the major temples in the area. The temple contains many buddha and stupa that was built during 13th-15th century. Next, Visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet which translate as the Temple of Holy. It was the holiest temple until the city was destroyed in 1767. It also served as a model for Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. The structure of these temples will be amazed you even it was without gold plated Buddha and gives you an image of life in the 13th century.
Day 7: Ayutthaya – Pattaya (Breakfast)
Today, you will transfer form Ayutthaya to Pattaya. It is a famous costal resort city in Thailand, which contains many beautiful beaches and travel sites to go. The night life in Pattaya is also very famous for you to experience. Upon Arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon you can either join our optional tours to Mini Siam and Alcazar Cabaret Show with dinner.
In the afternoon, visit Mini Siam—a famous miniature park that contains many mini replicas for famous tourist sites across the world. After, enjoy a traditional Thai Meal. Then, head to the Alcazar Cabaret Show to experiences the beautiful cultural music and dance. The show is globally famous with the reputation of the best transvestite show in Thailand. (USD $99/person).
Day 8: Pattaya (Breakfast)
After breakfast, head to Pattaya Viewpoint on Pratumnak Hill. It is the best viewpoint to look at the whole city view. Then, head to Big Buddha Temple. The 18-metre-tall Buddha is the largest in Pattaya. The View at the top also provide you a beautiful view on the city of Pattaya and be amazed by the enormous gold buddha. Lastly, scroll through the local Gem Gallery as Thailand is the source of many world’s finest colored gem stones. In the afternoon, spend your own free leisure time and experiences the beauty of Pattaya.
Day 9: Pattaya – Bangkok – Shanghai - Suzhou (Breakfast)
Today Transfer form Pattaya to Bangkok Airport. Farewell to Thailand and head to Shanghai. Upon Arrival, you will be greeted by our tour guide and will transfer to Suzhou by coach bus.
Day 10 Suzhou- Wuxi (Breakfast, Lunch)
Suzhou, the city in which is also known as a paradise, the Oriental Venice, for its exquisite water routes (canals), bridges, pagodas and gardens. Suzhou is also an UNESCO designated “World Heritage Site”. After breakfast, tour the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden housing more than 500-years of history. Next, visit a renowned traditional Silk Culture and Exhibition Centre, noted to be the largest silk producer in the country, where you will discover the mysterious processing of silk. After lunch, enjoy a relaxed and soothing canal ride inside the city, enjoy the picturesque feeling the ancient city offers on the Grand Canal Cruise (USD $30/person). Later afternoon, continue onwards to Wuxi to visit the LingShan Grand Buddha. Recognized as one of China's largest Buddha statues standing over at an amazing 80m tall. Explore the whole LingShan area attraction with musical fountains that play-out the story of the birth of Buddha. Also, visit the spiritual Brahma palace (梵宫), a very grand palace with the pillars that are entirely made of sandalwood; Known to host the 2009 Buddhist conference.
Day 11 Wuxi- Hangzhou (Breakfast, Lunch)
This morning, tour the brilliance of Lihu Park, located at the famous Lake TaiHu. Followed by a visit to the fresh water pearl processing company, the “Yuanrun Ju” jewel corporate. Since its establishment in 1984, it has taken over, with high techniques, the farming, researching, processing and gallering of fresh water pearls for the district. Continue onwards to Hangzhou, the city described by Marco Polo as “City of Heaven” and “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. This evening, you may enjoy a symbolic performance of Hangzhou, “The Romantic Show of SongCheng” (USD $65/person). Performed over 2,000 times per year. Since its creation, the show has been performed more than 20,000 times, and entertained over 60 million audiences. It is one of the theatrical performances that had performed for the most times and performed to largest recording audience number; along with the O Show in Las Vegas, and the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the three are regarded as the "Top 3 Famous Shows in the World".
Day 12 Hangzhou- Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
Hangzhou, also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalized and celebrated by countless poets and artists. The West Lake Cultural Landscape has been recognized by UNESCO as a site of World Heritage. After breakfast, visit The West Lake, the most sensational and beautiful lake in the country. Then, you can choose to take an amazing boat ride on the serene West Lake (USD $35/person), the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites throughout the path. Then, visit the No.1 tea plantation site and get a chance to taste the well-known Dragon Well Tea. Many studies proofs that green tea is excellent for your health, and Dragon Well Tea is the best Green Tea in China offers. After lunch, transport to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai, walk along the famous Bund, lined by the colonial architecture of European designs, this area is the best place to capture China under the Western influences of the old days. It now is known as the “Wall Street of the East”. Later evening, have an optional participation on a western influenced Chinese Acrobatic Show - ERA: The Intersection of Time (USD $60/person).
Day 13 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast early morning, tour the famous Shanghai Museum. Where you get to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. Shortly followed by a visit to an Emerald exhibition center. Then, visit the City God Temple Bazaar. Which composes of specialty stores, selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine and souvenirs. At night, you may enjoy a scenery ride on the Huangpu River Night Cruise (USD $50/person) and get a breath-taking glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai.
Day 14 Shanghai -Home/Extension
After breakfast, your local tour guide will transfer you to the airport. Depart home or extend your journey to other cities in China.
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The above price are for Los angles, San Francisco and New York departures only.
*Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation.
*Add on airfare from other cities: available upon request
*No child discount
*Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice. Please check with your travel agent or our website for the latest information
*Rewards Travel China reserves the right to substitute hotels in similar standard if the hotels listed in the flyer/website are not available. Hotel rating base in local standard. Several shopping excursions are arranged during the tours. A minimum amount of time (60 mins) must be spent at each shopping site. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. For those who are not very keen on shopping, visits to shopping sites should be treated as cultural learning experiences as well the products including jade, silk, tea, etc. are deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture and well worth learning.
· International Flights and airport transfer service, on going flight might arrive on the third day.
· Intra-transportation (air, coach) between Cities in Thailand and to China.
· All deluxe hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy)
· Meals as per itinerary
· All visits and admission fees as per itinerary
· English Speaking guide
· Taxes and fuel surcharges
Price does not include:
· Thailand Visa and China Visa (if applicable)
· Service Charge & all Gratuities: USD$130/person for the entire trip, to be paid at time of booking.
· Travel Insurance
· Optional Tours indicated in Itinerary.
· Personal Expenses
ShangHaiREGAL PLAZA HOTEL & RESIDENCE
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Chicken Green Curry is a type of curry in Thailand that made with green chillies. It is based on coconut milk and fresh green chillies. The colour of the dish gives its name, this dish exists since 1900s. Today, it is a worldwide known dish around the globe with many different cooking style and culture add into it.
Tom Yum Goong is the signature Thai Soup originated in Central Thailand. It normally includes shrimp in hot and sour soup base with many other fresh ingredients. The dish has spread over the world and become a staple dish of Thai Restaurants.
Mango Sticky Rice which is called Khao niao mamuang in Thailand. It is a traditional Thai desert made with glutinous rice, fresh mango, palm sugar, and coconut milk. The fresh and sweet mango combine with sticky rice and coconut milk form a perfect taste in your mouth.
Tropical Fruit is a must try in Thailand. The fruit you try in Thailand will be totally different from North America. Thailand is famous for its mango, mangosteen, Rambutan, Durian, Papaya, and more. The variety of fruit will amaze you!
Xiao Long Bao is a type of steamed bun from the south region of China, especially associated with Shanghai. It is traditionally prepared in xiaolong, small bamboo steaming baskets, which give them the name. Xiaolongbao are often considered as a kind of "soup dumpling" filled with a nugget of seasoned pork and a burst of warm soup. To eat, pick up the soup dumpling by its topknot using chopsticks, and transfer to a Chinese soup spoon. Then poke a hole in the side with your chopstick and sip out the soup, and then eat the dumpling.
The Romantic Show of Songcheng It is the symbolic performance of Hangzhou, being performed over 2,000 times per year. Since it was created, the show has been performed more than 20,000 times, and entertained over 60 million audience. It is the theatre performance that has been performed for most times and has the largest audience number; along with the O Show in Las Vegas, and the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the three are regarded as the "Top 3 Famous Shows in the World".
Chinese Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts. Its history can be traced back to the beginning of civilization. It is believed that acrobatics grew out of labour and self-defence skills, which people practice and demonstrated during their leisure time. The modern acrobatics have been evolved into a kind of performing art and became well known worldwide while performances are presented along the Silk Road. In Europe and North America, Chinese acrobatic performances always attract large audiences.
In Thailand, the currency is Thai Baht. It is recommended not to use dollars when travel to Thailand. You can exchange at your local bank before you go on the trip or there are ATMS everywhere, so you can exchange to Thai Baht. MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit card in Thailand.
Please note that never leave your cards with other for safekeeping. If you don’t want to carry them, please put them in the hotel safe.
The electricity in Thailand is 220 volts, 50 cycles/sec, which is different from North America (120V), Central Europe (230V) and most other regions of the world. The plug has 2 prongs (please see below photo).
Certain equipment, especially equipment involving heating (e.g. hair dryers), may not work properly or even get damaged. It is recommended to purchase an travel plug adaptor which can be easily purchased in most convince store.
Be prepared to barter for items on street stalls and at markets. It is considered as normal. But don’t get angry or raise your voice. Just smile and agree a deal.
If you visit a temple or royal residence you will have to take off your shoes and cover up legs (girls have to cover up arms.) They usually have things you can borrow to cover up if you need to.
DO NOT insult the King or the royal family. The King is well respected by all Thais and they will not tolerate any insults towards him. This includes anything bearing the King’s image like a stamp or a coin, so be careful.
Food & Culture
The Kingdom of Thailand was Siam up until 1939, and is still a constitutional monarchy to this day. It has never been controlled or colonized by a foreign power and so much of the indigenous culture has been well preserved.
The food is impeccable, and while you can find sit-down or even luxury dining experiences inexpensively, trying the street stalls is a must. Spicy pad thai noodles, coconut curry, fresh fish, fruit, and vegetables—as long as you don’t mind it hot (and it will be spicy) and fragrant, you’ll find something incredible to eat.
Street stalls are usually quite sanitary, but you should avoid drinking the tap water; try a refreshing iced coconut water to stay hydrated instead.
While Thai people do not so commonly speak English, those working in the tourism or service industry often do—or at least, they will be able to understand what you want to buy/order/etc. with minimal effort. Most signs are also in English, unless you venture far off the beaten track.
It’s very easy to pick up a few words and phrases. Worth expending a bit of mental energy on it as it’ll make your life easier and endear you to the locals to some extent.
With most of these greetings, it is necessary to end your sentence/phrase with khrab for men and kaa for women.
Sawat-dee – Hello/Goodbye
La-gon – Goodbye
Lao jer gun – See you again
Chok dee – Good luck
Local buses cost around 8 THB (0.22 USD) per trip, the Metro and Skytrain in Bangkok cost 15-50 THB (0.45-1.50 USD) per trip and metered taxi rides are usually 60-100 THB (1.80-3 USD) each. Tuk-tuks are un-metered and generally more expensive, costing 100-235 THB (3-7.06 USD) per ride. Motorbike taxis (in orange vests) are available all over the country with short trips costing about 35 THB (1.05 USD), but you need to negotiate the price.
Trains in Thailand tend to be a slow but scenic option to get around. Taking the train is a genuine Thai experience, making the journey as much a part of your trip as the destination. While they may not be as quick, the trains are relatively comfortable and cheap, and safer than traveling by road. There is a new Bangkok–Vientiane train that will get you to Laos with ease. Taking the train is also a convenient way to travel between Bangkok, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. Day trains usually cost around 50 THB (1.50 USD). Night trains start at 575 THB (17 USD) for second-class without air-conditioning.