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14-Day Highlights Tour for China & Thailand
   
Starts: Beijing;                                              Ends: Bangkok
Itinerary: Beijing / Xian / Shanghai / Bangkok / Phuket / Bangkok;          
Duration:  14 Days / 13 Nights

From Beijing to Bangkok in 14 days. Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai offer you everything from a high-speed cosmopolitan experience to the timeless peace of an ancient temple. Elegant gardens, ancient city walls, and fabulous shopping streets will tempt your senses.

Highlights

  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Great Wall (Mutianyu Section)
  • Ding Tomb
  • Sacred Way
  •  Temple of Heaven.
  • Summer Palace
  • City Wall
  •  Muslim quarter
  • Puppet Show at Gao Family Courtyard House
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Dynasty
  • Shaanxi Provincial Museum
  • Yuyuan Garden
  • French concession – lilong
  • Jinmao Tower
  • Shanghai Museum
  • European styled Bund
  • Phi Phi Don Islands
  • The Royal Palace
  • The old Naval Forces Camp Bang Kung
Starts: Beijing;                                              Ends: Bangkok
Itinerary: Beijing / Xian / Shanghai / Bangkok / Phuket / Bangkok;          
Duration:  14 Days / 13 Nights
 

Day 01: Beijing

  • Flight: TBA
  • Upon your arrival in Beijing Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide, and then taken to the hotel for rest.
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 02: Beijing (B, L)

  • Depart from your hotel to visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, and then enter the Forbidden City, you will also see the treasure house inside.
  • Afterwards, take a pedi-cab tour of Beijing's hutong (traditional alleyways), visit siheyuan (traditional courtyard homes) and learn traditional Chinese activities (paper cutting, dumplings cooking). Your last stop will be the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling.
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 03: Beijing (B, L)

  • Enjoy your tour starting with the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section), one of the world's architectural marvels. You will also take a cable car to view the beautiful landscape.
  • Afterwards, transfer to visit one of the thirteen Ming Tombs – Ding Tomb. You’ll also enjoy a 20 minutes walking at the Sacred Way, which means the road leading to heaven.
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 04: Beijing - Xian (B, L)

  • Flight: MU2116; 18:00 / 20:00 (China Eastern Airlines)
  • Enjoy your sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven.
  • Continue the trip to visit the magnificent Summer Palace, the largest and the best preserved of all imperial palace gardens. Other attractions include the Longevity Hill and take a boat trip on the beautiful Kunming Lake.
  • Transfer for the flight to Xian. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted at the airport and transfer to the hotel for rest.
  • Overnight in Xian

Day 05: Xian (B, L)

  • Your stay in Xian starts with taking a walk along Xi’an City Wall.
  • Then you will stroll around the Muslim Quarters. Then stroll around Muslim quarter and enjoy an excellent Puppet Show at Gao Family Courtyard House.
  • Finally you will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in Tang Dynasty.
  • Overnight in Xian

Day 06: Xian - Shanghai (B, L)

  • Flight: MU2167; 17:15 / 19:20 (China Eastern Airlines)
  • Start your tour to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Dynasty are praised as "the eighth miracle of the world".
  • Then, the guide will take you to visit Shaanxi Provincial Museum.
  • Departure transfer for the flight to Shanghai. Be warmly met by the guide and transfer to the hotel.
  • Overnight in Shanghai

Day 07: Shanghai (B, L)

  • Start your tour with Yuyuan Garden, a beautifully preserved example of a Ming dynasty garden; then visit French concession – lilong and get a bird-eye view of Shanghai at the top of Jinmao Tower.
  • Continue the trip to the fabulous Shanghai Museum, which is one of the best museums in the country.
  • This evening take a Boat trip on the Huang Pu River about 40 minutes. Strolling along the Shanghai waterfront – the European styled Bund.
  • Overnight in Shanghai 

Day 08: Shanghai - Bangkok -  Phuket (B)

  • Flight: Shanghai Pudong / Bangkok; TG665; 17:25 / 21:00 (Thai Airways)
  • Connecting
  • Flight: Bangkok / Phuket; TG225; 22:40 / 23:59 (Thai Airways)
  • Time at leisure until the guide take you to the airport for the flight to Phuket via Bangkok.
  • Upon arrival at Phuket airport, warmly greeted by your tour guide and driver then transfer to your hotel.
  • Overnight in Phuket

Day 09: JOIN-IN: Phi Phi Island Deluxe (B, L)  

  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Island Hopper port. Here you will be given a short briefing about today’s excursion while you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. With the speedboat we depart to Khai Nui & Khai Nok Islands, which takes just about 15 minutes. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling amongst lots of colorful fishes and great coral reef and relaxing on the white sandy beach.
  • After lunch, we leave for the Phi Phi Lae and Phi Phi Don Islands. At Phi Phi Lae, you find the Loh Samah Bay which is the door to the famous Maya Bay which was featured in the Hollywood movie “The Beach”. At the Viking cave that got its name from the Viking ship cave drawings on the wall, you find thousands of swallows that live on top of the 15 meter high ledges. Don’t forget to bring some bananas for the monkeys at the monkey beach of Phi Phi Don. Last stop for today’s excursion is the Ton Sai Bay before we head back to the Island Hopper pier and transfer back to your hotel.
  • Overnight in Phuket

Day 10: Phuket (B)

  • Free at leisure
  • Overnight in Phuket

 Day 11: Phuket (B)

  • Free at leisure
  • Overnight in Phuket

Day 12: Phuket – Bangkok (B, L)  

  • Flight: PG270; 07:00 / 08:25 (Bangkok Air)
  • Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi airport, your local English speaking guide will meet and greet you. Transfer to the west bank of the Chao Praya River where the part of town called Thonburi lays. Situated on the right side of the river, progress has arrived here with little impact. Get a little feeling for life in Bangkok at the beginning of the 20th century, when it was also called “Venice of the East”. Wooden houses, built on stilts to stand through the high tides of the late rainy season; places, only accessible by boat; children using the river as a large playground – life in Thonburi has not changed much since its beginnings. Passing by boat along the canals gives you a firsthand impression of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. En route we stop at Bangkok’s best known landmark, the enchanting Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).
  • After a lunch in a local restaurant, visit the serene temple complex of Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Royal Palace. The Emerald Buddha is the National sanctuary of the country, where the devotion is closely associated with the welfare of the Royal family and nation. The jade statue has a set of three robes and three crowns according to the seasons. (Remark: Dress code applies). Proceed to your hotel and check-in.
  • Overnight in Bangkok

Day 13: Damnoen Saduak Floating market (B, L)  

  • Early morning we set off and drive to the railway market in Samut Songkram, a market where the stalls are laid out on both sides of the railway tracks. When the train comes through, the tents and goods are moved from the rails in lightning speed. After the train has sped by, everything is moved back within a few seconds so that no one would suspect a conduit for a train. Next it goes to a dock where we will embark into a long tail boat and disembark at the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market.
  • Continue to the old Naval Forces Camp Bang Kung which used to be a location of great strategic importance to and great heroism of the Mae Klong people over invaders during late Ayutthaya going on to the Thonburi periods. Here you find the temple Wat Bang Kung and the chapel that is overgrown by a Banyan tree.
  • En route we stop at the roadside to watch the how the locals shell the coconuts manually and visit one of the many small molasses factories, where women, swarmed by bees, boil the coconut broth. Coconut oil and juice are by-products, which are worth to try. We visit the “Ban Maeo Thai Boran“(Siamese Cat Conservation Centre). The house of traditional Siamese cats was created by lovers of Siamese cats to promote and support the conservation of Siamese cats to be a treasure of the nation. Transfer back to your hotel in Bangkok
  • Overnight in Bangkok 

Day 14: Bangkok departure (B)

  • Departure transfer for the return flight back to home. 
  • *End of Service*

Price Information:

Tour Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Price valid from March 01 to May 31, 2013
Package price in cash based on minimum 6 people’s group (3 people share a triple room)

City
Hotel Name & Website
RoomType
Package Price
Beijing
Standard room
RMB 20,660
or
USD 3,360 / adult 
Xi’an
Classic room
Shanghai
Standard room
Phuket
Standard room
Bangkok
Standard room



 









Included Services:

  • All flights mentioned in the trip in economy class with ticket tax and Beijing airport tax
  • Accommodation at selected hotels
  • Professional English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing
  • Seat-in-coach transfers mentioned in the trip with air-conditioned vehicle
  • All meals mentioned in the trip (B: breakfast; L: lunch)
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the trip 

Excluded Services:

  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers and hotel porters.
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Thailand visa

Remark:

  • The exchange rate is USD 1.00: CNY 6.15 at the moment.

Thailand Visa Information:

  • According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements, passport holders from 48 countries and 1 special administrative region - Hong Kong - are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days on each visit
  • Those 48 counties including most of the western counting, such as Australia, Brazil, Canada France, UK and USA

Creating Unique Touring Experiences:

  • All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Thailand tour to your individual specifications


Things To Know Before You Go

Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.

Getting Ready to Go

Trip Preparation:   

A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. 

Passport and Visa

It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure and a visa, if required.
 
According to the Interior Ministerial Announcements dated 23 June 2554 (2011), passport holders from 48 countries and 1 special administrative region - Hong Kong SAR - are not required to obtain a visa when entering Thailand for tourism purposes and will be permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a period of not exceeding 30 days on each visit.
 
*Note: American, Canada, Germany, British and Australian are visa free*
 
1. Australia : Commonwealth of Australia
 
2. Austria : Republic of Austria
 
3. Belgium : Kingdom of Belgium
 
4. Brazil : Federative Republic of Brazil (****)
 
5. Bahrain : State of Bahrain
 
6. Brunei Darussalam : Negara Brunei Darussalam
 
7. Canada
 
8. Denmark : Kingdom of Denmark
 
9. Finland : Republic of Finland
 
10. France : French Republic
 
11. Germany : Federal Republic of Germany
 
12. Greece : Hellenic Republic
 
13. Hong Kong : Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
 
14. Iceland : Republic of Iceland
 
15. Indonesia : Republic of Indonesia
 
16. Ireland : Republic of Ireland
 
17. Israel : State of Israel
 
18. Italy : Republic of Italy
 
19. Japan
 
20. Korea : Republic of Korea (****)
 
21. Kuwait : State of Kuwait
 
22. Luxembourg : Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
 
23. Malaysia
 
24. Monaco : Principality of Monaco
 
25. Netherlands : Kingdom of the Netherlands
 
26. New Zealand
 
27. Norway : Kingdom of Norway
 
28. Oman : Sultanate of Oman
 
29. Peru : Republic of Peru (****)
 
30. Philippines : Republic of the Philippines
 
31. Portugal : Republic of Portugal
 
32. Qatar : State of Qatar
 
33. Singapore : Republic of Singapore
 
34. Spain : Kingdom of Spain
 
35. South Africa : Republic of South Africa
 
36. Sweden : Kingdom of Sweden
 
37. Switzerland : Swiss Confederation
 
38. Turkey : Republic of Turkey
 
39. United Arab Emirates
 
40. United Kingdom : United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
41. United States of America
 
42. Vietnam : Socialist Republic of Vietnam
 
43. Czech : Czech Republic
 
44. Hungary : Republic of Hungary
 
45. Liechtenstein : Principality of Liechtenstein
 
46. Poland : Republic of Poland
 
47. Slovak : Slovak Republic
 
48. Slovenia : Republic of Slovenia 
 
If you do not belong to the above 48 countries, you can apply for a visa with following items before you enter Thailand:
 
a.    original passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity
 
b.    two photos with white background and 2 inches
 
c.    one application form
 
d.    3 working days (a fast visa can be obtained within one day)
 
e.    visa fee: RMB80/ per person (Fast visa fee: RMB150/per person)

Climate & Clothing

Thailand's climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity, and dominated by monsoons. April and May are the hottest months of the year, when even the locals are moved to complain about the heat. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October. From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling northeast breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. This is also the main tourist season, and the best time to visit Thailand.
 
The north and north-east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, around Mae Hong Son temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 20C
 
Thailand's Average Temperatures

 
BANGKOK/
CENTRAL/EAST
SOUTH
NORTH
NORTHEAST
SUMMER (mid Feb to Apr)
27-36
27-34
22-37
25-37
RAINY (May to Oct)
25-33
26-32
24-31
25-33
WINTER (Nov to mid Feb)
22-32
25-32
15-28
17-30


 
BANGKOK/
CENTRAL/EAST
SOUTH
NORTH
NORTHEAST
SUMMER (mid Feb to Apr)
81-97
81-93
72-99
77-99
RAINY (May to Oct)
77-91
79-90
75-88
77-91
WINTER (Nov to mid Feb)
72-90
77-90
59-82
63-86
  
For the Western visitor there is no such thing as "cool". Just cooler than "hot" and "drier than humid", so light cotton clothing is the order of the day. Don't worry about bringing too much clothing with you, as almost everything can be purchased locally, at a fraction of the price you will pay at home. Do remember that the tropical sun can be quite fierce so a hat is useful, and don't forget to use a good sun screen  

Time Zone:

 Thailand is 07 hours ahead of GMT  

Currency information:

The currency of Thailand is the "Baht" - sometimes spelled "Bath" but pronounced to rhyme with "hot." One Baht is divisible into 100 Satang. Major credit cards are accepted by hotels and large shops, but "hard cash" is the preferred tender almost everywhere. Traveler checks are not widely accepted outside of hotels, so change them for cash at a bank exchange, which you'll find in any and every tourist destination. One USD is worth approximately 30.23 THB (2012)   

Electricity:

Electricity is on the 220 Volts AC/ 50-Cycle system  

Language:

Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering to tourists  

Food and drink:

Thai food is traditionally fairly hot and spicy, but most tourist restaurants tend to tone down the heat for the more fragile Western palate. Most Thai food is prepared with fresh ingredients, such as lemon grass and coriander. Rice is commonly eaten with most meals. Popular fruits are papaya, jackfruit, mangosteens, rambutans, pomelos (similar to grapefruits) and, above all, durians, which farangs (foreigners) either love or hate. The thorny fruit has a rather malodorous scent which has even resulted in many hotels banning them from their premises. Excellent food can be found at the stalls of the many street vendors around the country as well as top-notch eateries. There are also many Asian and European restaurants throughout the major cities and smaller towns.

Specialties: 
 
  • Tom yam (a coconut-milk soup prepared with makroot leaves, ginger, lemon grass, prawns or chicken) 
  • Gang pet (hot 'red' curry with coconut milk, herbs, garlic, chili, shrimp paste, coriander and seasoning)
  • Pad Thai (stir-fried rice-noodles) served with shrimp or chicken and garnished with peanuts
  • Desserts include salim (sweet noodles in coconut milk)
  • Well worth trying is sticky rice and mangoes (rice cooked in coconut milk served with slices of mango)
  • All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilized. Milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled 

Tipping:

Tipping is not obligatory in most places. Most hotels and restaurants will add a 10% service charge and a 7% government tax to the bill  

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.
 
For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number. You can also visit this website to check details: http://www.countrycallingcodes.com/
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