12 Day Super Thailand and Hong Kong
Thailand Travel and Tour Packages
From May 1 through December 31, 2014
This is a Thailand vacation for the busy people wanting to get away from the Canadian cold temperature. Thailand is world-renowned for its hot, tropical heat, it’s vibrant culture and its bustling nightlife. Thailand tours are always exciting, relaxing and awe-inspiring and ours is the best of the best. Thailand travel is popular for a reason: everyone loves Thailand!
In addition, we included Hong Kong to finish the trip. Hong Kong offers a host of memorable tourist attractions within its compact area, with The Peak, Victoria Harbour and the Giant Buddha among the most awe-inspiring. You'll be amazed by the diverse contrasts and close proximity of stunning cityscapes and soaring mountains, heritage sites and extensive green countryside.
Day 1 Home City - Shanghai
Depart for your Thailand vacation with your own transpacific flight aboard China Eastern via Shanghai. Move your watch one day ahead as you cross the International dateline.
Day 2 Shanghai - Bangkok
Take your connecting flight in Shanghai and arrive in Bangkok late at night. Transfer from Suvarnabhumi airport to a hotel in Bangkok by private air-conditioned car with English speaking Thailand tour guide. Accommodation: 4-star Majestic Grande Hotel, Bangkok
Day 3 Bangkok
Spend your morning in Bangkok at your leisure. In the afternoon your Thailand tours begin: Thonburi Klongs, Royal Barge and Wat Arun are on the itinerary today. A cruise through the Thonburi Klongs (canals) is an experience like no other. As we sail down the legendary Chao Phraya River, known as the "River of Kings", and its tributary klongs we will be enamored by the scenic backdrop; we will also learn about the rich history detailing the important role this waterway played in the creation of Bangkok and why the old capital of Thonburi became known as the “Venice of the East”. A boat trip takes us to famous riverside landmarks, including stops at the glittering Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and the magnificent Royal Barges Museum. We also proceed past other notable icons such as the Holy Rosary Church, which was built by the Portuguese: the first Europeans to settle in Thailand in the 16 th century; and the Oriental Hotel, famous for hosting celebrated icons who travel Thailand such as Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham.
Evening: Welcome Thai dinner set at Supatra River House. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this beautiful two-storey traditional Thai house is the former home of Khunying Supatra Singholaga, a leading advocate of women's rights in Thailand. Its contemporary decor blends perfectly with the traditional architecture, and the views of the River, Grand Place, and Wat Arun are absolutely spectacular.Accommodation: Majestic Grande Hotel, Bangkok (www.majesticgrande.com ) (B/D)
Day 4 Bangkok
Breakfast at hotel Morning: Wat Po & city sightseeing. This Thailand tour includes visits to Wat Po with its massive reclining Buddha, and a drive through the city of Bangkok, via the Indian Market, the wholesale Flower market, China town and Royal Avenue where the Palace of the King is located.
Optional Thailand tours:
The GrandPalace is the "must see" attraction in Bangkok. It is an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted in shining and colourful mosaics. The architecture is predominantly Thai, though there are some European influences. The palace served as the official residence of kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building within the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew and this is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. The main temple building houses the Emerald Buddha. The Buddha is carved from a single piece of jade and is the most revered object in Thailand.
Accommodation: Majestic Grande Hotel, Bangkok (B)
Day 5 Bangkok
Breakfast at hotel. Compliment your Thailand tours exploring Bangkok at your leisure.
Recommended optional tours:
Morning Tour: Half-day Temple Tours
Join an optional Temples tour, visiting 2 other temples or "wats" in the city. The first stop is Wat Trimitr, where you'll view the 700-year-old Golden Buddha, and the largest in the world weighing approximately 5 tons. (Occasional maintenance work is conducted at Wat Trimitr, in which case passengers will visit Wat Saket instead.) Conclude your temple tour at Wat Benchamabophit, also known as the Marble Temple because of its abundance of white Italian marble.
Evening: River of King Dinner Cruise
Cruising along the Chao Phraya River, enjoy views of Wat Arun, the "Temple of Dawn" and GrandPalace by night.
Accommodation: Majestic Grande Hotel, Bangkok (B)
Day 6 Bangkok - Kanchanaburi
Breakfast at hotel. Travel to Kanchanaburi on the banks of the River Kwai; famous for the River Kwai Bridge built during World War II - many people who travel Thailand come just to see this infamous river. Visit the Allied Forces cemetery and spend time in the fascinating Thailand Burma Railway Center Museum. Today's highlight is a train ride across the famous bridge to Wang Po Station where we have lunch at local restaurant. This afternoon we will visit Hellfire Pass Memorial, part of the Death Railway that cuts through the mountains. This memorial is now a museum detailing the life of the Allied prisoners and Asian labourers who helped build, and subsequently suffered or died at Hell fire Pass. Then continue on to your hotel. Please bring overnight bag for 2 nights stay at the resort.
Thailand packages Accommodation: River Kwai Resotel Hotel (www.riverkwairesortel.com ) (B/L)
Day 7 Kanchanaburi
After breakfast, Day at leisure
Optional Tour: Elephant Riding & Bamboo Rafting
This Thailand tour combines an insight into history, plus an eco-adventure tour. We visit the infamous River Kwai Bridge, the Death War Museum dedicated to the thousands of POW's and forced Asian labourers who lost their lives in the Second World War during the construction of the "Death Railway" and then we stop at the Allied War Cemetery. We then continue onto the elephant camp for elephant rides through the lush jungle setting - no Thailand vacation packages are complete without this! This is followed by bamboo rafting and then lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, we take a ride on the historic "Death Railway" train, passing over a long wooden viaduct, set next to sheer cliffs. This is one of the most unique train rides in the world and it offers stunning photo opportunities.
Accommodation: River Kwai Resort Hotel (http://www.riverkwairesorthotel.com ) (B)
Day 8 Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya
After breakfast, your Thailand tours continue to the ruins of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam. Visit Wat Phra Srisan Phet and Wat Mongkol (Giant seated Buddha image). Visit Bang Pa In, built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Kings of Ayutthaya, before continuing to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Accommodation: Kantary Hotel, Ayutthaya (www.kantary.com ) (B)
Day 9 Ayutthaya - Bangkok
Breakfast at hotel. Enhance your travel Thailand experience with a day at leisure.
Visit Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Yai Chaimongkol,Wat Chai Watanaram.
Return to hotel for afternoon leisure. Late check-out until departure. Evening drive to Bangkok Airport.
Day 10 Bangkok - Hong Kong
Say goodbye to Bangkok and your Thailand tour as you take your red eye flight to Hong Kong. Arrive in Hong Kong. Transfer to Nathan Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11 Hong Kong
Enjoy a 5-hour tour of Hong Kong Island in the morning with an English speaking guide.
Victoria Peak - Looking down from The Peak you'll be amazed by the spectacular view of the surrounding city skyline, the world-famous Victoria Harbour and Kowloon, towering skyscrapers and peaceful green hillsides.
Peak Tram - Getting there is an unforgettable trip. There's nothing in the world like the Peak Tram. Pulled by steel cables, the tram climbs 373 metres. It's so steep that the buildings you pass look like they're leaning at a 45° angle! Surely you'll love this experience.
Aberdeen Fishing Village - Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter is an old traditional fishing village which is hard to find in any other parts of the World. You may gain a deeper insight of the lifestyle of Hong Kong fishing folks by riding on a sampan (optional at additional cost).
Market - Stanley market is a Shoppers' Paradise where you can find a wide variety of souvenirs such as silk, garments, sportswear, Chinese artwork and accessories. (B)
Day12 Hong Kong - Home City
Transfer to airport for your flight home. (B)