Exotic Asia

DAY 1-2: TORONTO – BANGKOK

Board a transpacific flight to Bangkok via Hong Kong. You will lose one day as you cross the international dateline. Meals and entertainment served in flight.

DAY 3: BANGKOK (D)

Arrive in Bangkok, the “City of Angels”. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to relax and acclimatize with your surroundings. In the evening, you’ll have a welcome dinner at the hotel. Rembrandt Hotel or similar.

DAY 4: BANGKOK (B/D)

This morning, you will depart the hotel for a half day City and Temple tour. Visit one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese Court – Grand Palace. Previously this was the Royal residence; today it is used by the Royal Family only for certain ceremonial occasions such as Coronation Day. Also stop at the Temple of Emerald Buddha, viewed by Thai’s as the world’s most precious image of Lord Buddha.

Afternoon is at leisure.

In the evening, enjoy an amazing Thai-Styled Dinner & Dance Show at the Piman Restaurant. Your evening will be spent at leisure enjoying delicious Thai cuisine while in a delightful Thai atmosphere surrounded by beautiful decorations. The dancers with their beautiful glittering costumes and exquisite graceful movements will stay in your memory forever.

DAY 5: BANGKOK (B/L)

Today you will experience a ride on a traditional long-tail boat to the famous Floating Market. Witness the lifestyle of the native people, their homes and gardens. The floating markets are where the sellers, their boats laden with a wide variety of tropical fruits, flowers, vegetables and fresh produce, come to meet and barter their products with other traders. The lively and colorful images of boat vendors trading their agricultural products is one of the most fascinating and endearing images of Thailand. Enjoy a delicious Thai-Styled Buffet lunch at the Rose Garden - an outdoor Cultural Singing & Dancing Show.

Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own.

DAY 6: BANGKOK – RIVER KWAI – BANGKOK (B/L)

An early start this morning to visit world famous Bridge over the River Kwai near the town of Kanchanaburi. The wooden bridge was built during World War II by the prisoners of war.

Another stop will be at the World War II Cemetery, the well-kept cemetery which contains the graves of allied soldiers who lost their lives while building the bridge and constructing the notorious railway line. At the Cemetery, take a short walk to visit the nearby Thai – Burma Railway Centre, an interactive museum research and information centre presenting the story of the Thailand – Burma Railway which was built during World War II. After the tour return to Bangkok.

DAY 7: BANGKOK – CHIANG MAI (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the train station for your trip to Chiang Mai. The morning train passing through green fields and plantations takes you to Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a city built on the roots of a traditional heritage that dig deep into the soil of time. Named ‘Rose of the North’ for the abundance of flowers that live in the cooler mountain climate, it has grown from its origins as a small northern Lanna capital to become a city representative of modern Thai culture.

Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the platform of the train station and transfer group to the traditional Thai-Style Empress Hotel or similar, for a stay of four nights.

Free evening to explore or walk to the open-air night markets.

DAY 8: CHIANG MAI (B/D)

Today you will visit the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai, including Wat Phra Singh with its famous Buddha image; Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temples in Chiang Mai built by King Mangrai; Wat Suan Dok, which houses the remains of many generations of former Chiang Mai's Royal Family; and Wat Jet Yot.

You will also visit Wat Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at 3,520 feet. The temple is accessible via a staircase with 290 steps, flanked by a Naga Balustrade on both sides. King Gua-Na built the monastery in 1383. At the center is a big Chedi (Spired Pagoda), which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. Visit the handicraft factories and a Wood Carving Factory.

This evening enjoy a Kantoke Dinner Show. A typical Kantoke is a presentation of ancient dances from northern Thailand followed by a performance of dances and songs by various hill tribes.

DAY 9: GOLDEN TRIANGLE EXCURSION (B/L)

Chiang Rai is home of the “Golden Triangle”. It has a wealth of historical interest that goes back to the late 13th century. Chiang Rai is a highland marked with towering mountain ranges, peaceful jungle rivers and quiet villages such as the Yao and Akha Villages, which you will visit.

Lunch at Mae Sai. Proceed by coach to the Golden Triangle. This area is made up of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, was infamous for its opium trade. From a hilltop viewpoint, marvel at the splendor of the mighty Mekhong and Ruak Rivers which meet at the boundary of the three countries.

Return to Chiang Mai.

DAY 10: CHIANG MAI (B)

Today you will visit an Elephant Camp. Watch a unique performance and exciting football match by energetic young elephants; see them taking a playful bath in the river and marvel at the interesting paintings made by the intelligent elephants. Don’t miss the optional elephant ride around the jungle.

Balance of the day at leisure.

DAY 11: CHIANG MAI – BANGKOK – SINGAPORE (B)

After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Singapore via Bangkok.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Take time to relax at the hotel or enjoy the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city. Singapore, located in the heart of fascinating Southeast Asia, continues to embrace tradition and modernity today.

Le Meridien Hotel or similar.

DAY 12: SINGAPORE – BALI (B)

An orientation tour of the city this morning begins with a drive through the "Colonial Heart" for a view of the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. Then, en route to Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest temples in Singapore, the coach will pass Chinatown before stopping at Mount Faber for a panoramic view of the harbour and on to a local handicraft centre. The tour then continues to the National Orchid Garden located within the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

Your final stop at Little India will entrance you with the scent of joss sticks, jasmine and spices.

Late afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bali arriving late in the evening in Denpasar, the capital city of the Bali. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Halihai Resort or similar.

DAY 13: BALI (B)

After breakfast, you will go on a full day tour of the beauty of Kintamani which includes a visit to the Historic Temple and Holy Springs. Bali is famously known as the island of thousand temples. Recognized by its uniqueness and attractiveness of its culture and traditions, it is hard to imagine that there is still such a place that holds century old values and beliefs as the Balinese’.

DAY 14 & DAY 15: BALI (B)

Here you will have two free days to relax or explore. Those who do not wish to swim or sun bathe, we suggest a tour of the Bali Bird Park or a dinner show at the Canang Sari Restaurant where you will enjoy Indonesian cuisine and Balinese dancing. Optional tours can be arranged after your arrival in Bali.

Bali's natural attractions include miles of sandy beaches, picturesque rice terraces, towering active volcanoes, fast flowing rivers, deep ravines, pristine crater lakes, sacred caves and lush tropical forests full of exotic flora and fauna. The island's rich cultural heritage is also visible everywhere - in over 20,000 temples and palaces, in many colorful festivals and ceremonies and in drama, music, and dance.

DAY 16: BALI – HONG KONG (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong, the “Live it! Love it!” city.

Upon arrival, transfer to Eaton Hotel or similar.

Balance of the day is at leisure.

DAY 17: HONG KONG (B/D)

In the morning take a ride up to Victoria Peak, and then visit Repulse Bay before stopping at the famous fishing village of Aberdeen for a chance to ride in a "Sampan". Visit Stanley Market where you will have a chance to find great bargains. Repulse Bay and the financial district are also on the agenda. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.

DAY 18: HONG KONG – TORONTO (B)

Morning at leisure to shop and explore. Your hotel is centrally located and close to the famous Nathan Road shopping street. Say goodbye to Hong Kong as you carry wonderful memories home. You will be transferred to the airport in the afternoon. Arriving Toronto late in the evening, same day.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Roundtrip airfare: Toronto – Bangkok – Hong Kong – Toronto via Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Airfare: Chiang Mai – Bangkok – Singapore – Bali – Hong kong
  • Train: Bangkok – Chiang Mai
  • All private coach transfers in Thailand, Singapore, Bali and Hong Kong with air-con
  • 16 nights accommodations in 4 star hotels based on twin occupancy
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour guides
  • All taxes and service fees.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Departure Taxes
  • Domestic Taxes
  • Single supplement
  • Visa Fees: TBA
  • Tips/gratuities for guides, drivers and porterage
  • Any meals and tour components not specifically mentioned in cost inclusions
  • Insurance

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