Wat Trimitr & Wat Po Buddhist Temples, Singapore Botanical Gardens, Mt. Faber, Victoria Peak, and Repulse Bay
Experience the best that Southeast Asia has to offer with this air-inclusive tour through Bangkok, Singapore, Bali, and Hong Kong. Discover some of Bangkok’s Thai architecture and Buddhist temples before enjoying two days of exploring the city at your leisure. In Singapore, you’ll have time to wander around the vibrant shopping and entertainment area and then we’ll take you to the Queen Elizabeth Walk waterfront, Chinatown, and the Botanical Gardens to see exotic orchids and rare flowers. After, ascend up Mt. Faber for a panoramic view. Begin the most relaxing part of this journey as you reach your oceanfront hotel in Bali. You’ll get to tour the area, as well as unwind on the beach or go shopping. Finally, continue on to Hong Kong where you’ll head to the top of Victoria Peak, visit Repulse Bay, venture over to Macau, and more!
- 4 nights in Bangkok
- 2 nights in Singapore
- 3 nights in Bali
- 3 nights in Hong Kong
- Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via Cathay Pacific Airways. Add $150 if departing from New York area airports.
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- All intra-Orient flights, ground transportation and all transfers
- Accommodations at superior first class hotels
- Full buffet American breakfast daily (B)
- Welcome dinner in Bangkok (D)
- Sightseeing tours including admission fees as described in itinerary
- English-speaking tour guides throughout
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Depart USA/Cross International Date Line
Your exotic journey to the Orient begins this evening as you check-in for your Cathay Pacific Airways flight bound for Bangkok. Your flight departs late tonight. Enjoy Cathay Pacific Airway’s award winning service as you cross the international date line and lose one day en route.
Arrive Bangkok (Thailand)
Welcome to Thailand, the “Land of Smiles.” Morning arrival in Bangkok, the breathtaking capital, situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. You’ll be met and escorted to your upscale, centrally-located hotel. This evening meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner and briefing. Menam Riverside Hotel (D)
Following breakfast embark on an included tour introducing you to some of Bangkok’s most outstanding Buddhist temples: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable 5-ton solid gold statue of Buddha and Wat Po, the temple featuring the colossal 150 foot long “Reclining Buddha” and the White Marble Temple representing the finest Thai architecture. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Two days to discover Thailand’s vibrant and exotic capital at your own pace. Join an optional excursion to the colorful Damnoen Saduak floating market, reached by a rice barge followed by a visit to Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest stupa in the world. You may also take a dip in your hotel’s pool or shop to your heart’s content. (B)
Today, start your Singapore travel on this island gem with it’s dazzling blend of east and west. Your hotel is conveniently located within easy access to the historic Singapore River as well as the shopping and entertainment area. This afternoon you are free to explore on your own. York Hotel (B)
Morning tour takes in the Elizabeth Walk waterfront, the Parliament House and Chinatown. Continue to the Botanical Gardens to see exotic orchids and rare flowers before ascending Mt. Faber for a panoramic view. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Today fly to the tropical island paradise to start your Bali tours. Settle into your oceanfront resort hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure for independent exploration or shopping. Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa (B)
Today, embark on a full-day tour of Bali to discover the wonders of the “Island of the Gods.” First, attend a performance of the famous Barong and Keris Dance. This traditional Balinese dance depicts the fight between good and evil and is a classic example of the way myth and history are blended into one reality. Continue to Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, locally referred to as Pura Tirta Dawa Gunung Kawi Sebatu. It is one of the least visited temple complexes on the island yet is one of the most beautiful sites to visit. It features verdant gardens around ponds filled with carp and…
A day at leisure to enjoy your hotel’s beach and spa facilities. Shop at the local markets located nearby or join an optional tour. (B)
Morning free. Later, fly to fascinating Hong Kong. Your attractive hotel is in the bustling heart of Kowloon, near the scenic harbor. Regal Kowloon Hotel (B)
A morning tour of Hong Kong Island features a ride to the top of Victoria Peak for a spectacular city and harbor view. Then visit the renowned Stanley Market where bargains await, scenic Repulse Bay and the exotic Aberdeen floating fishing village. The afternoon is at leisure for shopping or independent exploration. Do not miss the great opportunity to savor the amazing array of delicacies in this culinary Mecca. (B)
A day at leisure in Hong Kong, where East meets West, or perhaps join an optional excursion via high-speed turbojet ride to Macau, a fascinating city 65 kilometers west of Hong Kong. Formerly under Portuguese rule, you’ll be struck by the clear European/Mediterranean influence with its beautiful fortresses and churches yet its simultaneous Chinese heritage. Also, for those so inclined, it happens to be the gambling capital of Asia! (B)
Final morning is at leisure. Later, board your homebound flight. Your magical journey to the Orient ends as you arrive the USA later today. (B)
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
To enhance your visit to the Orient and make it more complete, you will be offered several optional tours. Rates shown are estimated prices in US Dollars and may fluctuate based on current exchange rates. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may therefore not be offered if this minimum is not met. Payment for the optional tours is by CASH (U.S. dollars or local currency) or Credit cards. Please note that if you wish to use credit card, 4% service charge will be added automatically by the local tour company to the optional tour prices listed below. Optional tours are non-refundable. Following is a short description of some of the optional tours offered. Additional tours may be offered locally, and all tours and rates are subject to change.
The Klongs (Canals) Afternoon Tour
- From approx. $33 Per Person
Depart your hotel to Thornburi, situated on the right bank of the river. The area’s many canals have given Bangkok the name “Venice of the East.” You’ll board a private motorboat and ride along the canals to get firsthand impression of the scenic life along the city’s waterways. You’ll also visit the Royal Barge Museum.
The Imperial "Grand Palace" Tour
- From approx. $40 Per Person
This not to be missed afternoon guided tour takes you to the Imperial Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of ancient Siamese architecture. Former residence of the Kings, the mile-square palace grounds contain the greatest concentration of Thai arts and architecture in the country including the Temple of the “Emerald Buddha.” Return to your hotel late this afternoon.
Floating Market and Phra Chedi Tour
- From approx. $45 Per Person
This most interesting excursion takes you to the rural floating market of Damneon Saduak, located south of Bangkok. Spend some time in this exotic, colorful and bustling market where you can observe floating merchants hawk their fruits, crops, baskets and weavings. Proceed to Phra Pathom Chedi, the tallest stupa in the world.
Siam Niramit Show and Dinner
- From approx. $58 Per Person, dinner included
This “must” evening begins with a sumptuous Thai and International buffet dinner. Dinner is followed with a stunning world-class stage show depicting Thailand’s historical and spiritual heritage. The $40 million extravagant production boasts over 150 dazzling performers and state-of-the-art special effects and is a captivating journey to the enchanting Kingdom of Siam’s history and culture. This mesmerizing performance is not to be missed! Transfers from the hotel and back are included.
Dinner Cruise on Chao Phrya River
- From approx. $65 Per Person, dinner included
Enjoy a sumptuous Asian dinner while slowly drifting along the Chao Phrya River. Whilst dinning on a luxury converted rice barge, you’ll get first hand impression of the scenic river life by night. Transfers from your hotel to the pier and back are included.
- From approx. $58 Per Person
A thrilling evening visit to discover some 1200 animals and species in their natural jungle setting. (depart approx. 7pm and return approx. 10pm)
Tanah Lot Temple Sunset Tour
- From approx. $50 Per Person
Travel to Tanah Lot Temple, built in the 16th century atop a huge rock outcrop in the sea, and enjoy beautiful views of this amazing temple sunset. (depart approx. 2pm and return approx. 8pm)
Macau Day Tour with Lunch
- Hong Kong
- From approx. $140 Per Person
Take the turbojet ride to Macau, formerly under Portuguese rule, and you’ll be struck by the clear European/Mediterranean influence with its beautiful fortresses and churches yet its simultaneous Chinese heritage. Your visit today includes A-Ma Temple, Mount Fortress, Section of the Old Walls, Nam Van Lake and the ruins of St. Paul Cathedral. Time to try your luck at the Casino before returning to Hong Kong by turbojet later this afternoon.
Note: For this optional tour payment by cash only.
Your departure flight from the U.S. to the Orient and back are on Cathay Pacific Airways. You are expected to check-in for your flight at least 3½ hours before the scheduled departure. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Also keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change. Schedules are as follows:
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ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Please note that smarTours is not involved in your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Cathay Pacific does not normally assign seats in advance. Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport. Cathay Pacific does not offer any mileage credit.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens do not require a visa for the visited destinations for trips less than 30 days long. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you about 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
You may expect daytime high temperatures ranging from the 80’s and 90’s year round. Hong Kong temperatures in December thru March will be in the 60’s and 70’s.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
Check out this video filmed by smarTours’ travelers, Maciej Piotrowski and Izabela Waligora, on their smarTours Best of the Orient adventure!