18-day Best of China & Thailand Trip from Guangzhou to Bangkok
Tour code: ETC-A03
Travel though some of the most popular destinations of Asia. Start from Beijing, Shanghai and Xian to experience both the Old and New of China, then visit Guilin and Yangshuo for the dramatic, surreal Karst landscape. The trip ends in Thailand with cultural discovery, sightseeing and exploration in Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and other cities.
|Tour Date||City||Tour Brief|
|2||Beijing||Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, The Summer Palace|
|3||Beijing||Great Wall, Ming Tomb, The Sacred Road|
|4||Beijing - Shanghai||Fly to Shanghai, Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple|
|5||Shanghai||Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the old quaters of Shanghai, The Bund and Nanjing Road|
|6||Shanghai - Xi’an||Fly to Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum|
|7||Xian||Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda|
|8||Xi’an - Guilin||Fly to Guilin, Reed Flute Cave|
|9||Guilin - Yangshuo||Li River cruise, West Street, optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu'|
||Yangshuo - Longji - Guilin||Longji rice terraces, Ping An Zhuang Village|
|11||Guilin - Guangzhou||Speed train to Guangzhou, Yuexiu Park, Five Ram Statue, Chen Family Temple|
|12||Guangzhou - Bangkok||Fly to Bangkok|
|13||Bangkok||Wat Traimit, Grand Palace with temple Wat Phra Kaew, Aft Wat Pho, Temple of Dawn-Wat Arun|
|14||Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok||Bang Pa In Palace, Wat Yai Chaimongkhol and Ayutthaya Historical Park., Chao Praya cruise|
|15||Bangkok - Chiang Mai||Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and Meo Hill Tribe Village, long neck villages|
|16||Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai||Golden Triangle, Mae Sai Border|
|17||Chiang Mai||Chiang Mai Baan Chang Elephant Park|
|18||Chiang Mai||Chiang Mai Departure|
Day 1 Arrival Beijing (no meal)
Arrive in Beijing. Our guide will meet you at the airport & transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 2 Beijing (B, L)
Take a private escorted tour to go to the Tiananmen Square, located at the heart of Beijing, is the world's largest city center square. Secondly, go to the Forbidden City, officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was constructed between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Zhu Di and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors over the following 505 years. The Summer Palace comes the last one on the plan. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, gardens and other ancient-style architectural structures.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
Private escorted tour to the Great Wall, the greatest of the eight ancient architectural wonders in the history of human civilization. Then go to Ming Tomb, about 50 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing, is the best preserved Chinese imperial tombs and have been nominated by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. The Sacred Road, namely "the way leading to Heaven", is affiliated with Ming Tomb. At night, a famous and delicious Peking Duck Banquet is offered.
Day 4 Beijing - Shanghai (B, L)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, visit 3 highlights today: first, visit Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art which is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls with a collection of over 120,000 pieces. Secondly, pay a visit to Yu Garden to appreciate its brilliant historical garden art and have a leisurely stroll in it. At last, go to the Jade Buddha Temple, which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma.
Day 5 Shanghai (B, L)
In the morning, Visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower and wander around the old quarters of Shanghai to get close to Shanghai people's life and appreciate the architecture style there. Then proceed to the Bund and Nanjing Road - as it is known to all, the Bund is the waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period.
Day 6 Shanghai - Xi’an (B, L)
Enjoy the free time until your guide escort you to airport for you flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, transfer to visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is known as the eighth wonder of the world and a museum to display terra-cotta warriors and horses in Qin Dynasty (221-207B.C.).
Day 7 Xi’an (B, L)
After breakfast, go to the Shaanxi History Museum, which boats a large collection of unearthed cultural relics of China. Then visit the Ancient City Wall, the best-kept and biggest city walls in China--13,912 meters in circumference, 12 meters in height, and the foundation is 18 meters in width and the top of the wall is 15 meters wide. Later, go to the Wild Goose Pagoda-- the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty (618--907) for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.
Day 8 Xi’an - Guilin (B, L)
Enjoy the free time until your guide escort you to airport for you flight to Guilin. Upon arrival, visit Reed Flute Cave near Guilin downtown – inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition.
Day 9 Guilin - Yangshuo (B, L)
Take a leisurely Li River Cruise, and disembark at the beautiful small town famous for its Karst landscape - Yangshuo. At Yangshuo, you can have a free afternoon for your own exploration. At night, the West Street is a must-go where shows lively nightlife with both Chinese and western style. Besides, you can also go to watch the optional evening show 'Impression Sanjie Liu' on the natural stage along Li River.
Day 10 Yangshuo - Longji - Guilin (B, L, D)
Drive to Longji to see the rice terraces. It is a feat of farm engineering which was first built in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Then visit Ping An Zhuang Village, where you can know about Zhuang people's life, customs, etc.
Day 11 Guilin - Guangzhou (B, L)
In the morning, transfer to train station for your bullet train to Guangzhou, upon arrival, go to Yuexiu Park - the largest park in Guangzhou City, and take photos of Five Ram Statue - the landmark of the city. Then pay a visit to Chen Family Temple, the largest, best preserved, and most decently decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province.
Day 12 Guangzhou - Bangkok (B)
Enjoy free time in the morning. After breakfast, our guide escorts you to Guangzhou airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide in Bangkok and transfers to the hotel.
Day 13 Bangkok (B, L)
After breakfast, explore the capital city of Thailand. In the morning, visit the Wat Traimit, Grand Palace with temple Wat Phra Kaew, After lunch, we will visit the one of the oldest temple in Bangkok, Wat Pho, then visit the Temple of Dawn - Wat Arun.
Day 14 Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok (B, L)
After breakfast, drive to Ayutthaya. Enjoy the beautiful view along road. On the way to Ayutthaya, visit Bang Pa In Palace where is the old Royal summer palace. Upon arrival Ayutthaya, visit Wat Yai Chaimongkhol and Ayutthaya Historical Park. After that, take a Chao Praya cruise back to Bangkok, and enjoy the country view of riverside. Disembark at Bangkok pier, free at leisure in the rest of day.
Day 15 Bangkok - Chiang Mai (B, L)
Enjoy free time in the morning. After breakfast, our guild escorts you to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, you will meet your local guide in Chiang Mai and transfers to the hotel. After lunch, explore Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and Meo Hill Tribe Village. Drive back to hotel, and enjoy free night on your own.
Day 16 Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai (B, L)
After breakfast, drive to Chiang Rai, and visit Hot Spring on the way. Then head to Golden Triangle in Chiang Sean, where are the borders of Myanmar-Laos-Thailand. After lunch visit Mae Sai Border. Last, visit long neck villages. Transfer back to Chiang Mai.
Day 17 Chiang Mai (B, L)
After breakfast, visit Baan Chang Elephant Park which Give you a wonderful introduction to the Thai elephants. You will learn about the behaviors and lifestyle of these elephants. Also you can learn how to control and bath the elephants as if you are a Mahout (elephant trainer). All the while, you will be able to ride elephant bareback through the hill around the park.
Day 18 Chiang Mai Departure (B)
Enjoy free time in the morning until our guild escorts you to airport for your flight to next destination.
PRICES START FROM PER PERSONAs all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.
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