TOUR CODE: HKGTHA
Trip Type: Independent Journey
Get an insider’s access to Southeast Asia’s exotic cities. Start in Hong Kong, a hub of fascinating blend of the past and the present; discover its markets, haute couture, and local cuisine. Continue to Bangkok and savor Thailand’s rich culture and traditions before ending your journey to a relaxing island getaway in Phuket.
Club privileges at the Cordis Hotel Club Lounge located on the 36th floor with panoramic views of Hong Kong:
ARRIVE HONG KONG
Arrive in Hong Kong and transfer to your hotel where you can relax and get acclimatized with your new surroundings.
KOWLOON WALKING TOUR (B)
Our Kowloon city tour begins from the heart of this bustling metropolis, is the beautiful and tranquil Nan Lian Gardens, designed as a traditional Tang Dynasty area for contemplation. These meticulously kept gardens feature a miniaturized interpretation of traditional Chinese landscapes. From there, enter the peaceful atmosphere of the Chi Lin Nunnery, where Buddhist nuns meditate and seek enlightenment. Then, experience something different at the Taoist Temple of Wong Tai Sin, home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism). Its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it a scenic attraction as an important religious center. Worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance, and fortune-telling. Feng shui enthusiasts may notice structures representing the five geomantic elements: the Bronze Pavilion (metal), the Archives Hall (wood); the Yuk Yik Fountain (water); the Yue Heung Shrine (fire); and the Earth Wall (earth). Other areas include the Three Saints Hall, the Confucian Hall, and the colorful Good Wish Garden.
*This tour involves walking and transportation via subway, local bus, or taxi.
Spend your evening exploring Hong Kong’s night market. As the sun sets and the lights come on, Temple Street Night Market at Yau Ma Tei and Jordan comes to life. You’ll find everything from tea wares and traditional crafts to novelty t-shirts and the latest tech accessories. This outdoor market is also where locals head for fortune-telling and delicious Cantonese cuisine.
HONG KONG (B)
Today is free at leisure. Your hotel offers a complimentary Mongkok Walking Tour, which takes in the eclectic lights, flavors, aroma, and bustle of market shopping in Mongkok, Hong Kong. You will get to experience famous bazaars such as the Ladies Market and various electronic, live fish, and fresh produce markets. Please contact the hotel concierge for details. Tour departs from the hotel daily, excluding public holidays.
A complimentary wine tasting hosted by the Sommelier from the hotel’s Michelin-starred Ming Court is available for hotel guests between 6 pm and 7 pm daily in the Ming Cellar. No pre-booking is required.
HONG KONG/BANGKOK (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
TEMPLES, CANALS & THE GRAND PALACE (B)
Our Bangkok adventure starts as we hop aboard a long-tail boat to tour Bangkok’s canals and the Grand Palace. First, cruise Thonburi’s scenic ‘klongs’ (canals) on the Chao Praya River’s west bank. See the Royal Barges Museum and the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and get a glimpse of everyday life in the former capital district. Then, visit the splendid Grand Palace complex, the most important and impressive royal palace in Thailand. Your guide will show you the courts used for different occasions, including the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Appropriate dress is required. We return to our hotel for a free afternoon to enjoy this vibrant city.
A free day at leisure.
Full-day Ayutthaya Tour with Grand Pearl Cruise
$69 per person, minimum of two participants
This tour by the Grand Pearl Cruise boat introduces us to Ayutthaya’s rich historical and architectural heritage. This former capital of Thailand is situated 56 miles north of Bangkok and was once a buzzing international trading port on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Our first stop is at Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, the former Royal Summer Residence for the Thai kings situated beside the Chao Phraya River. This architectural masterpiece contains fine examples of Thai and European-style buildings. You’ll also explore several ruins at the Ayutthaya Historical Park and marvel at the area’s former glory from centuries past. We then return to Bangkok aboard the luxurious vessel along the Chao Phraya River with a scrumptious lunch on the Grand Pearl Cruise Liner as you enjoy the fantastic view along the River of Kings.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Phuket. Upon arrival in Phuket, transfer to your hotel.
Free days to relax, lounge by the pool, or indulge yourself with a Relaxing Spa.
Free day to relax or perhaps, book one of our snorkeling, kayaking, diving tours, or exploring some of the town’s finest shops. For the total island experience, join our optional Jungle Trekking tour to experience the tropical forest with its great variety of plants and wildlife. Hike past the untouched jungle and learn more about indigenous plants, trees, and animals.
PHUKET DEPARTURE (B)
Hotel check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: B= Breakfast L= Lunch D=Dinner
Per person, based on double occupancy
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