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17 Day Best of Thailand & Angkor Wat (2016)

 

 

Stopover Programs

3 Day/2 Night Post Trip Beijing Stopover Program ($200 per person, Beijing)
 
Extension tour in Beijing

Take advantage of China' s new 72-hour visa-free transit program and visit imperial Beijing!

Our Beijing stopover program features two-night hotel accommodations, including breakfast and roundtrip airport transfers. We also recommend our optional full-day Beijing tour of the Great Wall and Forbidden City, which includes a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner.

This tour is only available to Air China travelers.
Day 2: Full day excursion to the Great Wall and Forbidden City with Peking Duck dinner ($130 per person, Beijing)
 
Optional tour in Beijing

After a hearty breakfast, we take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains to visit China's most renowned monument—the Great Wall. The wall was begun in the 5th century BC to keep out foreign invaders. Construction continued for centuries, eventually linking up the walls of the former independent kingdoms. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert—a distance of over 3500 miles! Chairman Mao once said "You haven't walked on the Wall, you haven't been a good Chinese". Today, you will have time to walk on the wall and experience it splendor. 

In the afternoon, we continue to visit the royal Forbidden City, the symbolic center of the Chinese universe and a lasing monument of dynastic China, from which 24 emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties ruled the Middle Kingdom for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). Completed in 1420, the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the world's largest palace complex and China's most magnificent imperial architecture, consisting of many buildings with 9,999 rooms, on a 250-acre compound, protected by a 20-foot-wide moat and a 32-foot-high wall. Now known as the Palace Museum, the Forbidden City was the exclusive domain of the imperial court and dignitaries where outside visitors were forbidden for 5 centuries. Here you will explore the imperial treasures in the grand palaces and pavilions, exquisite courtyards and gardens in what was once the residence of China's rulers.

Tonight, we enjoy a dinner of specially prepared Beijing Duck, cooked to crispy perfection.

Please note that the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. Therefore, on these days we will visit the Summer Palace instead. The sprawling grounds of the Summer Palace served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat from the stifling summer confines of the Forbidden City.
3 Day/2 Night Post-Trip Taipei Stopover Program ($220 per person, Taipei)
 
Extension tour in Taipei

Take advantage of China Airlines (CI) flights and visit Taiwan, one of Asia's hidden gems.

World Spree' s Taiwan Stopover Program offers two-night hotel accommodations in a 4-star hotel within Taipei' s bustling business district. We include buffet breakfasts, and airline stopover change fees. We do not include airport transfers as it is easy to arrange those by yourself; it costs about $30-$40 per cab ride from Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE) to your hotel.

Minimum of two passengers.
 
 

 

Optional Tours

Day 3: Thai massage ($35 per person, Bangkok)
 
Optional tour in Bangkok

Thai massage is an ancient practise combining elements of acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. It uses no oils or lotions, instead the masseur pulls, stretches and compresses you in a process designed to improve posture, breathing, flexibility, digestion and circulation. Those seeking a gentler introduction, can opt for a foot massage.
Day 4: Klongs and Grand Palace ($55 per person, Bangkok)
 
Optional tour in Bangkok

Experience a half day trip along the bustling Chao Phraya River and the quiet Klongs (canals) in a long tail boat enjoy scenes of life by water. We bring you to a more traditional way of living, more serene and traditional, away from all the high-rise and modern buildings of Bangkok City Centre, as we gently pass Thonburi residential areas. A stop will be made at the "Temple of Dawn" (officially named Wat Arun).

A visit to the Royal Grand Palace, the nation's landmark and most praised royal monument in Thailand is a must. Situated close to the Chao Phraya, Bangkok's River of Kings, the palace occupies nearly one square mile. The former royal residence of the Chakri Kings, the palace is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Built in 1782 by King Rama I, it was the centre of power for more than 150 years. Today, the palace is Bangkok's major landmark and most popular tourist attraction.
Day 5: Chiang Mai's Night Market with Tuk-Tuk ride and Kantoke Dinner ($38 per person, Chiang Mai)
 
Optional tour in Chiang Mai

In the evening head out to Chiang Mai's lively night bazaar. One of the main attractions of the city, we will travel by Thai Tuk-Tuk – a colorful 3 wheeled motorised rickshaw that are seen throughout Thailand. Exploring the many stalls you will have the chance to barter for traditional souvenirs, as well as pretty antiques and handicrafts. Afterwards we will continue for a traditional Khantoke dinner, a delightful exhibition of Lanna culture. We will enjoy a fine meal of local specialities, while being entertained by a selection of cultural performances.
Day 6: Thai cooking Class ($38 per person, Chiang Mai)
 
Optional tour in Chiang Mai

In the evening enjoy a special Thai cookery class — set in a small family smallholding on the outskirts of Chiang Mai this is an opportunity to immerse in an important part of Thai culture. We will stop off at a market en route to shop for ingredients and also pick fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden before learning how to craft exquisite Thai dishes, which of course we will be able to enjoy as dinner.
Day 12: Full Day Damnoen Saduak floating market and River Kwai ($75 per person, Bangkok)
 
Optional tour in Bangkok

This busy full day tour takes you first to the rural yet world-famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak, situated around 60 miles west of Bangkok. This is one of the iconic images of Thailand with vendors in small boats manoeuvring around the canals to sell their assorted wares. There are actually three floating markets here: A narrow canal flanked with food stalls and souvenir shops forms the principal market at Ton Kem; further south are the rarely visited markets at Her Kui and Khun Pitak. Photographers at Ton Kem will get their best shots from the bridge, which crosses over the canal, and from the produce shed on the right. Nowadays, the market is bustling with activity from very early in the morning until about 11.00 am.

The tour continues to the world famous bridge on the River Kwai, built by prisoners of war during World War II. The bridge is located near the town of Kanchanaburi, Here, we visit the well-kept cemetery of Allied Prisoners, which contain the graves of an estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers who lost their lives while building the bridge and constructing the notorious "Death Railway" which the Japanese had hoped to stretch from Thailand and into Burma. We will pay a visit to the JEATH War Museum (the name "JEATH" is derived from the countries involved: Japan, England, America/Australia, Thailand and Holland), a thought provoking site where the past has been created and relived with pictures and artefacts from the time.
Day 16: School of Art & Banteay Srei ($25 per person, Siem Reap)
 
Optional tour in Siem Reap

Visit the School of Art that trains children in various Khmer Arts such as classical dance, folk dance, Pin Peat Music and Yike drama. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by a representative from the organization. Then we will be guided to each class where we have the opportunity to interact with the trainers and the children to learn how they preserve the traditional performance arts. Our visit ends watching the performance by the children. Afterwards, visit the temple of Banteay Srei. Built largely of red sandstone in the 10th century, this is an earlier example of Angkor architecture on a significantly smaller scale than the grand architecture of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. It is this contrast that makes it particularly popular, especially as it has been very well preserved and is highly regarded for its elaborate wall carvings.