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Minnie Poon
II was born in Hong Kong, a city where East truly meets West, and moved to Canada with my family when I was 12 years old. Growing up in two such different countries really inspired my interest in different cultures. Over the years I have discovered that the best way to learn about another culture is to appreciate their food, and the best way to do this is to visit a country, meet the local people, try different restaurants and taste authentic local dishes! I returned to China after school to work as a tour guide, and was lucky enough to see much of the country, from the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou to some stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Macao, Fujian and even Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, which inspired the floating “Hallelujah Mountains” in the movie ‘Avatar’. Since moving back to Canada I have travelled further afield to Peru, Turkey, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Barbados, to name but a few places. I am really looking forward to visiting other destinations in South America, the Caribbean and Europe, and I look forward to helping you to visit the destinations of your dreams.
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Experience the magic of three beautiful cities, Thailand, Hong Kong and Dubai, on this incredible tour. Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, a fascinating history, a unique culture and some of the most delectable food you will eat anywhere in the world! After spending three nights in bustling Bangkok the tour travels to Hong Kong. You will visit Hong Kong Island and learn about the history and culture of this exotic city and spend some free time at own leisure. Then visit the spectacular city of Dubai with its distinctive Islamic architecture, drift across the creek in a water-taxi and spend time in the glittering Gold Souk.
Tour Highlights
Travel to the incredible city of Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand
Ride to the top of Victoria Peak on the famous tram and enjoy unrivalled views of Hong Kong
Pick up some bargains in bustling Stanley Market in Hong Kong
Discover Dubai’s intriguing culture and remarkable sky scrappers
   

Best Of Bangkok, Hong Kong And Dubai 10 Days


DAY
1
DEPART JFK
Make your own way to JFK International Airport to board your overnight flight to Bangkok via Dubai. Enjoy inflight meals and services.

DAY
2
BANGKOK (-/-/-)
Upon arrival in Bangkok you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure or book the following optional tour. Overnight in Bangkok

Afternoon Optional: Half Day Grand Palace Tour – 55 USD per person based on a minimum of 2:
The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its crenulated walls the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded, and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The palace served as the official residence of the kings of Thailand from the 18th to the mid-20th century. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Construction of the temple began when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1785. Unlike other Thai temples, it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only the richly decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. The main temple building is the central ubosoth, which houses the Emerald Buddha. Though green in color, the Buddha is actually carved from a single piece of jade, and though only 17 inches tall, is the most revered object in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, and the Royal Guest House. The majority of halls and palaces can be viewed from outside only, but the exteriors are captivating enough to please.

Afternoon Optional: Half Day Thoburi Klongs Tour – 60 USD per person based on a minimum of 2:
Among the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. A cruise along the Chao Phraya River - the city's lifeblood - and the canals of Thonburi reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Visitors get a glimpse of the serene

DAY
3
BANGKOK (B/-/-)
This morning take a half day Bangkok City & Temples tour. From several magnificent temples in Bangkok, the three most unique ones are Wat Traimit, Wat Pho, and Wat Benchamabophit. Wat Traimit houses a striking 3-meter tall Golden Buddha image - a gleaming, 5-ton figure of solid gold. Wat Pho, which features the largest reclining Buddha image in Thailand, and the Chedi of the kings, is Bangkok's oldest and largest temple. Finally there is Wat Benchamabophit, a fine modern Thai temple constructed from white Carrara marble with ornate crossbeams decorated with lacquer and gold. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok

DAY
4
BANGKOK (B/-/-)
Enjoy your day at leisure or pre book the following optional tour. Overnight in Bangkok

Optional: Full Day Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Cultural Show with Lunch – 145 USD per person based on a minimum of 2 guests:
This most interesting full day tour takes you to the floating market of Damnoen Saduak situated 110 kilometers west of Bangkok. The tour includes the visits to the rural Maeklong Station Market and to Nakorn Pathom; site of the highest Chedi in Thailand called “Phra Pathom Chedi” which is the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia. Lunch will be served at the picturesque Sampran Riverside. Afterwards you will attend the Thai village show, which gives you an introduction into Thai life. You will witness ordination into Thai life, monkshood, fingernail dance, Thai Boxing, hill tribe dance, sword fighting, cockfighting, elephants at work and folk dancing.

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Optional: Full Day River Kwai with Lunch – 155 USD per person based on a minimum of 2 guests:
Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sums up this day tour to Kanchanaburi province. The famous bridge and the beginning of the 'Death Railway' is a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW’s and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War during the construction works of the railway. Transfer from your hotel in Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Visit the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum, an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway. The fully air-conditioned center offers the visitor an educational and moving experience. After a visit to the War Cemetery, enjoy a scenic long-tail boat trip along Maeklong River to the famous Bride over the River Kwai. After lunch at a local restaurant, board the local train for the thrilling ride across wooden viaducts, which offers fantastic scenery along the Kwai River. Coach-transfer back to Bangkok.


DAY
5
BANGKOK – HONG KONG (B/-/-) BY FLIGHT
Today you will be transferred back to Bangkok International Airport for your flight to Hong Kong. On arrival in Hong Kong, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Hong Kong



DAY
6
HONG KONG (B/-/-)
This morning after breakfast enjoy a half day tour of Hong Kong Island. Journey along the picturesque southern coastal areas of Repulse Bay, Deepwater Bay, and arrive at Aberdeen – once a quiet fishing village, but now a bustling district where modernity meets tradition with skyscrapers overlooking a community living on traditional junks. The typhoon shelter is also a popular seafood dining spot and home to one of the world’s largest floating restaurants. An optional ride on the sampan (water taxi) can be arranged at your own expenses. This is followed by a visit to a jewellery workshop for a behind-the-scene look at the fine art that has made Hong Kong the best in Asia. Our next stop is the popular Stanley Market. This market in the quaint village of Stanley on Hong Kong Island’s south coast is a huge hit with locals, expats and tourists for good reason: its enormous selection of brand-name clothing items and accessories in a picturesque warren of lanes. We continue with this excursion and drive up to the famous Victoria Peak (554 meters above sea-level) where we can enjoy a breath-taking panoramic view of the city, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon Peninsula and beyond (if weather permits). Afterwards board a Peak Tram - the city’s historic, funicular railway since 1888, for the descent to the Lower Peak Tram Terminus in Central (formerly known as Victoria City).This is a visual experience in its own right as Hong Kong Island’s skyscrapers slide past your window at what appear to be impossible angles! Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight in Hong Kong

DAY
7
HONG KONG (B/-/-)
Enjoy breakfast the hotel, all day at leisure or book the following optional tour. Overnight in Hong Kong

Optional: Full Day Lantau Tour (With a Vegetarian Lunch) – 125 USD per person based on a minimum of 2 guests:
Lantau Island is almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island and is one of the most popular outlying islands. With the development of Ngong Ping Cable Car and Ngong Ping Village, the island has become one of Hong Kong’s favourite attractions. You will also explore Tai O; a quaint fishing village where the houses are on stilts, and also visit one of the tallest outdoor seated Buddha statues at the Po Lin Monastery and enjoy a great vegetarian meal there.

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Optional: Full Day Macau Excursion with Lunch– 145 USD based on a minimum of 2 guests:
Only an hour away from Hong Kong by sea, Macau is also a historical city where “East meets West”. During this excursion, you will be shown the charms of both Chinese and Portuguese heritages embraced in arrays of modernized architecture. Transfer to the Macau Ferry Terminal for departure to Macau by ferry. Upon arrival and immigration clearance our sightseeing begins with a few World Heritage sites.

DAY
8
HONG KONG – DUBAI (-/-/-) BY FLIGHT
Today you will be transferred back to Hong Kong International airport for your flight to Dubai. Upon arrival in Dubai, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you will be able to store your luggage. This morning enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of the cosmopolitan city of Dubai. Even with all its modern buildings Dubai has maintained its Islamic architecture through such monuments as the Jumeirah Mosque. You will have a chance to make various photo stops as the still of the moment guides you towards the oldest part of the city, Batakia. Batakia remains nestled within the bustling city where one can admire the serenity of the old wind-tower houses built by wealthy merchants at the beginning of the century. "Al Fahidi Fort' nearly 200 years old houses the Dubai museum and reveals the history of this city. Walk through the vibrant colors of the textile market to the 'abra' station. Then drift across the creek in 'water-taxis' to feel the warmth of the city. On the other side we proceed across the busy alleys where the aroma of the 'spice souk' filters through the air to the dazzling glitter of the famous Gold Souk to round off the tour. Afternoon is free at leisure. Overnight in Dubai
*** Please note that the Dubai tour is subject to route/itinerary changes due to daily traffic

Optional: Evening Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner – USD 75 per person
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Optional: Evening Creek Dhow Dinner Cruise – USD 70 per person


DAY
9
DUBAI (B/-/-)
Enjoy the day at leisure or perhaps opt to take part in an exciting optional activity. Overnight in Dubai

Optional: Full Day Musandam Experience – USD 150 per person based on a minimum of 2 guests:
Enjoy the amazing traditional cruise along the Musandam coastline aboard the Omani Dhow with perfect Arabic hospitality and set-up including Arabic tea and coffee and welcome drinks. Transfer from any hotel in Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, or Fujairah and drive along the new Emirates Road highway until you reach Dibba. On the way you will pass by the beautiful Golden Sands and Hajar Mountain, and experience the east coast and Dibba Bay towards the main fishing harbor.

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Optional: Full Day Abu Dhabi – 80 USD per person:
Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates; the city has been described by CNN as the richest city in the world. It features large gardens, parks and green boulevards lining the streets and roads with a variety of sophisticated high-rise buildings. Visit the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Yas Island, the site of the Yas Marina Circuit and Ferrari World. This afternoon after lunch enjoy time to shop at the famous Marina Mall before a photo stop at the iconic Emirates Palace Hotel and a visit to Manarat Al Saadiyat.


DAY
10
DUBAI DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Today you will be transferred back Dubai International Airport for your flight home.

Other US departure gateways are available. Please contact us for details

Guaranteed Departure Dates

Superior Category
Start Date End Date Ex New York (JFK) Supplement for Single Room
08 Mar 2017 17 Mar 2017 USD $ 2299.00 Per Person USD $ 595.00 Per Single
12 Apr 2017 21 Apr 2017 USD $ 2299.00 Per Person USD $ 595.00 Per Single
17 May 2017 26 May 2017 USD $ 1999.00 Per Person USD $ 565.00 Per Single
13 Sep 2017 22 Sep 2017 USD $ 1999.00 Per Person USD $ 565.00 Per Single
04 Oct 2017 13 Oct 2017 USD $ 2299.00 Per Person USD $ 595.00 Per Single
18 Oct 2017 27 Oct 2017 USD $ 2299.00 Per Person USD $ 595.00 Per Single
08 Nov 2017 17 Nov 2017 USD $ 2299.00 Per Person USD $ 595.00 Per Single
22 Nov 2017 01 Dec 2017 USD $ 2299.00 Per Person USD $ 595.00 Per Single

Accommodation on a twin sharing basis at listed hotels or similar
Daily buffet breakfast
Arrival and departure transfers
Services of local English speaking guides
Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle
Sightseeing & entrance fees as per the itinerary
International return airfare with Emirates Airlines from New York
Bangkok – Hong Kong – Dubai regional flights
All taxes and fuel surcharge
Meals not mentioned as being included
Beverages with meals
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Visa fees, if applicable
Optional tours or sightseeing
Travel Insurance
Items not mentioned as included
8 Nights Hotel
Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Standard
Warwick Hotel Dubai (Dubai)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Warwick Dubai is close to the Dubai International Financial Centre and Downtown Dubai. It offers an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and 6 on-site restaurants and bars.
Penta Hotel Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon, the first international brand hotel situated in the famous Kai Tak area of the fast-emerging Kowloon East, offers modern technology features and uncomplicated services for stylish, independent-minded travellers and digital nomads. You can experience pentastyle throughout the hotel – the contemporary rustic décor seamlessly blends with whimsical local cultural references. Be prepared to be surprised by our pentalounge – a single venue combining lobby, reception area, bar and café together. It's a lively place with 230 seats anchored by eatstreet@pentalounge which offers favourite local Hong Kong dishes and a variety of comfort foods and all-day drinks. Guests and neighbourhood residents can gather to enjoy a game of pool or foosball in the two Games Rooms, surf the web in the Internet Corner, or browse the playlist at the pentafun Music Stations.
Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 (Bangkok)
Our Rating: 4 Star   |   Local Rating: 4 Star   |   Accommodation Type: Standard
An easy breezy adventure awaits you in Thailand's hippest hotspot! Aloft Bangkok - Sukhumvit 11 is just steps from the best shopping, nightlife, and dining destinations, and a quick 5-minute stroll to Nana BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway stations for easy access to Bangkok's biggest attractions. Aloft Bangkok – Sukhumvit 11 offers jet-setting style at a steal and brings urban cool to unexpected places, where anything can happen: energy flows, personalities mingle and opportunities abound.
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