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Essence of the Orient

$ 2,850.00 $ 2,600.00

16 Days • Bangkok • River Kwai • Ayutthaya • Singapore • Bali • Ubud

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Experience the exotic appeal of Bangkok, majestic lure of Bali, and the cultural intensity of Singapore, where the beauty of the landscapes match the warmth of the people.

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This journey takes you to lands where the beauty of the dramatic landscapes match the warmth of the people; where rich traditions endure, religion prevails, and the arts thrive; and where visitors are welcomed with the smiles of Asia, indeed.

Begin in Bangkok – Thailand’s capital known for its ornate shrines, vibrant street life and legendary nightlife. There’s no doubt that your senses will be assaulted in this city that blends modern civilization and historic treasures so well. The temples, despite being in the centre of a thriving 21st century metropolis, are some of the finest in all of Asia.

Discover the exotic Bangkok, marvel at the opulence of the Grand Palace, visit Wat Pho and other tranquil temples, cruise the Chao Phraya River, immerse ourselves in the beauty of ancient Siam in Ayutthaya, visit the infamous bridge that spans the River Kwai, and learn about the encounter with endangered Asian elephants.

For centuries, Bali has captivated the imagination of artists, writers, and travellers with its landscapes of emerald terraced rice fields backdropped by the sacred volcano of Mt. Batur. Admire Bali’s breathtaking scenery, volcanoes, jungles and white-sand beaches. Begin with a few nights in Ubud. Observe daily life on the Island of the Gods and visit a few of its most beautiful temples. Experience the beauty of the Jatiluwih rice field terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape. Participate in cultural workshops and enjoy stunning views of iconic volcanoes.

Visit the Mother Temple of Prura Besakih and Sea Temple of Tanah Lot and take in the traditional markets in Ubud before concluding with a three-night stay at a beach resort in Seminyak.
Unique is the word that best describes Singapore, a country/city of delightful contrasts and balances of its old Chinese quarter and colourful Hindu temples with modern skyscrapers. Visit its lively sights, including Merlion Park and Marina Bay. Walk through popular neighbourhoods of Chinatown, Little India and Clarke Quay. Explore the Botanic Garden, have the famous Singapore Sling at Long Bar, and savour local delicacies at Lau Pa Sat Market.

Brimming with unbridled energy and bursting with exciting events, Singapore offers countless unique, memorable experiences waiting to be discovered.


ITINERARY

Nov 23, 2018 Arrive in Bangkok
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel,

Chatrium Riverside / deluxe city view or similar

Nov 24,2018 Bangkok (B/D)
This morning, we tour the Royal Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, Bangkok’s major landmark and must see tourist attractions. We also visit the Wat Pho, Bangkok’s largest and oldest Wat, home to over one thousand Buddha images including the famous Reclining Buddha.

This evening,enjoy a luxury dinner cruise onboard Manohra Song, a rice barge of delegate gleaming wood; a romantic venue for a unique and cultural experience.

Nov 25, 2018 Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak – River Kwai(B/L)
Early morning departure for Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and we will see traditional Thai lifestyle that reflects Thailand’s history. Continue to Kanchanaburi Province to visit the Allied War Cemetery and JEATH War Museum which is a replica of prisoner of war camp and contains many photographs, artefacts and other memorandums. Take a train ride along the Death Railway on the original wooden viaducts. Afterwards, visit an elephant camp followed by a gentle sail over the Kwai Noi River on a bamboo raft.

Home Phutoey / superior or similar

Nov 26, 2018 Kanchanaburi – Ayutthaya (B/L)
Visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial, a part of the Death Railway that was built out of the rock using forced labour during World War II. Continue to Ayutthaya via Suphan Buri: we will notice the stunning sceneries near the Burmese border; it is dominated by fertile farmland and jungle-clad mountains. Arrive in Ayutthaya where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Sala Ayutthaya / superior or similar

Nov 27, 2018 Ayutthaya – Bang Pa In – Bangkok (B/L)
Today we visit some of the most famous temples in Ayutthaya, such as Wat Srisanpetch, Wat Chai Watthanaram, and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. Proceed to Bang Pa In, the historical summer residence of the kings of Ayutthaya. The Royal Palace combines Thai and European architecture styles. Thai pavilion was built in the middle of a lake and e Chinese-style palace Vihat Chamrun will certainly catch ones’ eye. Board on a beautiful cruise for lunch and enjoy a relaxing cruise down the fabled Chao Phraya River to Bangkok and on arrival, transfer to hotel.

Chatrium Riverside / deluxe city view

Nov 28, 2018 Bangkok – Denpasar, Bali – Candidasa (B)
Today, we fly to Bali and on arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Candidasa.
Rest of the day is free at leisure to enjoy your property.

Alila Manggis Bali Candidasa or similar

Nov 29, 2018 Candidasa (B)
Full day at leisure for perfect relaxation

Nov 30, 2018 Candidasa – Ubud (B/L)
Today travel to the ruggedly beautiful mountain region of Kintamani, home of the Mt. Batur volcanic caldera with its deep crater lake and bubbling hot springs. Visit the Tenganan village, known as Bali Aga and one of the most secluded societies of the archipelago. Continue on to Prura Besakih, Bali’s largest and most important “Mother Temple” perched on the slopes of Mt. Agung. After lunch in Kintamani where you can enjoy stunning views over Mt. Agung, travel on to the rural village of Penglipuran, known for its typical Balinese entrance gates and unique architecture.

Alila Ubud or similar

Dec 1, 2018 Ubud (B/L)
See more of Bali’s legendary natural beauty as we embark on a full-day excursion to the “magical” northwest, where terraced rice fields and river-sculpted valleys forge dramatic, unforgettable landscapes. First stop at the 15th century UNESCO site of Taman Ayun, one of Bali’s most important temples. Standing in the water surrounded by a moat, the temple features incomparable historic architecture. Continue to Ulun Danu, a major Hindu temple on the shores of volcanic Bratan Lake. Then enjoy a feast for the senses at Candi Kuning market, where you see and sample some of Bali’s exotic tropical fruits. This afternoon visit Jatiluwih Rice Field Terraces, one of Bali’s most beautiful areas, a UNESCO Cultural Landscape, and take an hour-long walk through the rice fields as you learn about the time honored irrigation system practiced here.

Dec 2 Ubud (B/D)
Full day at leisure to pursue your own interest. You may want to visit the Ubud Market on your own, or join one of the optional tours such as Sunrise Trekking of Batur Volcano or Yoga – Awakening Inner Power at Five Element to learn how to attain and maintain good health, and enjoy a long and fulfilling life.

Tonight’s dinner features a traditional Balinese dance performance.

Dec 3,2018 Ubud – Seminyak (B)
Depart from Ubud to Seminyak and visit Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, a special and spiritual place for meditation. We will also meet Ida Bagus Alit Kencana Putra, the most important a Balinese astrology to learn about Pawukon calendar and Balinese astrology.

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak or similar

Dec 4,2018 Seminyak, Bali (B)
All day at leisure.

Dec 5,2018 Bali – Singapore (B)
Transfer from your hotel in Seminyak to the airport and fly to Singapore.
On arrival, you are met and transferred to the hotel.

Orchard Hotel or similar

Dec 6, 2018 Singapore (B/L)
Start our day with a drive passing by the Padang, Singapore Cricket Club, historic Parliament House and the National Gallery Singapore converted from the former Supreme Court Building and the City Hall. Visit the Merlion Park, enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay and Esplanade Theatres from a distance. Walk towards the Raffles Landing Site and learn about how Singapore become a vital trading centre for the Far East. Discover the city’s colonial history as we walk past bronze sculptures erected along the river. From Kucinta Cats to River Merchants, each sculptures depict a scene of a long-gone era. On to the bustling enclaves of Katong & Joo Chiat that showcases the rich and baroque Peranakan architecture, visit a Peranakan store for a sampling of Nonya Delicacies.

Enjoy lunch at Lau Pa Sat, blends history, striking architecture and scrumptious local food into one heady experience.
Afternoon, we tour the Little India and stroll along narrow pathways where the air is filled with the scent of joss sticks, jasmine and spices.  Step into the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, this iconic landmark in the heart of Little India has fascinating stories to tell of colonial Singapore.

Conclude our day at the Raffles Hotel where you can taste Singapore’s very own concoction, “the Singapore Sling” on own.

Dec 7, 2018 Singapore (B/L)
The art of fengshui or geomancy is alive and thriving in modern Singapore, where it has inspired life and architecture over the years. Begin with a visit to the Singapore River, where Singapore’s early fortunes began to see how feng shui principles were incorporated into the building landscapes to activate the auspicious qi (positive energies). Listen as your guide explains concepts such as the Azure Dragon and White Tiger and their influence on major buildings, visit a popular feng shui gallery to learn how to strategically place items in your house or office to help engender good health,
harmony, wealth and career success. Stop at Suntec City, home to the largest fountain in the world and learn why water, or “shui,” symbolizes wealth and fortune.

Afternoon is free for your to visit the National Orchid Garden, within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a colourful display of 60,000 orchid plants, with 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids represented, or Gardens by the Bay, a showpiece of horticulture and garden artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a whole new way, with plants seldom seen in this part of the world, ranging from species in cool, temperate climates to tropical forests and habitats.

Dec 8, 2018 Singapore (B)
Transfer to the airport or cruise terminal for your onward journey.


Based on 10 or more Guest
$2850
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Double Occupancy USD $2850 | CAD $ 3650
  • Single Supplement USD $1490 | CAD $ 1895
  • Intertour Airfare USD $300 | CAD $ 400
  • Bangkok – Denpasar (Bali) – Singapore


Based on 6-9 Guest
$3050
Land only per person based on sharing

  • Double Occupancy USD $3050 | CAD $ 3895
  • Single Supplement USD $1490 | CAD $ 1895
  • Intertour Airfare USD $300 | CAD $ 400
  • Bangkok – Denpasar (Bali) – Singapore

Call 1-888-887-1688 or email air@tripconnoisseurs.com
to arrange the international flights for this journey from your home city.


Additional Information

OVERVIEW

Experience the exotic appeal of Bangkok, majestic lure of Bali, and the cultural intensity of Singapore, where the beauty of the landscapes match the warmth of the people.

DEPARTURE

Nov 23, 2018; Guaranteed with minimum 6 guests.

HOTELS

Bangkok: Chatrium Riverside / deluxe city view or similar
River Kwai: Home Phutoey / superior or similar
Ayutthaya: Sala Ayutthaya / superior or similar
Candi Dasa: Alila Manggis Bali Candidasa or similar
Ubud: Alila Ubud or similar
Seminyak: Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak or similar
Singapore: Orchard Hotel or similar

INCLUSIONS

Transfer and tours on private basis (except indicated)
English speaking local guides
Entrance fees to sites
Mentioned meals
Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

EXCLUSIONS

International & Domestic Airfare, Call 1-888-887-1688 to get a quote from your home city
Travel insurance. visa fees, gratuities, drinks, personal spending and optional activities.
Tips for guides & bus drivers
Expenses of personal nature

QUESTIONS

Should you have any further questions, please call 1888-887-1688 for assistance.

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