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Journey to the HIDDEN GEMS OF THAILAND AND MYANMAR

20-Nights featuring Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Singapore, Phuket, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Yangon Ancient Pagoda_Old Bagan Myanmar

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, and transfers

Departs: October 24, 2019

About This Journey

Join us on the road less traveled, and venture into Southeast Asia’s mystic places—where ancient temples and dense jungle merge into one. In Bangkok you’ll experience Thailand’s glorious past and present at the stunning Grand Palace complex where numerous Buddhist temples will enchant you. Explore the World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Siam. You’ll cruise the River of Kings, admire intricately carved jade and gold Buddha statues, haggle for trinkets at Thailand’s famous floating market, and dine at Jim Thompson’s Thai-styled house. In Chiang Mai you’ll enjoy immersive cultural experiences: watching elephants playing in the mud, spending time with a local hill tribe and admiring the intricate architecture of Chiang Mai’s dazzling temple. Then, depart Thailand and spend a day in exciting Singapore—featuring a mixture of colonial buildings and some of the most striking new architecture of our time.

Board the Azamara Quest in Singapore for a 12-night cruise that will take you to more of Asia’s most exotic destinations. From Port Klang, visit modern Kuala Lumpur, where your exclusive shore excursion, designed specifically for Enrichment Journeys guests, will show you more sites in one day than any other program. You will also visit Myanmar, once known as Burma, where you will have 3 full days to explore, including optional tours to Bagan, one of the richest archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. On this Enrichment Journey you’ll enjoy immersive experiences, culinary delights, ancient ruins and more, all at the high level of comfort and service you expect. This exciting Journey is not for the novice traveler—it is for those who call upon their inner-Indiana Jones for inspiration and yearn for an adventure that will leave a lasting feeling of wonderment.

Visits: Bangkok Chiang Mai, Phuket, Thailand; Singapore; Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar; Penang, Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia; Azamara Cruises, Azamara Quest, botanic; Fall-Journey

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Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Depart
1 Arrive to Bangkok, Thailand and transfer to hotel. Welcome Dinner
2 Bangkok — City Tour
3 Bangkok — Floating Market Tour
4 Bangkok – Ayutthaya Tour and Evening River Cruise
5 Bangkok to Chiang Mai – Afternoon City and
Temple Tour
6 Chiang Mai – Elephant Sanctuary and Evening Performance
7 Chiang Mai to Singapore – Singapore Intro and Dinner
8 Singapore — Embarkation  5:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 Phuket, Thailand  8:00 AM
11 Phuket, Thailand  2:00 PM
12 At Sea
13 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar  8:00AM
14 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
15 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar  8:00 PM
16 At Sea
17 At Sea
18 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
19 Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia – Enrichment
Journeys Shore Excursion
7:30 AM 5:00 PM
20 Singapore – Disembark and city tour before hotel check-in
21 Singapore – Transfer to airport for return flight

Land Highlights

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok—Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey Guide who will transfer you to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Bangkok—Our first stop is Wat Pho, the most extensive temple in Bangkok and current home to the reclining Buddha, which is 150 feet long and covered in gold leaf. Then, continue to the Grand Palace complex where you will stroll the grounds while visiting several of the most important buildings. The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but contained within its crenellated 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 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. 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. This afternoon, you will have lunch at Jim Thompson’s Restaurant, perhaps the best-known foreigner in Thailand in the 20th century. Thompson moved to Thailand to establish the Thai Silk Company in 1948 and became an avid collector in Southeast Asian antiquities. Following lunch, enjoy a visit to his house, now a converted museum, to see the large historical collection of Buddhist statues as well as traditional Thai paintings, ancient Chinese blue porcelain, and sculptures. Return to hotel for an evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 3: Bangkok—Depart for Ratchaburi Province, approximately 60 miles west of Bangkok, home to the colorful Damnoensaduak floating market. Along the way, a stop will be made at a palm sugar and salt farm to learn about these local products. Upon arrival in Damnoensaduak, you will enjoy a long-tailed boat ride to the floating market where you will see local vendors paddling their wares such as fruits, vegetables and trinkets from wooden boats. You will have the opportunity to both observe the market and purchase some of these items along the way. After the market visit, you will re-board your coach and continue to Phra Pathom Chedi Pagoda, the tallest stupa in Thailand. After visiting the temple we will head to a riverside restaurant for lunch before heading back to Bangkok. The rest of the evening will be at your leisure.
(B, L)

Day 4: Bangkok—This morning you will travel to the old capital called Ayutthaya.  This great center of power lasted for four centuries before it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767.  The 400 years of the Ayutthaya period were an importance era for art and architecture, encouraged and patronized by wealthy temple-building kings who saw themselves as the cultural inheritors of previous Southeast Asian empires.  The result was an architectural gold mine, plus a high level of achievement in sculpture, painting, and other fine arts.  You will spend most of the day visiting this historical park and its famous ruins. This evening, back in Bangkok, embark on a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River and the canals (Klongs). As you dine, you’ll admire the majestically-lit historical sites nestled along the river bank –such as Wat Arun, the Royal Palace, Assumption Cathedral and more. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Bangkok to Chiang Mai—After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Nestled within the jungles of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a wondrous city dotted with temples and handicraft markets. Founded in 1296 as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, you’ll find an eclectic mix of both modern and ancient buildings, all surrounded by lush mountains and colorful villages. A much greener and calmer city than Bangkok, visitors are sure to fall in love with the intimate nature of this cultural city. Upon arrival, we will have a short introductory drive through the city before stopping for lunch. Then, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, an ancient complex which sits on top of a forested hill overlooking the city of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside. Soak up the panoramic views from the terrace, visit the impressive golden temple built in 1383, and stroll through the rock gardens and monuments of this spectacular complex. We will then head to the hotel for check-in; the rest of the evening is at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 6: Chiang Mai—Today we will spend the morning at an elephant sanctuary to learn about these magnificent animals. You will have the opportunity to interact with the elephants by feeding them and observing an elephant “mud spa” and bathing. Then, enjoy a delicious Thai lunch of home cooked local dishes at the sanctuary’s scenic restaurant. We will then depart the sanctuary and head out into the countryside, where we will visit a hill tribe village to get a unique perspective of their local culture and daily activities. Return to the hotel to relax and freshen up, then finish the day enjoying a spectacular hill tribe performance while feasting on a traditional Khantoke dinner. (B, L, D)

Enrichment Journeys is committed to ethical tourism and has carefully chosen an elephant sanctuary that is committed to the welfare of its animals.

Day 7: Chiang Mai to Singapore—After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Singapore. After checking in to the hotel, you will have some time to settle in. In the evening, take a short riverboat ride to see the city’s waterfront area and visit the Skypark Observation Deck at Marina Bay Sands. Enjoy dinner in a local Chinese restaurant, then finish the night with a Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Hotel. (B, D)

Day 8: Singapore Embarkation—After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Azamara Quest for a 12-night cruise to Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia. (B)

Day 9-19: Cruise onboard the Azamara Quest—(see below for cruise highlights)

Day 19: Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia —After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on the most exclusive Shore Excursion in Kuala Lumpur. From Port Klang, you will follow the modern highway towards Kuala Lumpur. Our first stop will be just outside the city at the Batu Caves. In a hillside of limestone, a series of caves are home to one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. We will stop for photos at the base, which is guarded by a 140-foot tall statue of Lord Murugan, a Hindu deity. Note: time will not allow for climbing the 272 steps to reach the top.

Next, we will drive into the center of Kuala Lumpur and visit the National Museum, the country’s premier repository for the nation’s rich heritage and history. Built in 1963, the façade features a Minangkabau-styled roof with two impressive front murals. The museum showcases four main galleries with highlights such as Early History, The Malay Kingdoms, The Colonial Era and Malaysia Today. Continuing through the city by coach, you will pass the King’s Palace, House of Parliament, the Lake Gardens, built as a place of refuge form the hustle and bustle of the city during colonial times, The Bird Park and National Mosque. You will also see Independent Square, where the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Your guide will then lead you on a walking tour through the heart of Kuala Lumpur starting from the view point of the Gombak River, from where you have a view of the Jamek Mosque, one of the oldest in the city. Stroll through the Central Market and watch the merchants as they pedal their offerings such as antique clocks, jewelry, gems, woodcarvings, batik and pewterware.

We will then drive to the HL Tower where lunch awaits you at Atmosphere 360, located 925 feet above the city. Enjoy scenic views from the revolving restaurant while dining. After lunch, a stop will be taken at the entrance of the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world and the pride of Malaysia. (L)

Day 20: Singapore Disembarkation—Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Azamara Quest and meet your guide for a half-day city tour of Singpaore. You will drive past Padang field at the Cricket Club, one of the world’s more picturesque sports grounds. Pass by the landmarks of Singapore’s colonial past and journey to independence: the Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall. You will also visit Chinatown’s ancient Thian Hock Keng Temple, drive through Little India and make a photo stop at the National Orchid Garden (inside the UNESCO Botanic Gardens). The tour ends at your hotel where you will check in and have some free time before joining the group one last time for a farewell dinner. (D)

Day 21: Singapore—Check out of the hotel and say farewell to Southeast Asia. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Singapore: This diamond-shaped island off the coast of Malaysia is also the smallest country in Southeast Asia. It’s one of only two cities in the world to have a significant rain forest within its boundaries. Here, you’ll find more than 840 varieties of flowering plants and 500 species of wildlife. Boasting mouthwatering cuisine, incredible shopping, and a thriving arts scene, this island is an exhilarating blend of cultures. (Overnight)

Phuket: Thailand’s largest and most visited island, Phuket, offers gorgeous beaches lined with palm trees, plus fabulous coves and bays. Water sports include sailing, diving, and snorkeling. Golf enthusiasts will love the championship courses, while nature lovers will be thrilled by the tropical forests and waterfalls. Tour historic mansions and top off the day enjoying the extensive nightlife. (Overnight)

Yangon (Rangoon): Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar. Myanmar—more than any other Asian country—is in the midst of a massive transformation, and at the center is the former capital Yangon. A former British colonial capital, the streets of Yangon are lined with colonial period buildings. But the most impressive piece of architecture is hands down the Shwedagon Pagoda. The great gilded dome and turrets rise above the city like a crown, hovering protectively over every nook and cranny. Join the thousands of Buddhist pilgrims and curious tourists that flock to this impressive structure every day to admire its artistry up close. (Overnight)

Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia: The island of Penang has it all: Venerable history, a potpourri of multicultural influences, pristine beaches, and of course fantastic food. Penang cuisine is a flavorful mixture of traditional Malay cuisine, with a side of Chinese, a dash of Indian, and a sprinkling of fusion cuisine like Baba Nyonya and Peranakan. And the best way to experience this world of flavors is to hit the streets and follow your nose.

Discover the bustling capital city of Georgetown and marvel at the colonial architecture, old-fashioned shops, Chinese and Indian temples, and the Penang Museum. The inner city of Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and consists of a mixture of colonial architecture—a reminder of this city’s British past—and the ideal spot for a stroll to get a feel for the city’s history, cultures, and festivals.

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Included Features

  • Included round-trip airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Seven-night pre-cruise land program in Thailand and Singapore
    • Bangkok, Thailand – four-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day tour of Wat Pho, Grand Palace and Jim Thompson House
      • Full-day tour to Damnersaduak Floating Market
      • Full-day tour to Ayutthaya
      • Dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River
    • Chiang Mai, Thailand – two-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
      • Full-day tour of elephant sanctuary and hill tribe village
      • Dinner and cultural performance
    • Singapore – one-night hotel stay
      • Evening tour and dinner
  • One-night post-cruise land program in Singapore
    • Singapore – one-night hotel stay
      • Half-day city tour
      • Farewell dinner
  • English-speaking tour guide in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night voyage aboard Azamara Quest
    • Exclusive full-day guided shore excursion in Kuala Lumpur, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • AzAmazing Evenings℠ event
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottle water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
      • Self-service laundry
      • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
      • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation.  Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

The power of Asia’s natural landscape is simply extraordinary, with the ability to turn even the most ordinary of activities into an unforgettable moment. A temple appearing out of the jungle, the aroma of exotic spices suddenly being caught in the wind, or just floating on a serene river can create a memory not soon forgotten. There is a spiritual undercurrent and a sense of calm just under the sometimes-chaotic activity of the cities. In the faith of a monk, or the work ethic of young and old, the smile of a child or the outstretched hand to a stranger, you will realize the people are one of the greatest resources these countries have.
Beyond the unique destinations of Thailand and Singapore, a trip of a lifetime will take you to scenic Phuket, emerging Malaysia and mysterious Myanmar. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to each region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when meeting people abroad and in unique situations. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and the cities themselves (like Bangkok and Phuket) can be crowded.

The passionate and diverse Asian cultures stimulate your senses of engagement and curiosity. You will encounter a variety of different languages throughout your travels, and although English may not be the main language spoken, you will often be able to find some people who speak English, especially in major cities, at hotels and tourist attractions. Your guide and group escort are English-speaking. Keep in mind during certain excursions and site visits, there may be conservative dress requirements, especially when visiting places of worship and historical landmarks.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The weather overall will be warm in November throughout most of Asia with highs in the 80s during the day. However, it can be warm, cool, and rainy all in one day! So pack accordingly with breathable, cotton items that can be layered. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city and nature walks. Although not considered part of the rainy season, a raincoat is strongly recommended in November. While visiting temples throughout the region, conservative dress may be required, so make sure you pack clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Some women may want to carry a sarong or scarf with them to temporarily cover up a tank top.

Be mindful of Asian culture and pack modest clothing. Be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals.

Recommended Reading List

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Dream of a Thousand Lives: A Sojourn in Thailand by Karen Connelly

The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma by Thant Myint-U (Myanmar)

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theoux (Singapore)

Travel Guides

Myanmar (Burma) by Lonely Planet

Moon Spotlight Ho Chi Minh City by Dana Filek-Gibson

The Best of Thailand by Lonely Planet

Best of Malaysia & Singapore by Lonely Planet

Blogs

3-week Myanmar Route Guide from Temples to Beaches: Salt in the Hair

48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City: A Cruising Couple

The Ultimate Foodie’s Guide to Singapore: The Fit Traveller

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Airfare arrangements for an additional $50 per person. This charge allows you to add and/or customize your flights and can be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $50 charge must be paid prior to receiving an air quote.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Bangkok – Chiang Mai Airline 1 Hour
Chiang Mai – Singapore Airline 3 Hours

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Special Offers

Optional 3-night Ho Chi Minh City Extension – Contact Your Personal Vacation Manager for Details!

INCLUDES:

  • 3-night hotel accommodations in Ho Chi Minh City (5-star Hotel Des Art or similar)
  • Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok
  • Most Meals
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • City Tour
    • Sunset Cruise on the Saigon River
    • Cu Chi Tunnels and Vietnam War Tour
    • Vietnamese Cuisine Cooking Class
    • Cultural Performance
    • Mekong River Delta Experience
    • Visit a Local Village
    • And More! Contact your Personal Vacation Manager for details!

Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-888-296-1992 for more information and to book!

Price PP Single Rates
$1,499 $1,899

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group! 

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Dates & Prices
10/24/2019 Retail Value  EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
5 (Oceanview)  $9,198  $6,899  $2,299 CALL FOR DETAILS
V3 (Club Veranda)  $9,865  $7,399  $2,466 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On
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Chicago $400 Philadelphia $500
Dallas $400 Phoenix $400
Denver $400 San Diego $300
Houston Intercontinental $450 San Francisco $200
Los Angeles $0 Seattle $300
Miami $450 Tampa $500
Newark $500 Washington-Dulles $500
• Business Class Air Available on Request
• Additional Gateways Available on Request
• Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without noticeWhile we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Pathumwan Princess Hotel

444 MBK Center, Phayathai Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Telephone: +66 2216 3700

E-mail: ppb@pprincess.com

At the heart of Bangkok’s famed shopping, entertainment and arts district, Pathumwan Princess Hotel towers magnificently above the city’s iconic MBK Shopping Center, and is just minutes away from the city’s dynamic BTS Skytrain network.

No other Bangkok hotel can connect you so swiftly and conveniently to the city’s amazing, not to be missed attractions, whilst providing the modern comforts and wide ranging facilities as well as the exemplary care and service you expect from a first class establishment.

Dusit D2 Chiang Mai

100 Chang Klan Rd | Chang KlanChiang Mai 50100, Thailand

Telephone: +66 (0) 5399 9999

E-mail: d2cm@dusit.com

Just off the famous Chang Klan Road in the heart of Chiang Mai’s city centre, dusitD2 Chiang Mai is surrounded by the city’s bustling night bazaar, restaurants and entertainment. The casual atmosphere throughout this boutique hotel extends from the classical Thai of Café SOI restaurant to the laid-back attitudes at Mix Bar and poolside.

Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview

382 Havelock Road River View Hotel | River View HotelSingapore 169629, Singapore

Telephone: (65) 6732 9922

E-mail: fourpoints.singapore@fourpointssingaporeriverview.com

Nicknamed the Lion City and officially the Republic of Singapore, Singapore is an island city-state at the southern tip of Southeast Asia’s Malay Peninsula. Overlooking the historic Singapore River, the Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview is conveniently located near the Central Business District (CBD). Public transportation is readily available just outside the hotel, and free shuttle bus services to Chinatown and the Orchard MRT Station are available at certain times each day. Retail shops and entertainment options are just minutes away.

Azamara Quest

Cruise Line: Azamara

Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With the hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touring, Azamara will not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.

Amenities Included

  • AzAmazing Evenings℠ event
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Ship: Azamara Quest

Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Quest is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where the attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with Verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key item to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please speak with on of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into China, Hong Kong, Singapore and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out as well as e-mailing to yourself and someone back home in case anything is misplaced. It may also be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. China requires a multiple entry tourist visa, which you must apply for before arrival. Carry your valid U.S. passport and Chinese visa at all times. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into China, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, it is most likely you will need traveler visas for Vietnam and China prior to departure.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your Journey starts on land.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law in places such as China, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this journey:

  • Singapore—Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
  • Thailand—Short-term travel shots for Tetanus and Hepatitis A
  • Myanmar—Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
  • Malaysia—Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or click here to visit the website.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure your electronics stay charged. Thailand runs on 220v, Singapore and Myanmar runs on 230v and Malaysia 240v. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Money Matters

You may need multiple currencies on the this trip. However, this is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the price of the trip.

Click here for current exchange rates.

Malaysia – Malaysian ringgit (MYR)

Myanmar – Burmese kyat (MMK)

Thailand – Thai Baht (THB)

Singapore – Singapore Dollar (SGD)

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Asia that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Avoiding coins may be advisable, as it can be a cultural faux-pas to use these as tips.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides/drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.

Climate

With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations. Expect average temperatures to vary by region and time of year.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Singapore 85/73 87/74 88/75 89/75 88/76 88/76 88/76 87/75 87/75 88/75 86/74 85/73
Thailand 91/73 93/77 95/79 97/81 96/80 94/79 93/79 93/78 92/78 92/78 92/77 91/74
Myanmar 91/63 96/66 98/71 100/75 93/75 89/74 87/74 87/73 88/74 91/74 93/71 91/64
Malaysia 89/74 90/75 90/76 89/77 89/77 89/77 89/76 88/76 87/76 87/76 88/76 88/75

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture.

Myanmar (Burma) —Burmese

mingalaba (min ga la ba): Hello

Jezutinbadeh (Je zu tin ba deh): Thank you

in (in): Yes

hin in (hin in): No

Malaysia—Malay

Halo (Ha lo): Hello

Terima kasih (terima ka say): Thank you

ya (ya): Yes

tidak (ti dak): No

Thailand—Thai

สวัสดี (Sa-wat-dii): Hello

ขอบคุณ[มาก] (Khop khun): Thank you

ใช่ (Chai): Yes

ไม่ใช่ (Mai chai): No

Singapore—Malay

Halo (Ha lo): Hello

Terima kasih (terima ka say): Thank you

ya (ya): Yes

tidak (ti dak): No

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Malaysia

  • Malaysia is made up of two noncontiguous regions: West Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula, which consists of 11 states, and East Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, which consists of two states.
  • Malaysia’s national dish is Nasi lemak, a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast.
  • Some buildings in Malaysia do not have a fourth floor. They are replaced by “3A” as the sound of four (sì) is similar to the sound of death in Chinese (sĭ ).
  • Malaysia is the world’s third largest natural rubber producer. In 2011, the country produced 996,673 metric tons of rubber. It is also famous for being the world’s largest supplier of rubber gloves.
  • Malay brides wear their engagement rings on the fourth finger of their right hand. The ring is placed there by a senior female relative of the groom, instead of the groom himself.

Myanmar

  • With a total area of 261,970 square miles, Myanmar is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia, and the 40th-largest in the world. It is somewhat smaller than Texas and slightly larger than Afghanistan.
  • Myanmar was known as Burma until 1989 when renamed Myanmar. The capital, Rangoon, became Yangon.
  • The previous capital city, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), is home to the gilded Shwedagon Paya. It is believed to enshrine eight hairs of Gautama Buddha and is one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites.
  • In Myanmar, both men and women wear sarongs known as longyi. The patterns are distinctly different for men and women. Women’s designs are referred to as acheik and are tied differently.
  • Myanmar is home to Bagan, the world’s largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins. Founded in the second century AD, the kingdom once had over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries.

Thailand

  • Of the 67 million people in Thailand, roughly 6.9 million live in the capital city of Bangkok.
  • Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free”.
  • The world’s smallest mammal, the Craseonycteris thonglongyai (the bumble bat), is found in Thailand.
  • Thailand shares a border with four countries: Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the north and west, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Malaysia to the south.
  • In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice.

Singapore

  • Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands with a population of 4.6 million people. Most of these islands are uninhabited.
  • Although English is the official working language and the most widely used language in Singapore, the national anthem ‘Majulah Singapura‘  is actually sung in Malay.
  • The Singapore Sling was first served in 1915 at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel. The ingredients are gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, Grenadine, Angoustura bitters and limes.
  • Singapore was part of the new Malaysian jigsaw. In fact, it was one of the country’s 14 states between 1963 and 1965, but was expelled on August 9 following two fraught years of disagreements over economics and politics. From that point onward, Singapore became a city-state in its own right.

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