Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, and transfers
Departs: November 14, 2018
Few places evoke the imagination quite like East Asia, and this unforgettable Enrichment Journey gives you an extraordinary opportunity to experience it with an inclusive 10-night trip to mainland China designed to complement an extraordinary cruise visiting some of the most beautiful ports in the exotic Far East. You’ll explore Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai before traveling to Hong Kong to board your Celebrity cruise. Begin in Beijing with three nights to discover the Forbidden City, the iconic Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven. Continue with a three-night stay in Xi’an, where you’ll be mesmerized by the mysterious terracotta warriors and entranced by the history of this walled city. Then journey to Shanghai for three nights with its combination of history and modern architecture. You’ll thrill to catch an acrobatic show and visit picturesque Suzhou and a charming water village. You’ll then transfer to Hong Kong to enjoy a night before boarding the Celebrity Millennium. In Halong Bay, you’ll delight in an exclusive shore excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests before continuing to the other Vietnamese ports of Danang and Ho Chi Minh. You’ll experience the excitement and magic of Bangkok with an overnight visit where you can explore the city’s temples and night markets, and then finish your trip in exciting and cosmopolitan Singapore. No wonder travelers rate this Enrichment Journey their favorite trip!
Optional 4-night Bali extension available. Call for details! Visits: Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China; Hanoi (Halong Bay), Hue / Da Nang (Chan May) and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam; Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand; and Singapore; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Millennium
|1||Beijing, China—Arrive in Beijing, transfer to hotel, welcome dinner|
|2||Beijing—Tour the Temple of Heaven, Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, and enjoy a Kung Fu Performance|
|3||Beijing—Tour of the Great Wall of China|
|4||Beijing to Xi’an, China—Hotel check-out, flight to Xi’an, hotel check-in|
|5||Xi’an—Tour the City Wall, Tang Dynasty Museum and see a Tang Dynasty Dance Show|
|6||Xi’an—Tour of Ceramic Factory, visit to Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum|
|7||Xi’an to Shanghai, China—Hotel check-out, flight to Shanghai, hotel check-in, acrobatic show|
|8||Shanghai—Tour of Yuyuan Garden, Old Shanghai and Jade Buddha Temple|
|9||Shanghai—Tour to Suzhou and Jinxi, including the Garden of Master of Nets and Silks|
|10||Shanghai to Hong Kong, China—Hotel check-out, flight to Shanghai, hotel check-in, short city tour|
|11||Hong Kong—Hotel check out, transfer to the port for embarkation|
|12||Hong Kong, China||8:00 PM|
|14||Halong Bay, Vietnam—Included Shore Excursion||7:00 AM|
|15||Halong Bay, Vietnam||1:00 PM|
|16||Hue/Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam||8:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|18||Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Vietnam||7:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|20||Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand||9:00 AM|
|21||Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand||6:00 PM|
|24||Singapore, Singapore||9:00 AM|
|25||Singapore—Disembark, visit the City Gallery, learn about local life and visit a local market. Hotel check-in.|
|26||Singapore—Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to airport for return flight home.|
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.
Hong Kong, China: Neon signs galore, dim sum, and amazing temples are a few of the favorite experiences in Hong Kong. Take in as much as you can of this thrilling city with its endless shopping and towering skyscrapers. Your agenda for Hong Kong should include Victoria Peak, an Aberdeen Fishing Village, the Man Mo Temple and Sheung Wan Dried Food and Herbal Market.Be certain to have extra room in your suitcase for the bargains you are bound to discover.
Halong Bay, Vietnam: Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Halong Bay and its 2,000 limestone karsts, or the experience of trekking around mountainous Sapa. (Overnight)
Hue/Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam: In Danang, visit the intriguing Cham Museum, filled with wonderful artifacts of the Cham culture, and famed China Beach. But it is Hue, the former imperial capital, that beckons. The Nguyen Dynasty founded Hue in the 17th century on the banks of the Perfume River. Today it sits as a massive open-air museum of temples, pagodas, palaces and tombs. Enjoy this imposing citadel protected by a moat and then take a river cruise for a view of the Tombs of the Emperors and Thien Mu Pagoda.
Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Vietnam: Located on the edge of the Mekong Delta, this dynamic metropolis also features the ageless beauty of an ancient culture. French colonial architecture mixes with modern Asian influences, providing a diverse backdrop for the many motorbikes, scooters, pagodas, and street markets. Stroll the wide boulevards of this city, formerly known as Saigon, and visit The History Museum, which houses artifacts from two thousand years of Vietnamese history.
Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand: Bangkok is a city of contradictions: high-rise buildings and popular clubs abound, but so do golden temples and lively street fairs. A visit to the National Museum is great for history buffs, while shoppers will love the bargains in the Banglamphu district. Klong Toey, in central Bangkok, features a highly discounted market, offering fresh eel, dried fish, and the lively smells, sights, and sounds of this waterfront-pier area. (Overnight)
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 specials of wildlife. Boasting mouthwatering cuisine, incredible shopping, and a thriving arts scene, this island is an exhilarating blend of cultures.
Your 25-night Enrichment Journey begins with a 10-night land program and ends with a one-night land program. Except for the overnight in Hong Kong, each day during the land tour will include 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 2 meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels chosen include a restaurant on property, where you may grab a quick bite and have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining and shopping. Between the land tours, the group will board the Celebrity Millennium for a 12-night cruise through Southeast Asia. Some days will be at sea, but during ports of call you may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.
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, most historic areas were developed during a time when traffic was by foot. Therefore, these areas cannot be accessed by modern day vehicles. 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.
China’s natural landmass makes for a massive, complex and diverse environment that hold true to tradition and faith around every corner. Immerse in the wonders of Chinese architecture and design, found everywhere from bustling cities to sprawling green landscapes dotted with fortresses and temples. Chinese pride connected with an underlying humility is ever present in its memorials to the past royal families and brave soldiers of the Qin Dynasty. A trip of a lifetime through China, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong will be unforgettable and very different than that you might be used to at home.
Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. The cultures of the countries visited on this journey is quite diverse. You will have the chance to hear many languages and dialects and interact with a wide range of people. Keep in mind that some hand gestures have different meanings than they do in the U.S, so it’s customary to simply smile, say “hello” (or if you know the local equivalent) and “thank you” when addressed by locals. Note that sometimes the attractions, shorelines and the cities themselves can be crowded.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip. Take note of some Asian culture and pack modest clothing, as well as a swim cap. Be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals, especially in Vietnam and Thailand.
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
The Pet Dragon by Christoph Niemann
Frommer’s Chinese PhraseFinder
DK Eyewitness Guide: China
The Best of Thailand by Lonely Planet
Footprint Vietnam by John Colet
15 Unique Things to Do in Shanghai: Memoirs of a Globetrotter
21 Things to Know Before You Visit Beijing: Little Grey Box
The Ultimate Foodie’s Guide to Singapore: The Fit Traveller
The Last Emperor (China)
The Beach (Thailand)
Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass (Vietnam)
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 Air arrangements with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Shanghai–Hong Kong||Airline||2.5 Hours|
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|Journey Date||Price PP||Single Rates|
|11/14/2018||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|8 (Oceanview)||$6,399||$2,133||CALL FOR RATES|
|2C (Veranda)||$6,699||$2,233||CALL FOR RATES|
|C3 (Concierge)||$7,099||$2,366||CALL FOR RATES|
|Chicago||$300||John F. Kennedy||$250||Toronto||$350|
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• 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.
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.
Tel: +86 10 6512 5555
26 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing 100022
This high-end hotel with an annex is 7 minutes’ walk from Beijing Railway Station, and 4 km from the Forbidden City palace and museum complex. Featuring quilted headboards, the polished rooms come with Wi-Fi and satellite TV, as well as tea and coffeemakers. Elegant suites add living rooms and access to a private lounge. Breakfast is free. The Peony Garden chinese restaurant serves the finest of Cantonese cuisine throughout the day, while Japanese restaurant Sakura or the Orchid Terrace Café offer guests a more relaxed casual style of dining. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a gym and a spa.
Tel: +86 29 8769 0000
334 East Street, Dong Dajie, Xi’an, 710001
This hotel is conveniently located in the commercial center, shopping and entertainment area of downtown Xi’an, neighboring several popular tourist attractions, including the Bell and Drum Tower. Guestrooms and suites offer amenities including mini-fridges, complimentary broadband Internet access and a butler service. This hotel also features a non-smoking floor, accessible rooms and rooms with outdoor balconies. International cuisine is available in the hotel’s open-kitchen restaurant, while light meals, snacks and drinks can be found at the hotel’s café, deli and lobby bar. This hotel also houses a fitness center, a massage center, chess rooms, a spa and a beauty salon.
Tel：+86 21 6248 1688
No.65 Yan’an West Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai 200040, China
Hotel Equatorial Shanghai is strategically located at Jing’An in the heart of downtown Shanghai. The 506 guest rooms and suites offer stunning city views, and have been beautifully furnished to ensure guests a comfortable and relaxing stay. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Themed specialty restaurants provide delicious Chinese and western cuisine skillfully prepared by supremely qualified chefs.
The well-recognized Shanghai International Club Fitness Centre is situated on the 4th floor, easily accessible to all patrons. The centre offers a range of top-of-the-line fitness facilities from Life Fitness, a tennis hard court, the Fei Spa and an indoor heated pool which boasts a breathtaking view of Jing’An.
Tel: +852 2731 2100
61 – 65 Chatham Road South, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Located in the heart of Kowloon’s entertainment and business district of Tsim Sha Tsui, Park Hotel Hong Kong is surrounded with endless options of shopping, specialty markets, malls and eateries.
Park Hotel Hong Kong provides classic comforts with a contemporary touch (think a neutral palette of colours, spacious interiors, ambient lighting). All rooms are also equipped with complimentary smartphones with free, unlimited local data. The Park Café has an excellent reputation for its lively atmosphere and superb international buffets, featuring a selection of finest seafood, sushi and sashimi highlights to name a few.
1 Unity Street, 237983, Singapore
Telephone: +65 6593 8888
An icon along the Singapore River with its signature red roofs inspired by Singapore’s colonial past, Park Hotel Clarke Quay has a central, downtown location that is minutes from the Clarke Quay entertainment precinct and Central Business District. Located away from the hustle and bustle along the quaint streets of Robertson Quay; this perfect tropical retreat comes with a 25-metre award-winning outdoor pool and adjoining Jacuzzi, chill out on the spectacular poolside bar and cabanas for the perfect getaway. What’s more, all rooms are equipped with complimentary smartphones with free, unlimited local data and IDD calls so staying connected is more convenient than ever.
Enjoy the 25-metre award-winning outdoor pool and adjoining Jacuzzi. As well as the Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill—a popular choice among locals and tourists alike, thanks to glorious sunset views of the city skyline and the weekend BBQ Buffet Dinner.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
A favorite of many vacationers, Celebrity Millennium® includes many award-winning Solstice® Class features. She’s been renewed with spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms, the AquaClass signature restaurant, Blu, and the addition of verandas to her chic Celebrity Suites. There is no better way to experience the exotic beauty of Asia and the South Pacific than aboard Celebrity Millennium. Out of the ordinary? Definitely.
How you handle your own currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. 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 have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
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.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas.
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.
Keep packing as simple as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier their own rules for baggage allowance, which might mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer to Beijing and onto 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 with weight and size.
Have your bags all labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.
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 are questioning 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. Most regions will have cooler, blustery weather and sometimes rainy climates, so pack accordingly. There is always unusual 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 to Asia:
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.
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 you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free in places like China, Thailand and Vietnam.
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 beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime.
This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. 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 apply through 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 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.
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 have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.
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 choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam 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 can 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 can 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 traveller 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.
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 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:
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at cdc.gov/travel.
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure your electronics stay charged. Singapore runs on 230v; China runs on 220v, as does Thailand. Vietnam may have mixed voltage. 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.
You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip, but never more than one hour differences. These are the zones of each checkpoint:
By visiting various countries throughout the Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.
Here are current exchange rates for China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
China – Yuan or Renminbi (CNY)
Banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100
There are small change paper and coin amounts, called yijiao
Exchange – $1 USD to 6.66 Chinese Yuan
Hong Kong – Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
Banknotes in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000
Exchange – $1 USD to 7.83 Hong Kong dollar
Vietnam – Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Banknotes in 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 500000
Coins range from 200-5000 dong
Exchange – $1 USD to 22,727 Vietnamese Dong
Thailand – Thai Baht
Banknotes in 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000
Coins represent 1–10 baht, as well as satang (100 satang equals one baht)
Exchange – $1 USD to 33.25 Thai Baht
Singapore – Singapore Dollar
Banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 10000
Coins are in 1–50 cent denominations and one dollar
Exchange – $1 USD to 1.36 Singapore dollar
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.
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 (Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an and Halong Bay). The summer months of July and August are warmest, while winter months of December-February can be especially cold in China. Expect average temperatures to vary by region since climate is classified as tropical for some cities such as Bangkok & Singapore, but may be milder in other cities like Beijing.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Beijing — 180
Xi’an — 1,305
Hong Kong — 79
Halong Bay — 39
Bangkok — 10
Singapore — 30
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. Here are the top ten fun phrases in Mandarin (Chinese), Vietnamese and Thai.
China & Hong Kong—Mandarin
nǐ hǎo (Knee how): Hello
Xiè xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you
Búyòng kèqì (Boo yong sheh): You’re welcome
Shì (Shr): Yes
Búshì (Boo shr): No
Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me
zài jiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye
duō shǎo qián (Dor sheow chen): How much?
Wǒ tīng bù dǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand
kuài zǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstick
Xin chào. (Seen chow): Hello
Khỏe không? (Kweh kohng?): How are you?
Không sao đâu (Kohng sao doh): You’re welcome
Tôi không hiểu (Toy kohng hee-oh): I don’t understand
Biết nói tiếng Anh không? (Byet noy tyeng ang kohng): Do you speak English?
Tôi bị lạc. (Toi bee lack): I’m lost
Làm ơn. (Lam uhhn): Please.
Tắc xi! (Tuck see): Taxi!
Bao nhiêu (tiền)? (Bahw ngew tee-uhn?): How much is this?
Sẽ quay lại sớm (Se-ay kway lie-ay sohm): Be back soon
สวัสดี (Sa-wat-dii): Hello.
คุณสบายดีไหม/หรือ (Sabaai-dii mái?): How are you?
ยินดีที่ได้รู้จัก (Yin-dii thii dai ruu-jak): Nice to meet you
กรุณา (Karunaa): Pleaseขอบคุณ[มาก] (Khop khun): Thank you
ใช่ (Chai): Yes.
ไม่ใช่ (Mai chai): No
ขอโทษ (Kho thot): Excuse me
เท่าไหร่, กี่ (Thâo’rai’) or (kii): How much, how many?
อร่อย (A-ròi): Delicious
سلامت ڤاݢي (Selamat Pagi): Good Morning
اڤ خبر؟ (Apa Khabar?): How are you?
تريما کاسيه (Terima Kasih): Thank you
يا (ya): Yes
تيدق (Tidak): No
السلام عليكم (Assalamualaikum): Peace Be Upon You
To this, you respond: وعليكم السلام (Waalaikumsalam): Peace be Upon You As Well
Facts and Figures
Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about China and the Far East before you embark on your Journey.
China & Hong Kong
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