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Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines

25-days featuring Dubai, Bangkok, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Manila

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

Departs: February 1, 2018

About This Journey

Experience the flavor and contrast of Dubai, the city of merchants, and then explore exotic Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore with this Enrichment Journey that covers the Far East from west to east, and back again! You’ll spend four nights in Dubai, sample the local culture, visit the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and enjoy a desert safari. Then explore exotic Bangkok for five nights, and experience Thailand’s glorious past and present at the stunning Grand Palace, and the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, now a World Heritage Site. You’ll cruise the River of Kings on a visit to the klongs and journey to Thailand’s most famous floating market and visit Jim Thompson’s Thai-styled house, all from the comfort of an iconic hotel known the world over for its elegance and hospitality. Then, travel to Singapore to board the Celebrity Constellation for a 14-night sailing visiting Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Sample Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage and explore Ho Chi Minh City. Experience Vietnam’s imperial past in Hue, or shop until you drop in Hong Kong. Delight in the warm welcome and upbeat personality of Manila’s residents as you delve into the enigma of a Southeast Asian country that was ruled by Spain for 350 years. Explore tiny and picturesque Boracay Island, named Travel & Leisure’s Best Overall Island in 2012. Visit Kota Kinabalu in Borneo before returning to Singapore for an overnight, and your return flight home.

Optional 5-day Siem Reap extension available. Call for details! Visits: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE); Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore; Ho Chi Minh (Phu My) and Hue / Danang (Chan May), Vietnam; Hong Kong, China; Manila and Boracay, Philippines; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; and Singapore; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Constellation

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Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Dubai – Transfer to Hotel
3 Dubai, UAE
4 Dubai, UAE
5 Transfer to Bangkok Hotel
6 Bangkok, Thailand
7 Bangkok, Thailand
8 Bangkok, Thailand
9 Bangkok, Thailand
10 Transfer to Singapore – Board Ship  6:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam  7:00 AM 8:00 PM
13 At Sea
14 At Sea
15 Hong Kong, China 7:00 AM
16 Hong Kong, China 5:00 PM
17 At Sea
18 Manila, Philippines  8:00 AM 5:00 PM
19 Boracay, Philippines  8:00 AM 6:00 PM
20 At Sea
21 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
22 At Sea
23 Singapore 2:00 PM
24 Singapore – Enroute Stopover
25 Return to USA

Land Package Highlights

  • Dubai, City of Merchants – Half day tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history – passing royal palaces, visiting historical buildings with their ancient wind towers, crossing Dubai Creek and exploring the city’s vibrant souks.
  • Tour of Abu Dhabi – The capital of the United Arab Emirates is a fascinating mix of tradition and progression, from the magnificent Emirates Palace Hotel to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Modern Dubai – Experience sights and sounds of this futuristic city that continues to amaze the world. Visit Dubai Aquarium, Souk Al Bahar, Burj Khalifa, drive through Palm Jumeriah Island.
  • Desert Safari – Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, trained safari guides drive 4×4 vehicles over sand dunes, through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, deep into the heart of the desert. A feast under the stars includes grilled meats, sweets and beverages at a traditional Bedouin-style camp.
  • Thonburi Klong Tour including Temple of Dawn – 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 and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of “Venice of the East.” En route, stop at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most attractive temples in Thailand. Lunch at Supatra River House and Restaurant.
  • Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho – Reclining Buddha – 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 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.  Continue to visit Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings.
  • Ayutthaya – Traveling directly North of Bangkok, you will visit the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, previously lived in by many Thai monarchs from 17th century.  Bang Pa-In has a captivating collection of marvelous pavilions in a variety of Thai, Chinese, Italian and Victorian architectural styles encircled by a beautiful garden and lake.  After a memorable stroll in the palatial ground, you will travel to the previous 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 visit the historical park and its famous ruins. In the afternoon you will be welcomed onboard the river boat where the buffet lunch will be served.  You will relax and enjoy the fascinating scenery on the River of Kings, witnessing the rural Thai life along both sides of the great river before transfer from River City pier back to hotel
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – There are countless floating markets throughout the country, many within a couple of hours’ of the capital. The colorfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit and vegetables to sell to shoppers on the banks. There is lots of chatter and activity – bargaining is common – that’s all part of the fun — but don’t expect to get the price down more than a few baht. The most famous of the floating markets is Damnoen Saduak, about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up. Our tour further includes a visit to Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakorn Pathom, supposedly the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
  • Jim Thompson House – One of the best examples of traditional Thai residential architecture and a breathtaking collection of Southeast Asian art are exemplified in a house built by an American national. Nonetheless, Jim Thompson’s House is one of Bangkok’s more popular destinations for visitors – and deservedly so. Jim Thompson, who was born in Delaware in 1906, fell in love with Thailand while posted as an intelligence agent in Bangkok during WWII. He later made it his permanent home and started a business supplying fine Thai silk to overseas fashion houses, single-handedly saving what had been a dying cottage industry. His silk company continues to flourish today. With the proceeds of his success, Thompson collected an impressive range of art works, and sections of derelict teak houses, assembling them into a teak house/museum complex set in a lush garden alongside central Bangkok’s Saen Saep Canal. The main house is full of tastefully displayed Asian art and curios including Buddha images, paintings, ceramics and antique furniture. The living areas have been preserved as they were when Thompson lived there before his mysterious disappearance in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands while on holiday in 1967.
  • Dinner Cruise – board a converted rice barge for a dinner cruise along the scenic Chao Phraya River passing the majestically-lit Wat Arun and Grand Palace to Krung Thon Bridge. Savor the sights, sounds and incomparable scenery of the Bangkok skyline at night while enjoying a Thai-styled dinner with delicious appetizers, entrees, desserts and soft drinks as you gently cruise along the river.  A stop will be made at Asiatique The Riverfront night market where you can browse and check your bargaining expertise for thousands of local products ranging from food, clothing, household products, art, antiques and handicrafts with the riverfront atmosphere.

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.

Ho Chi Minh City, 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.

Hong Kong, China: City-state, deep-water harbor, darling of empires, engine of global finance, shopper’s paradise, cinematic trend-setter, world’s most vertical city. Watch the hardworking world of Aberdeen’s junks and sampans. Rise above it all on the tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak. Hong Kong is where ancient herbal remedies mix with designer fashions, Buddhist monks mingle with businessmen, and Chinese traditions meet modern international capitalism.

Manila, Philippines: The port of Manila is the largest and most important in the Philippine archipelago. The city of Manila proper, which boasts the densest population in the world, is really only the center of a larger urban cluster called Manila Metro, housing over 12 million people. Most visitors will be attracted to the oldest section, called Intramuros, to see Spanish colonial architectural icons such as the Manila Cathedral or the ancient San Agustin church. The city’s Binondo neighborhood is the oldest Chinatown on earth, predating the arrival of the Spanish in the mid-18th Century.

Boracay, Philippines: Boracay is a small island about 200 miles southeast of Manila. Its shape is akin to a dumbbell or a dog-bone, and the narrow strip in the middle is rimmed with two of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The name of White Beach, on the western side, is almost an understatement. It is vividly white and the shallow water offshore shines a candy blue. Add lush coco palms and other tropical vegetation, and a burgeoning community of upscale resorts, restaurants and shops, and you have a prescription for relaxation and aquatic recreation.

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo: Enjoy the sights in this bustling, ethnically diverse city as you see the gold domed mosque, unique high-rise architecture, and the Heritage Village. Or venture into the interior and astonishing Kinabalu Park. Stroll past rare plants along a nature trail and through a garden of rare orchids. Or ride Borneo’s last train into the lush countryside of farms, water buffalo and villages. Spend time on the glorious beaches.

Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines

Included Features

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Three nights at 5-star Dubai Marriott Marquis (or similar) including breakfast
    • Enroute return stopover will be at a 4-star hotel (when necessary based on airline routing)
  • Five nights in the legendary 4.5-star Dusit Thani Hotel (or similar) including daily breakfast
  • Four included tours in Dubai
    • Half Day Creek and Spice Souk
    • Full Day Abu Dhabi
    • Half Day Modern Dubai
    • Evening Desert Safari w/ dinner
  • Six included tours in Bangkok
    • Chao Phraya Klong Tour including Temple of Dawn with lunch
    • Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho – Reclining Buddha
    • Summer Palace and Ayutthaya Day tour with lunch
    • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    • Jim Thompson House
    • Farewell Evening Dinner Cruise
  • 14-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Constellation
  • $50 Onboard Credit per stateroom
  • Choose 1 of the following (for Oceanview staterooms or higher): Gratuities, Classic Beverage Package, Unlimited Internet, $300 Onboard Credit
  • Local tour hosts in Bangkok
  • Transfers
  • Baggage handling

Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines

What to Expect on Your Trip


On your 25-day Journey, start your adventure in Dubai for three nights, which includes a full-day tour to Abu Dhabi and an incredible desert safari, ending with a meal served under the desert stars. You will then explore the beautiful city of Bangkok, Thailand by land, motor coach, and water klong. While in Bangkok, you will enjoy an extended hotel stay, which will be your base for daily tours to local attractions. After transfer to Singapore, you will board the Celebrity Millennium (or Constellation, depending on departure date selected) for a 15-day journey through Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered as moderately active involving walking to numerous historical sites. Walking on different types of land, roads, and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially in Bangkok. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses when applicable. For the cruise section of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up narrow stairways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer 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

Travelers often think they have stepped back in time when visiting Thailand to roam among golden temples once ruled by Thai royalty. This is encompassed by an exotic and lush, green atmosphere that the humble, friendly, and curious Thai people call home. Be welcomed into a world rich with a deep Buddhist faith and an intricate background of Siam culture stretching over past centuries of ancient kingdoms. A trip of a lifetime through Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Vietnam will be unforgettable and very different. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes attractions, beaches and the cities themselves can be crowded, especially during holidays, so we will proceed with caution.

Dubai offers a rich culture, an eclectic combination of the old and the new. It is an Islamic country, and while there is a strong expatriate community and relaxed Western influences, it’s still expected that you dress more conservatively in public.

New cuisine can be the biggest difference travelers experience abroad. Dishes are prepared fresh and can often be modified to your tastes. The local host or tour manager as well as any staff would be happy to recommend new types of cuisine for you to sample and are willing to explain the flavorful components.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking a trip. Take note of the local culture and pack modest clothing. Be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals as well. Be respectful and dress conservatively in religious places, especially Thai Buddhist temples; it will be appreciated.

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

City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism by Jim Krane

Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind by Carol Hollinger (Thailand)

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

Treasures and Pleasures of Hong Kong: Ronald and Caryl Krannich

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (Philippines)

Children’s Books

Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Mingfong Ho

Malaysia by Heidi Munan

Travel Guides

ONE-TWO-GO Dubai: The Quick Guide to Dubai 2014 by Michael Wynn

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Thailand

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Malaysia and Singapore by Andrew Forbes

Vietnam-Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture: Geoffrey Smart

Lonely Planet’s: Philippines by Michael Grosberg


Secret Dubai Diary:

Thai Blog:

Singapore Mom Bloggers:

Travellers Point (Vietnam):


Bangkok videos at TripFilm:

Malaysia videos at Lonely Planet:

The Bourne Legacy (a film set partly in the Philippines)

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 for a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The $50.00 fee for custom air services is credited to any additional charges for airfare should you accept them, but are non-refundable if you decline the custom itinerary.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
New York – Dubai Airplane 12.5 hours
Dubai – Bangkok Airplane 5.5 hours
Bangkok – Singapore Airplane 3 hours
Singapore – Dubai Airplane 6.5 hours
Dubai – New York Airplane 14.5 hours

Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines

Special Offers

Celebrity’s go! Big Better Best – Enhance your cruise with onboard amenities
(Applicable to bookings with 2 guests per stateroom and in an Oceanview or higher)

Applicable Bookings receive 1:

  • Gratuities
  • Classic Beverage Package for two guests
  • Unlimited internet for two guests
  • $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Interested in more? You can upgrade to a Suite and receive all 4 extras!
Guests in the same staterooms must select the same option(s). Click here to view Celebrity Terms and Conditions ». NOTE: Offer expires 11/1/17. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.

5-day Siem Reap – Singapore Extension


  • Round-trip flight: Singapore – Siem Reap – Singapore
  • 4-night hotel accommodations with daily breakfast (4.5-star Le Meridien Angkor, 4.5-star Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, or similar)
  • Tours and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

• Theam’s House
• Bayon Temple, Terrace of Elephant and Leper King, Ta Prohm temple
• Angkor Wat temple and Night Market
• Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre temple
• Tonle Sap great lake with visit to local floating village
• Les Artisans d’Angkor and local market
• and more!

  • Cambodia Visa fee ($20 USD per person. Passenger responsible for 1 passport photo)
  • All entrance fees for the visit mentioned in the program (3 days Angkor Pass)
  • Half-day boat trip on Tonle Sap lake
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals
  • Fresh water and towel during tour

Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-800-787-1796 for more information and to book!

Journey Date Price PP Single Rates
2/1/2018 $1,499 $1,999


Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines

Dates & Prices
2/1/2018 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $400 Houston Intercontinental $350 Philadelphia $300
Boston $300 John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $500
Denver $500 Los Angeles $450 San Diego $500
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Orlando $400 Seattle $450
Newark N/A Miami $350 San Francisco $450
Washington – Dulles $350 Chicago $400 Tampa $400
– 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.

Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines

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.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai 121000, United Arab Emirates

Phone: +1 844-631-0595

Dubai is a city of awe-inspiring ambition and unsurpassed luxury. Home to the world’s tallest building, the largest shopping mall, the iconic Palm and now JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, it is a place where dreams come true. This landmark 4.5-star hotel in Dubai is set to become one of the region’s most desirable destinations, offering 14 diverse dining options for the most discerning of travelers. JW Marriott is a brand synonymous with intuitive service and refined taste, a title given only to the finest properties in the Marriott portfolio. Elevated above Dubai’s business district, on Sheikh Zayed Road, this hotel’s height makes it the world’s tallest accommodation. Spread across two iconic towers, the spectacular hotel features an enticing array of relaxing recreational activities and the sublime SARAY Spa and Health Club. Experience innovative luxury when you stay at one of the leading hotels in Dubai.

Dusit Thani Bangkok

946 Rama 4 Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Telephone: +66 (0) 2200 9000

Since opening in 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok has become an icon of luxury in the heart of Thailand’s capital, delivering distinctive service featuring Thai artistry and graciousness.

Dusit Thani Bangkok is a 5-star luxury hotel which embodies the very essence of Thailand and blends it with modern conveniences, affording guests a truly singular experience. The well-appointed rooms and suites feature distinctive Thai elements and include furnishings made of traditional materials, immersing guests in the mystique of the ‘Land of Smiles’.

Dusit Thani offers a range of cuisine from around the world, as well as Devarana Spa, where guests can soothe their bodies and minds with signature treatments that fuse East and West.

Conveniently located adjacent to two rapid transit stations as well as the lush expanse of Lumpini Park, the luxury hotel is within close proximity to Bangkok’s major business, shopping and entertainment districts.

Sheraton Deira Hotel

Al Muteena Street | PO Box 5772, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Telephone: (971)(4) 268 8888

Gather at the heart of Dubai’s Historic Trading Roots. Only a few minutes drive from Dubai International Airport, Sheraton Deira Hotel is strategically located in the historic and commercial center of Deira.

Sheraton Deira offers the perfect option for a comfortable leisure stay in Deira. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi access in all rooms and public areas. Guests can explore the commercial districts and local area attractions such as The Historic Dubai Creek, the Popular Gold Souk and Deira City Centre.

Celebrity Constellation

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.

Ship: Constellation

Luxurious and upscale on every level, Celebrity Constellation® continues to set new standards in modern luxury vacations. Qsine is hands down one of the most unique and popular restaurants in our fleet. So, we’ve taken it even more global by adding one to the Celebrity Constellation. We’ve also adding new outdoor spaces, too. The inviting Rooftop Terrace features chic, cozy furniture, surprising artistic elements, and a large soundscape and movie screen that lets you kick back and catch Taste of Film—our unique way to experience movies. Below deck, the Penthouse and Royal Suites will be updated and you’ll discover some of the top names in fashion in a completely refreshed shopping area. And we even brought updated technology to your stateroom with new RFID door locks. All you’ll need to do is tap your room card on your door lock, and your stateroom door will automatically unlock itself for you. It’s your room’s way of saying, “Welcome back”!

Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines

Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your 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.

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 when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.

Credit Cards

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.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance, which may mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding 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 with weight and size.


Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

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 are questioning a certain item, visit for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. There are 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 items 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
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)


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 you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, 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 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 will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through 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 check with your Personal Vacation Manager 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 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.

Journey to Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and the Philippines

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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 United Arab Emirates, Thailand and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you also e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home, in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may 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. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into UAE, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, 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, you will need a traveler visa for Vietnam 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 are not required by law, 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 and consider your personal medical history when deciding on what vaccinations to have. 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:

United Arab Emirates – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Thailand – Short-term travel shots for Tetanus and Hepatitis A

Vietnam – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Hong Kong – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Malaysia  – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Philippines – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Singapore – 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 visit the website at

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure you electronics stay charged. Thailand runs on 220v as well as Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Philippines. Malaysia and Singapore use 230/240v. 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.

Time Differences

You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip, but never more than one hour differences. These are the zones of each checkpoint:

United Arab Emirates (Dubai) – GST (Gulf Standard Time)

Thailand (Bangkok) – ICT (Indochina Time)

Vietnam – ICT (Indochina Time)

Hong Kong – HKT (Hong Kong Time)

Philippines – PHT (Philippine Time)

Malaysia – MYT, same as CIT (Malaysia Time)

Singapore – SGT, same as ICT (Singapore Time)

Money Matters

While visiting various countries throughout the Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This is only necessary for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.

Here are current exchange rates for UAE, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines:

United Arab Emirates – Emirati dirham

Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000

Coins in 1, 5, 10, 25, 50

Exchange Rate: $1 USD to 3.67 Emirati dirham

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 30.9 Thai baht

Vietnam – Vietnamese dong

Banknotes in 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 500000

Coins range from 200-5,000 dong

Exchange – $1 USD to 21,223 Vietnamese dong

Malaysia – Riggint

Banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100

Coins are in 1, 5, 10, 50

Exchange – $1 USD to 3.4 Riggint

Hong Kong – Hong Kong dollar

Banknotes in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000

Coins in 10, 20 and 50 cents, dollar coins in 1, 2, 5, 10

Exchange – $1 USD to 7.76 Hong Kong dollar

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 1.26 Singapore dollar

Philippines – Philippine peso

Banknotes in ₱20, ₱50, ₱100, ₱200, ₱500, ₱1000, ₱5, ₱10

Coins: ₱1, ₱5, ₱10, 25, 1, 2, 5, 10

Exchange – $1 USD to 43.83 Philippine peso

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not required. In Thailand, tipping is NOT usually expected in any instance, but will be accepted if offered. 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.

High/Low in Fahrenheit
Dubai 75/58 78/60 83/64 91/69 100/76 103/81 105/86 106/86 102/81 96/75 87/68 79/61
Bangkok 90/70 91/73 93/77 95/79 93/79 91/79 91/79 91/79 90/77 90/77 88/75 88/70
Singapore 84/73 86/72 86/73 90/72 91/73 88/72 88/72 88/72 88/72 88/73 88/73 86/73
Hong Kong 67/58 67/59 71/63 77/69 83/75 86/79 89/81 89/81 87/79 83/75 76/67 70/60
Manila 86/75 87/76 90/77 92/80 92/80 91/80 88/78 87/78 88/78 88/78 88/77 86/76

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

United Arab Emirates:

Dubai – 52


Bangkok – 5


Kota Kinabulu – 29


Ho Chi Minh City – 33


Hong Kong – 132


Manila – 53


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 Arabic, Thai, Malay (spoken in Singapore and Malaysia), Vietnamese, and Mandarin.

United Arab Emirates Arabic

Marhaban: Hello! Welcome!

Salam!: Hi

Shokran (jazellan): Thank you (very much)

Na’am: Yes

Laa: No

Ma’a salama: Goodbye

Alma’derah: Excuse me (to pass by)

Kam howa thamanoh?: How much is this?

Esmee …: My name is …

Hal tatakallamo alloghah al enjleziah: Do you speak English?

Thailand – Thai

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): Please

ขอบคุณ[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

Malaysia – Malay

Hai (Hi): Hello.

Apa khabar? (AH-puh KAH-bar?): How are you?

Khabar baik (KAH-bar BAEE): Fine

Sila (SEE-luh): Please

Terima kasih (TREE-muh KAH-seh): Thank you

Ya (YUH): Yes

Tidak (TEE-dah): No

Boleh jadi (BO-leh JAH-dee): Maybe

Maaf (Mah’AHF): Excuse me

Maafkan saya (Mah’AHF-kahn SAH-yuh): I’m sorry

China and 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): Chopstic

Vietnam – Vietnamese

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

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Dubai, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore before you embark on your Journey.


  • Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and has the largest population in the UAE of 2,106,177 people.
  • Dubai is bordered by Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast.
  • Only roughly 17 percent of Dubai’s population is comprised of Arab UAE nationals.
  • Dubai has been called the “shopping capital of the Middle East,” with more than 70 shopping malls including the world’s largest.
  • Dubai is home to the world’s largest flower garden, the Dubai Miracle Garden.


  • 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.


  • There are roughly 29.6 million people in Malaysia with everyone adapting to its national topical climate.
  • Shoes must always be removed when entering a Malaysian home.  Sometimes even in shops you have to take your shoes off upon entering.
  • The largest cave chamber in the world is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, which can easily accommodate a Boeing 747.
  • Malaysia is home to 14,500 species of flowering plants and trees, more than 200 species of mammals, 600 species of bids, 140 species of snakes and 60 species of lizards.


  • 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.

China and Hong Kong

  • China has the biggest population in the world, with 1.34 billion people. The capital city of Beijing has 20 million people.
  • One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is four times that of the United States.
  • The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
  • According to the city’s official census in 2006, the most common surname in Beijing is Wang, a name shared by 10.35% of the population.
  • The city of Beijing is very old and dates back to about 3,000 years.
  • Hong Kong means Fragrant Harbor.
  • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world; double that of New York City.


  • In an area slightly larger than New Mexico, Vietnam has a population of more than 92 million, with the capital city of Hanoi holding 2.6 million.
  • Vietnam is the largest exporter of cashews in the world, and the second largest exporter of rice.
  • There are 54 ethnic groups in the country (H’mong is one of these). The most populated ethnic group is Viet (88% of the population).
  • From elementary school to high school, students are required to wear uniforms when they go to class.
  • Ruou ran (snake wine), a Vietnamese specialty of rice wine with a pickled snake inside, allegedly can cure any sickness.
  • The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word. This makes their language somewhat difficult to learn.


  • The Philippines ranks 12th among the most populous countries in the world, the population of this country is about 90 million people.
  • The Philippines has more than 200 volcanoes, although only some of them are active.
  • The flag of the Philippines – the only flag in the world, where colors can be reversed: in wartime, the upper band is red, the bottom – of the blue, and in times of peace – on the contrary.
  • Despite popular belief, karaoke was invented in the Philippines, not in Japan.
  • During Manny Pacquiao fights, the entire country grinds to a halt. People are either at their TV sets at home or in public places where the government has set up a free televised broadcast. The audience includes the criminals, which leads to very low or occasionally zero criminal activity during the fight.

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