Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, and transfers
Departs USA: February 1, 2018
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
|2||Arrive Dubai – Transfer to Hotel|
|5||Transfer to Bangkok Hotel|
|10||Transfer to Singapore – Board Ship||6:00 PM|
|12||Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam||7:00 AM||8:00 PM|
|15||Hong Kong, China||7:00 AM|
|16||Hong Kong, China||5:00 PM|
|18||Manila, Philippines||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|19||Boracay, Philippines||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|21||Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia||7:00 AM||3:00 PM|
|24||Singapore – Enroute Stopover|
|25||Return to USA|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Mingfong Ho
Malaysia by Heidi Munan
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: http://secretdubai.blogspot.com
Thai Blog: http://www.thai-blogs.com/
Singapore Mom Bloggers: http://www.singaporemombloggers.com/
Travellers Point (Vietnam): http://www.travellerspoint.com/blogs/Vietnam/
Bangkok videos at TripFilm: http://www.tripfilms.com/Tourism-l62567-Bangkok-Travel_Videos.html
Malaysia videos at Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/Malaysia/videos
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|
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• 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!
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||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|12 (Inside)||$8,399||$6,299||$2,100||CALL FOR RATES|
|7 (Oceanview)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|2C (Veranda)||$8,929||$6,699||$2,230||CALL FOR RATES|
|C3 (Concierge)||$9,332||$7,099||$2,233||CALL FOR RATES|
|Boston||$300||John F. Kennedy||$0||Phoenix||$500|
|Denver||$500||Los Angeles||$450||San Diego||$500|
|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.
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.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai 121000, United Arab Emirates
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. Our landmark 5-star hotel in Dubai is set to become one of the region’s most desirable destinations, offering a spectrum of business facilities and 14 diverse dining options for the most discerning of travelers. We are 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, our 5-star hotel’s height makes us the world’s tallest accommodation. Spread across two iconic towers, the spectacular hotel features exceptional event settings for celebrations of all kinds, 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 five-star hotels in Dubai.
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.
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.
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.
By May 6, Celebrity Constellation® will have received the rest of the Solstice Class® enhancements enjoyed by guests aboard her Millennium Class® sister ships. The addition of 66 updated staterooms including spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms and the Blu restaurant with a healthy and delicious “clean cuisine.” Share vacation photos with your social networks through the Celebrity iLoungeSM or the enhanced Wi-Fi added throughout the ship. Celebrity Suites will be refreshed with the addition of their own private verandas. Kick back and relax with friends in the new version of Michael’s Club. It offers 64 international craft beer selections including ales, lagers, lambics, ciders, wheat beers, seasonal and beer cocktails in addition to its already extensive collection of fine spirits. Kids will love the new Xbox consoles within the Fun Factory kids’ club and X Club teen venue along with free play on Xbox 360 and Kinect for Xbox 360. Restful sleep is ensured on new Reverie® mattresses in all staterooms and suites. New sun loungers on both pool decks plus a fresh color scheme, carpeting and upholstery all contribute to Celebrity Constellation’s modern, new vibe.
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.
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 currency converter, or 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.
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.
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. 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:
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.
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 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 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 CIBT. 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 www.cdc.gov.travel.
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.
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)
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 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|
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!
Shokran (jazellan): Thank you (very much)
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
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