Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, and transfers
Departs USA: February 17, 2019
Travelers often want to see China’s ancient and modern culture as well as the vast and varied countryside ranges. On this special Enrichment Journey, you will visit and experience the best of both worlds as you travel through China after your 16-night cruise to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Begin your journey in Singapore, the gateway to Asia’s Colonial period. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, colonial treasures and enjoy the view from atop one of Singapore’s most eye-catching works of modern architecture–Sands SkyPark. During your cruise you will experience the many facets of Bangkok on a full-day exclusive shore excursion designed specifically for Enrichment Journey guests. Visit Wat Arun, (The Temple of Dawn), and the grounds of the Grand Palace, home to the Emerald Buddha. Explore silk tycoon Jim Thompson’s home and motor along the same river Anna Leonowens sailed before meeting the King of Siam. Your cruise ends in exciting Hong Kong with just enough time to get your land-legs, before you set off on an in-depth exploration of Mainland China. Start in Shanghai, the country’s largest city and its financial hub. Here you will see dazzling skyscrapers and Jade Temples. Then, during your three-night stay in Xi’an, you will have the opportunity to gaze upon the mysterious Terracotta Warriors and be entranced by the history and massive walls of this city that was once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. You will experience the busy pace of Beijing during a three-night visit, during which you will be dazzled by the scale and beauty of the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. You will enjoy a visit to the Great Wall and many included extras you would not experience on a regular tour. End your journey with a thrilling Chinese acrobatic show and farewell dinner.
Optional 4-night Siem Reap extension available. Call for details! Visits: Singapore, Ko Samui and Bangkok (Laemchabang), Thailand; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Hue / Danang (Chan May), and Hanoi (Halong Bay) Vietnam; Sanya, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing, China
|1||Arrive to Singapore and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Evening Tour and Welcome Dinner (D)|
|2||Singapore – Afternoon City Tour (B,D)|
|3||Singapore – Check out of Hotel and Transfer to ship for embarkation and overnight onboard (B)|
|6||Amphoe Ko Samui, Thailand||8:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|7||Bangkok, Thailand – Included Exclusive Shore Excursion for Enrichment Journeys Guests Only (L,D)||9:00 AM|
|8||Bangkok, Thailand||5:00 PM|
|9||Sihanoukville, Cambodia||12:00 PM||10:00 PM|
|11||Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam||8:00 AM|
|12||Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam||4:00 PM|
|14||Hue/Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|15||Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam||11:00 AM|
|16||Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam||5:00 PM|
|17||Sanya, China||10:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|18||Hong Kong, China||4:00 PM|
|19||Hong Kong, China – Disembark ship, City Tour, Hotel check-in & evening at leisure (L)||8:00 AM|
|20||Hong Kong, China – Fly to Shanghai. Transfer to Hotel. Enjoy dinner and an acrobatic show. (B,D)|
|21||Shanghai – Tour of Yu Yuan Garden, Old Shanghai, Jade Buddha Temple, Chinese table lunch & more. (B,L)|
|20||Shanghai – Day-trip to Suzhou by bus; tour Garden of Master of Nets & Silks and Jinxi. (B,L)|
|21||Shanghai to Xi’an, China – Check out of Hotel and Transfer to airport. Fly to Xi’an. Transfer to Hotel. (B,D)|
|22||Xi’an – Tour the City Wall, practice your Chinese calligraphy, visit the Tang Dynasty Museum, Tang Dynasty Dancing Show & more. (B,L,D)|
|23||Xi’an – Tour of Ceramic Factory, visit to Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum. Afternoon at leisure. (B,D)|
|24||Xi’an to Beijing, China – Check out of Hotel and Transfer to airport. Fly to Beijing & Transfer to Hotel. Tour Hutong area, enjoy a home visit and take a dumpling making class. (B,L)|
|25||Beijing – Tour the Temple of Heaven, Tian’anmen Square & enjoy a Tea Ceremony, Forbidden City, Pearl Shopping, Kung Fu Stage Performance. (B,L,D)|
|26||Beijing – Tour Jade Carving Factory, Sacred Way, Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. (B,L,D)|
|27||Beijing – Transfer to the airport for flight home. (B)|
For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.
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.
Bangkok / Laemchabang, 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)
Saigon (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. (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.
Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam: In Hanoi, the country’s captivating capital, you’ll find a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace. Rise early to watch t’ai chi practiced at dawn near Hoan Kiem Lake, and then take in the history with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the bustling back streets of the Old Quarter. Eventually, you’ll be enticed to visit the country’s northern provinces. 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)
Sanya, China: Known for its tropical climate, scenic beaches and splendid resorts, this city has quickly become a vacation hot-spot for locals and is considered the “Hawaii of China”. Popular attractions include Nanwan Monkey Island, home to more than 1,800 endangered macaque monkeys, and the Guanyin Statue of Hainan, one of the tallest statues in the world.
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.
Your 28-night Enrichment Journey begins with daily included tours in Singapore. The group will then board the Oceania Nautica for a 16-night voyage through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and China. Optional shore excursions from your ship will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities. Following the cruise portion, you will explore several of China’s most popular cities with full day programs on most days. 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.
The land portion of the trip should be considered very 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.
Please note: Most historic areas in Asia were developed during a time when traffic was by foot, or horse-drawn vehicle. Therefore, these areas cannot be accessed by modern day vehicles. Our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Many pavements are made up of brick or cobblestone (often original) and therefore are rough and/or uneven. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites in Asia often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/temples. 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.
Each country on this Journey has its own unique customs and culture. From Colonial Singapore, to exotic Bangkok and Imperial China, you will experience a wonderful mix of traditions, cuisines and scenery. This trip of a lifetime through mainland China is not to be missed. The post-cruise program will include instrumental music on instruments you may have never heard of, artistry of silk and net production, historic architecture including The Great Wall and several other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Don’t forget the culinary delights of Thailand and China that await you. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, shorelines and the cities themselves can be crowded. The cultures of the several countries visited is passionate and 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.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking this trip. Expect cold weather in Shanghai, Beijing & Xi’an in February, while Singapore & Hanoi may be damp with warmer temperatures. It is recommended to have cotton clothing that can be layered for this type of climate and a raincoat is advisable. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city walks and when exploring historic buildings.
Be mindful of Asian culture and pack modest clothing. Be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals.
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Dream of a Thousand Lives: A Sojourn in Thailand by Karen Connelly
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
48 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City: A Cruising Couple
The Ultimate Foodie’s Guide to Singapore: The Fit Traveller
The Last Emperor (China)
The Beach (Thailand)
Two Brothers (Cambodia)
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|
|Hong Kong–Shanghai||Airline||2.5–3.5 Hours|
Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-800-296-1992 for more information and to book!
|Journey Date||Price PP||Single Rates|
|2/17/2019||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|B2 (Veranda)||$13,199||$9,899||$3,300||Call for details.|
|A3 (Concierge Veranda)||$13,999||$10,499||$3,500||Call for details.|
|PH3 (Penthouse Suite)||$16,532||$12,399||$4,133||Call for details.|
|VS (Vista Suite)||$21,332||$15,999||$5,333||Call for details.|
|• 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.
Tel: +65 6593 8888
1 Unity Street, 237983, Singapore
Park Hotel Clarke Quay has a central, downtown location that is minutes from the Clarke Quay entertainment precinct and Central Business District. Featuring 336 well-appointed rooms and suites, each room and suite showcases modern baroque furnishings, elevated ceilings, as well as full length bay windows offering scintillating views of the Singapore River or the cityscape. Rooms are also equipped with complimentary smart phone service offering free unlimited 3G Internet connectivity, local and international calls to 11 countries.
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.
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.
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. Known for warm hospitality and excellent customer service, this prestigious hotel offers extensive business, meeting and recreational facilities.
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.: +86 29 87928888
319 Dongxin Street, Shaanxi Province 710004, Xi’an
The Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square is surrounded by serene courtyards and enchanting gardens which encapsulate the historic riches of the region. Fifty years of Renmin Square history is reflected on the magnificent décor of the hotel’s 194 guestrooms and suites. Combining chic Chinese design with modern touches, the rooms are fully equipped for comfort and convenience: room safe, satellite television and Wi-Fi access.
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.
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Whatever corner of the globe beckons you to explore, Oceania Cruises takes you there in comfort and style. Relax on board luxurious ships and savor exquisite cuisine that not only is renowned as the finest at sea, but also rivals the best restaurants ashore. Inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pépin, these culinary delights have always been a hallmark that distinguishes the Oceania Cruises experience from any other. Considering the uncompromising quality, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of an Oceania Cruises voyage is its incredible value. Lavish complimentary amenities abound and there are never supplemental charges in any of the onboard restaurants. Every moment spent on an Oceania Cruises voyage confirms that this is Your World. Your Way.®
After undergoing a multimillion-dollar transformation to create virtually a new ship, Nautica features the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Nautica offers four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. With just 684 guests and a 1.71 to 1 Guest to Staff ratio, there is simply no better way to explore the world than aboard this intimate and elegant ship.
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 Singapore, Hong Kong, China 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, Cambodia, 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 Cambodia, 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 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 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 and Cambodia. 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, Cambodia, 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
Cambodia – Cambodian Riel (KHR)
Banknotes in 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 500000
Coins range from 50–500 riel
Exchange – $1 USD to 3,980 Cambodian Riel
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 Hanoi). 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 Hanoi & Singapore, but may be milder in other cities like Hong Kong.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Beijing — 180
Xi’an — 1,305
Hong Kong — 79
Hanoi — 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, Thai and Malay.
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): Chopstic
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
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