Hong Kong & Bangkok Adventure

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per person, double occupancy* based on Sep. 8, 2018 departure from SFO
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires Jul. 19, 2018.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring Experience the culture and cuisine of two timeless traveler hotspots in Asia; explore independently with flights, hotels & city tours included
Style Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 10 open departures, September 2018 – May 2019
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round-trip flights from San Francisco (SFO) including fuel surcharge and taxes and fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 7 nights in superior first class accommodations with guaranteed early check-in in Hong Kong
  • 8 Meals: Buffet breakfast daily
  • Sunset Foodie Tour of Hong Kong with Symphony of Lights Cruise
  • Bangrak Foodie Tour in Bangkok
  • Guided city tours in Hong Kong and Bangkok
Optional
  • Discover and taste food and drinks from six different locations on the Hong Kong Foodie Tour
  • Ride a cable car and visit one of the world’s largest outdoor Buddha statues on the Lantau Island & lunch at Po Lin Monastery Tour
  • Savor authentic treats on the Old Bangkok Street Food Walking Tour
  • See an unmatched view of Bangkok with a visit to the Sky Bar
  • Try your hand at cooking classes in Hong Kong and Bangkok
Highlights
  • Taste exotic treats in Hong Kong and Bangkok
  • Enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace
Departs San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Themes History & CultureCity Stays
What to Expect This well-paced, independent tour includes walking for several hours and requires higher levels of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip. This tour does not include a tour guide or escort beyond included touring.

Prepare for your trip Already booked? Find everything you need to know before you go, including information about passport & visa requirements, flights, luggage, and more.


Hong Kong & Bangkok Adventure itinerary

Get ready to discover the culture, colors and cuisine of two of Asia’s legendary traveler hot spots. Start your adventure in Hong Kong, where neon skylines and the stunning Victoria Harbor frame a multicultural metropolis known for its colonial past, its Chinese roots and its distinctly modern flair. Then fly to Bangkok and experience the gilded temples and Buddha statues, world-class food and smiling people, and the floating markets and vibrant street-life that have made this capital city such a popular destination!

On our Hong Kong & Bangkok Adventure you have plenty of free time to explore independently or add-on an array of optional touring in between some included tours so you can truly personalize your experience. If you choose, you can taste your way through the diverse culinary options---from steaming dim sum to tangy pad thai. Or, perhaps you’d prefer to immerse yourself in ancient Buddhist culture with a trip to Hong Kong’s evergreen Lantau Island and tranquil Po Lin Monastery. Or maybe you want to follow a cultural path, and meander through the hustle and bustle of Temple Street Night Market or Bangkok’s traditional floating markets. (You can even do a little bit of everything!)

From art and architecture, to culture and cuisines, with fun and free time, this is an adventure you won't soon forget.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Jul. 19, 2018!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Sat, Sep. 8, 2018
Returns: Mon, Sep. 17, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 8 – Sep 17 $2799 –$300 Jul 19 $2499 Select
Departs: Sat, Sep. 22, 2018
Returns: Mon, Oct. 1, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 22 – Oct 1 $2799 –$300 Jul 19 $2499 Select
Departs: Sat, Oct. 20, 2018
Returns: Mon, Oct. 29, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 20 – Oct 29 $2899 –$300 Jul 19 $2599 Select
Departs: Sat, Nov. 17, 2018
Returns: Mon, Nov. 26, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 17 – Nov 26 $2899 –$300 Jul 19 $2599 Select
Departs: Sat, Dec. 1, 2018
Returns: Mon, Dec. 10, 2018
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 1 – Dec 10 $2999 –$300 Jul 19 $2699 Select
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Sat, Jan. 19, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jan. 28, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jan 19 – Jan 28 $2899 –$300 Jul 19 $2599 Select
Departs: Sat, Mar. 2, 2019
Returns: Mon, Mar. 11, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 2 – Mar 11 $2899 –$300 Jul 19 $2599 Select
Departs: Sat, Mar. 30, 2019
Returns: Mon, Apr. 8, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 30 – Apr 8 $2899 –$300 Jul 19 $2599 Select
Departs: Sat, Apr. 27, 2019
Returns: Mon, May 6, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 27 – May 6 $2999 –$300 Jul 19 $2699 Select
Departs: Sat, May 11, 2019
Returns: Mon, May 20, 2019
Book by Thu, Jul. 19, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 11 – May 20 $2899 –$300 Jul 19 $2599 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Hong Kong & Bangkok Foodie Adventure
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Oct 20, 2018;  Nov 17, 2018;  Dec 1, 2018;  Jan 19, 2019;  Mar 2, 2019 +$799
Apr 27, 2019 +$849
All other departures +$699
Optional Excursions
Traditional Dim Sum Cooking Class1 +$130

1. This tour will operate with a minimum of 4 participants.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

Want to find a roommate and avoid single occupancy fees? We can help! Learn more
Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
San Francisco (SFO)1 included
Los Angeles (LAX)2
Sep 22, 2018 +$200
Dec 1, 2018 +$300
All other departures +$100
New York Kennedy (JFK)3
Sep 22, 2018;  Oct 20, 2018;  Nov 17, 2018;  Dec 1, 2018 +$300
Sep 8, 2018 +$400
Jan 19, 2019 +$500
All other departures +$150

1. For flights from SFO, upgrades may be available to Premium Economy starting from $1,200 and to Business Class starting from $3,500. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

2. For flights from LAX, upgrades may be available to Premium Economy starting from $1,000 and to Business Class starting from $4,000. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

3. For flights from JFK, upgrades may be available to Premium Economy starting from $1,400 and to Business Class starting from $7,300. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

This package offers round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable. The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $1200

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Hong Kong (most flights depart after midnight)

Day 2: En route

  • Cross the International Dateline and lose a day. (You will recover this day on the return leg of your trip)

Day 3: Arrive in Hong Kong 

Accommodations: 3 nights New World Millennium Hotel or similar, Hong Kong. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Upon arrival, and after customs formalities, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check-in
  • Guaranteed early check-in upon arrival
  • Enjoy a morning at leisure, or explore Hong Kong with a self-guided tour.
  • In the afternoon, depart for a walking Sunset Foodie Tour and Symphony of Light Cruise

Golden Mile, Hong KongFull Day Itinerary: Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you'll be escorted to your hotel located in the bustling heart of Kowloon, near the scenic harbor and the "Golden Mile," Hong Kong's famous shopping district.  Check-in immediately with guaranteed early check-in, and the morning is yours to rest, or hit the ground running with a choice of self-guided walking tours. Get a head start on souvenir shopping with the Markets for Leisure & Pleasure tour, or learn about historical buildings with A Century of Architecture.

Your foodie adventure starts later in the afternoon, traveling via subway train and then on foot through the neighborhoods. Your guide will escort you to the Yau Ma Tei Station, and your first taste will be a cup of Chrysanthemum Tea at a local herbal tea shop. After a brief visit to the historically preserved Yau Ma Tei Theater and Red Brick Building, make your way to the Yau Ma Yei fruit wholesale market. Take a moment to sample some exotic fruit from around the world, like mangosteen, longan or lychee, then take a walk through Shanghai Street, famous for shops carrying traditional cooking supplies.  Stop by the Chinese Singing Parlor to listen to some local music, and enjoy a Chinese Egg Tart on your walk through the Fortune Teller Zone. Then savor a bowl of Mak’s Wonton Noodle soup, recommended by the 2018 Michelin Guide. Your walking tour ends at the pier, where you will board a junk for a cruise around iconic Victoria harbor, capturing the city’s vibrancy from the best position in town! With complimentary drinks in hand, witness the celebrated nightly spectacle with interactive lightings of 33 key buildings of the city. There is no better way to see the show than on a harbor cruise!

Day 4: Hong Kong

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • This morning, explore your surroundings with an included tour of Hong Kong Island
  • Enjoy an afternoon at leisure or sign up for a Hong Kong Foodie Tour

Cable car, Victoria PeakFull Day Itinerary: Your morning tour of Hong Kong Island features a cable car ride to the top of Victoria Peak for a magnificent city and harbor view. Descend and continue to Repulse Bay and Aberdeen fishing village, a community of some 600 colorful floating homes. Conclude your tour with some time for shopping with a visit to the Stanley Market and a handmade jewelry workshop. 

Optional Excursion: Hong Kong Foodie Tour, $100 pp (purchased locally). This afternoon, meet a local food expert and visit six family-run tasting locations in the Central and Sheung Wan neighborhoods. Each eatery has been specially selected to represent examples of Hong Kong cuisine, and tell the unique and interesting stories behind them. Along the way, learn fun facts about the region, and about the historical figures and beautiful architecture of the region. Featured offerings can range from wonton noodles and fresh juice, to local baked goods and roasted meats.

Day 5: Hong Kong

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a day at leisure or choose from one of two optional excursions to take part in a cooking class or the Lantau Island & Po Lin Monastery

Optional Excursion: Traditional Dim Sum Cooking Class, $130 pp. This afternoon, you'll learn how to make traditional Dim Sum, a combination of spring rolls and steamed or deep fried dumplings, which can be savory or sweet. For Hong Kong residents, it's an important part of 'Yum Cha', a weekend tradition of gathering with family to drink tea, and enjoy Dim Sum. Meet your guide and take the Mass Transit Railway to visit a local market to discuss the ingredients of the day. Then you will attend your cooking class, learning skills and techniques to create Dim Sum yourself! After the class, you and your fellow chefs will savor the fruits of your labor, and take home the recipes to try your hand at recreating Dim Sum at home. (Note: This tour will operate with a minimum of 4 participants. Should this tour not materialize, you will be notified prior to departure from the US, and refunded the charge for the tour)

Big Buddha, Lantau IslandOptional Excursion: Lantau Island & Po Lin Monastery Tour with lunch, $112 pp (purchased locally). Lantau Island is home to some of Hong Kong's most famous landmarks. The lush landscapes and iconic attractions provide picturesque scenery and a delightful retreat from the hectic city life of urban Hong Kong. Cruise along the Tsing Ma Bridge, one of the longest road/rail suspension bridge in the world, stopping at the viewing platform before crossing to Lantau. Next in Tai O Village, board a boat for a glimpse of the most famous wooden stilt houses along the waterfront. This traditional fishing village is a mosaic of surprises with its tiny shops, shrines, local market and fishing junks. Make your way to the tranquil Po Lin Monastery, nestled among spectacular mountains, and enjoy a Chinese vegetarian lunch. This peaceful monastery houses one of the world’s largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statues and a museum. Finish your tour with a cable car ride on a 5.7 km Skyrail showcasing views of the lush terrains of Lantau and the South China Sea. 

Day 6: Hong Kong & Bangkok 

Accommodations: 4 nights COMO Metropolitan or similar, Bangkok. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok 
  • Upon arrival, and after customs formalities, meet our representative and transfer to your centrally located hotel for check-in
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Day 7: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • This morning enjoy a walking foodie tour of Bangrak
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore independently

Sky Train at sunset, Bangkok Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, your guide will escort you to meet your local Bangkok foodie expert. They will guide you on an insightful culinary walking adventure through the Bangrak neighborhood. Meaning “Village of Love,” Bangrak is an ideal place for food lovers and curious travelers to connect with authentic local culture. 

While exploring the streets of Bangrak, you’ll learn about the history of the area, hearing tales about the famed buildings that surround you. Bangrak is also well known for its amazing food and boasts many family-run stalls. Stop to taste some of the best local snacks from the traditional to the exotic, up to 15 distinct kinds of food and beverages. This could include delicacies such as “Fish Cake”, one of the most typical Thai appetizers; savor a selection of authentic Thai desserts such as ‘Sweet Thai Custard with Sweet Sticky Rice’, ‘Banana Tart’, or ‘Thong Yip and Thong Yod’, a typical royal Thai dessert made from egg yolk; and more. Refresh yourself with delicious herbal drinks in an 80 year old shop house. Sit down and enjoy duck noodle soup in a locally renowned noodle restaurant. Your foodie adventure ends with a treat, perhaps ‘Mangoes with Sticky Rice’, before you are transferred back to your hotel. (Note: Vendors and menu items may change due to local availability)

The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure. 

Day 8: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a day at leisure, or take part in optional gastronomic tours

Full Day Itinerary: Enjoy a day at leisure to explore independently, or take part in an optional morning market tour or evening visit to Sirocco Sky Bar, or both!

Wat Suthat, BangkokOptional Excursion: Old Bangkok Street Food Tour, $40 pp (purchased locally). This morning, visit Wat Suthat, one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Meander down quiet streets to a small, historic coffee shop for an old-style Thai coffee. As you meander, there will be opportunities to try delicacies such as ‘khanom thua paep,’ a unique rice crepe or ‘qui chaii,’ a crispy or steamed dumpling filled with various vegetables like bean sprouts and spinach. Walk a bit further to see the Chinese Chao Phor Suea Shrine, then its back on the food trail to visit a coconut ice cream shop. Discover a small market and browse the stalls selling fresh seafood, fruits, spices and more. Learn about the local market culture and some of the more exotic ingredients on sale. Visit a Buddha statue manufacturer to witness the artist’s process. Afterwards, transfer back to the hotel with a full belly and a greater understanding of Thailand’s food culture.

Enjoying a cocktail at the Sirocco Sky Bar, Lebua Hotel, BangkokOptional Excursion: Drinks at the Sky Bar Rooftop, Lebua Hotel, $60 pp (purchased locally). This evening, travel via tuk-tuk to the famous Lebua Hotel. Take the elevator to the 63rd floor and the rooftop Sirocco Sky Bar. Marvel at the breathtaking panoramic view of Bangkok while enjoying an included signature cocktail. Take your time to enjoy the venue, and return to your hotel via tuk-tuk or independently whenever you are ready. *Note smart casual attire is required for entry to the bar.

Day 9: Bangkok

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • This morning is at leisure for independent exploration, or take part in an optional cooking class
  • Later in the afternoon enjoy an included tour to the Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha. 

Grand Palace, BangkokFull Day Itinerary: One of the most important landmarks in Bangkok, the Royal Grand Palace is your first stop this afternoon. Your guide will take you on an in depth journey through Thailand’s history and royal heritage. You will be awed by the grandeur and majesty of the building and its throne halls. And, of course, marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.

Optional Excursion: Half Day Thai Cooking Class at Amita Cooking School, $115 pp (purchased locally). This morning, arrive by boat to Amita Cooking School and after a brief introduction, you will be led on a short tour around the organic garden to learn about Thai herbs. Pick some of the fresh, aromatic herbs that can be later added to spice up your dishes. Start with a cooking demonstration before trying your hand at creating your own culinary masterpieces under your instructor’s guidance. For lunch, sample the fruits of your labor in a Thai-style pavilion amidst the beautiful garden. Each student will receive a set of the course recipes as a souvenir to bring back home.

Day 10: Depart Bangkok/Arrive USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your onward flights with connections to the USA.
  • Arrive in the USA later today

Hotels

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

Deluxe

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is a contemporary and stylish hotel located in the central district of Sathorn. The hotel is located 10 minutes away from Silom’s vibrant nightlife scene with close access to train stations, including the Skytrain Station.

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New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel

New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel

Deluxe

The New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel is conveniently located in the vibrant business and shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui, east of Kowloon, on the Victoria Harbor waterfront. A Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station is a quick 5 minute walk from the hotel lobby, allowing easy access to the city’s most popular attractions. 

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

Reviews

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We booked this trip instead of going to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was less expensive to fly half way around the world and stay for 3 extra days than what it would have cost to go to Hawaii. As for the trip, it was by far the best trip of my life. Lek, our guide, is a wonderful person; very accommodating, friendly and seemed to genuinely care about making our experience enjoyable. Thailand is an amazing country that combines beautiful scenery, a unique culture, friendly people, a good nightlife, and is very inexpensive. What more could you ask for? We are looking to book our next trip (Africa) and are definitely looking at Friendly Planet.

Wade Honeyfield, Denver, CO

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