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16-Day China & Thailand Tours

Tour route: China: Beijing - Guilin - Kunming - Dali - Lijiang, Thailand: Chiang Mai - Bangkok - Ayutthaya

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  • Tour code: IOT-0568
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Beijing

Welcome to China! When your flight lands in the Beijing airport, your local guide is ready to meet you there. Then you will be escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to get rid of jetlag or to ramble around on your own. 

Overnight: Beijing

Day 2: Beijing Sightseeing

In the morning, you will first visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest plaza. Followed by the splendid Forbidden City where the then-emperors dwelled. Take a rickshaw to zip through the Hutongs and meet the old-fashion Beijing lifestyle there. The last site to see is Temple of Heaven, where you will marvel at the most impressive temple in the capital. Take a bite of the famous Peking duck for dinner, no regret!

Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Beijing Sightseeing

Today you will tour the 8th Wonder of the World, the magnificent Great Wall (Mutianyu section). Later, stroll with a good mood on Sacred Road of Ming Tombs, a royal path noted for vivid stone statues and afterlife stories.

Overnight: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Beijing - Guilin

After breakfast, you will travel to Guilin by flight. First take a tour to Elephant Trunk Hill to discover how the hill resembles a colossal elephant drinking from Li River. Then visit the fabulous Reed Flute Cave, which is known as ‘a Natural Palace of Art’.

Overnight: Guilin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Guilin - Yangshuo

Chill off on the deck of the Li River cruiser to Yangshuo, one of the most beautiful and pristine landscape in China. Along the way you will see oval green peaks, thriving groves, rice paddies and grazing water buffaloes, all makes you feel like in a traditional Chinese painting.

Option: in the afternoon, cooking class in a farm house is available for those who longs to learn the skill of making excellent Chinese dishes.

Overnight: Yangshuo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Yangshuo - Guilin - Kunming

Enjoy the relaxing morning at will by cycling or taking a golf cart tour to the nearby villages. After lunch, we head back to Guilin airport for your flight to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, also known as ‘the City of Eternal Spring’.

Overnight: Kunming
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Kunming - Dali

Explore this beautiful city on your own until time to catch your flight to Dali, a tranquil fairyland well known for its marble buildings and friendly ethic minority groups. There, we’ll visit the Three Pagodas, the icon of Dali, Dali Ancient Town, an interesting place to witness what ancient commercial town was like, and Xizhou Town, a lovely village with cultural experience of Bai people.

Overnight: Dali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Dali - Lijiang

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Lijiang, a beautifully preserved ancient Chinese town infused with cultural flavor. When you get there in the afternoon, take an excursion about the ancient town of it, you’ll get into a feel of stepping back in time. 

Overnight: Lijiang
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Lijiang Sightseeing

We’re going to spend the day at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where there are so many to see. The snow-capped mountain is so big and so clear, just like diamonds embedded into the dark blue sky. 

Option: enjoy Naxi ancient music in the evening to get an amazing traditional concert experience.

Overnight: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Lijiang - Kunming - Chiang Mai

Enjoy your free time before flying back to Kunming for your Thailand Flight. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, our guide and driver will meet and escort you to the hotel for check-in.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Chiang Mai Elephant Ride

We begin with a morning visit to the Maetaman Elephant Camp, which gives you a joyous close-up with these talented animals - watch them perform little ‘tricks’, have an exciting elephant ride along the trails, followed by an ox-cart ride back to the camp. In the afternoon, enjoy a brilliant white-water rafting along Mae Taeng River

Afternoon, continue the tour to ride up the well paved, winding road till you reach the magical staircase leading to the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a highly revered temple that sits on the top of Mount Doi Suthep overlooking Chiang Mai.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Chiang Mai Free Day

Today is yours to spare. Venture out and make the best of your leisure time. 

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meal: Breakfast

Day 13: Chiang Mai - Bangkok

After breakfast at hotel, you will have some free time before flying to the Bangkok. Upon arrival, be met and escorted to your hotel for check-in and leisure for the rest of the day on your own.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meal: Breakfast

Day 14: Bangkok Tour

Breakfast at hotel and then start to tour: at first, a visit to Wat Traimit famous for its 900-year-old, five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image. Next stop is Wat Arun, one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, we’ll see Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in this city. 

After lunch, continue to visit the most famous site here, Grand Palace, which adjoins Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Slow down at the flower market and smell the rose.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok

After breakfast, make for Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. The first place you’ll visit is Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, one of the most beautiful Summer Palaces in this country. Followed by a tour to Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, in which you can observe one of the biggest Reclining Buddha Images as well as the ruins of the old Grand Palace & temples. At noon, transfer to the pier for a cruise down Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok, during which you will be impressed by the Thai rural life along the river. Lunch is served on board.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 16: Bangkok, Departure

After breakfast at hotel, you will have some free time before going to the airport for your departure flight. 

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Meals

Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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Clients: Sherri Bieber

Travel Consultant:
Kyle Li
Kyle from Odyssey arranged for our trip to China, Vietnam and Cambodia. He did a fantastic job. All the tour guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. Our first tour guide was Tracy. She was so much fun to be with. She even kept contact with us after we moved on to another city to make sure we were having a good time. No matter what we asked of our tour guides, they did their best to fulfill our requests. I don't think we could have had a better trip.
Rating: May 16th, 2017

Clients: Lynn McSherry McBrier

Travel Consultant:
Eric Kong
I have been very pleased with Eric from Odyssey Tours in communicating with me about the details of a trip from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang. He has taken care of important details on a somewhat tricky itinerary and has been most professional and quick in his responses to my questions.
Rating: May 11th, 2017

Clients: Ron Edwards

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Mason Li
My wife and I have been invited to visit some friends in Thailand (Khon Kaen) for the rocket festival in May. We decided to further our experience by arranging a private tour in Bangkok and Chiang Mai with other places in between. I contacted Odyssey Tours and had a response virtually immediately from Mason Li.Mason has been fantastic in organising an 11 day tour for us and has been extremely diligent in firstly organising a tour which meets all our expectations and timings and secondly keeping us informed with many suggestions such as hotels and even down to the clothing we should take for the trip. Mason also arranged our flights from Bangkok to Khon Kaen and return.This type of service bodes extremely well for our overall experience in ThailandElke & Ron Edwards, Brisbane ,Australia
Rating: April 27th, 2017

Clients: Gary Labuschewski

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Vincent Ruan
Over recent months we had planned to do a private tour of Northern Thailand, however on the first occasion due to my wife's mother health we had to postpone, in just this month had rebooked and paid for the same trip. Unexpectedly our daughter gave birth to a very premature little girl and out trip had to be cancelled. Vincent from Odyssey has been extremely patient and understanding through these family challenges and was also able to arrange some credit from our sudden cancellation. Our sincere heart felt gratitude to Vincent and his team.
Rating: April 21st, 2017

Clients: Brad Block

Travel Consultant:
Alick Peng
Our travel advisor, Mr. Alick Peng, has made the process very easy for planning out a complex individualized big travel vacation itinerary. He has also been very quick & detailed in responding to any & all emails & questions I have had for him. Alick was recommended to me by friends who previously booked a big trip through him, and were very happy with his services (including some assistance to change some reservations during the middle of their vacation).
Rating: April 15th, 2017
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