Tour Itinerary of Splendid China & Fantastic Circle of Thailand

18-Day Beijing, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket Tour (CHT-TH-04)

Thailand is one of the most fascinating holiday destinations of South East Asia. Endowed with dazzling ancient temples in Bangkok, colorful hill tribes in Chiang Mai, romantic beaches in Koh Samui, it blends recreation, entertainment and leisure to make Thailand an enjoyable and ideal place for holiday. Extend your China Tour from the Forbidden City in Beijing and Jade Dragon Mountain in Lijiang to Thailand, this 18 days trip will be sure one of the memorable tours you ever take.

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Day 1


Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing), Receive the Phone from Your Guide

- Receive the Phone from Your Guide: A Nokia rental package for calls to the U.S. and Canada includes 7 days rental cost for the cell phone and SIM card, 60 minutes FREE international calls to the U.S. and Canada, and delivery and collection in China. Return the phone to your guide when you depart. This package is for customers from the U.S./Canada. We provide other phone rental packages for customers from other countries. Contact us to see the details.
Note: Our rental phones do not work in Hong Kong. You must return the phone to your guide before you go to Hong Kong.

Accommodations: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel Beijing (Economy) 


Day 2

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Hutong Tour in Xicheng District
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- The Forbidden City (2.5 hours): The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911.This "city within a city" is a World Heritage Site, and is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial architecture complex in the world, with great square, halls and gates contrast with intricate halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters. The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are all important treasures of ancient China.
- Tiananmen Square (50 minutes): Tian'anmen Square is the largest city square in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world's largest city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.
- Hutong Tour in Xicheng District (1 hour): Hutong is a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing. In this one hour tour, you can hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family then walk on the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and find out about the different thresholds of the courtyards.
- Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant: Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant is located near Summer Palace in Haidian District. It serves authentic Sichuan cuisine with its traditional Chinese style decor. Recommended dishes include sweet and sour fish, fried pork with celery and Kungpao Chicken.

Accommodations: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel Beijing (Economy) 


Day 3

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Temple of Heaven
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant

- The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car) (2 hours): This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.
- Temple of Heaven (1.5 hours): Built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, Temple of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings where emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties visited for annual ceremonies of pray for good harvests. Located in the south of Central Beijing, it covers an area of 273 hectares. Temple of Heaven was enrolled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.
- Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant: Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant is near Great Wall of Mutianyu section. This garden style restaurant serves farmhouse dishes, specializing in rainbow trout, sturgeon and salmon. The fabulous taste will leave you with great memories.

Accommodations: Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel Beijing (Economy) 


Day 4


Place & Transport: Beijing to Kunming, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport Transfer (Kunming)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Xibei Restaurant

- Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony (2 hours): The palace is about 12 kilometers northwest of the city center and is equally as famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan'(Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China and one of Beijing's premier attractions. It is also possible to cruise on the lake which takes 10 minutes by the ferry boat.
- Xibei Restaurant: Xibei Restaurant brings Chinese North western cuisines to Beijing with cultures from Manchus, Mongolians, Chinese Muslims and Hans.

Accommodations: King World Hotel (Economy) 


Day 5

Place & Transport: Kunming
Today's Activities: The Stone Forest, Jiuxiang Caves
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Chinese Restaurant of Stone Forest Ashima Hotel

- The Stone Forest (2 hours): A fantastic natural phenomena located 90 km southeast of Kunming. The various shapes of karst landscape was formed due to millions of years' movement of Earth. The Stone Forest area is the home of the Sani people, their folk customs has become one spectacular scene, the colorful embroidery and minority dances combine with the natural sceneries, which will surely leave you a deep impression.
- Jiuxiang Caves (2 hours): Jiuxiang Caves are situated in Jiuxiang Township, about 70 kilometers from Kunming. There are more than one hundred karst caves in Jiuxiang scenic area. The caves at Jiuxiang are the largest cave group system in China. Inside the cave are many well-developed and wonderful stalactites and stalagmites, which look like pretty fairies welcoming their guests. Names have been given to them such as "Fairies Welcoming Guests", "Woman Weaver", and "The Fairy is coming out of bathing".
Note: The final stage is to climb up Bat Cave. This is the most challenging part as there are about 336 steps. Sometimes there are laborers who offering sedan chair service.
- Chinese Restaurant of Stone Forest Ashima Hotel : Situated by the entrance to Stone Forest landscaped area, the restaurant is famous for its roast duck.

Accommodations: King World Hotel (Economy) 


Day 6

Place & Transport: Kunming to Dali (Watch the Video ), Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Kunming), Airport Transfer (Dali), Cruise on the Erhai Lake, Zhoucheng elaborate batik crafts, Houses of Bai People in Xizhou, Three Pagodas
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Caihuiju Restaurant

- Cruise on the Erhai Lake (2 hours): The area around Lake Erhai is blessed with a mild climate and fertile land with forests containing valuable stocks of timber, medicinal herbs and rare animals. A cruise around the lake and its islands is an excellent way to explore the area and visit a working fishing village. Fifteen minutes' wait is sometimes required if there are less than five people to take the boat.
- Zhoucheng elaborate batik crafts (30 minutes): A town where Bai minority people live and is famous for its elaborate batik crafts. Here you can see traditional way of making those exquisite crafts by Bai Minority people, their delicated skills and methods of making crafts will leave you a deep impression. There are tie-dye workshops open to the public. You can also choose to buy some nice crafts. Sometimes the workshops might be very busy.
- Houses of Bai People in Xizhou (30 minutes): The Houses of Bai people in Xizhou are located in the Xizhou Town which is 16 kilometers away from the Ancient City of Dali. Xizhou is not only a famous historic city, but also a typical commercial town of Bai people. It is one of the cradles of National capitalism of Bai people, and a famous hometown to overseas Chinese in Yunnan. You will see typical Bai traditions and dresses there. Some buildings are old and typical ancient architectures, which are the real local house. On the outside walls of each house, there are numerous exquisite paintings showing the art atmosphere.
- Three Pagodas (1.5 hours): The Three Pagodas between the Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake are considered the landmark of Dali. Towering aloft in a triangle shape, the Three Pagodas were built more than 1,000 years ago. Stored in the pagodas are valued Buddhist scripts and scriptures.
- Caihuiju Restaurant: Cai Hui Ju is a very popular coffee shop on the foreigner’s street. No matter whether you want Western or Asian food as the menu offers lots of choices.

Accommodations: Dali Landscape Hotel (Economy) 


Day 7

Lijiang Ancient Town

Place & Transport: Dali to Lijiang (Watch the Video )
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Dali to Lijiang, Lijiang Ancient Town, Wangu Tower
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at No.8 Lv Xue Zhai Restaurant

- Lijiang Ancient Town (2 hours): It is situated in the middle area of the county, which is more than 2400 meters high above sea level. It enjoys beautiful scenes, an indeed famous city with long history and splendid culture, it is very rare in China that such well-preserved minority ancient city still exists. The old town is quite busy in the afternoon and evening with an active atmosphere of the lights and crowd. An early morning visit will be less crowded.
- Wangu Tower (1 hour): Located on the top of Lion Hill, Wangu is the landmark building of Lijiang ancient town. This pure wood building is 33 meters (108 ft) tall, overlooking the scenery of Lijiang at its foot, and looking out to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.
- No.8 Lv Xue Zhai Restaurant: The restaurant is decorated in courtyard style of Naxi region and mainly provides Naxi cuisine as well some Chinese dishes.

Accommodations: Sanhe Hotel Lijiang (Economy) 


Day 8


Place & Transport: Lijiang (Watch the Video )
Today's Activities: Baisha Murals at Baisha Village, The Jade Dragon Mountain (with Large Cable Car from Ganhaizi)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Baisha Murals at Baisha Village (30 minutes): Painted over a thousand years ago, the murals combine the cultures of Han, Tibetan and Naxi people displaying the life stories of the Tibet Buddhism, Confucian and Taoism.
- The Jade Dragon Mountain (with Large Cable Car from Ganhaizi) (3.5 hours): Noted as the highest tourist cable in China, the Large Cable way goes up to Shanzidou (Shanzi Peak) the main peak of the snow mountain, with the an entire length of 2,914m, a top altitude of 4,506 km, and a perpendicular ascent of 1,150m. The cable car will take you into the clouds, where you will be far away from the worldly hurly-burly, and find yourself in a real paradise. Many visit Ganhanzi, Baishuihe (White Water River), and Glacier Park from this cableway.
- Baisha Shiguang Restaurant: The restaurant is located in Baisha Village and provides mainly Naxi cuisine along with some Chinese dishes.

Accommodations: Sanhe Hotel Lijiang (Economy) 


Day 9


Place & Transport: Lijiang to Kunming to Bangkok, Flight No. TBA, connect Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Lijiang), Airport Transfer (Bangkok),
Meals: Breakfast


Accommodations: I Residence 


Day 10

Place & Transport: Bangkok
Today's Activities: Wat Traimit, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew(Emerald Buddha)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Wat Traimit: Wat Traimit, also named the Temple of the Golden Buddha, is famous for its 900-years old, five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image.
- Wat Arun: Wat Arun, perhaps better known as the Temple of the Dawn, is one of the best known landmarks and one of the most published images of Bangkok.
- Wat Pho: Wat Pho is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, as well as the largest single Buddha image or the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas), also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage Reclining Buddha.
- Royal Grand Palace: Royal Grand Palace is Thailand's' most sacred place. Within the palace complex there are several buildings including Wat Phra Kaew, which contains the greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. The palace once was a royal residence. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used to hold all kinds of ceremonies and auspicious events.

Accommodations: I Residence 


Day 11

Wat Arun

Place & Transport: Bangkok
Today's Activities: Half Day Tour Damnoensaduak Floating Market
Meals: Breakfast

--Half Day Tour Damnoensaduak Floating Market: Today early morning, pick you up at the hotel and then transfer to one of the most attracting floating market of Thailand namely Damnernsaduak Floating Market. There you have a chance to take a boat observing the lifestyle of local people along the small canals. Not only do you visit the coconut farm and taste some coconut juice, but also you will find the variety of seasonal fruits such as rumbutan, mangoes, papaya and etc. Then, we back to the hotel and free at leisure or shopping in the afternoon.

Accommodations: I Residence 


Day 12


Place & Transport: Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Bangkok), Airport Transfer (Chiang Mai), Wat Prathat Doi Suthep
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Dinner at Khantoke Dinner

- Wat Prathat Doi Suthep: Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is one of the most sacred temples in Chiangmai. It is located on hilltop in Northern-Thai style and containing holy relic of Lord Buddha and enjoy seeing panoramic view of the whole city.
- Khantoke Dinner: Khantoke Dinner is served on a wooden pedestral tray call "Khantoke", and the dishes are all authentic northern Thai delicacies such as Gaeng Hang Lay, a gingery pork curry; the chili-tomato-minced pork dip called Naam Prik Ong, and the crunchy pieces of pork scratching or Kaeb Moo, for dipping into the rich gravy. While guests enjoy the meal, there is a special hilltribe show performed by various members of Yao, Lahu, Meo, Lisu, and Karen hilltribe.

Accommodations: Maninarakorn 


Day 13

Elephant Camp

Place & Transport: Chiang Mai
Today's Activities: Full Day Tour Elephant Safari, Ox-Cart Riding, Bamboo Rafting
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--Full Day Tour Elephant Safari, Ox-Cart Riding, Bamboo Rafting: Breakfast at hotel, embark to the Elephants Camp to see the elephants at work in a jungle area, see how the elephants are trained for working with humans and the elephant shows. Then, you will be on an exciting ride on the elephant back along the trails and followed by Ox-Cart ride back to the camp. Lunch at the elephant camp. Afternoon, enjoy with local handicraft bamboo rafting along Mae Taeng river. Return to Chiang Mai and a stop will be at Orchid Nursery. Transfer to your hotel.

Accommodations: Maninarakorn 


Day 14


Place & Transport: Chiang Mai
Today's Activities: Chiang Rai Golden Triangle
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--Chiang Rai Golden Triangle: Pick you up at hotel and transfer to Mae Sai Border, one of the biggest border market of Thai (Thai - Myanmar border). There you see several products such local foods, clothes, jewelry, silverware, stones and etc. - lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Golden Triangle where the 3 borders (Laos, Myanmar & Thai) are met and also connected to China by the boat as well. In the past, Chinese used this route for delivering the opium to Siam Country before spreading to any others. Later on, visit the Opium House where is located nearby. You will find the Opium routing, the history, galleries, accessories and etc. After that, return to the hotel and free at your leisure.

Accommodations: Maninarakorn 


Day 15


Place & Transport: Chiang Mai to Phuket , Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Chiang Mai), Airport Transfer (Phuket ), Free at leisure
Meals: Breakfast


Accommodations: Patong Resort 


Day 16

Phi Phi Island

Place & Transport: Phuket
Today's Activities: Full Day Join Tour to Phi Phi Island
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

--Full Day Join Tour to Phi Phi Island: Breakfast at hotel, and then join transfer by minivan to the pier for take a speed boat trip to Phi Phi Island.
09.00am Departs from Chalong Pier to “Phi Phi Islay Island” for swimming and sightseeing at “Maya Bay” (The Beach of movie was taken here). Enjoy snorkeling and feeding colorful fishes at “Loh Samah Bay”. Sightseeing at “Peleh Cove” and Viking Cave”
12.00pm Arrive at “Phi Phi Don Island” enjoy feeding the Monkey by a piece of bananas.
12.30pm Lunch will be served at Phi Phi Don.
02.00pm Enjoy swimming with crystal clear water and snorkeling with plentiful coral reefs and feeding fishes at Monkey Beach
03.00pm Arrive at “Khai Nok Island” enjoy your activities like swimming, sunbathing and feeding fishes.
04.00pm Back to Chalong Pier and transfer to your hotel.

Accommodations: Patong Resort 


Day 17


Place & Transport: Phuket
Today's Activities: Free at leisure
Meals: Breakfast


Accommodations: Patong Resort 


Day 18


Place & Transport: Phuket to Bangkok to Departure City, Flight No. TBA, connect Flight not included
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Phuket )
Meals: Breakfast


Price Per Person in US Dollars
Excellent Local Guide

Excellent Local Guides

We selected the most experienced tour guides in each city. They are all very professional and flexible during the tour with oustanding knowledge of all the sites and history.

Our Luxury Car for  Families

Our Luxury Car for Families

We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained and always very clean.

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

We use only air-conditioned small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.


Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
    Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Transportation:
    Bangkok To Chiang Mai Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Chiang Mai To Phuket Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Phuket To Bangkok Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.
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