Includes: China, Japan, Thailand and South Korea
Hello! Are you trying to find a trip to East Asia that is adventurous, educational, and affordable? Well that's what we here at Smith Travel Agency have for you today! This two-week trip will take you all across East Asia making stops in Japan, South Korea, China and even Thailand, all for the low price of $1,960 (this includes hotels, travel, and most meals, but not flights).
Day 1- Fly from Dallas, TX to Bangkok, Thailand (takes 21+ hours).
Day 2- Land in Bangkok and take the train to Hua Hin (takes 4+ hours) once you arrive at the station visit the Royal Waiting Room where the King and Queen used to be greeted, then take the bus to Hyatt Regency Hua Hin (91 Hua Hin Takiab Road Nong Kae, Hua Thanon 3, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, 77110, Thailand).
Day 3- Spend day walking through the streets of Hua Hin and visit the beach to see all the things this country has to show since it is a prorupted state, meaning that it has many advantages, one being that because of its elongation, the country has easy access to the coast and its resources. After that, take train back to Bangkok airport.
Day 4- Fly from Bangkok, Thailand to Hong Kong, China (takes 16+ hours) take bus to Guangzhou and stop at Hotel Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich (988 Guangzhou Middle Ave, TianHeBei, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510620).
Day 5- Take bus to Xing-Mei area of eastern Guangzhou and visit the Hakka Walled Villages to see the walled villages that were built back in the 17th century primarily for defensive purposes. Take bus back to Hong Kong and see the nightlife of the bright city by walking through the busy streets and visiting shops. While doing so, you’ll be able to notice the effect China’s One Child Policy has had on the country by the visible difference in ratio of males to females (there are way more males than females). Spend night in Park Hotel Hong Kong (Park Hotel Hong Kong, 61-65 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong).
Day 6- Take the bus to Disneyland Hong Kong and spend the day there. After, return to the hotel and in the morning ride the bus back to the airport.
Day 7- Fly from Hong Kong to Seoul, South Korea (takes around 4 hours) spend the day wandering the bustling streets of Seoul while shopping and you will see how South Korea is a mass consumption society which puts it on Stage 5 of Rostow’s modernization model. Spend the night in ibis Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong (78 Namdaemun-ro, Myeongdong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea).
Day 8- Take a bus over to Changdeokgung to experience the culture of South Korea. You will visit one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The Joseon Dynasty lasted over five centuries and sculpted the culture of South Korea which is still affected by it to this day. Then, take the bus over to Gyeongbokgung to witness more of South Korea’s history. After that, spend the night in the hotel and take the bus back to the airport in the morning.
Day 9- Fly from Seoul, South Korea to Tokyo, Japan (takes about 2 hours). Take the bus over to Disneyland Tokyo and spend the day there. Return back to the hotel for the night.
Day 10- Take the bus to Ginza and then Kagurazaka to visit the many different shops Tokyo has to offer and while doing this you will be able to see that Japan represents the Burgess Concentric Zone Model because it maintains a circular shape and the center is the Central Business District (CBD). After finishing shopping and visiting the many attractions in Tokyo, spend the night in Tokyo Stay Shinjuku. In the morning take the bus back to the airport.
Day 11- Fly from Tokyo, Japan to Dallas, TX (takes 15+ hours).