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Glamorous China and Thailand 14 days

Visits: Beijing - Guilin - Yangshuo - Bangkok - Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Mai – Bangkok

*Please select the departure year :
 
2017 | 2018

The following meals are included: B = Breakfast   L = Lunch   D = Dinner

Day 1: Departure city – stops – Beijing
Depart for Beijing on overnight international flight.

Day 2: Beijing
Arrive at the airport of Beijing, transfer to hotel.
Hotel: West International Trade (5 stars) or similar

Day 3: Beijing (B L D)
Enjoy your excursion to the ancient Great Wall, originally built as protection from the Huns and other Nomadic tribes and never completely fulfilled its purpose. You will also visit the Temple of Heaven. Think of the processions of incense-bearing priest at the Temple of Heaven, where the emperor went to humble himself in prayer to guarantee realm's good harvest.

Day 4: Beijing – Guilin (Flight) (B L)
After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square and then enter the imperial–red walls of the ornate Forbidden City, the emperor’s palace – off limits to commoners for centuries. Then transfer to airport for flight to Guilin.
Hotel: Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 5: Guilin – Yangshuo (Coach) (B L D)
After breakfast, city tour of Guilin. Then transfer to Yangshou by coach. Yangshuo is a famous village in China. We will take a Bamboo raft on River Li and visit the beautiful countryside of Yangshuo. Enjoy the excellent optional show "Impression Liu San Jie" (CAD60 p.p. Any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB400 p.p.).
Hotel: Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 6: Yangshuo – Guilin (Coach) – Bangkok (Flight) (B L)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok.
Hotel: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park (5 stars) or similar

Day 7: Bangkok - Damnoen Saduak Floating Market (coach) - Sampran Riverside (Coach) - Bangkok (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. In the past, daily commerce in Thailand was conducted mostly along rivers and canals. The canals of Bangkok which was once a major transport network that brought Bangkok the nickname “Venice of the East”. Approximately two hours from Bangkok, this floating market becomes one of the most famous attractions in Thailand. Lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Sampran Riverside, an eco-cultural destination with emphasis on organic lifestyle. It believes in a balanced sustainable way of life, embracing in harmony business, environment and community.

Day 8: Bangkok – Chiang Rai (Flight) (B L)
After breakfast, visit Jim Thompson house in central Bangkok. This wilderness complex is the former home of the American silk entrepreneur and art collector - Jim Thompson, who founded the world-renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. At present, the Jim Thompson House is a museum that exhibits the art collection. Mr. Thompson’s achievements during his 25 years stay in the kingdom of Thailand have won him much fame as the “legendary American of Thailand”. His success story in Thailand has become one of the most popular postwar legends of Asia. After lunch, transfer to airport for flight to Chiang Rai, the main commercial center serving the Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar and laos. It is an excellent base for exploring the region. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Chiang Rai Dusit Island Resort (5 stars) or similar

Day 9: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle (Coach) – Chiang Rai (B L D)
After breakfast, take a long-tail boat ride to visit Karen Village located on the banks of Kok River. Karen Village is home to more than 1500 families of various hill tribes: Karen, Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Hmong and Tai Lue. It is a center of hill tribes in Chiang Rai province, developed to become a conservative tourist destination where visitors can enjoy the hill tribe’s way of life. After lunch, visit the Golden Triangle border area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. The area is separated by Ruak and Mekong rivers. Visitors can see the Golden Triangle, the land which has been renowned as one of the world’s largest opium production areas. When Myanmar was ruled by Great Britain and Laos was ruled by France, the area became booming with trades and exchanges of goods, including silk, opium and gold. In the afternoon, visit House of Opium. This opium museum displays the historical series of opium in the Golden Triangle, starting from the origin, the opium war, the effect, the stop and the eventual rehabilitation.

Day 10: Chiang Rai – Wat Rong Khun – Chiang Mai (Coach) (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer to Chiang Mai province by coach. Make a stop at Wat Rong Khun, better known to foreign visitors as the White Temple. It is considered as one of the most beautiful temples built in this century. This remarkable masterpiece of Thai artist Chaloemchai Kositpipat, who rose to fame through his extravagant and distinctive Buddhism-related paintings, reflects the artist’s grand visions of heaven, hell and spiritual enlightenment. In the afternoon, visit Chiang Mai's Artisan little alleyway and take an exciting Tuk Tuk tour around Chiang Mai to enjoy the views of the city canals, the old town and the beautiful temples: Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang. Enjoy a traditional Khantoke dinner of the North along with the Lanna classical performances.
Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Hotel (4 stars) or similar

Day 11: Chiang Mai (B L)
After breakfast, pay a visit to the biggest and the most popular Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai. Enjoy a variety of amazing shows of elephant that love to express their skills and intelligence. Observe a spectacular scene of elephants bathing in a stream before parading to the performance site, it manifests how these majestic, powerful and wild creatures will make you bow to the awe. Optional activity in Thailand (CAD60 p.p.). Then continue to Orchid Farm. Thailand is famous for its beautiful orchids, discover the astounding world of Thai orchids of different types and colors. After lunch, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most important and famous temple in Chiang Mai. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the surrounding countryside can be seen from the temple grounds on top of the mountain.

Day 12 : Chiang Mai – Bangkok (Flight) (B L)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Enjoy your free day in Bangkok.

Day 13 : Bangkok (B L)
Enjoy your excursion to discover the Capital of Thailand, the fascinating Thai culture in this dynamic city. Start off to the Grand Palace, home of main royal residences, throne room and a large number of government establishments. The Grand Palace is where every visitor must pay a visit at least once in their lifetime (Visitors are advised to dress appropriately).Then visit Wat Pho, the temple houses "Phra Buddhasaiyat", a giant reclining Buddha statue which has a very unique pattern on its feet Hotel: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park (5 stars) or similar Optional Tour: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (17:30-20:00 dinner buffet + Show) (CAD80p.p.)

Day 14: Bangkok – stops – Home (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport and fly back to your sweet home. End of trip.















*Please select the departure year :
2017 | 2018

* International round-trip business class flights are available with an additional fee of CAD 4,500 p.p. (Not applicable for international flight ticket self-managed option);
* Guaranteed departure from at least 10 people in a group.
* Please note that infant (under age 2 at the return date of trip) does not have his/her own seat on the plane.
* The above prices are for Vancouver / Toronto / Montreal departures only. The prices will be $100/ $200 /$300 /$500 more for departures from other major North America cities.
* No visa required for entering Thailand if you are holding Canadian passport and stay less than 30 days. Other passport holders must check with your embassy accordingly;
* Sinorama holds no liability for the customs delay or rejection.
* Full payment required at booking to benefit from this tour (Final Sale, non-refundable).

Price valid until August 29 2017

 
Price includes:
* International flights;
* Domestic transportation; (domestic flights, coach)
* 5stars hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy);
* Meals mentioned in the itinerary and featuring regional specialties;
* Service charge for all guides, bus drivers and hotel porter fees;
* English speaking guide;
* Taxes and fuel surcharges;
Price does not include:
* Chinese visa with multiple entries required: CAD180 pp. (Price subject to change, please note that these fees vary if you do not hold a Canadian passport);
* "Impression of Liu San Jie" (CAD60 p.p, any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB400 p.p.);
* Optional activity in Thailand (CAD60 p.p.): exciting elephant ride organized by Elephant Camp. (any payment made after departure, the price will be CAD80 p.p.)
* Optional Tour: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (17:30-20:00 dinner buffet + Show) (CAD80p.p.)(any payment made after departure, the price will be CAD100 p.p.)
* Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.
Arts and crafts in Thailand:
Bangkok: Gems
Arts and crafts in China:
Beijing: Jade
Guilin: Green Tea, Seawater pearl.

Beijing West International Trade Hotel

Beijing West International Trade Hotel, located in Fengtai District, Beijing, is a popular choice for travelers. The excitement of the city center is only 15 km away. For those of you who want to venture out, Beijing Museum of Red Chamber Culture & Art, Niujie Mosque, Fayuan Temple are just some of the attractions available to visitors.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, West International Trade Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. 24-hour front desk, Wi-Fi in public areas, valet parking, car park, room service are just a few of the facilities that set West International Trade Hotel apart from other hotels in the city.

Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find non smoking rooms, air conditioning, heating, wake-up service, desk. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, indoor pool, spa, kids club, steamroom. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the West International Trade Hotel the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Beijing.

 

Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel

Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel has excellent road connections to all adjacent areas and leads efficiently to the Guangzhou Expressway. It is set up on nearly 3,000 square meters of land and waterscaped gardens complete with clubs,teahouses, badminton halls,table tennis halls,swimming pools,tennis courts,gymnasium and many other supporting facilities. The 400 luxury rooms come in a variety of styles and types and all are highly comfortable. Large hotel car park can be parked at the same time about 100 vehicles. The very famous "Impression Liu Sanjie" water venue is only 300 meters away, along with the Lijiang River and the Shutong Hill across the mountains.

 
 

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park

Make the brand new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park your destination of choice when visiting Bangkok's vibrant city centre. Marriott welcomes both business and leisure guests with 5-star hotel rooms and suites and a truly unparalleled location in the EM District, near the city's most celebrated shopping, dining and nightlife attractions. Hotel rooms feature modern Thai-inspired design elements, mesmerizing panoramic views of Bangkok city centre and a vast assortment of 5-star amenities. It also showcase a stunning range of 11 on-site restaurant options, a revitalizing signature spa, an outdoor pool and a well-equipped gym. Host your business or social event at our hotel to enjoy 38 event rooms and almost 70,000 square feet of venue space in the heart of Bangkok city centre; our largest venue seats up to 1,100, and we also offer state-of-the-art event planning and catering services. Allow the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park to provide you with a 5-star hotel experience unlike any other.

 

AISAWAN RESORT

Privately located on the beachfront, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G is a four star beach resort providing perfect accomodation and advanced facilities. Combining traditional Thai architecture and modern decor, the luxurious hotel features 353 newly renovated rooms featuring private balconies and gorgeous sea views. Equipped with a 32 LCD flat-screen TV, all the rooms are bright with natural light. The private bathroom has a separate bathtub and shower. The Infinity Pool offers direct access from poolside Lanai rooms. Hotel Pullman Pattaya enjoys close proximity to Pattaya City Centre and comes equipped with all the dining and entertainment options.

Regional attractions also include Sanctuary of Truth, Tiffanys Show Pattaya and Pattaya City Hall. The hotel features 3 swimming pools, two circular pools located next to the beach and resort's dining & drinks outlets. Beach Club is a perfect dining option for enjoying music along with a wide selection of drinks. Exclusively made for club room guests is the Sunset Lounge, where guests can have meal with magnificent sea view. Guests can even visit an air conditioned dining area, "al fresco" for satisfying their appetite.

 

Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Hotel

This hotel offers views of the Mae Ping River and Doi Suthep Mountain, just a 5-minute drive from Chiang Mai City’s famous Night Bazaar and temples. It houses 4 dining options and an outdoor pool. Free shuttle service to Night Bazaar and Weekend Walking Streets. Holiday Inn Chiangmai Hotel’s spacious rooms feature a seating area. They include flat-screen TV with cable channels and tea/coffee making facilities. Offering a modern décor, the private bathrooms come with a bathtub. Holiday Inn is a 10-minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport and is within a 30-minute drive of 5 golf clubs, including Chiangmai Lamphun Golf Club. Borsang Village is 10 km away. Guests can relax in the sauna or exercise in the gym. Other facilities include a business centre and a tour desk. Room service is also provided. Serving Thai and international favourites, River Terrace offers a choice of indoor or outdoor dining. China Palace features Dim Sum menu and Shabu Shabu buffet.

 


Thai cuisine
Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand. Blending elements of several Southeast Asian traditions, Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. The spiciness of Thai cuisine is well known. As with other Asian cuisines, balance, detail and variety are of great significance to Thai chefs. Thai food is known for its balance of three to four fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: sour, sweet, salty, and bitter.

As an acknowledged expert of Thai cuisine, David Thompson, explains in an interview: "Thai food ain't about simplicity. It's about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Like a complex musical chord it's got to have a smooth surface but it doesn't matter what's happening underneath. Simplicity isn't the dictum here, at all. Some westerners think it's a jumble of flavours, but to a Thai that's important, it's the complexity they delight in."

Thai cuisine is more accurately described as four regional cuisines corresponding to the four main regions of the country: Northern, Northeastern (or Isan), Central, and Southern, each cuisine sharing similar foods or foods derived from those of neighboring countries and regions: Burma to the northwest, the Chinese province of Yunnan and Laos to the north, Vietnam and Cambodia to the east and Malaysia to the south of Thailand. In addition to these four regional cuisines, there is also the Thai Royal Cuisine which can trace its history back to the cosmopolitan palace cuisine of the Ayutthaya kingdom (1351–1767 CE). Its refinement, cooking techniques and use of ingredients were of great influence to the cuisine of the Central Thai plains. Western influences from the 17th century CE onwards have also led to dishes such as foi thong and sangkhaya.

Thai cuisine and the culinary traditions and cuisines of Thailand's neighbors have mutually influenced one another over the course of many centuries. Regional variations tend to correlate to neighboring states (often sharing the same cultural background and ethnicity on both sides of the border) as well as climate and geography. Southern Thai curry tend to contain coconut milk and fresh turmeric, while northeastern dishes often include lime juice. The cuisine of Northeastern (or Isan) Thailand is similar to southern Lao cuisine whereas northern Thai cuisine shares many dishes with northern Lao cuisine and the cuisine of Shan state in Burma. Many popular dishes eaten in Thailand were originally Chinese dishes which were introduced to Thailand mainly by the Teochew people who make up the majority of the Thai Chinese. Such dishes include chok (rice porridge), kuai-tiao rat na (fried rice-noodles) and khao kha mu (stewed pork with rice). The Chinese also introduced the use of a wok for cooking, the technique of deep-frying and stir-frying dishes, and noodles, oyster sauce and soybean products. Dishes such as kaeng kari (yellow curry) and kaeng matsaman (massaman curry) are Thai adaptations of dishes originating in the cuisine of India and the cuisine of Persia.









Wonderful Things To Buy In Thailand
You find yourself in Thailand and your pockets are loaded with crisp Thai Baht bills that you just exchanged at the nearest money changer. You are ready to go on your much-awaited shopping spree. Now, the next big question would be “What to buy?”
Here’s a list of some of the wonderful things that you can buy during your trip to Thailand:

 

THAI SILK
It would be a shame not to buy some Thai silk when you visit Thailand. This particular kind of beautiful fabric, which is commonly sold by the yard, was made famous by Jim Thompson and it is available in an assorted of lovely colors, weights, thickness and patterns. Silk, perhaps, is the most popular among Thailand’s products. One unique kind of Thai silk is called Mat Mee which is actually tie-dyed silk. If you have time, make time to visit Jim Thompson’s house which is located at the top of Surawong Road in Bangkok. Thai silk products include bags, pillow cases, beddings and drapes among others.

 

BATIK & COTTON
Aside from Thai Silk, it would also be nice to buy some cotton or batik products. Cotton products of Thailand were produced by certain locals or tribal people. Some nice pieces were even carefully embroidered using differently colored threads.

 

JEWELERY
There are loads of gorgeous pieces of jewelery that are imported from surrounding countries like Cambodia. Aside from these imported ones, Thailand also has its own mines and cutting centre for a variety of precious stones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, etc. A lot of striking pieces of jewelery are usually on sale in markets that are scattered all over Thailand. If you have a particular design or cut in mind, you can even ask the jeweller to make a copy for you.

Aside from alluring precious and semi-precious stones, you can also hunt for jewelery that are made of gold or silver. There would be quite an assorted of delicate chains, rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces to choose from. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the price of gold can vary from day to day. As for silver, you can shop for olden or antique pieces which would make exquisite gifts and souvenirs.
There are also jewellery pieces that are made of pearls. Pearl farms are scattered all over Thailand but are concentrated in certain places like Ranong and Phuket.

 

CERAMICS & POTTERY
Thailand is also known for different ceramic products and pottery that bear elaborate designs. These products also come in different colors, shapes and sizes all throughout the kingdom. This country produces sea green Celadon and the Benjarong style porcelain that exhibit up to five colors.

 

APPAREL OR CLOTHING
It would also be nice to shop for clothes while in Thailand. For sure, stalls and stores that sell different clothing items would be scattered all over the city like in flea markets, street vendors, hypermarkets, and the leading department stores. Prices range from the most affordable to the middle range and up to the luxurious ones. Some international label brands even have factories in Thailand where the actual products are sewn together in different clothing factories in Thailand. If you feel that you cannot find what you’re looking for then you can head to the nearest tailor and have clothes custom made for you.

 

WOOD CRAFTS
Wood carvings are also delightful. The detailed carvings done on various pieces of furniture are enough proof of the expertise and talent of the different craftsmen of Thailand. Wood crafts come in the form of huge and bulky furniture, wooden animals, wooden palaces or temples, etc. Some pieces of furniture are made of rosewood, rattan, bamboo, etc. These wooden crafts can be custom made and some shops like the ones in Bangkok and Chiangmai can even ship to other countries.



Thai Classical Dance
Dance in Thailand (Thai: รำไทย Ram thai) is the main dramatic art form of Thailand. Thai dance, like many forms of traditional Asian dance, can be divided into two major categories that correspond roughly to the high art (classical dance) and low art (folk dance) distinction.

Classical dance drama
Khon performance in 2007 in Germany.
Thai classical dance drama include Khon, Lakhon, and Fawn Thai.

Khon
Khon Dance is the most stylished form of Thai dance. It is performed by troupes of non-speaking dancers, the story being told by a chorus at the side of the stage. Choreography follows traditional models rather than attempting to innovate.
Most khon performances feature episodes from the Ramakien. Costumes are dictated by tradition, with angels (both good and bad) wearing coloured masks.

Lakhon
Lakhon features a wider range of stories than khon, including folk tales and Jataka stories. Dancers are usually female and perform as a group rather than representing individual characters.

 

Fawn Thai
Fawn is another form of "folk-dance" accompanied by folk music of the region. The first Fawn originated from the northern region of Thailand, it was designed and taught by Chao Dararasami of Chiang Mai. Since then, a variety of "Fawn" came into practice, according to the music and style of each province, such as the Fawn-Lep (ฟ้อนเล็บ) finger-nail dance from Chiang Mai, Fawn-Ngiew from Chiang Rai with the influence of Burmese music and costume.

Folk dance
Folk dance forms include dance theatre forms like Likay, numerous regional dances (Ram), the ritual dance Ram Muay, and homage to the teacher, Wai Khru. Both Ram Muay and Wai Khru take place before all traditional Muay Thai matches. The Wai is also an annual ceremony performed by Thai classical dance groups to honor their artistic ancestors.

 

Ram muay
Ram Muay (รำมวย) is the ritualized dance that takes place before Southeast Asian kickboxing matches such as Muay Thai.

Wai khru
Wai Khru (ไหว้ครู) is a ritualized form of dance meant to pay respect to, or homage to the khru or teacher. It is performed annually by Thai classical dance institutions as well as before Muay Thai matches

 


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