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Fascinating Thailand & China-The land of smile 14 Days

Visits: Bangkok – Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai – Pattaya – Hangzhou – Shanghai


*PLEASE SELECT DIRECTION OF FLIGHT ITINERARY :
 
Canada – Bangkok – Shanghai (T)| Canada – Shanghai – Bangkok (C)

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

Day 1: Canada – stops – Bangkok
Depart for Bangkok on overnight international flight.

Day 2: Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok at night and transfer to the hotel.
As the political and economic capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience in an apparently chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile.
Hotel: Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park (5 stars) or similar

Day 3: Bangkok (B L)
After breakfast, a full day 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. Lunch at restaurant.
In the afternoon, catching a glimpse of the past along the Chao Phraya River. The riverside is full of attractions including the Grand Palace, the Temple of Dawn as well as some lovely piers full of shops and cafes for visitors to sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenes. Make a stop at Temple of dawn (Wat Arun) and Royal barge possession.
Optional Tour: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (17:30-20:00 dinner buffet + Show) (CAD80p.p.)

Day 4: Bangkok – Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – Sampran Riverside (Coach) (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 5: 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 and free at leisure.
Hotel: Chiang Rai Dusit Island Resort (4 stars) or similar

Day 6: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle (B L D)
After breakfast, take a long-tail boat ride to visit Karen Village located on the banks of Kok River. This village offers exciting elephant ride (optional CAD60 p.p.) through a picturesque forest and fabulous river landscape. 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 7: 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, arrive in Chiang Mai 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, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Sri Suphan. Enjoy a traditional Khantoke dinner of the North along with the Lanna classical performances.
Hotel: Shangri-la hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 8: 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. 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. Also visit Chiang Mai’s Artisan little alleyway.

Day 9: Chiang Mai – Bangkok (Flight) – Pattaya (Coach) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to Pattaya by coach. Pattaya, a seaside resort province on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand, about 150 km southeast of Bangkok. Free time at leisure.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Pattaya (4 stars) or similar

Day 10: Pattaya (B)
Breakfast at hotel and enjoy your free day in Pattaya.

Day 11: Pattaya – Bangkok (Coach) – Hangzhou (Flight) (B)
After breakfast, depart to Bangkok by coach and city tour. Transfer to airport for flight to Hangzhou. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Merchant Marco Garden Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 12: Hangzhou (B L D)
Hangzhou is well known for its beauty of natural landscape and historic monuments. You will join a cruise on the West Lake and visit the village for the plantation of world renowned "Longjing Dragon Well Tea".
Hotel: Merchant Marco Garden Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 13: Hangzhou – Shanghai (Coach) (B L)
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai by coach. Upon arrival, visit the Shanghai Museum, then you will have free time to shop at Nanjing Road where there are plenty of large stores and boutiques. Then visit the bund, where you can experience the modernity of Shanghai.
Optional tour: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show (CAD40p.p.)
Hotel: Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 14: Shanghai – stops – Canada (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to your sweet home. End of trip.




















*PLEASE SELECT DIRECTION OF FLIGHT ITINERARY :
Canada – Bangkok – Shanghai (T) | Canada – Shanghai – Bangkok (C)

* No Chinese visa required according to 144-hour visa-exemption policy for travelers from the 53 countries .
* 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 May 03 2017

 
Price includes:
* International flights;
* Domestic transportation; (domestic flights, coach)
* 4-5 stars 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:
* Optional tour in Bangkok: 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.)
* Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, CAD40 p.p. (any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB300 p.p.);
* Optional tour in Chiang Rai: elephant ride, CAD60 P.P. (any payment made after departure, the price will be CAD80 p.p.)
* Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.
Arts and crafts in Thailand:
Bangkok: Gems
Arts and crafts in China:
Hangzhou: Green tea
Shanghai: embroidery, cashmere & silk

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.

 

Chiang Rai Dusit Island Resort

Nestled on an island in the middle of the Mae Kok River in Thailand's northernmost province, Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai is conveniently located near Chiang Rai's city centre, providing the perfect gateway to the unique sights and sounds of the region, including soaring mountains, lush forests, serene rivers, ancient temples and colourful hill tribes. Spectacular views of the Mae Kok River or the resort's tropical gardens are available from every guest room and suite, which feature luxurious decor and furnishings that reflect the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of Northern Thailand. With world-class leisure facilities, a wealth of local activities on offer and comprehensive meeting and event services, the resort offers the ideal getaway for all types of travellers.

 

Shangri-la hotel Chiang Mai

The hotel is conveniently located within the bustling centre of this culturally rich city. Time stands still as you watch the sun set, the fiery ball of red dipping down into the mountains. This is a moment you'll want to savour for a lifetime. You have thoroughly enjoyed your Chiang Mai excursions and you return to your room to rest. Your suite is beautifully appointed in a contemporary Northern Thai style. The luxurious bedroom is cosy with plenty of throw pillows and mood lighting, including a daybed, ideal for quiet moments of relaxation. Special touches such as local celadon tea sets, Thai silk pillows, bed runners and artwork give the area a distinctive Chiang Mai charm.

 

Holiday Inn Pattaya

Experience a Pattaya Beach Resort feeling at Holiday Inn Pattaya, located at one of Thailand's iconic beachside destinations, features 567 guest rooms and suites and all rooms include a private balcony. The Executive Tower offers Pattaya's newest Rooftop Bar, featuring unique cocktails and bar snacks complete with a panoramic view of Pattaya Bay.Holiday Inn Pattaya is the perfect choice for both leisure and business traveller. Just 90 minutes by car from Suvarnabumi International Airport, the hotel is surrounded by local cultural attractions and beach activities. The hotel offers friendly environment and fun-filled family activities designed to guarantee a genuinely fun time. Features include family suites, Kids' Club, Kids Stay and Eat Free program and a choice of four swimming pools. Total relaxation is further assured when you visit Tea Tree Spa.

 

Hangzhou Merchant Marco Garden Hotel

Well-positioned in Yuhang District, Hangzhou Merchant Marco Garden Hotel is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Hangzhou. Situated only 12.22 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Grand Canal, Westlake Culture Plaza, Zhejiang Nature Museum.

The facilities and services provided by Hangzhou Merchant Marco Garden Hotel ensure a pleasant stay for guests. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage.

The hotel features 177 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include non smoking rooms, air conditioning, wake-up service, desk, mini bar. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including hot tub, fitness center, massage, tennis courts. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Hangzhou Merchant Marco Garden Hotel hits the spot in many ways.

 

Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel

Ideally located in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel is only 15 kilometers from Pudong's Central Business District. It's just a 20-minute drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and a 40-minute drive to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. The hotel is in close proximity to highways and metro lines, providing easy access to premier shopping, dining, and entertainment in the Lujiazui Financial District. Shoppers can take a leisurely browse around the Sunland Duty Free Shopping Mall which includes Auchan, Xingmei cinema, and restaurants. The hotel features beautifully appointed guestrooms equipped with modern amenities for your comfort. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel is the perfect choice for a memorable stay.

 

* For demonstration purpose only



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.







* For demonstration purpose only



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.

* For demonstration purpose only



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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