Day 1 Departure City stops Shanghai

Itinerary
Depart for Shanghai on overnight international flight.

Day 2 Shanghai

Itinerary
Arrive at the airport in Shanghai, welcomed by your tour guide and transfer to hotel.
Hotel
Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 3 Shanghai

Meals
Breakfast   Lunch
Itinerary
After breakfast, 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 in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, CAD50p.p.
Hotel
Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 4 Shanghai Bangkok

Meals
Breakfast
Itinerary
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
Hotel
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park (5 stars) or similar

Day 5 Bangkok

Meals
Breakfast   Lunch
Itinerary
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.
Hotel
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park (5 stars) or similar

Day 6 Bangkok Chiang Rai

Meals
Breakfast   Lunch
Itinerary
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 7 Chiang Rai Golden Triangle Chiang Rai

Meals
Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
Itinerary
After breakfast, heading to 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. 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. Lunch at local restaurant and after that continue with cruising along Khong River, a natural border of three countries with wonderful view. On the way back to hotel, make a stop and visit the renowned village of Long-Necked Karen Tribe. Feel their way of life and enjoy souvenirs from community kiosks full of carved wood and silver work. specially, neck rings made from brass weighing 4 kg are available for you to try and take photo. Then, transfer back to hotel and have leisure time.
Hotel
Chiang Rai Dusit Island Resort (5 stars) or similar

Day 8 Chiang Rai Wat Rong Khun Chiang Mai

Meals
Breakfast   Lunch
Itinerary
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 road. Here you will find traditional crafts of the old days in the shops along the Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng Road. For returning to hotel, get an exciting experience ridding on TukTuk (tricycle motor) and enjoy the views of the city canals, the old town and the beautiful temples. Free time in the evening.
Hotel
Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Hotel (4 stars) or similar

Day 9 Chiang Mai

Meals
Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
Itinerary
After breakfast, pay a visit 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 traditional Khantoke dinner of the North along with the Lanna classical performances.
Hotel
Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Hotel (4 stars) or similar

Day 10 Chiang Mai Bangkok

Meals
Breakfast   Lunch
Itinerary
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival, 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. Then, make a stop at Temple of dawn (Wat Arun).
Optional tour in Bangkok: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (18:00-21:30 dinner buffet + Show), CAD80p.p.
Hotel
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park (5 stars) or similar

Day 11 Bangkok Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Sampran Riverside Bangkok

Meals
Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
Itinerary
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.
Hotel
Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park (5 stars) or similar

Day 12 Bangkok stops Departure city

Meals
Breakfast
Itinerary
Transfer to airport and fly back to your sweet home. End of trip.

* Airport meet & greet transfers included when the whole tour package is purchased from Sinorama.
* Please note that lunch or dinner will be served on board if your domestic flights coincide with meal times.
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Oct. 10 2018 Toronto/ Montreal/ Vancouver
International flight included.
$ 3,999
$ 2,799
$ 799 BOOK NOW
* The above prices are for Toronto/ Montreal/ Vancouver departures only. The prices will be $100/ $200/ $300/ $500 more for departures from other major Canada cities.
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* No Chinese visa required according to 144-hour visa-exemption policy for travelers from the 53 countries .
* 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.
* 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.
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Price valid until August 21 2018

Price includes
* International flights;
* Transportation in China and Thailand (flight, 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;
* FICAV ($1 per $1000).

Price does not include
* Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show, CAD50 p.p.(any payment made after departure, the price will be RMB390 p.p.) ;
* Optional tour in Bangkok: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (18:00-21:30 dinner buffet + Show), CAD80 p.p.(any payment made after departure, the price will be USD80 p.p.) ;
* Postal fees;
* Travel insurance.

Arts and crafts
Shanghai: Embroidery & Cashmere & Silk
Chiang Mai: Thai Lacquerware & Gems

* The following activities are optional, surcharge applies.

Optional tour in Shanghai: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show

Acrobatics is an interactive art form. Everyone, young or old, educated or not, can easily appreciate it while watching or seeing the acrobats perform. There is no language barrier and borders of culture do not limit it.

Chinese Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts. Its history can be traced back to Neolithic times. It is believed that acrobatics grew out of labor and self-defense skills, which people practiced and demonstrated during their leisure time. The early performance is "walking on three-meter-high stilts while juggling seven gaggers". Then it developed into an entire art form.

Together with the developing economy, acrobatics is also evolving into a kind of performing art. It became well known worldwide while performances are presented along the Silk Road. In Europe and North America, Chinese acrobatic performances always attract large audiences.

The acrobatic performers were trained strictly the basic skills starting from the early age of six or seven years old. Because the required techniques are extremely difficult and risky, the training is long, hard and intense. Examples of basic skills are handsprings, somersaults, waist and leg flexibility, and headstands. The performers must endure great deal of unexpected pains in order to become excellent.


Optional tour in Bangkok: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (18:00-21:30 dinner buffet + Show)

Dazzling Spectacle on the Word's Highest Stage Held in the colossal 2,000-seat Ratchada Theatre, the Siam Niramit show boasts an 11.95 metre proscenium - certified by Guinness World of Records as the world's highest stage. Occupying more than half of the entire theatre space, the panoramic Ratchada Theatre stage is built to accommodate the show's monumental set pieces and a legion of performers (including real elephants and goats) to recreate a realistic ambience of Siam hundreds of years ago.

The show is suitably structured into three acts: Journey Back into History, Journey Beyond Imagination: The Three Realms and Journey Through Joyous Festivals. Reliving the Glorious Past The lights suddenly dimmed and permeating through the darkened stage is the heart-thumping beat of 'klong sabatchai' (victory drum), followed by the graceful golden fingernail dance and sword dance. The entire stage is re-lit and awoken back to life with a scene of the Ancient Kingdom of Lanna, showing a slow-paced, yet elegant royal procession led by the King and Queen of Lanna, the earliest of Siamese reigns.

A stark contrast to the north, the audience is transported down to the more animated south with the next scene: The South Sea... Traders from Overseas. Opening with 'nang talung' (shadow puppets) and the lively and colourful 'nora dance', this scene is the re-enactment of the Kingdom Sriwichai's bustling market full of foreign traders, and with a whimsical subtext of interracial crush - a representation of the harmonious existence of different faiths and races. The next two scenes, The Northeast... Heritage of the Khmer Civilization and Central Plains... Ayutthaya: The Mighty Capital, are superbly portrayed with state-of-the-art special effects like an on-stage 'klong' (river), realistic rainfall, thunder and lighting. The audience also gets to witness local activities and festivities like 'ram lao krathop mai (bamboo dance), the singing of rice harvesting folk songs and Thai boxing matches during these scenes.


Embroidery

Chinese embroidery has a long history since the Neolithic age. Because of the quality of silk fibre, most Chinese fine embroideries are made in silk. Some ancient vestiges of silk production have been found in various Neolithic sites dating back 5,000-6,000 years in China. Currently the earliest real sample of silk embroidery discovered in China is from a tomb in Mashan in Hubei province identified with the Zhanguo period (5th-3rd centuries BC). After the opening of Silk Route in the Han Dynasty, the silk production and trade flourished. In the 14th century, the Chinese silk embroidery production reached its high peak. Several major silk embroidery styles had been developed, like Song Jin (宋锦 Song embroidery) in Suzhou, Yun Jin (云锦 Cloud embroidery) in Nanjing and Shu Jin (蜀锦 Shu embroidery) in Sichuan. Today most handwork has been replaced by machinery, but some very sophisticated production is still hand-made. Modern Chinese silk embroidery still prevails in southern China.


Cashmere

Cashmere wool, usually simply known as cashmere, is a fiber obtained from cashmere goats and other types of goat. Common usage defines the fiber as wool but it is finer and softer than sheep's wool. Some say it is hair, but as seen below, cashmere requires the removal of hair from the wool. The word cashmere is an old spelling of the Kashmir region in northernmost geographical region of Pakistan. Cashmere is finer, stronger, lighter, softer, and approximately three times more insulating than sheep wool.


Silk

These silks (textile fibers from animal origins) are produced by many insects such as spiders, caterpillars and some different butterflies like the Ermine moths and Bobyx. Those that are made to produce silk come from cocoons produced by larva (silk worm) of Mulberry (Bobyx Mori). The technique for producing silk date back from 2500 BC and comes from china by the Silk Road. It was a secret until 560 BC. The art of making silk was then progressively transmitted to other civilization caused by different kinds of spy (Monks, princesses), to plunderers and merchants. In Europe, for a long time, silk has been a monopoly of the eastern Roman Empire. After its arrival in Western Europe in the late Middle ages, the production reached the stage of industrialization from the 19e century, however, later on, it experienced a severe decline linked to competition from modern fibers (including Nylon), evolution of dress customs in Europe, the rise of a few countries in Asia and an epidemic that affected France that that time. Therefore, it finally came back to being the essential production in Asia once again.


Thai Lacquerware

It is believed that the technique of making lacquerware was brought to Thailand by the tribe "Thai Kern'. The 'Thai Kern' originally lived in Chiang Tung in the southern part of China and later migrated to northern Thailand Chiang Mai. They made and used lacquerware as household Utensils and the Thai natives learnt how to produce lacquerware from them. This is the reason why we use the term "Krcung Kern' for Thai lacquerware. Lacquerware became popular throughout this region. It declined in popularity after ceramics. Aluminium wares and plastic wares were introduced. The techniques of producing lacquerware was passed from generation to generation. There was no record of the extraction process and the technique was gradually changed due to the limited raw materials, the influences of new technologies and commercialization. The technique of producing lacquerware is still practised in Chiang Mai, but now it has lost its own traditional character. The objective of the present work is to investigate the manufacturing techniques of ancient Thai lacquerware by interviewing craftsmen in the lacquerware manufactories in Chiang Mai and the examination of a number of chosen pieces of ancient lacquerware found in the province Chiang Mai by scientific methods using X-ray radiography and microscopic analysis.


Gems

A gemstone (also called a gem, fine gem, jewel, precious stone or semi-precious stone) is a piece of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments.However, certain rocks (such as lapis lazuli) or organic materials that are not minerals (such as amber, jet, and pearl) are also used for jewelry and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone. Apart from jewelry, from earliest antiquity engraved gems and hardstone carvings, such as cups, were major luxury art forms. A gem maker is called a lapidary or gemcutter; a diamond worker is a diamantaire.