A statue known as the Emerald Buddha has been meditating in the same pose since the 14th century. Meticulously carved from a single block of jade, this Buddha—which now resides in Bangkok's Grand Palace—is considered the holiest and most revered in all of Thailand. Three times a year, the Thai king changes a cloak on the statue in an important ritual that is said to bring good fortune to the nation. But whereas the Buddha has stayed locked in its position in the palace, the city outside now zooms at breakneck speed. Discover Bangkok’s rich pas and ultramodern present with a seven-day, five-night guided tour of the city from SNA Tours. View the full itinerary here.Days 1–2: Flights from Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, or San Francisco (or from another city for an additional cost) touch down in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, and you'll be whisked away to a four-star hotel. Dinner and a classical Thai dance show are on the docket for the first night. Waitresses in full costume attend to the dining room as performers in The Ultimate Cabaret Show give a glimpse into Bangkok’s legendarily risqué nightlife.Days 3–4: With the aid of an English-speaking tour guide and a hunting dog that sniffs out the best green curry, groups will embark on a Bangkok City and Temples Tour. During a lengthy stop at the world-famous Grand Palace, you'll have a chance to explore the architectural masterpiece, constructed in 1782, that housed Thai kings for 150 years. Grand Palace’s myriad temples and palaces recall the glory of Siam, with golden Thai spirals sprouting from gabled rooftops. The following day, it’s off to the enchanting Floating Market, where vendors sell colorful fruits and produce from boxy canoes that bob in the river.Days 5–6: Not one single nail was used to construct Vimanmek Palace, the world’s largest golden teakwood mansion and the next stop on the tour. You can see European influences in the mansion’s 19th-century décor, parceled out among the palace’s three floors; throughout the day, performers at the palace demonstrate Thai dancing and Thai boxing. During an afternoon canal tour via motorboat, you'll have a chance to snap shots of the affluent homes that line the city’s waterways. Day 6 is completely open; on your free day, consider checking out the food stalls on Yaowarat Road, Bangkok's Chinatown, or visit the famous silk merchant Jim Thompson's decadent house-turned-museum. Day 7: Once you finish up breakfast and complete a prospective pen pal’s lie-detector test, you'll head to Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport for a homeward-bound departure. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
More than two decades ago, Frank Gregus and Maurice Hamilton set out on a venture as amateur home winemakers. Their cottage industry flourished into Pacific Breeze Winery in 2005, and since their first professional release in March 2007, their family-owned garagiste—or "garage winery"—has hauled in more than 50 international medals, including Intervin's "Best Winery of the Year" award in 2010. From grape to barrel, barrel to bottle, and bottle to kiddie pool, Pacific Breeze Winery's lavishes meticulous attention to each small-lot, handcrafted product. This diligence infuses every sip of robust reds and elegant whites, each of which begins its journey at premium vineyards across North America.
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Fraser River Bike Tours & Rental's Tom Littlewood has been an avid cyclist for nearly 30 years. When the former psychologist first hit the roads of New Westminster, especially the Queensborough Bridge, the most common sight was of big rigs as they rumbled past. Now, with bike-friendly routes such as the Queensborough Loop being built along the Fraser River, Littlewood and other cyclists hear not the roar of traffic but the bark of sea lions as they park themselves on the shores for a front seat at the salmon runs. Eagles, heron, and other wildlife also congregate during runs, forming a rich, natural tapestry that cyclists pedal by on one of Tom's bike rentals, often during guided tours. At first, biking for Tom was not a passion, but a prescription. At 33, his doctor gave him a choice—undergo open-heart surgery or saddle up on a bicycle. Tom soon incorporated his prescription pedalling into both his personal and professional life. He began advising his own patients, who were afflicted with anxiety or sleep disorders, to cycle for the exercise, the fresh air, and the sassy feeling of wearing spandex in public. Later, he worked with disadvantaged children to teach them bicycle mechanics in a program he also helped establish in other places, including Cuba. Today, Tom estimates that he bikes 300–400 kilometres a week. He laps the Queensborough Loop five or six times a week with groups. As an advocate of biking who strongly associates the sport with weight loss, good health, and peace of mind, Tom enjoys sharing his passion with others at Fraser River Bike Tours & Rental. Perhaps even more than relaxed group rides, he likes his power rides. So even on days after he's led tours, he climbs aboard his two-wheeled steed and begins pedalling without a moment's hesitation.
Inside Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises' signature vessel, the MV Native, captains transport passengers 100 years back in time when scores of paddle wheelers churned through the rivers of British Columbia. Before the authentic-style vessel casts off into the Frasier River, the crew tailors each voyage to a different theme that treat passengers to off land DJ dance parties, views of local wildlife, and journeys to historic locales such as Fort Langley. Their boat also plays host to special occasions including weddings and private parties. Towering mountain ranges act as a backdrop for each tour, and the ship's white and red exterior greets eyes with a classic design that echoes the Canadian flag flown at its bow and the giant candy cane used to anchor its stern.
A curious madness has taken hold of average citizens in North America, the UK, and South Africa. Groups of adults rove the city in packs, staring down at their smartphones before impersonating tapanaki chefs at a coffeehouse condiment counter and knitting with plastic bags. This is an Urban Goose Chase.
The taskmasters at Urban Goose Chase turn the notion of a traditional scavenger hunt on its ear by communicating with teams via an Android- and iPhone-compatible app. Event instructions are sent out 48 hours in advance; teams download the app and receive a variety of missions from which they can select. Successfully completed missions earn teams the points they need to gain rank on the leaderboard and win the $300 first prize. During the chase, each team’s standings are updated in real time and are visible to other teams, creating a sense of urgency, much like wearing an hourglass in place of a wristwatch.