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.
What's proper etiquette for the Queen's sommelier? West Coast Wine Education's John Gerum confronted this question head on when he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Apparently he made the right choice, as he went on to pour wine for Prime Ministers, Presidents, Provincial Premiers, and cultural icons during his 20-year career. Gerum's achievement distills three generations of fine dining experience that was passed down from his father, a chef, and his grandfather, a maitre 'd. Wine education was always his passion, so when starting out, he sought personal instruction from the master sommelier Andrew Laliberté and demonstrated a palate refined enough to earn him membership and certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Gerum often merges his know-how with other wine educators to cultivate a roster of classes and hone their delivery. These experts join in delineating Scotch terroir and describing the bouquet of a student's favourite pinot-stained shirt with an easy professionalism that has enthralled groups of up to 300 people. They share their expertise with casual drinkers and professionals during two-hour workshops, in consultation for store openings and events, and through appearances on Global TV.
he Safari Partners was born out of a love for what we believe to be the most fascinating continent in the world: Africa. It is our goal to help fulfill the dreams of our travellers in creating the perfect safari vacation for them. We are dedicated to providing the most authentic African travel experiences available.
As the sun sinks below the English Bay, the lights of downtown Vancouver flicker on. Accent Cruises’ fleet of yachts provide panoramic views of this crepuscular splendour as they glide past Burrard Inlet, Point Atkinson, and Whytecliff Park during private and public charters. The event planners at Accent Cruises strive to match the opulent backdrop of international ocean freighters and coastal mansions with equally lavish cruises. A resident chef prepares B.C. salmon and garlic teriyaki chicken during the dinner cruise, which departs 2-6 nights a week, and 200 party guests can carouse on the M.V. Burrard Queen's deck for private charters. Vessels come with stereo systems, fully stocked bars, and at least one passenger who used to be a class clown, further enlivening cruises.
Based at Kamloops and Boundary Bay Airport, Canadian Flight Centre has used its fleet of small aircraft to train more than 3,000 professional and recreational pilots since its inception in 1979. After a thorough ground-school education, potential commercial and private fliers hop into planes for flight training. Instructors utilize the region's unique proximity to coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean to teach specific mountain checkout or water-related flying and instrument skills. They outfit their instructional aircraft with all the controls, instrumentation, and capabilities necessary to imbue industry-standard proficiency.
Along with the support of amiable and highly seasoned flying instructors, students are able to use grants, scholarships, and other kinds of financial largesse thanks to Canadian Flight Centre's accreditation from issuers that include the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia.
Rain or shine, for 362 days out of the year, Vancouver's streets teem with Big Bus's fleet making their daily stops around the city's sites. Customers pile aboard for 90-minute hop-on, hop-off tours that trek down a route that wends past Vancouver's most compelling attractions, enabling guests to create flexible sightseeing outings that proceed at a convenient pace. Tour captains ferry passengers past 22 city landmarks, such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, and Gastown, letting passengers spring out of their seats before picking up ticket-holders and tumbleweeds eager to make their way across the city. Champions of making the city accessible to visitors from around the globe, Big Bus tours are available in seven languages, including English and German.