Thursday, 14 September 2017
Optional Tour for Spouses/Guests
Additional cost of $50/person
11:00 - 16:00

Casual Attire - appropriate for walking

Past & Present: 
From Jim Thompson to Chalermla Park
Explore parts of Bangkok's past and present by visiting Jim Thompson's House and Chalermla Graffiti Park.

You will depart from the hotel at 11:00 and use Bangkok’s notorious Skytrain for a short transfer to Jim Thompson’s House (2 stops to National Stadium Station then about 600m walk). Thompson was a self-made American entrepreneur who was the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Nowadays his house is a museum which consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses, teak structures that were purchased from several owners and brought to the present location from various parts of Thailand. They also serve an excellent lunch which you will sample!

Afterwards we head for Klong Saen Saeb (a few steps away from Jim Thompson’s), one of Bangkok's oldest canals. Small walkways run alongside some parts of Klong Saen Saeb and provide the visitor with a whole new perspective of the area. Here you will also visit a small silk shop hidden in a tiny alley, its owner used to know Jim Thompson!

Klong Saen Saeb might be not very nice looking and smelly at times, but it is an important transport route. Both sides of Klong Saen Saeb are covered in graffiti made by local artists, some of whom are gaining international recognition for their art work. The walk along the canal serves as an excellent introduction to our final destination, Chalermla Park a.k.a. the Graffiti Park (about 500m away from Jim Thompson’s). Be prepared for some riotous colors and designs! The park is very popular among locals and tourists as it offers great back grounds for photo taking. 
Around 16:00 you will return to the hotel by private vehicle.

Thursday, 14 September 2017
18:30 - 21:00
Business Casual Attire

Welcome Reception
Anantara Siam Bangkok
Please join us for the official Welcome Reception of the 2017 ISHC Annual Conference at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. Enjoy networking with ISHC members and guests, cocktails and heavy hors d' oeuvres in the elegant and authentic setting of the Anantara. 

Marvel at the hotel's Koi fish pond while sampling authentic Thai cuisine and relaxing in luxurious indoor and outdoor spaces.

The Anantara is just a short 8 minute walk from the InterContinental hotel. We will also have shuttles available for anyone who would prefer a lift.

Friday, 15 September 2017 
Additional cost of $50/person
13:30 - 17:00
Casual Attire - appropriate for walking

Off the Beaten Track:
Walking & Tuk Tuk Tour

Meet in the lobby of your hotel at 13:30 and transfer by bus to the starting point of today’s cultural walking tour.

We start with a short but exhilarating tuk tuk ride, heading for the historic part of town, to the Giant Swing landmark (Sao Chingcha), originally used for Brahmanic ceremonies. 

Here we start walking and visit Wat Suthat Thepwararam, a 200+ years old, fascinating temple, well off the beaten tourist track. On foot is the best way to see how local people live in the old neighborhoods, in some cases you’ll be looking right into their living room! This area features many shops selling large Buddha images and related religious products.

We also visit the beautiful temple of Wat Ratchabophit, built in the nineteenth century. The outside of the buildings are decorated with hand-painted glazed tiles similar to Thai benjarong enamels. The door and window frames are elaborately decorated with gold and mirrors.

Our end destination is Saranrom Park, originally part of Saranarom Palace built in 1866, but in 1960 the garden was turned into a botanic garden and public park. 

 Afterwards transfer back to your hotel (ETA 16.30).

Friday, 15 September 2017
19:00 - 22:00
Cocktail Casual Attire (tie not required)

Celebration Gala
St. Regis Bangkok
Please join us for an evening of dinner, awards and celebrating! The Celebration Gala will be held at the beautiful St Regis Bangkok Hotel. Experience breathtaking views of the city and exquisite cuisine while we celebrate with ISHC members and friends.

The St Regis is just a short 9 minute walk from the InterContinental hotel. We will also have shuttles available.

Saturday, 16 September 2017
15:00 - 20:00
Additional cost of $125/person
Casual Attire

Long Boat Canal Tour & Dinner
This late afternoon you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the pier to board a traditional canal boat. From there, we start the exploration of the khlongs, a great way to observe local life along the canals, and stop at a local artist community; Khlong Bang Luang. 

Well preserved wooden homes more than a century old and historic but non-touristy temples join smaller art studios, vintage antique galleries, a few outstanding hole-in-the-wall noodle shops, a tiny guesthouse and several family-run cafes, convenience shops and barbers. The centerpiece of the Khlong Bang Luang community is Baan Silapin (Artists House), which occupies a traditional two-story wooden building set beside the canal and centered around a 300-plus-year-old chedi. It typically houses casual exhibitions (usually paintings) while prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture and everything in between are on show as well.

The boat will then bring you to Mango Tree’s Pier where you will disembark. Enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner with a breathtaking view of the mighty Chao Phraya River and the picturesque temple of Wat Arun. The restaurant, decorated with wooden furniture and fresh flowers, gives a cozy atmosphere, like dining at home. The courtyard outside is breezy and pleasant, especially with evening live classical Thai music and beautiful dancing performances.

After dinner, you will be transferred back to your hotel.