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
Visitors often see Bangkok as an enormous modern metropolis, full of expressways, massive department stores and skyscrapers, but there is another hidden side which clearly shows the origins of a people who still believe in traditions from years gone by.

You will be picked up by your guide from the hotel to go on a special walking tour to explore hidden Bangkok. But first, we will make our way through Bangkok’s notorious traffic by tuk tuk, a fun traditional way of transportation that will take us from the buzzing, modern part of town to Rattanakosin Island, the historical heart of the capital.

Once there, we start at the famous Giant Swing (Sao Chingcha), originally used for Brahmanic ceremonies. In this neighborhood you will also see many shops selling large Buddha images and related religious products. 

From the Swing, we walk to the 
Corrections Museum which was once the site of the Bangkok Remand Prison, an old and overcrowded penal facility located in the heart of Bangkok. In 1990 it was turned into a public park called Rommani Nart. Just across is Wat Suthat Thepwararam, a 200+ years old temple known for its unusual ‘farang’ statues.

Afterwards we wander through small alleys, encounter wooden houses, guardian spirit signs, fresh markets (Along Soi Thesa), old communities (Phraeng Phuton) and more. At the city pillar you will learn more about Buddhism and local beliefs ancient superstitions. Thai cities always house a pillar to host the guardian spirit or deity of the city! 
You will then be transferred back to your hotel by private vehicle.

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.