A Gastronomical Khantoke Evening in Chiang Mai

A Gastronomical Khantoke
Evening in Chiang Mai

An evening one may not soon forget: culturally enriched with a succulent dinner, northern
Thai style where the beauty and grace of dance and musical performance is presented
at one of the leading Khantoke restaurants in Chiang Mai.

WHY THIS TOUR?

An evening filled of a culturally important even that is something typical of the northern part of Thailand. It was not until 1953 that Khantoke became a social gathering when a local politician invited high honoured guests to sit with him and enjoy this special dinner.

Northern Thailand boasts a culinary tradition all its own, much of it influenced by neighbouring countries. From Laos, comes a love for sticky rice and a distinctive use of chillies; from Myanmar, unique curries, generally un-thickened by coconut milk as in other parts of Thailand; and from China, a preference for noodles. The Khantoke dinner is traditionally specific to the people of the northern region that has elements of it all combined into one.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Gastronomical Khantoke Evening in Chiang Mai

19:00 - 21:30

It is a short ride from your hotel to the venue where you will be welcomed by the staff who will guide you to your table where your Khantoke dinner is served. Dinner is served in small bowls, known in Thai as Khan and guests are seated cross-legged on cushions at a low table, known as Toke in Thai. The cuisine served is northern Thai and it is prepared with the western palate in mind as traditional Thai food can be very spicy. The restaurant cum theatre is housed in a traditional wooden house, as homage to what once was a common site in Chiang Mai. Respecting traditional building techniques and decorated with lanterns and banners, unmissable when traversing the city, the whole ambiance reflects times gone by yet revived in a more modern jacket.

During this set dinner, entertainers will perform the intricate Forn Leb finger dance; the Forn Thien candle dance; the Ramwong circle dance; and the Ram Dab sword dance.  Opt for an additional hill tribe show performed by various members of the Yao, Lahu, Meo, Lisu, and Karen hill tribes after you have finished dinner. A myriad of hand signals, colourful costumes and representing the various ethnic minority styles will pass the revue while feasting elegantly on northern cuisine with a bit of a western flair.

After this dinner and dance performance, air-conditioned vehicles will be at the ready to bring you and your travel companions back to your downtown Chiang Mai hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • An evening tour with a professional English-speaking staff at the restaurant
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Set Khantoke dinner at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis.
  • Joint tours are operated with without guiding services. For customers opting for the private basis, a private transfer with guide will accompany the customers to and from the restaurant only yet will join other guests during the actual tour.
  • Both private and Seat-in-Coach / joint tours are operated with an English-speaking assistance at the restaurant.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that we cannot guarantee in any way, confirmed pre-seating for this show. The final seating arrangement will be determined on spot.
  • Photography and video may be prohibited during the performance; use of flash or infrared lights may interfere with the safety of the performers. Please ensure that you follow the guidelines from the management prior to entering the theatre.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this dinner.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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