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10-Day Best of Thailand New Year Countdown Tour

A Memory-Making Thailand New Year Holiday

This tour is specially designed for travelers who want to visit Thailand during one of its best times (around New Year). It covers top destinations and offers enchanting activities — from the vibrant capital-city life of Bangkok, to jungle discoveries around Chiang Mai and relaxation on the top islands of Koh Samui.

You'll also experience a thrilling Thai-style New Year countdown festival, held for the first time on December 30th and 31st, 2024 in Chiang Mai. We believe this itinerary will offer you and your family a uniquely enjoyable Thailand holiday.

This route is recommended for departures between December 25th and December 28th, giving you enough time to spend New Year's Eve in Chiang Mai and attend the countdown festival.

  • Days:10±
  • Best for: first-timers.
  • Departure date: Recommended for departures between December 25th and December 28th.
  • Sample price:US$2,729 each (2 per room)*
  • Flights:Thailand domestic flights is included (international on request)

*The price is based on a private tour for 2 people. The cost for a customized private SE Asia tour from US$200/person/day

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Tour Highlights

Explore the brilliant Thai palaces and temples.

The Grand Palace
Chiang Mai Wat Song Dua

Travel like a local and experience different modes of transportation.

take a long-tail boat ride in bangkok
take a rickshaw ride in Chiang Mai old town

Meet the elephants in a jungle near Chiang Mai.

bathe the elephant in Kanta elephant sanctuary

Discover Doi Inthanon National Park: light trekking, wildlife spotting, waterfalls, see hill tribes….

the waterfall of Inthanon National Park
trekking in Intanon National Park

Experience a unique New Year's Eve at the Chiang Mai CAD Countdown Festival.

the colorful lanterns at CAD new year countdown festival
 appreciate the fireworks at Chiang Mai CAD Countdown Festival

Go snorkeling at one of Koh Tao's many coral reefs.

snorkeling at Koh Tao Island

Get lost on a secret beach in Koh Samui and soak up some rays!

the beach of Koh Samui

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

Your preferences design the real journey. We're ready to create a wonderful Thailand holiday for you and your family.

Day 1
Bangkok Arrival
  • Welcome to Bangkok!
  • Meet your private tour guide who will greet you with a warm "Sawadee-ka" ('hello' in Thai). Transfer in a private car to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 2
Bangkok City Highlights Tour
  • Start your day by exploring historical Wat Pho, one of Bangkok's oldest temples.
  • Hop on a tuk-tuk through vibrant Pak Khlong Talat flower market before arriving at the magnificent Grand Palace.
  • Embark on a long-tail boat ride along the ancient canals of Thonburi. Stop at iconic Wat Arun, a truly photogenic temple.
  • End your day with a visit to the bustling Chinatown for a glimpse into Old Bangkok's charm.
the Old Quarter
The iconic Wat Arun graces the riverside
Day 3
Local Markets and Fly to Chiang Mai
  • Rise early to experience the lively local markets at their peak.
  • Travel for about an hour southwest of Bangkok to visit Maeklong Railway Market, where vendors sometimes need to move their stalls to allow trains to pass right through!
  • Continue to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the most famous market in Thailand. Enjoy photo opportunities, delicious food, and a glimpse into a traditional way of life.
  • In the late afternoon, head to Bangkok Airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Arrive in Chiang Mai at night and transfer to your hotel for a relaxing night's sleep.
halong bay high-end cruise
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Day 4
Chiang Mai Highlights and New Year's Eve Countdown
  • Start your day by exploring Chiang Mai's vibrant morning market, where you'll witness locals going about their daily shopping routines.
  • Head to Chiang Mai's iconic Doi Suthep Mountain and visit sacred Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most revered temple in northern Thailand.
  • Take a rickshaw ride through the tranquil streets of Chiang Mai's old town to get a taste of local life and its charm.
  • In the late afternoon, travel to the Chiang Mai CAD village for a premium seat experience at the Chiang Mai CAD New Year Countdown Festival.
  • Immerse yourself in Lanna culture with a traditional Lanna cultural show. Savor the flavors of authentic Lanna Thai cuisine. Witness a spectacular international-class fireworks display featuring over 4,000 dazzling rockets illuminating the sky. Enjoy musical performances and marvel at the breathtaking sight of thousands of water lanterns floating on ponds, a beautiful tradition to celebrate the arrival of the new year.
the lanna show at CAD new year countdown festival
taste authentic thai food at CAD new year countdown festival
Day 5
Free Morning and Elephant Encounter
  • Enjoy a relaxing morning at your own pace.
  • In the afternoon, your elephant experience begins with a scenic one-hour drive to the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary.
  • Upon arrival, change into traditional clothing and learn about the fascinating elephants from the sanctuary staff.
  • Prepare their food and participate in feeding the elephants. Next, take a walk with the elephants to the river for a refreshing bath, where you can even join in!
  • Enjoy playful interactions with the elephants and capture unforgettable photos with your newfound friends.
  • Afterward, relax and enjoy some tea, coffee, and seasonal fruits.
  • Bid farewell to the elephants and return to Chiang Mai with lasting memories.
have close encounter with elephant in the jungle
Have a close encounter with the elephant
Day 6
A Day Tour to Don Inthanon National Park
  • Escape the heat and chaos of Chiang Mai with a 1½-hour drive to the refreshing climate of Doi Inthanon National Park.
  • Sitting at a majestic height of 2,565 meters (8,415 feet) above sea level, Doi Inthanon National Park is often referred to as "the Roof of Thailand". It is highly renowned for its numerous waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, remote villages, and picturesque mountain farms.
  • During your day tour, you'll have the chance to visit the summit of the mountain, where you may encounter rare bird species. Enjoy a leisurely nature walk along the Ang Ka Trail, visit a hill tribe village (specifically the Red Hmong tribe), explore a small Hmong market, admire the scenic beauty of Wachirathan Waterfall, and appreciate the magnificent King and Queen Pagodas.
the magnificent King and Queen Pagodas at Doi Inthanon Mountain
The King and Queen Pagodas
Day 7
Fly to Koh Samui and Beach Bliss
  • Enjoy a leisurely morning at your own pace before your afternoon flight to Koh Samui.
  • Renowned as one of the world's finest beach destinations, Koh Samui offers a remarkable balance of natural beauty, traditional lifestyles, and a tempting selection of upscale hotels and resorts.
  • Check into your hotel/resort and unwind at your leisure.
Day 8
Koh Tao Day Trip with Snorkeling Adventure
  • Koh Tao island is a renowned diving and snorkeling paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, teeming with diverse coral species and vibrant marine life.
  • Start your day with a minivan transfer to the pier for a thrilling speedboat ride to Koh Nang Yuan.
  • Upon arrival, conquer one of the small, jungle-clad hills for a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding islands.
  • Savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant on neighboring Koh Tao.
  • Head to a stunning snorkeling site near Koh Tao. Dive into a kaleidoscope of marine life amidst colorful soft and hard corals, and experience the beauty of one of the world's top underwater destinations.
  • After the tour, cruise back to Koh Samui and transfer back to your hotel.
the amazing beach of Koh Tao
explore the marine life at Koh Tao
Day 9
Beach Bliss on Koh Samui

Spend the day soaking up the sun on Koh Samui's pristine white-sand beaches.

Relax in the wonderful beach of Koh Samui
Relax in the wonderful beach of Koh Samui
Day 10
Koh Samui Departure
  • Catch your flight back home.
  • Thank you for choosing Asia Highlights! We hope to see you again soon!

Ideas for Making This Trip Uniquely Yours

Special experiences can be added to brighten a honeymoon trip, a family vacation, a birthday, or satisfy personal interests.

champagne on the night cruise
Manohra Luxury Dinner Cruise in Bangkok

For couples

learn cooking
Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

For foodies

view of the island
Journey back in time at the Ayutthaya Historical Park

For adventurers

Hand-Picked Hotels

We select hotels with style and local features. Let us know your preferences and we'll find your ideal hotel.

hotel in Bangkok
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok
Lanna Smile Hotel Chiang Mai
Lanna Smile Hotel Chiang Mai(4-star)
peace resort
Peace Resort Koh Samui

Tour Price:

10 days from
US$2,729 p/p(with 4-star hotel options)
US$3,399 p/p(with 5-star hotel options)
  • The price is based on a private tour for 2 people during the low season.
  • The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
  • We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
  • The price for a child younger than 8 is approximately 80% of the adult's price.
  • We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).

Price Includes:

  • Privately-driven air-conditioned vehicle with ample space (except where stated)
  • English-speaking local guide for the sightseeing
  • Attraction tickets and itinerary activities
  • Accommodation for all nights
  • Flights/trains between itinerary cities
  • Hotel breakfasts and itinerary lunches/dinners
  • 24/7 helpline while touring
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Overweight luggage more than 20 kg per person
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

Tour code: ah-25

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