10-Day Best of Thailand in Yi Peng Festival

10-Day Best of Thailand in Yi Peng Festival

By Nora OuUpdated Nov. 24, 2021
Thailand Festival Tour

Visit Thailand during its best weather for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: the Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai! The trip includes highlights of Thailand and local experiences. Book as early as possible to secure your ticket and accomodation.ah-23


  • Bangkok: highlights of the capital, including the Grand Palace and floating market
  • Chiang Mai: enjoy the mass release at Chiang Mai CAD Khomloy Sky Lantern Festival
  • Chiang Mai:ethnic group culture experience,elephant-bathing at a conservation camp
  • Phuket: relaxing on the beach

Journey Route

Chiang Mai Yee Peng Festival Join-in Group Tour
Bob Bosshard March 11, 2020

Itinerary in Detail

Day 1
5th Nov, Arrive in Bangkok
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok(4-star)

Welcome to Thailand: the land of smiles, the land of joy!
Today your professional local guide will greet your group at the airport and your driver will take you to the hotel by a private van.

Day 2
6th Nov, Bangkok | Notable temples and day-today life

Your guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby after breakfast, then head to Thailand's most sacred place, The Grand Palace.
Once a royal residence, the Palace is best-known for Wat Phra Kaew, with the greatly revered Emerald Buddha, dating back to the 14th century. Thai kings stopped living there around the turn of the 20th century, but the palace complex is still used for all kinds of ceremonies and auspicious events.
Not far from the Grand Palace is Wat Pho, regarded as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage. It is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, with the largest single Buddha image, the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas).
Take a break and have lunch at a local restaurant, before taking a water taxi to visit the legendary Wat Arun, also known as The Temple of Dawn. This is one of the best-known landmarks of Bangkok and one of its most published images.
After exploring Wat Arun, board a long-tail boat on the Chao Phraya River and you will pass by temples, riverbank markets and ordinary neighborhoods.
Return to your hotel for a good night's rest.

the Grand Palace BangkokThe Grand Palace of Bangkok
Day 3
7th Nov, Bangkok-Chiang Mai | Local Markets and Fly to Chiang Mai
Banthai Village Chiang Mai(4-star)

Floating markets and railway markets are special sights you can only witness in SE Asia! This morning, you will visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, known for its size and fascinatingly chaotic vibes; and Maeklong Railway Market to see how locals shop even as trains pass by. .
After lunch at a nearby local restaurant, you will be taken to the airport. Take an hour-long flight north, to Chiang Mai. Sit back and relax on the way from the airport to your hotel downtown. Enjoy some leisure time in this lovely graceful town.

bangkok floating market Vendors selling fruits at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok
Day 4
8th Nov, Chiang Mai | Mountain Doi Suthep & White Meo Hill Tribe

Depart at around 08:30 to visit some local Meo hill tribe villages. The Meo, a subgroup of the Hmong, still wear traditional costumes and maintain a lifestyle unchanged in centuries.
Notice how Meo houses sit right on the ground (not on stilts), with the main floor resting on an open space for food storage. Interact with villagers, as your guide serves as interpreter.
Drive approximately an hour to Doi Suthep Mountain, enjoying spectacular views of northern Thailand as you head past mountains and forests, towards Wat Phra That, one of the north's most sacred temples.
Founded in 1383 AD, the temple is reached by climbing 309 steps (though for the less fitness-oriented, a tram is available for a small surcharge). The climb is rewarded by a superb panoramic view over the city. Return to Chiang Mai, stopping en route for lunch at a local restaurant.
Dress code: out of respect for the local culture, ladies should cover their shoulders with a short-sleeved top and full-length trousers or a knee-length skirt. Gentlemen should wear trousers and a short-sleeved shirt.

Wat Phra That Wat Phra That
Day 5
9th Nov, Chiang Mai | Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and Yi Peng Festival

You will be picked up in the early morning from your hotel and will drive for approximately 1.5 hours for the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Meet your English-speaking guide there and learn a little about the elephants, before changing into traditional Karen clothing.
You will spend your whole morning with the elephants. Activities include feeding, applying a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to elephants' skin, bathing, brushing, interacting with the elephants at your leisure while learning about their lifestyle and behaviors. There are lots of good photography opportunities as well.
Around lunch time, eat some snacks and seasonal fresh fruit, before enjoying once again the impressive rural scenery on your way back to the hotel.

bathing with elephants Interacting with elephants

Yi Peng Festival celebration, Enjoy the sky lantern release

In the afternoon around 3:30 pm, you will meet with your guide and driver at the hotel lobby. Drive to the festival venue at Chiang Mai Air Sport Farm (Chiang Mai CAD Khomloy Sky Lantern Festival )and enjoy VIP access to your seats.
After the celebration, your tour guide and driver will escort you back to the hotel at around 10 pm (the exact time will be advised).

Asia Highlights Exclusive VIP Experiences

A VIP ticket to the Yi Peng Festival at Air Sport Farm, with VIP seat, plus you will have:
- Round-trip transfer between your hotel and the event venue
- 2 sky lanterns for each traveler
- A VIP souvenir
- Buffet dinner at VIP dining area

If you would like to upgrade to premium ticket or go to Maejo Location to celebrate the festival, please tell us in your inquiry form and we will arrange it for you.

yi peng festival Chiang Mai Launching your lantern at the Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai
Day 6
10th Nov, Chiang Mai | Free day to explore the ancient city

Chiang Mai, regarded by some as the best city in the world to live, deserves more time for you to explore it. Your guide will give you plenty of suggestions about what to see.

monks receiving alms in Chiang Mai Monks receiving alms offered by the locals in Chiang Mai
Day 7-9
11th-13th Nov, Chiang Mai - Phuket | Fly to Phuket
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa(4-star)

Take an afternoon flight to Phuket and start a relaxing getaway on its beautiful beach.
Phuket has a lot to offer. What beats a couple of relaxing days, taking it easy by the pool?

phuket beach at sunset The Sunset View of Phuket
Day 10
14th Nov, Departure from Phuket

May the free days in Phuket be a happy conclusion to your holiday!
Arrange your own flight to leave Phuket, either back to your happy home, or on to your next destination. Thanks for creating a beautiful journey together with Asia Highlights!

Our Service Includes:

10 days from US$ 2,296 per person (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

Hand-picked Hotels

We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.

superior sky room at eastin grand sathorn bangkok hotel
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok
Banthai Village
Chiang Mai
Banthai Village
hotel in Chiang Mai
Phuket Island
Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort and Spa


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