Home Thailand Tours11-day Highlights of Thailand in Yi Peng Festival 2019

Journey Highlights at a Glance

Set off your own sky lantern along with the locals and get blessing as it floats up in the dark sky. Discover Bangkok's unique charm and Chiang Mai's various cultural highlights and relax on the beach of Phuket. This trip includes everything that you need for this big event: tickets, transportation, guiding and highlights of Thailand. Come and join the celebration!
  • Bangkok: capital highlights with Grand Palace and the floating market
  • Chiang Mai: Yi Peng Festival with premium ticket at Mae Jo University location
  • Chiang Mai: offering alms, temples (chatting with local monks),bathing elephants at a conservation camp
  • Phuket: relaxing on the beach

Journey route:11 days from November 8th to 18th

Chiang Mai Yee Peng Festival Join-in Group Tour

What's included

  • VIP service including premium tickets, snacks and transportation for Yi Peng Festival
  • Vehicle transfers and an 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

Itinerary in detail

In 2019 the Yi Peng Festival celebration will possibly falls on 11th Nov and we will make sure you are at the event on the day. Enjoy a memorable holiday in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket with Asia Highlights!

Day 1 8th Nov, Arrive in Bangkok

U Sukhumvit Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand: the land of smiles, the land of joy!
Today our professional tour guide will greet you at the hotel in the evening, briefing you about the whole journey and the Yi Peng Festival.
If you need to add a private transfer from the airport to the hotel, just let the travel consultant know and get a quotation including the private airtport transfer.

Day 29th Nov, Bangkok | Temples, Market and Day-to-Day Life

Meet your guide at the hotel lobby, and head to Thailand's' most sacred place “The Grand Palace”. Within the palace complex there are several buildings including Wat Phra Kaew, which contains the greatly revered Emerald Buddha, dating back to the 14th century.
The palace was once a royal residence. Thai kings stopped living there around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used for convening all kinds of ceremonies and auspicious events.
Not far from the Grand Palace is Wat Pho. This is the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok, with the largest single Buddha image, the Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas).
The temple is also known as Wat Phra Chetuphon or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is also regarded as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.
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 and one of the most published images of Bangkok.
After seeing Wat Arun, board a long-tail boat on the Chao Phraya River and you will pass by temples, riverbank markets and ordinary neighbourhoods.
Return to your hotel for a good night’s rest.

the Grand Palace Bangkok Gold-layered guard at the Grand Palace of Bangkok

Day 3 10th Nov, Bangkok–Chiang Mai | Floating Market and Fly to Chiang Mai

Domestic flight Banthai Village, Chiang Mai

Floating markets are a special sight you can only witness in SE Asia and above all, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is known for its large scale and interestingly chaotic vibes.
Drive out of Bangkok in the morning for about 1 1/2 hours to reach the famous floating market. You will see countless boats selling all kinds of merchandise, ranging from local snakes to household supplies.
After lunch at a nearby local restaurant, you will be taken to the airport. Fly north to Chiang Mai. The flight duration is about an hour.
Relax in your private car on the way from the airport to your hotel in downtown Chiang Mai. Enjoy some leisure time in this lovely graceful town.

bangkok floating market Vendors selling fruits at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok

Day 4 11th Nov, Chiang Mai | Yi Peng Festival Chiang Mai

In the afternoon around 4 pm, you will meet with your guide and driver at the hotel lobby. Drive to the festival venue (Mae Jo University) and enjoy premium access to your seats.
After enjoying the celebration, your tour guide and driver will escort you back to the hotel at around 10 pm (the exact time will be advised).

Yi Peng Festival celebration, Mae Jo location or Cowboy Riding Club location

This is a festival in Chiang Mai where locals make lanterns that float up into the evening sky. The evening festivities will include a gala dinner at Mae Jo University. Enjoy a buffet dinner while watching thousands upon thousands of lanterns pepper the sky overhead.
We'll release our own lanterns into the sky along with those of many Thai people. The lanterns are believed to impart good luck to the ones who release them. Then watch the local festivities.

Asia Highlights Exclusive VIP Experiences

Booking this trip with Asia Highlights, you will have premium access to great seats at the event, plus you will have:
- Round-trip transfer between your hotel and the event venue
- Priority to leave the venue
- 1 sky lanterns for each traveler
- A premium souvenir
- Buffet dinner (all kinds of Thai cuisine)
- Beverages (no wine or alcohol, only soft drinks, water and juice)

Special note

The celebration date is only our estimation at the moment according to our years' experience. The exact date will be notified by the official event holder in early September every year. November 12th, 2019 is another possible date for Mae Jo location.
All travelers need to provide passport details before September in order to issue the ticket as soon as possible. Once paid and confirmed, the VIP ticket is non-refundable under any conditions.
Asia Highlights recommends travelers under the age of 8 not attend the event, avoiding potential fire hazards for kids.
Mae Jo location is the first choice, if they don't hold the celebration, we will arrange our clients to attend the celebrations at Cowboy Riding Club location.

yi peng festival Chiang Mai Launching your lantern at the Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai

Day 5 12th Nov, Chiang Mai | Enchanted by Chiang Mai

Begin this exciting day sitting among locals at a local temple, ready for the morning alms-giving. Monks from all temples and monasteries in Chiang Mai process round the town every early morning, receiving food from local people. Donating food is regarded an important act for individual karma, believed to affect one's future circumstances and environment.
After this, you will visit the bustling Warorot Market and Ton Lamyai Flower Market, where the festival heat is hyped up as the big time approaches.
Would you like a special dining experience? You will be invited to a local farmer's house. Slurp delicious hand-made noodles and chat with the host.
Move to Old Town of Chiang Mai, which is actually constructed around a massive temple complex, consisting of three temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Chiang Man and Wat Phra Singh. These three temples represent different styles, and you will have a chance to chat with the monks living there.
Transfer back to your hotel and enjoy a restful night.


monks receiving alms in Chiang Mai Monks receiving alms offered by the locals in Chiang Mai

Day 613th Nov, Chiang Mai | Elephant Conservation Camp

You will be picked up at your hotel lobby around 8:30 am, for departure from Chiang Mai by local truck. Please remember to bring a change of clothes (you will get dirty/wet), sunscreen, a hat, a camera, and mosquito repellant.
En route you will enjoy views of local villages, temples, and the beautiful scenic Lanna countryside.
Stopping at Maewang local market after around 50-minutes’ drive, you will pick up your picnic lunch and prepare some food for the elephants.
Upon arrival atMaewang Elephant Conservation Camp, you will be greeted with warm hospitality by Karen staff. You will need to change into your mahout’s outfit. This can be taken home after the activities are finished.
The staff will share with you about the elephants, their backgrounds, and general instructions on how to take care of them. After that, you will be told how to feed the elephants with herbs. Enjoy your picnic lunch and have a short time to relax.
The highlight is having an easy trek in the forest (around 40 minutes) with your elephant to hunt for some delicious sugarcane. This is their favorite treat.
Say goodbye to these lovely friends and return to your hotel to rest.

elephants camp in Chiang Mai Set off your water lantern by the river at the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai

Day 7 14th Nov, Chiang Mai – Phuket | Fly to Phuket

Domestic flight Burasiri Phuket

You will have a free morning in Chiang Mai. Take an afternoon flight to Phuket and start a relaxing getaway on its beautiful beach.

Day 8 - Day10 15th to 17th Nov, Phuket | Free Days in Phuket

Phuket has a lot to offer. No matter whether you are traveling with kids, or on a romantic holiday, Asia Highlights will always find something to suit your interests. What beats some relaxing days taking it easy by the pool?

phuket Enjoy your free days in Phuket

Day 1118th Nov, Departure from Phuket

Domestic flight or international flight on your own

May the free days in Phuket be a happy conclusion to your holiday! Today you will depart Phuket back to your happy home, or on to your next destination.
Thanks for taking this wonderful journey with Asia Highlights. We hope to see you again soon!

Asia Highlights handpicked hotels

Thailand never goes short of hotel choices yet it is not an easy task to find a nice hotel that fits your tasts, interests and budget. Here's a list of Asia Highlights' picks for great value hotels; selection is made on a balanced mixture of traditional style and modern comfort, easy access to everything yet quiet enough for a good night's sleep.

hotel in Bangkok
Bangkok U Sukhumvit Bangkok or similar (2 nights)
  • Swimming pool on the rooftop.
  • Centrally located in Sukhumvit, subway stations and malls nearby.
  • Superior Room, 28sqm, higher floors and better city views.
hotel in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Banthai Village or similar (4 nights)
  • Lanna decorated hotel and #70 out of 442 on TripAdvisor.
  • Located inside the Old City of Chiang Mai, walking distance from the night market
  • Superior Room, 28sqm with an en suite bathroom.
hotel in Phuket
Phuket Burasiri Phuket or similar (4 nights)
  • Comfortable and peaceful massage and spa.
  • Ideal place for families and romantic getaways, beachside and great services.
  • Premier Room, 28sqm with elegant garden view.

Journey information

  • Price details (based on a 10-people join-group and 4 stars accomodation) USD2499 per adult based on twin share;
    USD2499 per adult based on extra rolling bed;
    USD1999 per child based on twin share (2-11 years old);
    USD1999 per child based on extra rolling bed;
    Single Room Supplement: USD829 for 10 nights (This is not required if you share the room with another client).
  • Non-refundable VIP tickets to Yi Peng Lanna International 2019 (Maejo Location) First come first served - Get your tickets to the Lantern Festival now!
    Tickets to the fesitval celebration are running on limited supply especially for VIP tickets. Passport information is required for ticket enrollment upon confirmation of this trip. Asia Highlights reserves the rights to no longer accept inquiries once our tickets are all taken.
    Once the VIP ticket is confirmed, the ticket cannot be refunded.
  • Internal flights and vehicles Bangkok-Chiang Mai: PG219 (17:05/18:25)
    Chiang Mai- Phuket: WE171 (09:40/11:35)
    You will have a shared-coach in each destination; our vehicles are within 5 years of usage and drivers will be polite and drive with strong regard for safety.
  • Itinerary arrangements Sightseeing, activities and accommodations that are mentioned in this itineary you are looking at are fixed for a 10-people join-in small group. We strongly recommend you secure your seat as soon as possible because of the limited VIP tickets. Once tickets are released, it will be sold out in just a few days.
    This itineary can be tailored to match your private travel as well. If you would like to have a free day in Chiang Mai instead of visiting the elephant sanctuary, we can do that; if you wish to have a room with views of the Chao Phraya River, we can offer other hotel options. Anything except for the festival date can be adjusted to your own interests. Price will be varied for a private trip.
  • MealsDaily breakfast at hotels and a lunch for days with sightseeing are included, so are some dinners as mentioned in the itinerary. For meals that are not included, your tour guides will suggest where and what to eat.
    Food in Thailand is mainly rice-based and you will eat a lot of vegetables, fish, chicken and beef. If you would like to make special arrangements, such as Halal or Kosher food, or none-dairy, please inform your travel consultant at the time of inquiry. We will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Responsible travelTravel avails you with special experiences. Somehow its impact on the local community can be more beyond imagination and what Asia Highlights wishes to do is leading the impact onto a good path, a path that helps the local people (not only your tour guides) boarden their outlook and the local communities develop.
    With that being said, detours to so-called factories or specialty workshops are strictly prohibited. We make sure your tour guides earn enough to support their families without squeezing commissions out of you.
11 Days from $2499p/p (Based on a 10-people join-in group)

Local guide

thailand tour guide
Most of our guides in Thailand have at least 5 years of experience and their are extremely passionate for introducing you their motherland. We asign different guides in all destinations so as to better your chance blending with the locals.

Mini van

car in thailand
All of vehicles are in good maintanence and with A/C. Experienced, polit and professional drivers take the wheel, they will ensure you have a safe and smooth ride. We have bottled water, wet tissues, first-aid kit and baby car seat equipped with our vehicles.

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