Home Thailand Tours7-day Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Yi Peng Festival 2019

Journey Highlights at a Glance

This 7-day trip allows you to explore the very essence of Bangkok and Chiang Mai with local culture experience. Either you are looking for once-in-a-life-time experience by flying your own sky lantern or check out must-do cool things in Thailand. This trip has it all! Come and celebrate this amazing festival this year!
  • Bangkok: Highlights of Bangkok and local life experience
  • Bangkok: Exotic floating market and railway market
  • Chiang Mai: Enjoy Yi Peng Festival at Mae Jo University
  • Chiang Mai: Interacting with elephants at a conservation camp
  • Chiang Mai: Experience ethnic group culture in Chiang Mai

Journey route: 7 days from November 7th to 13th

Chiang Mai Yee Peng Festival Join-in Group Tour

What's included

  • VIP ticket to Mae Jo location
  • Vehicle transfers and an English-speaking tour guide
  • All-guided sightseeing and entrance fees, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches on every guided day
  • Service charges and government taxes

Itinerary in detail

In 2019 the Yi Peng Festival celebration will probably fall on November 11th, and we shall make sure you are there on the day. Note that travel dates listed below are fixed for each destination! Secure your seat as soon as you can, since the early bird reward will be due on June 30, 2019.

Day 1 7th Nov, Arrive in Bangkok

U Sukhumvit Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand: the land of smiles, the land of joy!
Today your professional local guide will greet your group at the hotel in the evening, briefing about the entire trip, including information about the Yi Peng Festival.
Note: If you need private transfer from airport to hotel, just let us know when you make your inquiry and you will receive a quotation.

Day 2 8th 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 9th Nov, Bangkok–Chiang Mai | Local Markets and Fly to Chiang Mai

Domestic flight The Bodhi Serene Hotel, Chiang Mai

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 10th 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 11th 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, Mae Jo location

In the afternoon around 3:30 pm, you will meet with your guide and driver at the hotel lobby. Drive to the festival venue (Mae Jo University) 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

If you book this trip with Asia Highlights before June 30, 2019, you will receive an early bird reward worth US$399 for a VIP ticket to the Yi Peng Festival at Mae Jo, with VIP seats, plus you will have:
- Round-trip transfer between your hotel and the event venue
- 1 sky lanterns for each traveler
- A VIP souvenir
- Buffet dinner (all kinds of Thai cuisine and soft drinks, water and juice)

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

Day 6 12th 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 13th Nov, Departure from Chiang Mai

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

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 The Bodhi Serene Hotel (4 nights)
  • Lanna decorated hotel.
  • Located inside the Old City of Chiang Mai, walking distance from the night market
  • Superior Room, 25sqm with an en suite bathroom.

Journey information

  • Price details (based on a 6-people join-in group and 4 stars accomodation) US1699 per adult based on extra rolling bed;
    US1699per adult based on extra rolling bed;
    US1359 per child based on twin share (2-11 years old);
    US1359 per child based on extra rolling bed;
    Single Room Supplement: US435 for 6 nights (This is not required if you share the room with another client).
  • About Yi Peng Lanna International 2019 (Maejo Location) The celebration date is currently only our educated guess. The exact date is notified by the hosts in early September every year. November 12th, 2019 is another possible date for the Mae Jo event. All details will be notified a month ahead of the festival.
    Mae Jo is our preferred choice. If the celebration is not convened there in 2019, we shall arrange for customers to attend similar celebrations at the Cowboy Riding Club.
    Children under the age of 8 are recommended not to attend the event, to avoid potential fire hazards for kids.
  • Internal flights and vehicles Bangkok-Chiang Mai: PG219 (17:05/18:25)
    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 6-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.
7 Days from $1699p/p (Based on a 6-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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