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In 2019 the Yi Peng Festival celebration will fall on November 11th and 12nd, and we shall make sure you are there on the day.
Welcome to Chiang Mai, renown by locals as the ‘Rose of the North’, for its beauty and charm. You will be met by your private local guide at the airport and be taken to the hotel with a private car.
After breakfast in your hotel, you will visit the Meo hill tribe villages, which is a subgroup of the H’mong. Here you will learn about their culture, customs, local life, and see them still wearing their traditional costumes.
After 1.5 hours driving time, head for Doi Suthep Mountain, where you will visit one of the most sacred temples in Northern Thailand – Wat Phra That (founded in 1383 AD). After climbing up 309 steps, you will be rewarded with a superb panoramic view of Chiang Mai City!
On your way back to Chiang Mai, you will have a late lunch at a local restaurant.
Notes: Your day will be around 6 hours with early departure at 08:30 for better travel experience. 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.
Chiang Mai is definitely the best place to observe and interact with the Asian elephants! We specifically choose this Elephant Jungle Sanctuary (over 30 formerly mistreated elephants are now being well taken care of) as it is a joint program between members of the Karen hill-tribes and Chiang Mai locals since 2014.
Depart at around 07:00am, the morning you will experience Karen hill tribe culture, natural scenery while they interact with elephants, including feeding, bathing, brushing and interacting with them. There will be numerous photography opportunities. Afterwards you will be served with local snacks and seasonal fresh fruits for your lunch.
After approximately 6 hours elephant experience, you will be driven back to your hotel for a rest and prepare for the Yi Peng Festival event.
Yi Peng Festival celebration, Mae Jo location or Cowboy Riding Club
In the afternoon around 3:30 pm, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby. You will be taken 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
- Round-trip transfer between your hotel and the event venue
- 1 sky lantern for each traveler
- A VIP souvenir
- Buffet dinner (a variety of Thai cuisine, soft drinks, juice and water)
If you would like to pay premium and go to Maejo Location to celebrate the festival, please tell us in your inquiry form and we will arrange it for you.
A contrast to its capital, this ancient city has a history of over 700 years, with an enchanting blend of culture, spirituality, and natural beauty to explore. Your guide will be more than happy to provide information about the city, if you need it. Enjoy!
Sadly, it’s the last day of your Chiang Mai trip. Relax and enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before leaving for your next destination. Asia Highlights is always happy to serve you, ensuring you have an enjoyable journey!
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