Home Thailand Tours5-day Highlights of Yi Peng Festival Chiang Mai 2019

Journey Highlights at a Glance

Enjoy Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, the center to celebrate this beautiful festival across Thailand. Fly your sky lantern with thousands of people, bath elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, and visit one of the local ethnic tribal group! Come and treat yourself for an awesome experience in November when it is at Chiang Mai’s best!
  • Enjoy Yi Peng Festival at Mae Jo University
  • Interacting with elephants at a conservation camp
  • Experience ethnic group culture in Chiang Mai
 

Journey route

Chiang Mai Yee Peng Festival Join-in Group Tour

What's included

  • VIP ticket to Mae Jo location or Cowboy 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
  • The ticket(s) to Cowboy Riding Club/Maejo Location

Itinerary in detail

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.

Day 19th Nov, Arrive in Chiang Mai

The Bodhi Serene Hotel, Chiang Mai

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.

Day 2 10th Nov, Doi Suthep & White Meo Hill Tribe

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.

Wat Phra That Wat Phra That

Day 3 11th Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and Celebrating Yi Peng Festival

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.

bathing with elephants Interacting with elephants
yi peng festival Chiang Mai Launching your lantern at the Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai

Day 4 12th Free exploration in Chiang Mai City

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!

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

Day 5 13h Chiang Mai Departure

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!

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 Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Phor Liang Meun Terracotta Arts Hotel (4 nights)
  • Lanna decorated hotel.
  • Located inside the Old City of Chiang Mai, walking distance from the night market
  • Pool Access Room, 25sqm with an en suite bathroom.

Journey information

  • About Yi Peng Lanna International 2019 (Maejo Location) The celebration date is currently an 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.
    It is not recommended for children under the age of 8 to attend the event, due to potential fire hazards for kids.
  • Vehicles You will have a shared-coach; our vehicles are within 5 years of usage and drivers will be polite and drive with strong regard for safety.
  • Itinerary arrangements This is a totally private tour. 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.
    As this is a private tour, please feel free to tell us your ideas and needs while we customizing your itninerary. For example, 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. Price will be fluctuated based on your adjustments.
  • MealsDaily breakfast at hotels and lunch for days with sightseeing are included, as with some dinners that is highlighted in the itinerary. For meals that are not included, your tour guide will provide suggestions where and what to eat.
    Food in Thailand are mainly rice-based, with a lot of vegetables, fish, chicken and beef. If you need special dietary arrangements, such as Halas or Kosher foods, vegetarian, gluten intolerance, non-dairy or any food allergies, please inform your travel consultant at the time of inquiry. We will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Responsible travelTourism matters – we care about the stewardship, involvement and respect of the countries we visit and how we are involved. Asia Highlights respects and supports the local communities, ensuring their well-being to sustain a good quality life for their families. 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.
5 Days from $929p/p (Based on a 2-people private 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

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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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