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Tour Overview

This 10-day Thailand Lantern Festival Tour is a perfect blend of cultural immersion and tropical relaxation. Begin in bustling Bangkok, where you'll explore iconic temples, markets, and the Grand Palace. Chiang Mai unveils its magic during the Yi Peng and Loy Krathong festivals, offering lantern-making, sky lantern releases, and elephant encounters. Dive into Thai traditions, from floating markets to rickshaw rides. Conclude your journey in paradise, Phuket, with leisurely beach days and optional activities. This immersive tour promises an unforgettable fusion of cultural experiences and tranquil island bliss.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore Bangkok's Grandeur: Marvel at the dazzling Grand Palace, reclining Buddha, and tuk-tuk ride through vibrant markets in the heart of Bangkok.
  • Loy Krathong Magic: Release lanterns in Chiang Mai's Yi Peng Festival, crafting krathongs, and joining locals in a night of enchanting celebration.
  • Elephant Sanctuary Bonding: Walk with and care for elephants at an ethical sanctuary, discovering their majestic nature in Chiang Mai.
  • Floating Market Adventures: Witness the unique Maeklong Railway Market and explore the bustling Damnoen Saduak Floating Market near Bangkok.
  • Tropical Bliss in Phuket: Relax on Phuket's idyllic beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, or opt for island-hopping adventures in this island paradise.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Bangkok, you'll be greeted by your friendly guide and driver at the airport. Look for a sign with your name on it.

    Your guide will provide you with a warm Thai welcome and assist with any luggage.

    After the meet-and-greet, you'll be comfortably transferred to your hotel in Bangkok, where you can check in and settle into your accommodation.

    The remainder of the day is yours to rest, explore your surroundings, or enjoy some leisure time at the hotel. Consider taking a stroll to get a taste of the vibrant city.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Bangkok

  2. Begin your day with a visit to Wat Pho, one of Bangkok's oldest and most revered temples. Marvel at the gigantic reclining Buddha statue, adorned with intricate details and shimmering gold leaf. For a quintessential Bangkok experience, hop on a tuk-tuk and ride through a bustling flower market. Soak in the vibrant colors and fragrant blooms as you make your way to the Grand Palace.

    At the Grand Palace, you'll be in awe of the dazzling architecture and intricate designs. Explore the Emerald Buddha Temple and the various royal buildings within the complex.

    The adventure continues with a thrilling long-tail boat ride along the picturesque Chao Phraya River. You'll make a stop at Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, known for its stunning spires and riverside location.

    Thaliand Bangkok Wat Arun
    Wat Arun

    As evening approaches, head to the lively and aromatic streets of Chinatown, where you can savor the flavors of local cuisine, shop for unique souvenirs, and immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Bangkok

  3. Today's adventure begins with a scenic drive of approximately 1 hour to visit the Maeklong Railway Market, a remarkable market situated right on the train tracks. Witness the fascinating spectacle as vendors quickly retract their stalls to make way for passing trains.

    Continue your journey to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where you'll explore the vibrant canal market and have the opportunity to purchase local goods and snacks.

    Bangkok Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

    After a satisfying lunch, you'll board a flight to Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand known for its rich culture and beautiful scenery.

    Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, your guide and driver will be ready to welcome you and provide a comfortable transfer to your hotel, where you can unwind and prepare for the next day's adventures.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

  4. Kick off the day with a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a sacred temple situated atop a lush mountain. Climb the stairs or take a cable car to reach the temple, and be rewarded with panoramic views of Chiang Mai and its surroundings.

    Thailand Chiang Mai Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

    Your next stop is Wat Suan Dok, a serene temple known for its impressive white chedi and its role as a center for meditation.

    Return to Chiang Mai's historic center, where you'll embark on a rickshaw ride through charming streets, allowing you to soak in the local atmosphere and architecture.

    As the sun sets, you'll be transported to the Yi Peng Festival Celebration. This magical event allows you to release two sky lanterns, each carrying your wishes and dreams, into the night sky. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the Food Zone, where you can savor a variety of delectable Thai dishes.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

    Thailand Yi Peng Lantern Festival
    Release a sky lantern

  5. Begin your day with a leisurely morning, giving you the freedom to relax, explore Chiang Mai independently, or indulge in some local shopping.

    In the afternoon, you'll be immersed in the traditional customs of Loy Krathong. Participate in a lantern-making activity and create your own beautiful krathong (a small floating offering) to release in the evening.

    Savor the flavors of northern Thai cuisine during a special dinner, featuring regional delicacies.

    As night falls, join the locals in celebrating Loy Krathong by releasing your krathong on the water and enjoying the festival's vibrant and enchanting atmosphere.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

    Thailand Chiang Mai Loy Krathong Festival
    Releasing your handmade floating lantern

  6. Today's highlight is a visit to the Elephant Rescue Park, where you'll spend quality time with these majestic creatures.

    Gain insight into elephant behavior and conservation efforts as you observe, feed, and bathe the elephants.

    Thailand Chang Mai Elephant Rescue Park
    Bathing Elephants in Elephant Rescue Park

    Experience the sheer joy of walking alongside these gentle giants in their natural environment.

    After an unforgettable day with the elephants, your guide will accompany you back to your Chiang Mai hotel for a well-deserved rest.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

  7. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Chiang Mai. You may choose to explore the local markets, revisit favorite temples, or simply relax at your hotel.

    In the afternoon, you'll board a flight to Phuket, Thailand's renowned island paradise.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Phuket

  8. Today is all about relaxation and personal exploration. You have the entire day to unwind on the pristine beaches of Phuket, take part in water sports, or explore the island's attractions at your own pace.

    Feel free to consult with your guide for recommendations and assistance in planning your day according to your preferences.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Phuket

    Phuket Scuba Diving
    Scuba Diving in Phuket

  9. On this day, you have the flexibility to choose from a range of optional activities, such as island hopping, snorkeling, or visiting cultural sites in Phuket.

    Your guide will provide suggestions and make arrangements based on your interests, ensuring that your last full day in Thailand is memorable.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Phuket

  10. Enjoy your final moments in Thailand with free time in Phuket, perhaps indulging in some last-minute shopping or taking a peaceful beach stroll.

    Your driver will escort you to the airport in time for your onward flight to your next destination or your journey back home.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1639 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day;
  • Air tickets mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, bell boy, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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