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Tour Overview

Experience the enchantment of Chiang Mai's 5-Day (Nov. 26th –30th) Yi Peng and Loy Krathong Festival. Begin with temple visits to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Suan Dok, followed by a rickshaw ride through the old city. On Day 2, release sky lanterns and savor local cuisine at the Yi Peng Festival. Day 3 immerses you in Loy Krathong customs, from lantern-making to festival celebrations. Day 4 brings ethical elephant encounters at the Elephant Rescue Park. Your unforgettable journey concludes on Day 5, leaving you with cherished memories of Chiang Mai's rich traditions and natural beauty.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore the mountaintop beauty of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, offering panoramic vistas of Chiang Mai's lush landscape.
  • Release lanterns at the Yi Peng Festival, illuminating the night sky with your wishes and experiencing Thai culture firsthand.
  • Join the enchanting Loy Krathong Festival, crafting your own decorative float, savoring northern Thai cuisine, and celebrating with locals.
  • Immerse yourself in ethical elephant encounters at the Elephant Rescue Park, observing, feeding, and bathing these gentle giants.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Chiang Mai! Upon your arrival at Chiang Mai International Airport, you will make your own way to your pre-booked hotel. Don't worry; the airport is well-connected to the city, and transportation options are readily available.

    Once you arrive at your hotel and check-in, take some time to freshen up and settle into your accommodation.

    The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You might want to start your Chiang Mai adventure by exploring the nearby surroundings, strolling through the vibrant streets, or simply relaxing at your hotel.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

  2. Your guide will meet you at the hotel to kick off your day of exploration. Chiang Mai is known for its rich cultural heritage, and your first stop will be at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This iconic mountaintop temple is not only a spiritual site but also offers breathtaking panoramic views of Chiang Mai and its lush surroundings.

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

    Next, you'll visit Wat Suan Dok, a temple known for its unique open-air hall and a large central chedi. The serene atmosphere here provides a stark contrast to the bustling city below.

    Return to the heart of Chiang Mai, where you'll embark on a rickshaw ride through the enchanting streets of the old city. The rickshaw ride will allow you to soak in the city's charm, passing by historic temples, markets, and local neighborhoods.

    Late afternoon, you'll head to the location where the Yi Peng Festival Celebration and Sky Lantern Release will take place. Here, you'll have the opportunity to be part of the mesmerizing festival tradition. You'll receive two sky lanterns and join in the collective act of releasing them into the night sky, creating a truly magical moment.

    Thailand Yi Peng Lantern Festival
    Release a sky lantern

    The day will conclude with a sumptuous dinner at the Food Zone, where you can savor a variety of local dishes. The vibrant atmosphere and delicious food will make for a memorable evening.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

  3. Enjoy a leisurely morning to recharge or explore more of Chiang Mai on your own. You might choose to visit local markets, take a relaxing spa treatment, or simply unwind at your hotel.

    Today's activities revolve around the traditional customs of the Loy Krathong Festival, a time-honored Thai celebration. You'll start by participating in a lantern-making and releasing activity, where you can craft your own decorative float. This hands-on experience offers insight into the cultural significance of the festival.

    Thailand Chiang Mai Loy Krathong Festival
    Releasing your handmade floating lantern

    Following the lantern activity, indulge in a delightful dinner featuring northern Thai dishes. The flavors of northern Thai cuisine are distinct and flavorful, offering a taste of the region's culinary heritage.

    As the sun sets, you'll join in the festivities of the Loy Krathong Festival alongside the locals. The city comes alive with colorful lantern displays, traditional performances, and the picturesque sight of floating krathongs on the river. It's a magical experience that immerses you in Thai culture and traditions.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

  4. Today, you'll have the privilege of spending time at the Elephant Rescue Park, an ethical sanctuary dedicated to the well-being of these magnificent creatures. Your day will start with observing the elephants in their natural habitat, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of their behaviors and social dynamics.

    You'll also have the opportunity to interact with the elephants by feeding them, an experience that fosters a deep connection with these gentle giants. Bathing the elephants in a nearby river is both a fun and heartwarming activity.

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

    Following your enriching morning, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch at the park, featuring a mix of Thai and international cuisine.

    In the afternoon, you'll be escorted back to your hotel in Chiang Mai, where you can relax and reflect on the incredible moments you've shared with the elephants. This ethical elephant encounter promotes responsible tourism and contributes to the welfare of these majestic animals.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

  5. Today marks the end of your Chiang Mai adventure. After checking out of your hotel, you'll have free time to explore more of the city or engage in any remaining activities or shopping you desire.

    In the afternoon, make your way to Chiang Mai International Airport for your onward journey. If you have any last-minute souvenir shopping to do, the airport also offers a variety of shops and boutiques.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $899 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 4 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 4 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;
  • 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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