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8-Day A Unique Loy Krathong & Yi Peng Festival Mini-Group Tour

8-Day A Unique Loy Krathong & Yi Peng Festival Mini-Group Tour

By LingUpdated Sep. 6, 2023
Experience the Local Culture and Spectacular Moments of Thailand's Lantern Festivals

Asia Highlights Travel is the official partner of Chiang Mai CAD Khomloy Sky Lantern Festival. Based in Asia, we have helped over 10,000 worldwide clients plan trips to attend a Thailand Lantern Festival.

This tour will enable you to experience the celebration of Thailand's two mesmerizing Lantern Festivals — Loy Krathong in Sukhothai and Yi Peng in Chiang Mai.

In 2023, Loy Kratong Festival might be celebrated in Sukhothai from Nov. 16th to Nov. 26th while Yi Peng Festival will be observed on November 27th–28th at Chiang Mai Arts and Design (CAD).

The premium tickets and hotel bookings are filling up quickly. Secure your seats on the tour right now!

  • Mini Group:4–6 pax
  • Dates:Nov. 22–29, 2023 (8 days)
  • Destinations:Bangkok – Sukhothai– Chiang Mai
  • Price: US$1,959 p/p, 2 per room*; (save US$100 p/p booking before Sep.15th)
  • Flights:domestic ones included (international on request)
  • Cancellation:100% refund! (up to Oct. 22)

*Single room supplement is US$559

Tour Map

8-Day Loy Krathong & Yi Peng Festival Mini-Group Tour Map

Why Travel with Us

  • Premium Festival Ticket: ONLY with Asia Highlights
  • AH exclusive experience: create and release your own water lantern
  • Most competitive price without a big-coach-tour feel
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Tour Highlights

Here are the awesome attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Experience the most authentic Thai celebrations with locals in the city where Loy Krathong began.

festival parad in Sukhothai

Learn how to make your own krathong (floating lantern) and release it the way locals do.

a loy krathong making and releasing in Sukhotai
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Take a leisurely ride around the ancient ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park.

Appreciate the extra-special evening light and sound show in Sukhothai

the evening light and sound show in Sukhothai

Get the best out of the Yi Peng Festival sky lantern release with a premium seat.

the tag of ah hand picked

Interact with elephants at their best conservation camp (Elephant Rescue Park ranks #1 on TripAdvisor for Chiang Mai).

the Ha Long Bay
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Pilgrimage to the most sacred temple of Northern Thailand on Doi Suthep mountain.

the golden temple on Doi Suthep

Soak up the exotic charm of Thailand's capital city — Bangkok.

the night view of Bangkok

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The Itinerary in Detail

Day 1
Nov. 22nd: Arrive in Bangkok
Hotel: Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn or similar 4-star hotel

Welcome to Thailand — the land of smiles, the land of joy! Airport to hotel transport would be according to your own arrangements.

Day 2
Nov. 23rd: Explore the City and Visit Bangkok's Top Attractions
breakfast and lunch

Your day will commence with a visit to the magnificent Wat Pho, which houses the sacred Reclining Buddha. A holy ceremony is held there every day, and locals visit to offer worship.

Then, hop on a tuk-tuk and head to the imposing Grand Palace. Take a break and have lunch at a local restaurant before taking a water taxi to visit the legendary Wat Arun, this is one of the best-known landmarks of Bangkok.

Take a long-tailed boat ride along the old klongs (canals) of Thonburi to get a flavour of local life. Conclude your day with a visit to the bustling Chinatown area.

essence of Bangkok tour
Day 3
Nov. 24th: Fly to Sukhothai (on Fight PG213)
Hotel: Legendha Sukhothai/ Sriwilai Sukhothai or similar 4-star hotel

Today, you can get up late and relax in the morning.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to the airport, fly for an hour to Sukhothai, where the famous Thai Loy Krathong ('Float a Lantern') Festival originated. Upon your arrival, your private guide and driver will take you directly to your hotel.

The loy kratong festival in sukhohtai The Loy Krathong Festival in Sukhothai

In the evening, your guide will accompany you to the Loy Krathong Festival venue to experience festival celebrations with local people: see different exhibitions, walk around open souvenir and food stalls, watch traditional Thai shows...

The loy kratong festival in sukhohtai
Day 4
Nov. 25th: A Fabulous Day in Sukhothai with a Loy Krathong Festival Celebration Experience
breakfast and lunch

Explore the ancient ruins of the Sukhothai Kingdom by bike. You will visit the four representative sights in Sukhothai Historical Park and Ramkhamhaeng National Museum.

Sukhothai Historical Park Sukhothai Historical Park

Make a Thai Krathong (Floating Lantern):
—As Thailand's most famous lantern festival began in Sukhothai, there is no better way to experience this important part of local culture and tradition than to learn how to make a lantern yourself.
— Try your hand at crafting a krathong (floating lantern) during our specially arranged lantern-making experience. Once it is dark, head to the Yom River to release your lantern and make a wish as it floats away.

a loy krathong making and releasing A Loy Kratong Making and Releasing

Enjoy the Loy Krathong Light and Sound Show
— The light and sound show is an important part of the Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai. The show incorporates Thai history, folk dancing, lasers, and fireworks and is performed at 7:30 PM in Sukhothai Historical Park.

The Light and Sound Show in Sukhothai The Light and Sound Show
Day 5
Nov. 26th: Sukhothai to Chiang Mai via Lampang
Hotel: Novotel Chiangmai Nimman Journeyhub or similar 4-star hotel
breakfast and lunch

Visit One of the Oldest Temples in Thailand
— After breakfast, leave Sukhothai and head to Chiang Mai. On the way, you will stop in Lampang to visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Built in the 13th century, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is one of the most revered temples in Thailand and is one of the best examples of Lanna architecture.

Upon your arrival in Chiang Mai, enjoy some free time to relax or explore in the afternoon.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
Nov. 27th: Mountain Doi Suthep and Yi Peng Festival Celebration
breakfast, dinner (buffet dinner at the Chiang Mai CAD venue)

After breakfast, head for Doi Suthep Mountain, where you will visit one of the most sacred temples in Northern Thailand — Wat Phra That. Continue to Wat Suan Dok, just outside the ancient city walls of Chiang Mai. Return to Chiang Mai and take a rickshaw ride through its busy streets and quiet alleys.

In the late afternoon, you will be taken to the Yi Peng Festival Celebration and Sky Lantern Release venue and enjoy Premium access and benefits:

Asia Highlights Exclusive Premium Experience
— Round-trip private transfers between your hotel and the event venue, maximizing your time during the busiest time of the lantern festival
— Buffet dinner at the 'special food zone' (enjoy Thai cuisine, soft drinks, juice, and water)
— 2 sky lanterns for each traveler

Have a thrilling sky lantern release
Nov. 28th: Meet Elephants in the Jungle at Elephant Rescue Park
breakfast, lunch (simple lunch in Elephant Rescue Park)

Situated in a pristine and picturesque valley, about 1½ hours' drive from Chiang Mai city, Elephant Rescue Park is a paradise for homeless elephants. It provides a safe, loving, and secure environment for all the elephants that go there. Take a half-day Memorable Caring Experience there. You'll learn a lot about elephants and interact with them — you can feed them, walk with them, hug them, and bathe them.

After the program, have lunch at the park. Your private guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel at around 2 p.m.

Interact with Elephants
Day 8
Nov. 29th: Departure from Chiang Mai

Depart Chiang Mai. Getting to the airport will be by your own arrangement.!

Hand-Picked Hotels

hotel in Bangkok
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn (4-star)
Novotel Chiangmai Nimman
Novotel Chiangmai Nimman (4-star)
Legendha Sukhothai Hotel
Legendha Sukhothai (4-star)

Tour Price

US$1,959 p/p 2 per room; single room +US$559.(save US$100 p/p booking before Sep.15th)

Price Includes:

  • Domestic flights from Bangkok to Sukhothai.
  • English-speaking tour guide and business vehicle service
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary or similar options
  • Breakfasts at hotels and listed meals in the itinerary
  • Governmental taxes

Tour code: ah-58-gp

*It is possible to have a private tour with the same itinerary as this one (or a bespoke version of it). Please contact us for a quote using the tour code: ah-58-gp, and let us know any customization you would like.

Price Excludes:

  • International flights to Bangkok and depart from Phutket
  • Airport transfers on Day1 and Day 8
  • Tips for the guide and the driver
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received up to 30 days before departure: 100% refund
  • Cancellation received 14 to 29 days before departure: 50% refund
  • Cancellation received 0 to 13 days before departure: 0% refund

The premium tickets and hotel bookings are filling up quickly. Secure your seats on the tour right now!

Traveler numbers for your group:

Adult & kids (≥8 years old)

Kids (0-7 years old)

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A USD 200 deposit is required for each adult/child over 8. Please let us know if you need a single room or if you're traveling with children under 8. Any additional costs will be added to your balance.

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  • Unique experiences tailored to your interests: Enjoy a premium trip that goes beyond the typical tourist attractions.
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  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides: Your guides will be local and love to work for travelers' smiles.
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