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14-Day Cultural Thailand Tour with the Lantern Festival 2023

14-Day Cultural Thailand Tour with the Lantern Festival 2023

By LancyUpdated Sep. 5, 2023
Unlocking the Aura of the Lantern Festival

If Thailand is a pretty girl, then the Lantern Festival is her most beautiful time of the year. It would be a truly great experience to combine your Thailand tour with the experiences of Thailand's most spectacular festival.

With this 14-day suggested itinerary, you will start from the heart of Thailand, experience the most authentic festival ceremonies in Sukhothai, enjoy the romantic sky lantern release in Chiang Mai, discover the hidden beauties of Chiang Rai, and relax on the beaches of Phuket at the end.

It is an ideal choice for first-timers, culture fans, and aesthetics fans. Our personal travel advisor will be at your service if you would like to make any change to the itinerary.

  • Days:14±
  • Best for:couples
  • Suggested departure date:Nov.22nd,2023
  • Sample price:US$3,559each (2 per room)*
  • Flights:The ones mentioned are included (international on request)

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 originated.

lantern festival in Sukhothai

Find the relics of splendid medieval kingdoms in the north of Thailand.


Enjoy a premium ticket of the festival. Make a wish together with your loved one and let the sky lantern bring it to God.

sky lantern
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Appreciate the exquisite temple with an amazing decoration of lanterns.

temple with lanterns
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Learn to cook the fresh and delicious dishes of north Thailand with a local.

Chiang Mai cooking class
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Indulge in the stunning colors of temples in the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom.

white temple and a couple

Take a kayak to explore a limestone cave on the sea, which has tide-limited access.

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

loy krathong
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Itinerary in Detail

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Day 1
Arrive in Bangkok

Welcome to the Land of Smiles. Meet your guide at the airport and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Bangkok. You'll have free time to explore by yourself for the rest of the day.

Day 2
Bangkok | The City Highlights
  • Get a quintessential impression of Thailand when listening to the monks chanting in Wat Pho, which is one of the oldest temples of Bangkok.
  • Take a Tuk Tuk ride to the Grand Palace to experience the glorious history of Thailand.
  • Continue with a long-tail-boat ride along the ancient canals of Thonburi to get glimpses of the local lifestyle.
  • Stop at iconic Wat Arun, which was once the grand royal temple of King Rama.
  • Cross the Chao Phraya River and we'll drive you to Chinatown for a look at Old Bangkok.
the Grand Palace Bangkok
The Grand Palace of Bangkok
Day 3
Bangkok to Sukhothai | Loy Krathong Celebration
  • Fly to Sukhothai, where the famous Thai Loy Krathong ('Floating Lantern') Festival originated. Upon your arrival, your private guide and driver will take you directly to your hotel..
  • In the evening, head to the Loy Krathong Festival venue to experience festival celebrations with local people: see the different exhibitions, walk around open souvenir and food stalls, watch traditional Thai shows...
The loy kratong festival in sukhohtai
The Loy Krathong Festival in Sukhothai
Day 4
Sukhothai | Loy Krathong Festival Celebration Experience
  • Take a bike ride to explore the medieval ruins of the Kingdom (1238–1438). The solemn and exquisite Buddhas offer a feeling of timeless peace. Don't miss the only Buddha with open eyes in Sukhothai.
  • 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
  • Enjoy the Loy Krathong Festival in the evening. The show incorporates Thai history, folk dancing, lasers, and fireworks and is performed from 7:30 PM in Sukhothai Historical Park.
Sukhothai Historical Park
Find the only Buddha with open eyas
Day 5
Sukhothai to Chiang Mai | The First Sight of Lanna Culture
  • Drive to Chiang Mai in the morning. Stop in Lamphun to visit Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Appreciate the beautifual decoration of the lanterns in the temple.
  • Enjoy some free time after arriving in your hotel in Chiang Mai.
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Wat Phra That Hariphunchai
Day 6
Chiang Mai | Yi Peng Festival Celebration
  • Head for Doi Suthep mountain. Discover the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand — Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
  • Continue to Wat Suan Dok, a temple 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. Taste some traditional food, enjoy colorful performances, and release a sky lantern to make a wish at the most romantic moment.
release a sky lantern
Release a sky lantern
Day 7
Chiang Mai | Elephant Interaction
  • We'll drive you for about 1½ hours to Elephant Rescue Park — a paradise for homeless elephants.
  • 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.
  • You will get back to the hotel around 2 pm. Enjoy your free time to explore the old town of Chiang Mai.
Interact with the elephants
Interact with the elephants
Day 8
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai | Thai Cooking Class
  • Today, you will have the opportunity to learn how to cook some of the most famous Thai dishes at Asia Scenic, one of the top cooking schools in Chiang Mai.
  • Start with a local market tour to choose the freshest and best ingredients for your dishes. You will be guided by a chef throughout the process as you prepare your own meal.
  • Finally, you will have the chance to evaluate your cooking skills by enjoying the meal you have prepared for a lunch
  • Drive to Chiang Rai in the afternoon.
cooking class
Learn to cook Thai dishes
Day 9
Chiang Rai | Three Amazing Temples
  • Witness the "White Temple", Wat Rong Khun. It showcases unconventional and contemporary art within a Buddhist temple setting.
  • Then visit Baandam Museum, which is commonly referred to as the Black House and is a popular destination. It serves more as a museum than a temple, although it does contain some shrines.
  • Admire Wat Rong Suea Ten, known as the Blue Temple at the end. Despite being relatively unknown to tourists, it is considered one of the most picturesque sites in Chiang Rai.
  • Enjoy your free time in the afternoon to walk around and observe the local people's daily life.
blue temple
The blue temple in Chiang Rai
Day 10
Chiang Rai to Phuket

Fly from Chiang Rai to Phuket via Bangkok. Enjoy free time to settle in for the rest of the day.

Day 11
Phuket | Sea Cave Exploration and Loy Krothong Releasing
  • Enjoy a relaxing morning. Start our guided Krabi adventure at noon.
  • Discover the hidden sea caves and lagoons of picturesque Phang Nga Bay. Hop on a canoe and your experienced guide will paddle you though dramatic lagoons and mysterious limestone caves.
  • Learn how to create a traditional loy krathong using eco-friendly materials provided by our guide.
  • When the reflection of shining stars dots the boundless crystal-clear sea, float your self-made krathong, and immerse yourself in the peaceful scenery and romantic moment.
create your own krathong
Create your own Krathong on board
Day 12-13
Phuket | Free Time

Enjoy 2 free days in Phuket. Island-hopping tours and adventures in the rainforest are optional. You could just relax on the dreamy beaches.

blue ocean and beach
Relaxing on the beach
Day 14
Phuket Departure

Say goodbye to Phuket. Have a private transfer to the airport and catch your flights back home or to your next destination.

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Hand-Picked Hotels

We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.

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

Our Service Includes:

7 days from
US$ 3,559
per person (based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels)
  • Private transfers and English-speaking tour guide
  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts at hotels and other meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Governmental taxes

Tour code: ah-40

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