8 Day Lantern Festival Small Group Tour

Destinations: Bangkok – Chiang Mai


Highlights of this 8 Days Thailand and Lantern Festival Small Group Tour:

  • Visit Bangkok Royal Palace by boat.
  • Rice Barge Cruise onto Venice of the East.
  • Experience visiting Thai Floating Market.
  • Befriending with gentle giants of Asia.
  • Join two traditional Thai festivals: Loy Kratong Floating Boat and Sky Lanterns.

Note: Festivals are only available during November 23, 24 & 25 of 2018. 

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8 Days

Includes internal flights, twin shared accommodation, English speaking guides, transportation, sightseeing and meals listed.
Excludes visa and travel documents, travel insurance, international flights, local tipping, etc.

Want to join with a group? This is a Small Group tour with between 6-16 people.

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Chiang Mai Lantern Festival
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, Thailand.
Northern Thailand elephants

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Bangkok | Arrive in Bangkok

International Flight:Excluded
Welcome to Thailand – the land of smiles! Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel for check in. We will have a short tour briefing in the hotel lobby at 4PM. Then the evening is at your leisure. Optional: Add a Muay Thai Boxing Show followed by dinner. If interested, please inquire with our Travel Specialist.

Accommodation: Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa


Day 2: Bangkok | Royal Palace and Rice Barge Social

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
In the morning, take a boat to Wat Arun – the Temple of the Dawn.

Continue to one of the must-see sights, the spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782- and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government – the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people.

Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom. Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small, very famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. The robes on the Buddha are changed with the seasons by HM The King of Thailand, and forms an important ritual in the Buddhist calendar. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings. Also visit Wat Po, with it’s large reclining Buddha. Return to the hotel for some leisure time.

Evening enjoy a dinner and cultural show to welcome you to the Kingdom of Smiles.

Main building of Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.

Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Accommodation: Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa


Day 3: Bangkok – Chiang Mai | Thai Floating Market | Fly to Chiang Mai

Flight: Excluded
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch
In the morning, we will go to one of the most attractive floating markets of Thailand, Damnernsaduak Floating Market. There, you have a chance to take a boat observing the lifestyle of local people along the small canals. You’ll also visit a local coconut farm where you can try coconut juice and taste variety of seasonal fruits such as rambuttan, mangoes, papaya and etc. Have a Thai lunch, then return to the hotel for check out.


Join an afternoon flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, our guide will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check in.

Accommodation: Khum Phaya Resort & Spa


Day 4: Chiang Mai | Befriending the Gentle Giants of Asia

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch
Today we will go to an elephant sanctuary in the jungles near Chiang Mai. First, you’ll learn about the project and hear the amazing stories of each rescued and orphaned elephant. Learn how they became a proud herd free from abuse and misuse. Then have an opportunity to feed them in the morning. Enjoy a lunch buffet. Then take a stroll with the herd to the nearby river. Here you will have the opportunity to observe or participate in bathing the elephants with the sanctuary staff.

After you have said your farewells, return back to the hotel for some leisure time.

Northern Thailand elephants and Bhudist monks

Accommodation: Khum Phaya Resort & Spa


Day 5: Chiang Mai | Doi Suthep Temple and Hill Tribe | Kratong Festival

Meals: Breakfast , Lunch
We will take a trip today up to Doi Suthep mountain, about 15 kilometers from Chiang Mai, with Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, a Holy Buddhist Temple. Every Temple with a name starting with Wat Prathat contains Buddha relics and is considered sacred to Buddhists. There are about 300 steps to climb. The reward is more than worth the effort. We will see the beautiful temple and enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai. We will also learn about the many Temple bells(rakhang in Thai). Ring them if you like.

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep has a set of very impressive murals picturing scenes from the life and teachings of Buddha. Then we will visit a Meo hill tribe village to see local life. Stop for lunch around noon, then return to the hotel for some leisure.
Two festivals begin today –
Loi Krathong: A festival all throughout Thailand where locals make “krathongs” or small boats that they cast off in the evening by saying a prayer.
Yi Peng Festival: A festival in Chiang Mai where locals make lantern candles that float up into the evening sky.

The evening festivities will include a gala dinner near the Iron Bridge, one of the best spots in town to observe the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. Enjoy a buffet while watching thousands upon thousands of lanterns pepper the sky overhead. We’ll set off our lanterns into the sky along with many other Thais. The lanterns are believed to impart good luck to the one who sets it a sail. Then take part watching the local festivities. Return to the hotel when you like.

Chiang Mai Lantern Festival

Accommodation: Khum Phaya Resort & Spa


Day 6: Chiang Mai | Lantern Festival

Meals: Breakfast
Morning is at your leisure. Optional: Join a Thai cooking class this morning with a visit to a Thai local market. If you are interested in adding this, please inquire with our Travel Specialist.

Then in the evening, you’ll participate alongside other locals releasing your Krathong on the water. We will enjoy some appetizers while decorating our own boats with flowers and incense. Each Thai imparts a different meaning or prayer depending on whether they are Buddhist or Hindu. Regardless of religion, it is believed to be casting away the negative elements of oneself. Because of this, Thais will often clip a small section of hair or nail to place on their boat. Once you’ve cast your boat adrift, you can either continue to observe the festivities or solemnly return to the hotel nearby for rest.

Floating lantern in Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Khum Phaya Resort & Spa


Day 7: Chiang Mai | Chiang Mai City Temples

Meals: Breakfast , Dinner
In the morning, we will visit the most prominent temples in Chiang Mai. Start with Wat Phra Singh which houses the famous Phra Singh Buddha image. It features Lanna art throughout and illustrates many famous Buddhist stories. Continue on to Wat Chedi Luang, which once contained the Emerald Buddha. The temple is partially in ruins due to an earthquake in the 1500s. Then stop at Wat Chiang Man which is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai and also houses one of Thailand’s greatest treasures: the Crystal Buddha.

Then continue to Wat Suan Dok, which houses many of the remains of generations of the old Chiang Mai Royal Family. Finally, visit Wat Jet Yot – this peaceful temple is surrounded by green and was built in the Mahabodhi style from India to house the Eighth World Buddhist Council in 1453. We will return to the hotel around noon for leisure time in the afternoon.

Around 7PM, we will transfer to an outdoor courtyard theatre. Take a place in traditional Thai seating as Thai dishes are brought to you. Enjoy colorful performances in traditional Lanna Thai apparel with live music. Then return to the hotel after the show.

Accommodation: Khum Phaya Resort & Spa


Day 8: Chiang Mai | Departure

Meals: Breakfast
Today our guide will transfer you to the airport before your homeward flight and will bid you a fond farewell. Thank you for traveling with us!

Optional: If you would like us to arrange a beach extension to Phuket, Krabi, or Koh Samui, an extension to Cambodia, Myanmar, or Laos, or if you would like us to arrange a flight to Bangkok to catch your international flight, please ask our Travel Specialist.

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DEPARTURE AVAILABILITY

Date

November 19, 2018
Status

Available

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