9 days Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai
Your Loy Krathong Yi Peng Festival holiday begins in Bangkok with a locally guided tour, where you will benefit from the unrivalled local knowledge of your Wayfairer guide. You will then travel to Kanchanaburi where you will enjoy some unique accommodations experiences and the beautiful natural surroundings of the River Kwai and Erawan National Park. Continuing your journey, you will travel on to Chiang Mai. Here you will discover the distinctive culture of northern Thailand as well as enjoying a range of activities and the local hospitality. You will have the opportunity to spend a night in a hill-tribe lodge and trek around the local area, as well as experience the Yi Peng Festival which starts on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.
Meet on Arrival - Welcome to Bangkok
Bangkok City Tour Like a Local
River Kwai Tour
A Day in the Elephant Nature Park
Erawan National Park - Chiang Mai
Yi Peng Festival
Cookery Class & Hmong Lodge Visit
Transfer Back to Bangkok
International flight home
Our accommodation choices for your holiday have been personally inspected and recommended for you by a member of our UK team or our local partners.
Wayfairer guides come from within the local communities where we work and we pay fair salaries, which far exceed government regulations. As a Wayfairer guest we ask that if you choose to tip your guides and drivers that you do so from your heart.
On arrival in Bangkok you will be met by a Wayfairer representative and driven to your hotel.
Later that evening your guide will meet you at your hotel to brief you about your tour and recommend some great dining options for the evening.Overnight: Bangkok
Today, you will have a locally guided tour of Bangkok and travel like a local using a number of varied transport options to include klong (canal) boat, public bus, the Chao Phraya River public ferry and the elevated BTS or Skytrain.
Bangkok is gaining recognition for its art, culture, food, shopping, hospitality and affordability. The city combines some of Asia’s oldest and most elaborately adorned temples with modern shopping malls and skyscrapers – a city that packs in so many sights and attractions you won’t know where to begin. However, your friendly and knowledgeable local guide will give you a helping hand and introduce you to some of Bangkok’s most famous sights - including the impressive Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Po.Overnight: Bangkok
This morning, you will take the 2.5hrs drive west to Kanchanaburi, where you visit the famous bridge on the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery before boarding the train along the Death Railway. There is an excellent museum, the Thai Burma Railway Museum, to explore as part of your stop where you will learn more about the POW’s experience as well as viewing a section of the infamous Burma Death Railway.
You will then board a longtail boat to the incredible tented River Camp, the perfect place to enjoy the nature of the region.Overnight: Banks of the River Kwai
Today you will spend a day at the fantastic Elephant Nature Park. This park was created to protect and care of elephants which have been abused by tourism all over Thailand.
In an experience to remember you will get an inside look at the help this organisation is doing, learn more about animal welfare and tourism in Thailand, as well as get hands on with the elephants, giving them their daily bath, feeding time and more.Overnight: Banks of the River Kwai
This morning you have a relaxing start before starting your journey to the stunning Erawan National Park, famous for it’s waterfalls. Your guide will help you along the trails by foot, exploring stunning waterfalls and rivers along the way.
then travel back to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai, or the capital of the North, and many locals favourite city. Upon arrival you can either relax for the evening or we’ll take you to the famous Chiang Mai night market to explore.Overnight: Chiang Mai
You will start the day with a Trishaw ride around the old city before heading a little out of the town to experience the magnificent Doi Suthep, with great views over the hills and back on the city.
Today also marks the start of the Loy Krathong & Yi Peng festival, which is celebrated throughout Thailand on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.
Loy Krathong gets it’s name from the floating lanterns, boats and other decorations that are gently set into rivers all over the country during the celebrations. It’s a significant festival in Chiang Mai, as it falls at the same time as the festival known as Yi Penh, where thousands of lanterns are wished into the sky with good wishes and prayers.
This evening is the perfect time to experience Chiang Mai as the two events coincide, lanterns light up the sky and the rivers, while locals decorate their temples and hoes with hundreds of pretty candles and lights.
As you explore by foot we you see the lantern releases, fireworks and boat racing along the river.Overnight: Chiang Mai
This morning you will head out of the city to a fascinating local farm where you can take a cookery class learning about local northern thai cuisine. Your guide will show you around the garden, giving you details of all the different plants and crops before choosing the ingredients for your lunch.
This afternoon you will head about an hour outside the city to a local hill tribe lodge. The perfect place to experience life away from the cities and get a take on hill-tribe living.Overnight: Hmong
Today you will head further into the hill tribes to explore the beautiful villages and tribes which are untouched by tourists. We ask that you be respectful when approaching locals, your guide will help translate, teaching you more about the true rural life of hill-tribe communities which are so far untouched by commercial tourism.
This evening you have the choice to fly back to Bangkok where you’ll spend a final evening or extend your stay with a flight to south of Thailand and the beautiful islands and beaches on offer.Overnight: Bangkok
Today you will depart Bangkok for home, with many wonderful memories of beautiful Thailand!Overnight: International flight home
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The Boutique style selects accommodations based on style and charm. Guest rooms are comfortable with en-suite facilities and there are a good standard of amenities and public areas. Most properties offer a restaurant on-site and some will have a swimming pool.
Hintok River Camp
Hintok River Camp
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The Luxury style offers a superior standard of service and facilities and accommodations are among the leading properties in the area. Facilities such as swimming pools and spas are the norm, and guest rooms are luxurious, with an excellent standard of amenities.
U Inchantree Hotel
U Inchantree Hotel
U Hotel Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The holiday ideas on this website are designed to give you an indication of what’s achievable. Whether you’d like to change accommodations, extend or reduce your holiday duration or even start with an entirely blank canvas we’ll be delighted to help.