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9 days Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Hill-tribes

Experience the magical festivals of Loy Krathong and Yi Peng this November in a beautiful journey through the Thai countryside. We’ve carefully crafted this holiday to keep in the spirit of the Buddhist holidays, staying in hill-tribe retreats, your own floating bungalow and of course right in the heart of Chiang Mai, where the skies and rivers will light up your final evenings.

You’ll experience walks through undisturbed hill-tribe villages, a hands on experience at a sustainable elephant nature park and during the festivals our guides will make you feel as involved as the locals, helping you to create your own Krathong and letting free your lanterns.

You can either join our set departure or speak to us to help you plan your own private trip . We’ll also be happy to talk to you about the opportunity to extend to the beach.

Day 1:

Arrival into Bangkok

Day 2:

Bangkok City Tour

Day 3:

Travel to Kanchanaburi and River Kwai

Day 4:

Elephant Nature Park Experience

Day 5:

Erawan National Park

Day 6:

Yi Peng Festival (Loy Krathong)

Day 7:

Cooking Class and Hill-tribe Villages

Day 8:

Exploring Hill-tribe villages

Day 9:

Fly home

What's included?

  • Activities & transport as in full itinerary
  • Your choice of accommodation styles
  • All activity entrance fees
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Services of private vehicle & driver
  • Professional local staff with fair salaries
  • Your own Loy Krathong

What's excluded?

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Meals not specified in full itinerary

Why Wayfairer

During this holiday you'll experience a true feeling for Thai culture and the history of this country. Being in Chiang Mai for the festivities will allow you to see first hand the spirit of Thai people and the take part in the the wonderful celebrations.

You'll also spend two nights at the Hmong Lodge Hill-tribe retreat, which is a sustainable lodge in the heart of hill-tribe communities. There is no tourism scheme and as you'll see when visiting the different villages there is not even anywhere to buy a post card - the perfect way to experience true ancient Thai culture. 

Holiday Itinerary - 9 Nights

Day 1:

We will meet you on arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) airport. Once you have collected your bags and cleared immigration then head to the exit. There will be someone waiting for you at exit door number 5 with a Wayfairer shirt and sign – look out for the blue. Your driver will then transfer you in a private vehicle to your hotel.

Your guide will meet you at your hotel this evening to brief you about your tour and to recommend some great dining options.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: -
Day 2:

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
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3:

This morning, we take the 2.5hrs drive west to Kanchanaburi,  where you visit the famous bridge on the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery before we board the train along the Death Railway. There is an excellent museum, the Thai Burma Railway Museum, to explore as part of our stop where you will learn more about the POW’s experience as well as viewing a section of the infamous Burma Death Railway.

We then board a longtail boat to the incredible tented boutique Hintok River Camp. This extraordinary boutique River Kwai accommodation is the perfect place to enjoy the nature of the region.

Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 4:

This morning we have a special day the 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 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. 

This evening we then head to dinner on t river at your accommodation. 

Overnight: Kanchanaburi
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5:

This morning we have a relaxing start before we start our 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. 

We then travel back to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai, or the capital of the North, and many locals favourite city. Once we have checked in you can either relax for the evening or we’ll take you to the famous Chiang Mai night market to explore. 

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: breakfast
Day 6:

We 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 Kratong & 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 co-incide, lanterns light up the sky and the rivers, while locals deorate their temples and hoes with hundreds of pretty  candles and lights. 

As we explore by foot we will see the lantern realeases, fireworks and boat racing along the river.  

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 7:

This morning we head out of the city to a fascinating local farm where we 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 ingrediants for your lunch. 

We then head to the kitchen where chef will conduct a cookery class, teaching you how to cook traditional Thai dishes. You’ll then get to enjoy these over lunch. 

This afternoon we will  transfer around 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. 

We will show you around the local hill-tribes which are so untouched you can’t even by souvinours. 

You will arrive at the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge by 6 p.m. for a wonderful buffet dinner and a show of Hmong sing and dance performed by local villagers. 

After dinner we retire to your accommodation

Overnight: Hill-tribe Village
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8:

Today we head further into the hill tribes to explore the beautful villages and tribes which are untouched by tourists. We will be respectful as we approach locals, where your guide will help translate, teaching you more about the true rural life of hill-tribe communities which are so far untouched by commerical tourism.

This evening we 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
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/
Day 9:

Today you check-out and we drive you to the airport in time for you return flight.

Overnight: International Flight
Meals: Breakfast

Click the arrows below to view our pricing for both private and group tours. 

Price pp 2 3-4 5-6 7+
Group Tour (Maximum 15 people) £1,250 £1,250 £1,250 £1,250

This group tour uses the very best Boutique accommodation 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.

The per person cost are based on two people sharing. If you are a single traveller just let us know and we will book you a private room at a small supplement. 

Private Tour £1,599 £1,399 £1,250 £1,099

Our private tours are perfect for families and those wishing to experience a more personally detailed trip. Our fair travel specialists are there to help you make any changes and refine your itinerary to make it perfect. 

  • Extend your holiday with some relaxation time on some of Thailand's resplendent beaches.
  • Cross the border into Laos and cruise down the Mekong River to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Luang Prabang.
  • Head onwards to magical Myanmar and discover this enchanting country as part of a private tour extension.

At Wayfairer we specialise in creating tailor-made holidays designed around your interests.

The holiday ideas on this website are designed to give you an indication of what’s achievable. Whether you’d like to change accommodation, extend or reduce your holiday duration or even start with an entirely blank canvas we’ll be delighted to help.

Call us on 0203 143 4293 or send us an online enquiry to start your journey.

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