Full Moon Festival celebrations | Thailand
FROM: CAD $2,695 pp

Join us at the spirited and lively Yi Peng festival of Chiang Mai to witness the timed release of thousands of beautifully coloured, candle lit Lanna-style lanterns into the sky and local river. Kicking off in Bangkok, we see the famed Emerald Buddha before visiting the River Kwai, Erawan Falls and Chiang Rai.

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Trip Highlights

Yi Peng & Loi Krathong Festival – join the celebrations and marvel as lanterns and fireworks are let off
Chiang Mai – ride on a trishaw and explore Doi Suthep Temple which overlooks the city, then enjoy a free day to explore
Chiang Rai – meet local tribes and travel to the border town of Mae Sai where you may choose to cross briefly into Myanmar
Ayuthaya – explore the famous ruins including Wat Mahatat where the head of a Buddha statue has been slowly lifted by a tree
Bangkok – discover highlights of Thailand’s capital including the Grand Palace and cruise the city’s canals on longtail boats
Kok River – cruise down the river in private longtail boats and visit the unique ‘White Temple’ which depicts scenes from Star Wars
Kanchanaburi – pay your respects at the Allied War Cemetery and cross the iconic ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’ on a train ride
Erawan National Park – walk through the lush park on forest trails and swim in the lagoon beneath a waterfall


8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Economy class flight Chiang Mai - Bangkok
Escorted by an English-speaking Thai tour guide
Train ride over the River Kwai and visit to Hellfire Pass
River cruise from Ayuthaya to Bangkok
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
7 nights 3 - 4 star & Special Class hotels, 1 night floating hotel in the jungle, 1 night overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Airport arrival transfer day 1 & departure transfer day 10
Guided sightseeing - Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park, Ayuthaya and Chiang Rai
 Longtail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok and on the Kok River
 Excursion to the hill tribe villages around Chiang Rai

Not Included

International flights and visa
Our Yi Peng arrangements do not include the 'Mass Release' event at Mae Jo. The Mae Jo Mass Release is a paid event with no historical significance. Tickets cost between $100 - $300, are limited and can be purchased independantly online, should you wish to make your own arrangements to attend
Tipping Kitty: USD$50-60pp, paid in USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: USD$55-65pp, paid in USD


Day 1


Wednesday 6th November 2019. Welcome to Bangkok, the ever-alluring capital of Thailand. Arrival transfer to our hotel where our Welcome Meeting takes place later in the evening.
Overnight: Bangkok

Day 2

Bangkok City Tour

This morning we visit the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha. We’ll also visit the House of the Reclining Buddha, the Original Thai Massage School and the 24hr Flower Market before boarding longtail boats to explore the city’s canals. Known as khlongs, the canals enable surface water to make its way to the sea and have long been a way of getting around Bangkok. On our journey we’ll glide by curious stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children folic about on the waters edge.

Our boats drop us off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. Late afternoon offers free time for you to enjoy the many bars, restaurants, street performers, market stalls and tailors - that will measure you up for a new suit, that line this vibrant road.
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast

Day 3

River Kwai & Hell Fire Pass

Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. It’s an early start today as we drive 2.5hrs west of the capital to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Here we pay our respects to the thousands of Allied POWs who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army. After pausing at the Allied War Cemetery we continue to the infamous ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’, immortalised by the film of the same name. You have a chance to take pictures before you board a train for a 2 hour journey that crosses the bridge before following the tracks dug by the POWs and locals some 75 years earlier.

Disembarking at Nam Tok we have a short drive to ‘Hellfire Pass’ where the POWs dug through a mountain often using only their bare hands. A fascinating museum at the entrance details the region’s history.

After our day’s sightseeing a leisurely longtail boat ride leads us to our fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. To the beauty of a hundred softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by we enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.
Overnight: Kanchanaburi Floating Hotel  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Erawan Waterfalls & Ayuthaya

Kanchanaburi - Ayuthaya. This morning we travel on to the beautiful Erawan National Park, to explore the rivers, waterfalls and trails on foot. The park boasts a stunning tiered waterfall and there’s time to swim in one of the many refreshing crystalline rock pools. After we travel on to Ayuthaya, the former capital and once one of the wealthiest cities in the world.
Overnight: Ayutthaya  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Temples of Ayuthaya

Ayuthaya - Bangkok - Chiang Mai. Ayuthaya was sacked by the Burmese, leading them to abandon the site and relocate the capital to Bangkok. All that remains are the stone and brick temples from the era. Today we explore Ayuthaya’s famous ruins, visiting the magnificent stupas at Wat Phri Sanphet, the giant Bronze Statue of Buddha and iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree. This is one of Thailand’s most religiously significant places.

Departing Ayuthaya we board a cruise ship on the mighty Chao Praya River, for a scenic cruise back to the Bangkok, enjoying lunch on board. On arrival there’s time to explore the nearby shops and bars before heading to Bangkok’s main train station to catch our overnight express sleeper train (2nd class A/C sleeper cabins) to Chiang Mai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Yi Peng Festival!

This morning we arrive into the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. This afternoon we take a trishaw ride and explore the old city of Chiang Mai before driving up to the majestic Doi Suthep, standing like a sentinel overlooking Chiang Mai. The tranquillity of monks chanting as the sun slowly heads to the horizon is a highlight for many. In the evening we head into the night market to explore many of the street foods on offer and enjoy the festivities of Loi Krathong and Yi Peng.

Yi Peng & Loi Krathong Festivals Celebrated throughout the Kingdom on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, the Loi Krathong festival is named after the floating lanterns, boats and ornaments that are set adrift onto rivers during the celebrations. For some, floating a Krathong, especially when lit, are meant to honour Buddha. For most Thais, it’s a way to thank the Hindu Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, for her help in providing the most basic of all human necessities. The practice is also associated with creating good luck and ridding oneself of anger and negative thoughts. Some will cut their fingernails and hair and add them to the Krathong, to symbolise the letting go of the bad elements of one's self.

In Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the former Lanna Kingdom, Loi Krathong coincides with the Lanna (northern Thai) festival known as ‘Yi Peng’ where a multitude of Lanna-style sky lanterns adorned with good luck wishes and prayer are released into the sky.

Tonight, as both Loi Krathong and Yi Peng are being celebrated at the same time, we will see lanterns floating on the waters, strings of pretty lights hanging from houses and temples, and hundreds of beautiful lanterns floating by in the sky. Setting out on foot with our guide, we'll aim to catch the lantern releases and join the other festivities which usually include fireworks, boat racing on the Ping River and parades through the streets.
Overnight: Chiang Mai

Day 7

Chiang Mai - your way

Today is free for you to enjoy at your leisure or enjoy more of the Yi Peng and Loi Krathong festivities. With our guide, we head to the market to stock up on all materials needed to make our own Krathongs, then learn how to make them ready to be sailed this evening. There will also be a host of other festival activities that we can enjoy during the day. Not to mention activities unrelated to the festival such as cookery courses and flying through the jungle canopy on zip lines!
Overnight: Chiang Mai  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Kok River

Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai. Our journey today takes us through stunning karst and jungle scenery. Stopping for lunch at Ta Thon we board private long tail boats for a cruise down the Kok River watching rural life pass us by. Farmers work the land where oranges grow whilst men fish along the banks and buffalo wallow in the shallow waters. From our arrival point continue to the unconventional Wat Rong Khun Buddhist temple (aka the White Temple) which depicts scenes from modern movies including the Matrix, Star Wars and Superman! Proceed to Chiang Rai where we wander the night market for last-minute souvenirs and tasty street food.
Overnight: Chiang Rai  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Local Hill Tribes

Chiang Rai - Bangkok. The city of Chiang Rai is a great base for visiting local hill tribes and this morning we visit a Karen village where we may encounter the famous Long Neck tribe, so known for the neck rings that the women wear to elongate their necks. Continuing to the border frontier town of Mae Sai, we may have the chance to cross briefly into Myanmar and enter the Burmese town of Tachilek (optional). At Chiang Saen we stand at a viewpoint that lets us see both Myanmar and Laos. We take time to visit the Opium Museum before returning to Chiang Rai to catch our flight back to Bangkok.

On arrival in the city we transfer to our hotel arriving late in the evening - not really a problem in ‘the city that never sleeps’!
Overnight: Bangkok  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Bangkok - your way

Friday 15th November 2019. Today marks the end of your Thai adventure. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight. Your most welcome to extend your stay in Bangkok. If choosing to book post tour accommodation with us a departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your post tour accommodation arrangements.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons (or 3 persons if you wish to book a triple) sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. The date listed is a provisional date based on this years festival schedule. Final dates to be confirmed in November 2019.
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27 Oct - 05 Nov We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. The date listed is a provisional date based on this years festival schedule. Final dates to be confirmed in November 2019.
We have special arrangements on this tour to attend the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. The date listed is a provisional date based on this years festival schedule. Final dates to be confirmed in November 2019.
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The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Royal Princess Larn Luang, Bangkok

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of Bangkok Old City, The Royal Princess Larn Luang hotel offers stylish accommodation along with a range of facilities and, most importantly, comfort. The spacious guest rooms are decorated with neutral colours and equipped with modern amenities such as cable TV and internet access, with wonderful views of either the city or the pool area with its shady palms. The property has four restaurants, offering a range of delicious international cuisine, while tasty cocktails and light snacks are served in the lobby lounge and Princess Club. After a day of sightseeing guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the hotel's large outdoor pool, or head to the spa and fitness centre, before listening to live music at the Princess Club.

River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Kanchanaburi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

River Kwai Jungle Rafts Resort offers a unique accommodation experience right on the flowing Kwai Noi River. All floating rooms are tucked into a floating bamboo lodge moored along the historical River Kwai Noi surrounded by lush green mountains and jungle. The walls are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting Mon living style. Each is appointed with en-suite private bathroom, balcony and a hammock. To work in harmony with the natural surroundings, the property does not use electricity and kerosene lamps are provided to light the rooms and evoke a romantic atmosphere.

Classic Kameo , Ayutthaya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Classic Kameo Hotel features modern guestrooms and serviced apartments with contemporary decor in neutral tones with a good selection of amenities. The apartments have a kitchenette and seating area, and guests can use the outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna. Free WiFi is available in public areas.

Raming Lodge, Chiang Mai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the bustling night bazaar, the elegant Raming Lodge is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the city. The spacious rooms are decorated with clear eastern influences and encompass beautiful wooden furniture, complimenting the rich fabrics that add a splash of colour to the room. Massages and other treatments are available at the spa and the pool is a great place to relax during your leisure time. A full breakfast is served in the morning and further food can be found in the hotel's gourmet burger restaurant.

Amora Hotel Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Close to the Tapae Gate, Amora Hotel Chiang Mai is a modern property with great amenities. Guest rooms are designed in the modern Northern Thai (Lanna) style and come with air conditioning, TV, mini bar and room service. The hotel also boasts a refreshing outdoor pool and fitness centre as well as Chili's restaurant - serving up a delicious array of transitional Thai and international cuisine. The Lobby Lounge Bar and Pool Bar are great places to enjoy a cocktail at the end of the day.


Travellers have rated this tour as 4.91 out of 5 based on 11 recent reviews

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Booked this tour originally just for the Lantern Festival, but it really offered so much more!! The lanterns were a dream experience, so much better than we could have imagined! The floating hotel is a once in a lifetime experience, and the stunning waterfalls at Erawan were a major highlight! Will definitely book another tour with On The Go, their guide Mhor was hilarious and constantly going over and above for us, and the group of people was one of the best I have experienced on a tour! I will be back!

• Submitted 26 Nov 2019

Fantastic tour. I had such an amazing time. Our guide was truly fantastic, always going the extra mile to give us an authentic feel of the country (we would jump into tuk tuks to get to local restaurants, she would give us advice on local dishes, places to see and was always full of very interesting facts about the Thailand).

Group size (12) was perfect, we had the freedom to quickly go places without relying on a big bus. It gave us spontaneity and the possibility to discover small local restaurants and delicacies. I truly believe the small group size, and the fact that we all had the same expectations and desires for the tour added even more value to the experience.

Absolutely everything was perfect (visits, boat rides, food, accommodation, nature, sightseeing...), and the Yi Peng festivities were breathtaking.

Hard to find anything to improve on,if I had to: the visit to the hill tribes village lacked some contextual info. We were all nervous about getting a "human zoo" feeling and wanted to understand more about the place, the people living in the village and their lives in our modern world.

Also, a quick warning about the train ride: it is virtually impossible to get any sleep as the lights are extremely bright for some reason. Other than those little details, everything was absolutely perfect. Thank you so much, I will definitely book with you again in the future!

PS : I can't stress enough how amazing our tour guide Nui was :)

• Submitted 14 Dec 2018

Dear Ben

We would like to nominate Nui ( Yi Peng ) tour beginning on 30th of Oct as a tour guide of the year. We also recommend May who guided us in Sapa. These two guides are such an asset to your company.

Finally, Simon your Ops manager joined us on the tour as well and his professionalism, care, advice and sheer enthusiasm for his job and genuine interest in all members of the group was simply outstanding. What great staff you have in these 3 people. Thank you to all the team for the most amazing trip.

• Submitted 15 Dec 2017

The trip was fabulous and a huge adventure. I enjoyed the mix of urban-rural settings, modes of transportation, and the mix of traditional sight seeing and outdoor recreation. Our tour guide leader Annie was fantastic. She is most deserving of being recognized as Tour Guide of the Year. She was totally dedicated to making sure every person in our group had a fantastic time. She was extremely knowledgeable and funny. She dealt patiently with several members of our group who were extremely self centered and had unrealistic expectations of travel abroad while simultaneously staying most upbeat and enthusastic with the vast majority of the group who bonded and got along famously under her leadership. This tour gave us a true feeling for the beautiful country of Thailand and its lovely people.

• Submitted 24 Nov 2016


• Submitted 21 Nov 2016

The tour had a lot of information about Thailand;its culture,its people,its history and scenery.It also had adventure and despite being a +70 year old and fairly fit, I was able to comfortably participate in all organized

activities. Annie the tour guide with her informative, no-fuss approach made it such an

unforgettable experience.It was a well planned well conducted holiday.

• Submitted 08 Dec 2015

Dear on the go

I just wish to express my sincerest appreciation towards our guide Annie, she made this holiday truly an experience of a life time. She was informative, positive, highly organised, and one of the most pleasant characters I have even had the pleasure of being around. I can safely say she truly did make this holiday the greatest experience of my life.

Her ability to keep everyone in the group feeling included, happy, and positive were character traits I have yet to see properly in a tour guide.

She truly is an asset to your organisation and I cannot go far enough in expressing my appreciation that you choose her on our particular holiday, as she really went out of her way to make it the adventure of a life time it turned out to be!

• Submitted 01 Dec 2015

This was Not a holiday - it was an Adventure! On the Go did a marvellous job and everything went a smooth as clockwork. Anni, the guide, did a perfect job.

• Submitted 01 Dec 2015

Tour was fabulous and covered so much of the country The lantern festival was magical and a highlight of the tour.

The only piece that didn't feel like it belonged was the horse and buggy ride and the visit to the teak house.

We will be booking with On the Go again!

Leslie Barker

• Submitted 23 Nov 2014

I truly enjoyed this tour. There was a good contrast in locations and our tour guide, Lee was very attentive.

I especially enjoyed getting the opportunity to ride an elephant and getting to attend the Yi Peng Festival was truly unforgettable.

The only issue we had was when our hotel room was broken into whilst in Sukhothai and our belongings, including our money, credit cards and passports was stolen. Obviously this was very upsetting and we were extremely worried on how this would affect the rest of our tour, or if we'd even be able to get home.

Fortunately our tour guide Lee was excellent and she managed to co-ordinate the police and the tour company to give us the best care possible. She even managed to get us some cash in hand compensation from the hotel, which was extremely useful to use as spending money, so that our holiday would not have to come to a stop. This was very lucky as we had no money and no way to get more. Potentially this could have ruined our holiday.

I have nothing but praise on how this was sorted by the tour company, especially Simon who not only arranged everything in order to get us passports and home without disrupting our holiday, but also fronted us the money needed personally and made sure we were accompanied the whole time in both embassy's.

They made it very easy, efficient and stress-free, and I couldn't thank them enough for all their help.

I would definitely recommend this tour and this tour company for anyone interested in exploring Thailand to its fullest, but without giving up the security a good tour company can provide.

• Submitted 15 Nov 2014
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In Brief

6th November 2019
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Picturesque waterfall in the middle of the jungle in Kanchanaburi
Chatuchak Market in Bangkok - On the Go Tours
White Buddha statue in front of one of the many temples of Chiang Mai
The magnificent and intrictae designed White Temple in Chiang Rai
The magnificent and intrictae designed White Temple in Chiang Rai

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4th September 2017

Booked this tour originally just for the Lantern Festival, but it really offered so much more!! The lanterns were a dream experience, so much better than we could have imagined! The floating hotel is a once in a lifetime experience, and the stunning waterfalls at Erawan were a major highlight! Will definitely book another tour with On The Go, their guide Mhor was hilarious and constantly going over and above for us, and the group of people was one of the best I have experienced on a tour! I will be back!

Kirsty H
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