Thailand – Lantern Festival Signature

November 26, 2023 — December 2, 2023

Starting at: $5,300

Save $200! Sign up before August 28, 2023 and pay the Early Bird price of only $5,300!

Your generous donation helps to save and change lives every day.

Your charitable investment will go toward ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need.

The majority of your donation goes toward clinic supplies, medications for patients, and caring for the community, but a small portion goes toward your clinic participation, transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary.


The Need

***Note: Full COVID-19 Vaccination is Required for Participation***

Your team will treat remote indigenous groups of the Akha who dwell high in the Chiang Rai mountains. Our other patients will include local orphans, migrant workers, and refugees from Myanmar. While at clinic, you can expect to treat bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis, dengue fever, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, and leptospirosis. You will also care for patients with symptoms of HIV/AIDS, rabies, food and water-borne diseases, tuberculosis, and miscellaneous sexually transmitted diseases.

You and the rest of the volunteer team will also educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. One of the main focuses of this mission is dentistry. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental care will be high. Because the World Health Organization reports that Thailand is still recovering from a strikingly high infant mortality rate, another focus of this mission is women’s healthcare. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as empower women to seek higher education.

Our Work

International Medical Relief (IMR) first responded to Thailand in 2015, providing clinics and supplies. We have since served more than 4,000 patients through nearly 250 staff and volunteers. IMR specifically works with the most underserved communities, which has brought our clinics to mountain villages. We also provide medical supplies and health education in order to deliver sustainable health care services to the communities we serve.

With diligent planning and preparation, IMR is dedicated to ensuring that specific goals are met on our missions, each in correlation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 17.

IMR works to elevate vulnerable populations through shoulder-to-shoulder care with our local partners, creating workforce density, and a cadre of future healthcare and public health leaders in association to UNSDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing.

In correlation with UNSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, our organization works in collaboration and at the request of local hosts where we are under their direct influence and affluence. IMR never goes into a country without a formal invitation where there is a great community need for medical or dental care, and health education.

This Mission

Experience the real “Land of Smiles” in Chiang Mai, a serene town in Northern Thailand.  You will stay in a small forest compound surrounded by mango trees.  Nestled among rice fields and the quiet hum of daily life, this town neighbors the bustling Chiang Mai night market. Stroll through lines of vendors for a total sensory experience; immerse yourself in the appetite-inducing smells, regional fruits, stunning silk tapestries, and even sizzling fried insects. With our advantageous location, remove yourself from the bustle with a short walk up the mountain to take in spectacular views of the valley below. Your team will participate in an ongoing effort to decrease specific health concerns in the villages we work in.

You have selected a Signature Trip! IMR Signature Trips always have something special!  This Signature Trip includes lodging at a wonderful hotel, specially designed evening activities, gourmet dinners, and the opportunity to care for the indigenous Akha Tribe and many children in the orphanages.  You will travel through some of the most beautiful country in the world; keep a sharp eye out for the Akha in their native dress and the smiles of the children as you pass by!


You will stay in a modern, comfortable hotel in Chiang Mai for the majority of the trip. For three nights you will be in a remote hotel, comfortable and clean, but perhaps without all of the amenities that you will find in a “big city” hotel.   In the evenings you and the team will be able to explore the city and take part in the many events surrounding the Lantern Festival. All transportation to and from clinic sites will be included and provided by safe, trustworthy drivers. Some travel times to clinics may be longer than others, but you won’t want to miss the stunning views of the hillsides and towns as you ride throughout Thailand.


Having the opportunity to work in the Hill Country is certainly one of the many highlights of this trip.  You’ll have time to enjoy the children and make a real difference in their lives during your orphanage days. The Akha are very traditional and unfailingly kind.

During your stay, your team will attend Thailand’s stunning Yi Peng and Loy Krathong festivals! During these celebrations based on the Thai lunar calendar, people decorate their homes and craft baskets made from flowers, leaves, and lights which they then float on the river. You’ll have the opportunity to send floating lanterns up into the sky, joining thousands of others that light up the sky for miles around!

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

Since you’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Thailand’s top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

  • Indulge your tastebuds in the sweets & savories of Thailand’s colorful cuisine
  • Discover the gentle giants of the jungle up close at an elephant preserve
  • Experience the intricacies of Thailand’s ancient and modern sacred temples

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

Itinerary at a Glance

Sunday, November 26, 2023


Monday, November 27, 2023

Training Day

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Clinic & Yi Peng Festival Events - Chiang Mai

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Loy Krathong Festival - Chiang Mai

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Clinic - Hill Country

Friday, December 1 , 2023

Clinic - Hill Country

Saturday, December 2, 2023


Sunday, November 13, 2022



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Sustainable Impact

Your Journey

Full Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note:  Independent flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked.  You will be notified about the group flight at the Early Bird deadline.

If you are planning on flying independently and want to book your flight in advance, please contact Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com for the most up-to-date trip information before you book your independent flight.

This trip starts and ends in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

26 November 2023


Day 1

You and the team will fly into the Chiang Mai International Airport and transfer to your hotel.  Please be at the hotel by 5:00pm. If you are flying on an IMR group flight your airport transportation will be provided for you. If you are flying independently and want to be included on the scheduled airport transfer, please contact us. Upon arrival, you will meet with your team and team leader for a required team orientation to discuss clinic roles, review protocols and gain insight into the communities and populations you will be serving.

27 November 2023

Training Day

Day 2

You and your team will provide training for local healthcare providers to continue IMR’s long-term, sustainable education efforts. Education is as important as medical and dental care for our patients. Each clinic includes basic health education according to the specialties and skills of the IMR volunteers, as well as the needs of the local people. When communities become empowered to take health and wellness issues into their own hands, they become self-sufficient. IMR provides learning opportunities for the local communities through classes and hands-on learning to sustain their well-being beyond our visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

28 November 2023

Clinic & Yi Peng Festival Events - Chiang Mai

Day 3

Today is your first day of clinic! You and the team will work in a large orphanage outside of Chiang Mai. You will spend the day caring for the children’s medical and dental needs and providing education for the children and staff on hygiene and disease prevention.

In the evening, you will have the unique opportunity to take part in the Yi Peng Festival where the city will fill with people as they light candles in lanterns and set them free in the sky. Watch as thousands of lanterns are let loose to pay respect to the Buddha and wish yourself a good year. Legend has it if your lantern floats into the sky and disappears in the night, you will have a year full of good luck.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

29 November 2023

Loy Krathong Festival - Chiang Mai

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning and a free afternoon to tour Chiang Mai. In the evening, you will have the unique opportunity of taking part in the Loy Krathong Festival. This festival falls on a full moon day and is celebrated nationwide.

Go into the city to watch as thousands of people gather at the river to release lotus-shaped baskets with flowers and candles into the river. This festival is a tradition amongst the people of Thailand as they gather each year to set free the floating candles in an attempt to set free their fear and hatred. Taking part in this cultural experience will be a life changing and eye opening opportunity for you and your fellow team members.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

30 November 2023

Clinic - Hill Country

Day 5

Today starts three days of clinic in the remote Hill Country with the beautiful Akha tribe and other smaller tribes in the area.  You will be staying in a small, local hotel so make sure to bring your personal gear!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

1 December 2023

Clinic - Hill Country

Day 6

You’ll discover family is very important to your patients.  Health care is difficult at best for them to obtain, and you will find many of them are dealing with significant health issues and dental needs. Community education is important here!



Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2 December 2023


Day 7

Bid farewell to beautiful Thailand as you head to the airport for your international flight home.  Depending on your flight time you may be able to do some shopping or simply take it easy after your busy week.

Your airport transfer will be provided for you if you are on the group flight or have requested to transport to the airport through IMR. Thank you for joining us at the Lantern Festival!

Contact Worldwide Navigators to extend your stay or plan an activity on your last day!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,


Your Journey

Clinic Photos

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.


Since you’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Thailand’s top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

Travel to Chiang Mai, a culturally rich & vibrant city in northern Thailand, where you’ll visit one of the top elephant sanctuaries in the world. Get to know the stories of these magnificent creatures!

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!


Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $5500 will go toward the ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need. A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Donation Payment Deadlines

$5300 due by August 28, 2023

$5500 due by October 29, 2023

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, the participant must upload ALL your required documents and forms, sign their liability form and make your 50% donation including your $35 application fee by August 28, 2023. This savings opportunity does not apply to disaster relief missions.

Flexible Flight Options

Volunteer with Airfare

You may choose to book a flight with us for an additional fee. Details on the available flight routing and US departure city will be announced on August 28, 2023. Airport transportation to and from the team’s accommodations are also included with this option. Depending on your departure city, you may still need to purchase another flight in addition to this one. After this flight has been booked, you may contact our travel agent, Worldwide Navigators, for assistance booking any necessary additional flights.

Benefits of Flying at a Group Rate

  • Travel with other members of your team on select routing
  • Fly on a group ticket at a guaranteed rate
  • Transport to and from the airport included

Volunteer without Airfare

Many team members choose to book their flight(s) to and from the mission location independent of IMR. This is a great option if would like to extend your stay in the area to tour and explore, or if the routing from you home airport is more feasible for you. If you choose to fly independently, please note that your transportation in between the airport and the team’s accommodations will not be provided. This will need to be arranged separately. Our partner for travel, Worldwide Navigators, would be happy to assist you in coordinating flights and/or transportation. You can contact them at travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Benefits of Flying Independently

  • Extend your stay and customize your dates of travel
  • Choose your departure location
  • Customize your class of service

Featured Enhancements

Airfare & Airport Transfer
Starting at $50+ each way plus airfare that is subject to availability at the time of booking.
Single Supplement
$100+ per night subject to availability at the time of booking
Airport Transfers (for independent flyers)
$50 each way
Malpractice Insurance
$129.50 to $279.50
Continuing Education (CE/CME) Credits
Personalized Scrubs (2 sets)
IMR T-Shirt
Partner Program
Starting at $25 per month

**To purchase any of the above Featured Enhancements for your mission, please contact our office at office@imrus.org or call at (970) 635-0110.

Your Donation to IMR for Your Mission Cost Includes:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Costs associated with the clinic
  • Food
  • Tips for services provided to the IMR team
  • All logistics, including translation services and security as needed

Additional Costs That You Are Responsible For:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • International and Domestic flights to the country. You have the option to fly independently, or on a group flight with IMR.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Required or recommended insurance
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • Required or desired mission supplies, personal equipment, or small gifts for the special people you meet
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team mission, payable at the time of service to the local vendor
  • COVID-related fees such as testing, vaccinations, and quarantines as required by in-country arrival/departure or USA arrival/departure
  • Each team member is responsible for carrying medical supplies for the deployment. All fees associated with transport are the responsibility of the volunteer.
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