Loy Krathong Festival 2016

The Loi Krathong Festival is celebrated nationwide. The dates depends on the moon calendar. The festival is one of the most spectacular in Thailand. Chiang Mai is a great place to experience the Loy Krathong Festival.

Loy Krathong Festival

Dates: November 13 – 15, 2016


Chiang Mai


Each year the Loi Krathong Festival features activities at various venues throughout the city such boat races on the Mae Ping River, Yipeng lantern procession and contest, Beauty contest, and Krathong parades and contests. The dates of the Loy Krathong Festival always cause plenty of confusion. They change every year depending on the full moon. Loy Krathong is not an official public holiday in Thailand. The Loy Krathong Festival is one of the most interesting and fascinating festivals in Thailand. We offer a scheduled Chiang Mai Loy Krathong package tour.

The history of Loy Krathong Festival is rather obscure. Some believe that Krathong was first created by Tao Sri Chulalak or Nang Noppamas in Sukothai. Others overlook its origin yet focus on the purposes of the ritual: to pay respect to the Goddess of the Water showing their gratitude on their plentiful use of water and ask for forgiveness in the ensuing pollution. Floating the beautiful Krathong away is the key activity of the Loy Krathong Festival. It also refers to flying away misfortune and bad things in the past and asking for good luck in the future. Although it is not a national holiday, many activities other than floating Krathong, are conducted in this festival, such as, contests of Krathong-making and Noppamas beauty pageants, local games and performances and you can join this spectacular occasion at Chiang Mai where it is specifically called Yee Peng – floating of lanterns into the sky.

The below program is based on the program of 2015. As soon as we have the official program of 2016 we will adjust this.


Sunday, November 13 – Tuesday, November 15

Traditional Lanna Decoration Contest

1830 – 1200 – All City Gates


Sunday, November 13

Opening Ceremony “2016 Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival”

1830 to 1900 – Tha Phae Gate

13th Night Bazar Lantern Procession Contest

1900  – 2200  – Thapae Gate to Pan Tip Plaza – Chiang Mai Municipal Building


Sunday November 13  – Tuesday November 15

Miss Yi Peng Beauty Contest

1800 – 2200 – Thapae Gate


Sunday November 13 – Tuesday November 15

Floating Krathong (lotus shaped devotion ornament) Decoration Contest

1800 – 2400 – All City Gates (Chang Phueak Gate, Chiang Mai Gate, Tha Phae Gate, Suan Dok Gate)

Lantern and City Decoration Contest

All Day — Tha Phae Gate and Chiang Mai Municipal Building

All Day –Temples and Municipal Communities

Great Sermon “Tang Tham Luang” and Candle-tray Decoration for pagodas Worshiping.

0900 – 2200  – Loke Molee Temple

Saint Sirimagala Worshiping Ritual

1000 – 2300  — Chiang Mai Buddhist Society @ Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Anti-Alcohol Campaign – Music Stage

1800 – 2400 – The First Church of Chiang Mai and Nawarat Bridge


Monday, November 14 (Full Moon)

Worshiping Ritual to House of Spirits, White Pagoda and Ping River

0809 – 1030 – Chiang Mai Municipal Building and Srikhong Temple’s pier

Lantern Contest and Lantern Launch

0900 – 1200 – Chiang Mai Municipal Building

Handmade Krathong Contest

0900 – 1200 — Chiang Mai Municipal Building

Small Krathong Procession Contest

1900 – 2300 Thapae Gate to Chiang Mai Municipal Building

Thai Traditional Contest

1700 – 2300 – Chiang Mai Municipal Building


Tuesday, November 15

Krathong Sai (The Ritual of Placing Krathongs into River, Streams and Canals)

1900 – 2300 – Official Spot in front of Chiang Mai Municipal Building at the Ping River

Lanna and Cultural Performances acknowledinging the ASEAN Community

1900 – 2300 – Chiang Mai Municipal Building

The Grand Krathong Procession Contest (for The Royal Trophy)

1900 – 2300 – Thapae Gate to Chiang Mai Municipal Building

Fireworks Display in Honor of H.M. the King

2000 – 2400 – Chiang Mai Municipal Building


We have several Loy Krathong packages available.



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