This is a repeating event10/11/2020 1:00 AM
Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง) is a festival that is celebrated in Thailand, Laos and some other places in Southeast Asia that have a Thai or Tai heritage. The Loy Krathong festival
Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง) is a festival that is celebrated in Thailand, Laos and some other places in Southeast Asia that have a Thai or Tai heritage. The Loy Krathong festival takes place on the evening of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. The dates of Loy Krathong change every year. This is always a source of confusion. Loy Krathong usually falls in the month of November.In Chiang Mai the festival is also known as Yi Peng or Yee Peng Festival. It last three days. The first day is the lantern festival, the second day is the full moon day and the third day is now the day of the Loy Krathong parade. Loy Krathong is not an official public holiday in Thailand. Most activities take place after dark. In 2019 the dates should be November 10, 11 and 12. See here for the, yet unconfirmed, program of 2019.
The most popular activity of the Yee Peng or Loy Krathong Festival is the release of sky lanterns (โคมลอย). Also about the release of the lanterns there is a lot of confusion. Nowadays the release of sky lanterns is only allowed on the 2nd and 3rd days of the festival between 1900 and 0100 (one hour after midnight). In 2019 this will probably be on November 11 and 12 but these dates are not confirmed. We will update you as soon as we know. The vicinity of the Ping River between the Nakornping Bridge and the Iron Bridge is the best place to be to release and observe sky lanterns. This is free of charge. There are couple of organised sky lantern releases. These are not free but they are worth visiting.
The mass release of Sky Lanterns at Mae Jo University, which was a spectacular and free event, is not organised anymore. It has not been held already for a number of years.
Chiang Mai Loy Krathong program 2019
This is the tentative Chiang Mai Loy Krathong program for November, 2019. The full moon day is November 11. Many websites mention November 13, which is incorrect as far as we know.
So below dates and program are tentative and unconfirmed. We are waiting for information from the Tourist Authority
Over the years the release of sky lanterns (โคมลอย) has become
10 (Sunday) 1:00 AM - 12 (Tuesday) 1:00 AM