Chiang Mai Lantern Festival (Loy Krathong & Yi Peng)

One of the parties that attracts the most attention among travelers in Thailand is the Loy Krathong. This national holiday is celebrated throughout the country, the most spectacular places to enjoy it are Chiang Mai, Sukhothai and Bangkok.

The festival coincides with the full moon in November, to facilitate your visit and you can plan the trip we leave below the dates for Loy Krathong Festival and Yi Peng 2020 in Thailand.

DATES LOY KRATHONG AND YI PENG FESTIVAL IN CHIANG MAI 2020

As every year the date of the festival changes according to the full moon of November. In the year 2020 the Loy Krathong is held on Wednesday 13th November (the festival starts on 11th November and ends on 13th November). Known as the Lantern Festival in Thailand, this festival is celebrated throughout the country by throwing lotus-shaped baskets, decorated with candles and flowers into the rivers. Chiang Mai, Sukhothai and Bangkok are the best places to celebrate the festival while visiting the country.

Yi Peng, another famous lantern festival, is held on the same day along with Loy Krathong in northern Thailand, especially in Chiang Mai. Swarms of lanterns decorated with good luck wishes and prayers are thrown into the sky. Yi Peng usually starts 2 days before Loy Krathong. In 2020, the Yi Peng Festival will be held on November 11 at the location of Maejo University. (tickets available for sale)

This would be the official festival calendar. During these days and in different parts of the city and temples there will be more cultural activities, music concerts, etc. All the activities are free. Only the activities organized by the travel agencies are paid.

WHAT IS YI PENG, IS IT THE SAME AS LOY KRATHONG?

For some years now, the New Year’s celebration has been held on the same dates as the Loy Krathong el Yi Peng , according to the old Lanna calendar. This celebration as such has no official status.

Yi Peng is a private celebration organized by Mae Jo University, travel agencies and certain monks. If you intend to participate we recommend you to buy your tickets for Yi Peng in advance as they usually sell out quickly.

BACKPACKING TIPS

During the days of the 2020 Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festival in Thailand in Chiang Mai the city receives thousands of tourists. Our advice is to have your accommodation booked before you arrive.
Try to make sure that both your Krathong and your lantern are made of recyclable materials, avoid buying plastic material. Understand that if the thousands of Krathongs and flashlights are not disposable you will be contributing to thousands of kilos of garbage that will go into the rivers or be lost around Chiang Mai.

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