The 2017 Loy Krathong and Yee Peng (Yi Peng) Lantern Festivals are celebrated from November 2-4 in Chiang Mai. To be more specific, November 2 is Loy Krathong, and November 3-4 is the Yee Peng Lantern Festivals.
Members of the public are allowed to release sky lanterns on November 3 and 4, from 7.00pm to 1.00am on both days. In downtown Chiang Mai, the most happening place during this festive season is the riverbank of Ping River near Nawarat Bridge, where the local people and tourists releasing krathong and sky lanterns, enjoying the spectacular fireworks, witnessing the street parades, religious services, and cultural displays.
The highlight of Yee Peng Lantern festival is, of course, the spectacular mass release of thousands of lanterns simultaneously into the sky. Yup, that’s THE viral videos and photos floating around the internet that has attracted more and more tourists coming to Chiang Mai. Note that the mass sky lantern release is a privately arrange event happening on the outskirt of the city.
Where To See The Chiang Mai Yee Peng Mass Lantern Release Event
On November 3, the place to see Yee Peng mass lantern release event in Chiang Mai is a small town called Mae Jo, situated about 20km north of downtown Chiang Mai. Tudongkhasathan Lanna (Lanna Meditation Sanctuary), which is at the back of Chiang Mai Mae Jo University, has been the traditional venue for the yearly mass lantern release event to pay homage to Lord Buddha during Yee Peng Festival since 1987.
This event is officially called Yee Peng Lanna International 2017 and it is co-organized by Tudongkhasathan Lanna, a Buddhist center promoting meditation practice, and the Duangtawan Santiparp foundation, a Buddhist missionary organization. This is a charitable fund-raising project to help promote the welfare of Thai Hill Tribe people, especially for the education and community development.
See the map below for the exact location of Tudongkhasathan Lanna (Lanna Meditation Sanctuary). (GPS coordinates: 18°54’42.1″N 99°00’47.7″E)
Please be noted that the 2017 Mae Jo lantern festival event is a private event that requires ticket for entry. Ticket sales started in September and 4,000 tickets were sold out quicker than Ed Sheeran concert tickets due to huge demands from the tourists’ groups.
But local people and tourists without tickets still love to come here every year, playing with lanterns purchased from vendors at the compound outside the event area, and waited to witness for THAT spectacular moment when thousands of lanterns will be released at once into the sky.
How To Go To The Mae Jo Lantern Festival Event
The Mae Jo lantern festival event will surely draw a massive crowd to the area and traffic jams. If you have a valid Thai or International driver license, riding a motorbike is the best way of going to Mae Jo lantern festival event. Roadside parking will be easy for a motorbike and you won’t need to walk a long distance to the event venue.
Unless you are willing to charter a private songthaew, there will be no public transport from Chiang Mai going to Mae Jo at this time. Using the mobile ride-sharing apps such as GRAB or UBER is another way you can come to Mae Jo. If you come by car, be prepared for a long distance walk (possibly 1km) because the parking area will be so far away due to the traffic jam.
The Best Time To Go To Mae Jo Lantern Festival Event
According to the schedule of Yee Peng Lanna International 2017, the mass lantern release event starts at 8.00pm. If you are coming from Chiang Mai, you should leave before 6.30pm. Go early to get a good spot for the best view of the event.
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The OTHER Lantern Festival Events in Chiang Mai
On the 3rd of November, aside from the Yee Peng Lanna International 2017 event at Mae Jo, there will be another one private lantern festival event at Wat Ban Den, which is a beautiful complex of temples situated in Mae Taeng District, about 50km north of downtown Chiang Mai.
This event is organized by the private travel agency in collaboration with the Thailand Authority of Tourism (TAT) and targets primarily the Chinese tourists. With 1,500 tickets on sale this is a smaller event compared with the one at Mae Jo, but still big enough for a great picture.
2017 Yee Peng Lantern Festivals Event at Wat Ban Den on November 3.
The 2017 Loy Krathong and Yee Peng Lantern Festivals will be celebrated from the 2nd – 4th of November, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This is the time where you will see lights floating on the waters, lights hanging from buildings, and lights floating in the sky.
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Posted by Chiang Mai Traveller on Tuesday, 3 October 2017