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Celebrating the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai 2019

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Loy Krathong, Chiang Mai has one of the most spectacular festivals in all of Thailand. 
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Celebrating the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai 2019

The festival of Loy Krathong is celebrated throughout Thailand on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month, usually in late November. In Chiang Mai, it coincides with the Lanna festival of Yi Peng, making it one of the best places to experience this honouring of Buddha. Events in Chiang Mai take place over three days but preparations begin a week or so before; so if you’d like to experience this festival, it’s worth heading there early. Watch out for colourful lanterns being hung opposite the Three Kings monument and at many of the city’s wats.
Where to participate in a mass lantern launch
  1. Yee Peng Doi Saket at Doi Saket Hot Springs - Located 30 km east of Chiang Mai in a rural farming area, this mass lantern launch takes place on 11 November.
  2. Cowboy Army Riding Club in the Mae Rim District - Held on 11 November, 10 km north of the city at Cowboy Army Riding Club.
  3. Yi Peng Lanna International in the Sansai District - This is Chiang Mai’s oldest and most popular mass lantern launch. It takes place on 11 November near Maejo University at Lanna Dhutanka’s temple ground. Buy tickets early as this event always sells out fast. 
  4. Northern Study Centre in the Mae Rim District - 15 km north of the city, this lantern launch takes place on both 11 and 12 November.
  5. Wat Doi Ti in Lamphun Province - Located in the countryside a 30 minute drive from Chiang Mai, this event takes place on 11 and 12 November.
Another magical tradition of Loy Krathong—floating lights on the river
The Krathong, or floating lights, are another photogenic and moving part of the festival. Traditionally made from the leaves and stalk of a banana tree, this miniature raft is decorated with flowers, a candle and incense sticks. On the night of the full moon, the candles are lit and the offerings are floated down the Ping River. Many people place coins onto the rafts, so you’ll see little kids diving into the river with the hope of retrieving a few. As with the floating lanterns, the idea is to discard bad luck.
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