Loy Krathong and Yi Peng
Sri Poom Road
Photo by Paul Brown/age fotostock
Loy KrathongChiang Mai is regarded as a particularly good place to enjoy Thailand’s charismatic folk traditions. Yet while Songkran—Thai New Year—is rowdy, wet, and fun, Loy Krathong carries more spiritual heft. In northern Thailand, Loy Krathong (celebrated throughout the country to honor Buddha) coincides with the regional Lan Na lantern festival of Yi Peng. The release of hundreds of lanterns into the sky marks the start of a three-day celebration. The airborne lights are followed by the Loy Krathong tradition of placing floating lanterns in the Ping River. The revelries include an evening parade from Chiang Mai’s Tha Phae Gate to the city municipal office.