Chiang 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 Lanna lantern festival of Yi Peng. The release of hundreds of lanterns into the sky marks the start of a three-day celebration. The airborne lanterns are swiftly followed by the Loy Krathong tradition of placing floating lanterns in the Ping River. The third day of revelry includes an early evening parade from the city’s Thapae Gate to the city municipal office.