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The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

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It finally happened. We got to partake in this magical event of the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This memory is one for the books and a huge cross off of my lifetime bucket list. During the festival, I feel like I've turned over a new leaf once I released my stress and worries into my lantern that slowly drifted in the night sky. It was truly a enlightening experience and not just another classic tourist event.

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The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

You probably found my article because I either asked you to check it out on my instagram or you googled about the possible ways to attend the festival. My boyfriend and I did A LOT of research before attending the event and I thought I'd make this blog post for you all since there's a lot of false information being spread on the internet about this event. As of November 2017, here is what we have gathered:

Keep scrolling to find out what you need to know before attending the Yi Peng Festival.
The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

According to Thaizer, the lantern festival coincides with the Buddhist holiday, Loy Krathong which is usually within the first weekend of November with a full moon. This year it was on Friday, November 3. Keep checking here to find out what the exact date it will be for when you want to go.

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

Despite what other blog posts and websites say, DO NOT BOOK A TOUR OR TICKET at Mae Jo University!!! Traditionally there was only one place for the locals and tourists to come together for the releasing of the lanterns. But since 2015, the local one has been cancelled and they only keep the one for the tourists operating because they want to make money. It's typically about $100 USD and it's utter chaos. Just don't do it. The experience there is unique because everyone lets go of the lanterns all at once but it isn't worth it according to other tourists and Thai locals we spoke to. For the $100 USD price tag it comes with 1 lantern, admission, food, ceremony, and lantern release. Apparently it's way too crowded, disorganized, and you need to get there hours in advance if you want to avoid heavy traffic. Plus the companies that run these tickets and tours are being frowned upon by locals for scamming tourists an unreasonable ticket price. After speaking to some Thai locals they recommended us a plan that was pretty much free (minus buying the lanterns for less than a dollar each!)

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

We started off by attending the free ceremony at Tha Pae Gate. Getting here was very easy since we took a scooter but you can take a tuk tuk or uber (use my code "briannaw5658ue" for a free ride) pretty easily. Definitley start here first!

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

After the ceremony we walked on Tha Pae Road until we reached Nawarat Bridge at the Ping River. It's a short walk, don't worry. But we stopped a lot to take pictures, buy snacks, lanterns, a lighter, and floating flowers to release on the river. The lanterns vary by price but we paid about a little less than $1 USD per lantern and about $1-2 per floating flower decoration! 

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

Try to get to the Nawarat Bridge as soon as possible though since it will get crowded almost immediately. You don't need to wait for any sort of instruction since everyone releases them whenever they are ready. I will warn you again but it is VERY crowded at this location. It's a good place to see a bunch of lanterns being let go into the sky but it's very difficult to release one let alone get a photo of it!

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

After we watched some amazing fireworks, we wandered around for about an hour to find a place to release our floating flowers. We couldn't find a spot with all of the thousands of tourists and eventually gave up. We weren't planning on participating in this part anyways so we weren't too bummed about it. But for those of you that want to do it, go to a different part of the river away from all of the people or do it first while everyone else is releasing the lanterns.

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Honest Truth About How To Attend The Yi Peng Lantern Festival In Chiang Mai, Thailand

On our way back to our scooter which was parked by Tha Pae Gate, we stumbled upon various temples with very few tourists releasing the lanterns. We wished we did that all along instead of going to the river like everyone else. We quickly bought a few more lanterns and released them here. There were even many monks teaching the meaning of the lanterns and what it means to buddhists. They were so kind to help the tourists and it felt like a true local experience. It was peaceful, beautiful, and the highlight of our whole experience. In conclusion, do the lantern release at a temple instead of where everyone else is going!

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