The sparkling night sky, thousands of smiling faces, cameras flashing and cell phones snapping; this was Yi Peng 2016. Attending Yi Peng, or more commonly known to Westerners as the Floating Lantern Festival, had been a bucket list item for years. This year I wanted to make it happen and I did. Here’s a traveler’s guide to Yi Peng “Floating Lantern” Festival and Loi Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
If you’re like me you probably scour the internet doing research on all the festivals, events, and cities you’d like to explore. Attending Yi Peng was no different except I had a hard time finding out exactly what to expect. There was conflicting information floating on the internet. The King passed only a month prior to the festival so many were unsure if the festival would even be happening this year. Despite not knowing details I proceeded as if I knew exactly what was going to happen. So now that I’ve experienced it myself, let me tell you what you can expect.