Yi Peng, or more commonly known to Westerners as the “Floating Lantern Festival” or “Lantern Festival” had been on my list of festivals to attend for years. This year I really wanted to make it happen because I had put it off many times. I didn’t make any excuses this year and I finally got to experience this special event. So here is my experience visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand for Yi Peng “The Floating Lantern” Festival.
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.
When Does Yi Peng “The Floating Lantern” Festival Happen? And Where Does It Happen?
Hello and welcome to my blog. I started this blog for a few reasons but most importantly to share my adventures through words, photos and videos.
I’m just over a week away from my birthday and one day away from leaving to Thailand. This year I decided to celebrate my birthday in a country that’s been on my list for years. So this year I made no excuses, there weren’t any “maybe next year.” The timing was perfect. I’ll be visiting the northern part of Thailand during the Yi Peng Festival (Floating Lantern Festival) in Chiang Mai and I am beyond excited. This festival caught my eye years ago when a friend of mine showed me photos. Ever since then I wanted to go.
More on Thailand to follow. I hope you enjoy following me (and my backpacks of all sizes) on my adventures.