Enjoy A Brilliant Chiang Mai in the Loy Krathong Festival

Loy Krathong is Thailand’s second largest festival of the year (after Songkran Festival), also one of the most beautiful, colorful and oldest festivals of the Kingdom of Thailand, contains many meanings and many mythical elements of the Thai people.

For the Thai people, the meaning of the Loy Krathong festival is to express their respect, and gratitude to the water goddess who has given the people plenty of water and prayed for the immunity of their actions for polluting the water source. Another meaning of this festival is that floating flower lanterns is a way for people to banish things that happen in the past and to pray together for blessings that will come in the future. Many people believe that when the lights of the flower lanterns are released, the candles are not turned off when we cannot see them, the wishes of prayer will come true. In the festival next to the floating flower lanterns, there are other funny activities that take place such as the contest: making flower lanterns, Noppamas beauty contest, as well as folk games, art programs or fireworks.

Loy Krathong takes place throughout Thailand, but the largest size is in four provinces: Sukhothai, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, and Chiang Mai. Traditional Krathong are small craft boats made from banana trees. But today people use styrofoam or bread so that the lanterns will be decomposed after a few days or fish can eat.

Chiang Mai often attracts tourists by distinct rituals – releasing sky lanterns Yi Peng. During the festival, at home and at public places, bright lanterns will be released into the sky overnight. This action represents the elimination of the old sadness and sorrow. Buddhists also believe that what you wish when you release the sky lanterns will come true if you do good things in the next year.

Parallel to the release of the sky lanterns is the activity of floating flower latterns. The most crowded place is the Nawarat Bridge across the Ping River. Walking along the banks of the Ping River, you will see the krathong floating by Chai Mongkhon Pagoda, Lok Mo Lee Pagoda … Besides the latterns ceremony is the parade events, fireworks, beauty contest.

Enjoy A Brilliant Chiang Mai in the Loy Krathong Festival
Enjoy A Brilliant Chiang Mai in the Loy Krathong Festival
During the festival, all over Chiang Mai is covered with lanterns. The colorful lanterns are decorated at the Three Kings Monument, Thapae Gate and at all the gates surrounding the old town. The front porch of the temple and the family is decorated with coconut leaves and flowers.

Lanterns are sold in many different locations around Chiang Mai. The price of each krathong and lantern ranges from 30-100 baht depending on the size. There are four main types of lanterns: khom kwaen, khom thue, khom pariwat and khom loy / khom fai.

In addition to the official 3-day festival, guests can take part in a private festival held at Mae Jo University. This event usually takes place one week after the official Yi Peng Festival, but you must book in advance for $ 100-300 including one Lanna food, two Dhammachai lanterns, a krathong and a souvenir with a round trip bus.

3pm is the ideal time to be at Mae Jo to avoid traffic jams and get a good spot for observing the festival. To get to Mae Jo, you can go for a songthaew or a tuk tuk, but remember to negotiate the price before boarding and time to get the driver back to pick you up. If you have an international driving license, you can rent a motorbike.

Chiang Mai has the best Thai food. Among them, khao soi – fried noodles with curries are typical dishes here – usually cost about 40 baht / bowl. In addition, there are many other attractive names that you can try such as: khan toke, wrong oua, gaeng hang lay, saang kham, larb kua …

Being considered the “mother” of the Chiang Mai flea market, the Night Bazaar Night Market is a lovely and very rich souvenir shop that you will want to stop by. Not to mention, the market also has amusement park with many eateries and coffee for live music. If you want to relax, you can visit the foot massage shop for about 100 baht for 30 minutes of service.