Yi Peng Lantern Festival (Thai: ยี่เป็ง) takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.
In Chiang Mai, this festival lasts for 3 days.
Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2019
The Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai starts on Monday, 11 Nov 2019 and ends on Wednesday, 13 Nov 2019 – The date is not yet officially confirmed!
Lanterns are released into the sky all over Chiang Mai during the nighttime. The most popular place to head is Mae Jo University for the big lantern release at 18:30.
A lot of people confuse this festival with Loy Krathong. These two are celebrated throughout all of Thailand and surrounding countries simultaneously. Both are light festivals, but Loy Krathong is celebrated by lanterns on the water, instead of the air.
There’s no need to buy your lanterns in advance: you can buy lanterns everywhere on the nights of celebration. They cost around 50 to 150 baht (~1.5$ to 4.7$) and there are different sizes.