Is Yee Peng Lanna International 2017 – Cancelled?
Is Yee Peng Lanna International 2017(a.k.a. Mae Jo) – Cancelled?
***UPDATE – As of today, July 1, 2017, YPLI 2017 has not been approved.***
***UPDATE – As of today, August 3, 2017, A new article on the leader of the group that runs the YPLI fund raiser – International Fugitive?***
What’s happening with YPLI 2017?
Last year, tickets to the YPLI sold out so fast that arrangements were made to give everyone a fair chance at getting tickets for 2017. Announcements were made about selling tickets starting in March or April of 2017. Fast forward to April 2017 and YPLI has not been approved by the government and no tickets can be sold.
The short answer is Yes, there is no YPLI this year 🙁
Why hasn’t YPLI 2017 been approved?
We know of no public announcement by the government offices as to why the festival has not been approved, but the common knowledge is it has to do with their main temple and head monk: Phra Dhammajayo of Wat Phra Dhammakaya ( and possible illegal activities). Its not our place or in our scope of knowledge to try to make sense of any of it. If you would like more information, here is a link to Bangkok Post’s coverage of that issue: http://www.bangkokpost.com/hot-topics/482533/dhammakaya-abbot-scandal .
When will we know for sure?
As of today, there will not be a Yee Peng Lanna International 2017. The Yee Peng Lanna group will try to request approval again for the Yee Peng Lanna International 2017. If it is approved at that point, CMStay will make an announcement and start sales of ticket packages immediately.
How to make the most of this information for the 2017 Yee Peng holiday?
Have you purchased tickets/hotel rooms for Yee Peng 2017 in Chiang Mai or are you going to play it by ear? Are you a risk taker or do you prefer to sure thing? Are you on a budget or is money not an object?
Here is the long/short of it. YPLI 2017 may not happen this year. There is the Private Yee Peng Mass Lantern release this year, which has already got approval to proceed. More info here: “Private Yee Peng Mass Lantern Release” Keep in mind that there is a very limited number of tickets to this event (1,000 total). This event will be sold out long before there are any updates about YPLI 2017 in September.
You’ll need to make your own decision based off your own needs.
***As of 20APR2017 – There are only about 200 tickets left to the Private Yee Peng lantern release. If you want to be sure about joining a mass lantern release in 2017, buy your tickets now! – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!***