Loy Krathong / Yee Peng 2014

Loy Krathong / Yee Peng 2014

Category : Holidays


Loi Krathong

This year the full moon will be on November 6th, but the Loy Krathong celebrations in Chaing Mai will go from the 5th through the 8th.  

The city will be alight with fireworks, floating lanterns and Krathongs floating down the river.

The Yee Peng Mass Lantern Release at Mae Jo University for locals is to be on October 25, 2014.   The International event is to be on Nov 8, 2014.     

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Last years trip to Doi Suthep, the Tiger Kingdom, and the local mass lantern release in Mae Jo was a huge success.   CMStay will co-ordinate it again for 2014!

Here are some of the specifics:

OCTOBER 25, 2014

8:45am – 9:00am – Pick up from either of the two CMStay locations.  (Proper VIP tour van)



9:30am – 10:45am –  visit Doi Suthep Temple.  Chiang Mai’s most famous temple overlooking the city.

  • Get a blessing from the monks
  • Take pictures of the the view overlooking Chiang Mai



11:15am – 13:30pm – visit The Tiger Kingdom.   Take pictures with with Tigers!   also break for lunch.BabyTigerWoman

  • Get in the cages and take pictures with all different size tigers.
  • Tiger Kingdom has a great buffet lunch it you are interested.




14:00pm – 20:00pm – Mae Jo for the monk’s blessing and mass lantern release. Loi Krathong lantern

  • Watch dancers performing local, Northern style dancing
  • Join in on chanting and meditation with Monks
  • Brief ceremony for Yee Peng
  • Launch the floating lanterns




All transportation, snacks, and bottled water are included in the price.    1,000B/pax   Click Tour Reservations for more info!

***Contact us if you need help with a scooter rental or help booking any tours locally.***


event3The International Event being held on November 8, 2014 is a private event done entirely in English.   Tickets are now on sale, and cost 3,000B/pax for standard tickets and 4.500B/pax for VIP tickets.  

The tickets will need to be purchased before Sept 15, 2014.    

Tickets Include:

Opening Ceremony by The President of Doungtawan Santipap Foundation.

05.20 p.m. 
05.30 p.m. Lanna Folk Performance 
05.50 p.m. Enter to the floating lantern ceremony area. 
06.10 p.m. Announcement of Regulation in the Ceremony.


06.30 p.m. Chanting and Meditation

Candle-Lantern Illumination

07.00 p.m. Circumambulation Ceremony

Ceremony of Lights

07.25 p.m. Lighting the ground lantern Ceremony

Flying Lantern Illumination Ceremony

07.40 p.m. Launching of Khom Dhammachai. (Floating Lanterns) 
08.30 p.m. Floating Kratong (small flower vessel) in the pond.

End of ceremony. 

Each person per seat will receive the following services: 
Special Lanna Thai meal at the the event and 1 meal box on the way back. 
Two lanterns 
One flower raft or krathong 


Transportation (Please contact us to arrange your transportation)

Click Tour Reservations for more info!

 For anyone who missed out on a ticket to the Nov 8 event, the Oct 25 event is still available.  Anyone who wants to join our trip to Doi Suthep, the Tiger Kingdom and the Yee Peng Lanna Mass Lantern release, please book quickly!

***Contact us if you need help with a scooter rental or help booking any tours locally.***


For any questions, or to register with us for either event please use the Contact Form or send us an email :  king@CMStay.com.




August 29, 2014 at 2:50 am

Arrrggghhh! We planned to come back just to see the lanterns! I can’t believe I am going to miss the real one! Soo depressed.


    August 29, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Its not set in stone yet, but these are the dates that the big tour companies are using. Not to worry though. We’ll hire around 500 friends to re-enact it for you guys…

    Seriously though, Loy Krathong in the city will still be amazing, and have a lot of photo opportunities


    September 3, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Well, looks like those dates are confirmed. Looks like you’ll just have to come earlier and stay longer!!!

Dilek Dilara

September 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

i want to book my flights to the yee pang festival (the real one) but must know if the date is set in stone (oct 25th) also i don’t know where to stay while I’m there. any advice? and i want to hire out a motorbike too. thanks in advance.


    September 13, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Hello Dilek,

    The dates have been confirmed by calling the Yee Peng Lanna group. (We talk to them daily to order tickets to the Nov 8 event). Anywhere in the city would be a great place to stay as its actually very small. We have a few options available as well. You can see them through this website(http://www.CMStay.com), or through our listings on AirBNB (CMStay on AirBNB). We also rent new, top model scooters. You can see more info here (SCOOTERS RENTALS)


September 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

What’s the difference between the standard and vip tickets?


    September 15, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Hello Jinbon,

    The difference in the two ticket types are the location of the seating. The VIP/Premium seats are directly in front of the stage, where the standard tickets surround the VIP/Premium seating.


September 16, 2014 at 9:32 am

So great to hear this news! But i would like to know is it the 25 Oct 2014 one is the free entry fee one? All local ppl will go and join this one? And 8 Nov 2014 is for tourist and need to buy ticket ?


    September 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    That’s right. The Oct 25 event is free and open to all. The Nov 25 event is a paid event.


September 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm

I’m curious to know about how many attend the tourist one? is it like half as many people as the local one? just to get an idea if an estimate is possible.


    September 17, 2014 at 1:34 am

    The Nov 08 event has a limited number of tickets (3000). I would guess and say that the Oct 25 event will be about 5 times that size.

Carrie Smith

September 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Hi! It looks like you still have VIP tickets for November 8 is that correct?


    September 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Carrie, Yes, as of now we have a limited amount of VIP tickets available. We don’t expect them to last through the week. Thanks!


September 18, 2014 at 6:39 am

HI, pls tell us how can we find out the limited amount of VIP tickets available. We already booked the flight, and it will be really suck if I cannot find the tickets to get in. Thanks.


    September 18, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Hi Karen. We’ve already called around trying to find more tickets. The Yee Peng Lanna group is completely sold out, but they said there were a few large “block” purchases. They may be tour companies reselling/scalping tickets. Good luck!


September 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

Are there any tickets left for the Nov 8 festival? VIP or standard, I don’t mind, I just need one!


    September 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I’m sorry Nicola. All tickets have been sold out.


September 22, 2014 at 8:19 am

WIthout a ticket, is it still possible to see the release from outside of Mae Jo?


    September 22, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Yes, but its a distant sight and night picture will be impossible. You will see as much or more in the city.

Chiang Mai's Yi Peng Lantern Festival

October 31, 2014 at 1:04 pm

[…] For 2014, the free event was held on Saturday, October 24. The paid event is scheduled for Saturday, November 8 (get tickets here). […]

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