• Loy Krathong Festival Day 3

    Finally the last day of the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai and the big parade! While we had watched (or rather tried to watch) the parade from the street level and we were mad at all the people walking right into the moving parade to take their selfies, we organized a private and undisclosed location this time to watch the parade from higher up. What a difference this made. We actually enjoyed the parade this time much more!

  • Loy Krathong Festival Day 2

    Loy Krathong Day is the day of the full moon and traditionally the day of the celebrating the festival in a ceremonial way. So, going to a temple for prayers and chanting and setting your personal krathong (floating device) into the river with prayers and good thoughts and wishes. I have my preferred temple to go to for an evening prayer and this year it was a very beautiful ceremony with chanting, praying and a short meditation with the monks. Unfortunately we have to go through all the trouble with the party tourists who are not really interested in any traditional way of celebrating Loy Krathong, so on the way…

  • Loy Krathong Festival Day 1

    Back in Thailand and again back in the North of the Kingdom for another year of Loy Krathong festival celebration! While this festival and the location become more and more touristy year after year, it is still something I like to attend. However, I do it selectively and only go to certain parts of the festivities and only to certain locations. While the opening ceremony at the well known Tapae Gate is now totally overrun by foreignerns and crazy selfie-takers, I found the opening ceremony at the Three Kings Monument more traditional. However, a lot of the ceremonies are done in Thai language and with very traditional Thai music and…

  • A full moon in Chiang Mai

    One of my favourite times to be in Thailand, or in Chiang Mai, is during the full moon. A very special time is the full moon in November when the Loy Krathong festival is happening, here in Chiang Mai coinciding with the local Yee Peng festival. I have my own favourite temples and rituals during this time of the year, which I won’t make public here, to preserve it for my local friends and those who want to dig deeper into the Thai culture! For the usual visitor, be it Asian or western tourists, the festival mainly consists of launching sky laterns into the air and floating small krathongs in…

  • Chiang Mai Yee Peng Parade

    My fourth time to go to Chiang Mai for the annual Loy Krathong Festival, or as it is here called Yee Peng Festival. It used to be a real secret to come here and enjoy a few days of festivities but with online marketing and social media the word was out and it is now a mass-tourism event, sadly. A friend visited Laos during the same periond and told me that literally „everyone“ planned to go from Laos to attend the Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai. The parade is one of the key events during the three day festival and the last time I attended was in 2016, just…