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Chiang Mai – The Northern Rose always has an irresistible attraction to anyone who has ever set foot here. The sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai is also a special festival of Thailand that many tourists are interested in and want to experience when traveling to Thailand.
1. The meaning of the sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai
The sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai is a long-standing traditional festival, unique to the Lanna ethnic group in northern Chiang Mai of Thailand. This is also one of the festivals that attract the attention of tourists when coming to the land of golden pagodas.
On the days of the Yi Peng festival, you will admire the most magical and magical scenery. When the solemn ceremony ends, it will also be the time when the night sky in Chiang Mai is lit up with hundreds and thousands of sky lanterns being released with the main meaning of offering the respect of Buddhists to the Buddha.
A peaceful sky as lit, sparkling and fanciful. The sky lanterns floating in the air carrying dreams and prayers If you have ever witnessed this beautiful scene, you will surely remember it forever and never forget it.
2. When does the sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai take place?
The time to organize the sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai in 2019 is the full moon night of December according to the Thai lunar calendar, about 2 days.
Experience going to the sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai 2019, the Thai lunar calendar is not the same as the one in our country. Therefore, the festival usually takes place around mid-November. This year, the festival will be held from 11/11 to 12/11.
3. Explore Chiang Mai, experience the lantern festival
- Yi – Peng – Chiang Mai sky lantern festival 2019
As a famous destination of the North, Chiang Mai not only attracts tourists by its ancient and peaceful beauty. Especially if you come to Chiang Mai on the occasion of the Yi Peng and Loy Krathong sky lantern festivals, you will be able to participate in the exciting lantern release. In Chiang Mai, there are many famous beautiful temples, every occasion to the sky lantern festival, the temples are also decorated with many lights around.
On the day of the sky lantern festival in Chiang mai 2019 – Yi Peng the streets will be very crowded, to attend you should arrive early and leave early to avoid the situation of not being able to call a car. Some impressive places for you to attend the Chiang Mai sky lantern festival 2019:
- Mae Jo University:
This is the site of the largest and most spectacular sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai. Where to drop the lights 4,000 lanterns at the same time make the whole space glow with a very beautiful orange color. Each lamp costs 5,500 – 12,000 baht ~ 165 – 360 USD/ticket. You can also stand outside and watch.
- Doi Saket:
The place to drop the sky lanterns is smaller, but it still has a beautiful scene with 3,000 sky lanterns being released in the sky. This is also an ideal place for you to experience the 2019 Chiang Mai sky lantern festival. The price is about 3,100 – 4,900 baht ~ 93 – 147 USD/ticket.
- Nawarat Bridge :
Located in the east of the city of Chiang Mai, and where you do not need to pay a ticket to release the sky lanterns. You only need to pay about 40 baht/lantern, then write your wish and release it into the sky.
Besides, when participating in the sky lantern festival, you also have the opportunity to admire traditional Lanna dance performances, parade dances in Tha Pae Gate, etc. The street food in Chiang Mai will also bring you experiences. great.
- Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong takes place on the full moon day of December according to the Thai lunar calendar. Holidays each year will change, this year 2019 Loy Krathong will take place on Wednesday, 11/13/2019. Many stores display ready-made Loy Krathongs you can buy here, or buy Krathong sets to assemble yourself to your liking.
Bangkok is the site of the largest Krathong festival in Asiatique, along Wat Saket in the Old City. Near the Khao San Road area, you can go to Phra Athit wharf. Stay at the same hotels that organize Krathong in your pool.
Whether it’s the 2019 Chiang Mai sky lantern festival or the Loy Krathong festival, it will bring you interesting and wonderful experiences.
4. What to go to Chiang Mai
- Option 1: Fly directly to Chiang Mai
Direct flights from Saigon or Hanoi to Chiang Mai are almost non-existent, except in some cases when travel agencies cooperate with airlines to open direct flights exclusively for guests following their tours. Flights from Vietnam to Chiang Mai must transit in Bangkok.
Currently, there are two low-cost airlines operating direct flights with connecting flights at Don Mueang airport: Nok Air and Air Asia.
This way of moving will be very beneficial in terms of time for those who only go for a short time to spend more time exploring Chiang Mai tourism . Usually it takes just over 5 hours including transit time.
Flight ticket prices at the time of the promotion range from 3 million to 4 million / round trip depending on the airline. Promotions are always open continuously, every ticket about 3 months before the time of departure is fine.
- Option 2: Fly to Bangkok and choose 1 of the following 3 ways of transportation:
+ Connecting flights:
If you choose to continue flying, you should leave the distance between the two flights at least 3-4 hours in case the flight from Vietnam to Bangkok is delayed or delayed. And if the 2 flights are 2 different airlines, you should choose 2 airlines operating at the same airport, otherwise it will take you more time to move from Suvarnabhumi airport to Don Mueang airport or vice versa.
Every day, there must be nearly 50 flights of many different airlines from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Ticket prices at the promotion will range from 600 Baht – 900 Baht depending on the airline.
With this way of transportation, right after getting off the airport in Bangkok, you will go through the immigration gate, get your luggage at the conveyor belt area, then move to the domestic airport area, where you check. Print luggage and receive plane tickets to Chiang Mai , then go through the security check area again to go to the door to wait for the plane.
+ By train:
It takes about 11-12 hours by train from Hualamphong station. If you have a lot of time and want to see the scenery, taking the train is the best option. There is nothing more impressive than watching the sunrise over the majestic green mountains.
There are 2 ways to buy train tickets:
Option 1 : Buy tickets at the station
After arriving in Bangkok, you can move to Hualamphong station to buy tickets at the ticket gate for foreign tourists.
Option 2 : Buy tickets online
You can book tickets through the online ticketing website (e-ticket) of the General Department of Railways of Thailand, visitors will not have to go to the station to wait in line, do not have to worry about running out of tickets for the seats they want.
On the official ticketing website in Thai and English, you register an account to buy tickets, pay for tickets via Visa card and tickets will be sent to your registered email address. You can buy tickets online as early as 60 days, as late as 2 hours before departure time. You can buy up to 4 tickets at a time.
+ Take the bus:
Buses depart from Mochit station (Bangkok) to Chiang Mai after 7-8 hours. Ticket prices fall in the range of 500-700 Baht, during the festival season, the price can be increased a bit. You can buy tickets on the day or a few days in advance to get a good seat.
Usually, passengers often choose air-conditioned night buses to ensure comfort, reduce accommodation costs and save time.
Hopefully the information in the article will help you have useful information and don’t forget to plan a day for yourself and your family to explore the sky lantern festival in Chiangmai in particular, and travel to Thailand in general.