Loy Krathong falls on the evening of the full moon date of 12th month of Thai Lunar calendar which is usually in November in western calendar. The exact date is different almost every year but it is always at the end of rainy season and the beginning of the dry season which is the best to time to visit Thailand.
Loy Krathong Dates in this year and the following year
|When is ...?||Weekday||Date|
|Krathong 2023||Tuesday||Nov 28th|
|Krathong 2022||Wednesday||Nov 9th|
|Krathong 2021||Saturday||Nov 20th|
|Krathong 2020||Sunday||Nov 1st|
|Krathong 2019||Wednesday||Nov 13th|
|Krathong 2018||Friday||Nov 23rd|
|Krathong 2017||Friday||Nov 3rd|
|Krathong 2016||Monday||Nov 14th|
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) had announced the official events schedule for 2018 Chiang Mai’s Loy Krathong and Yee Peng Lantern Festivals from 20 ~ 23 November. The schedule is very similar each year, so you can take it for reference.
November 20, at 6:00pm:
The opening ceremony of Lighting Candle Tray, with traditional Lanna dance performances at The Three Kings Monument.
November 20, 7:30pm to 11:00pm:
Lighting candle trays around city moat at all city fortresses.
November 20~23, 7:00pm to 11:00pm:
Lighting candle trays to worship the Lord Buddha, at The Three Kings Monument. Also displayed here booth demonstrating Lanna handicraft.
November 21, at 6:00pm:
The opening ceremony for Chiang Mai Yee Peng Festival 2018 at Tha Pae Gate.
November 21, at 7:00pm:
Yee Peng Kids Contest, at Chiang Mai Municipality Office.
November 21~22, 7:00pm to 11:00pm:
Mister and Miss Yee Peng Contest, at Tha Pae Gate.
November 22, 9:00am to 3:00pm:
The Krathong making contest, at Chiang Mai Municipality Office.
November 22, 8:00am to 10:30am:
Worshipping ritual to House Spirits, White Pagoda and Ping River, at Chiang Mai Municipality Office, Sri Khong Pier.
November 22, 7:00pm to 10:pm:
Floating the candlelit Krathong down the Ping River, along the Ping River in front of the Chiang Mai Municipality Office.
November 22~23, 7:00pm to 10:00pm:
Traditional Lanna Dance Performance, at Chiang Mai Municipality Office.
November 23, 7:30pm and 9:30pm:
Fireworks displays, along the Ping River in front of the Chiang Mai Municipality Office.
Read more information for ultimate Thailand Festival & event list all around the year:
Thailand Calendar and Festival 2018/2019