our specialist
Start a tailor-made Thailand trip with UME Travel
Expert advice & Free custmization & Timely reply within 24 hours.
Your Requirement Your Schedule Your Budget

Loy Krathong Festival Tour

Loy Krathong Festival in Phuket Package
4 days Phuket - Daily Loy Krathong
From $ 880
Loy Krathong Festival in Sukhothai Package
12 days Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Sukhothai - Chiang Mai - Phuket
From $ 2866
2024 Chiang Mai Loy Krathong and Yee Peng Lantern Festival Package
8 days Bangkok - Chiang Mai Yeepeng - ONLY on 15th and 16th Nov 2024!
From $ 2023
Thailand Historical,Cultural and Natural Tour Package
12 days Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya - Sukhothai - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Phuket
From $ 3300
Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai Cultural and Natural Tour Package
7 days Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
From $ 1299
Essential Thailand Tour Package
9 days Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai - Phuket
From $ 1959
Best of Thailand Culture & Nature Tour Package
14 days Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai - Phuket
From $ 2999
People Also Ask About Loy Krathong Tours

What is the Loy Krathong Festival?

Loy Krathong Festival is one of the most meaningful, spectacular and beautiful festivals in Thailand, which is held every year on the night of December 15 of the Thai calendar (usually in November).

One of the special features of the festival is that on the night of that day, the water is filled with water lanterns and candlelight, whether in the city or in the township, as long as it is near a river or a lake.

And this day in Chiang Mai will also be in this day to light the Kong Ming lantern, because Thai people believe that in that way they can throw away the bad luck. The festival is also known as one of the "Seven Wonders of Thailand" because of the magnificent spectacle of 10,000 people releasing Kong Ming lanterns in Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand, every year.

Do I need tickets for the Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai?

The place that you can join in the Loy Krathong Festival are divided into free and paid venues, and the free venues may vary from year to year. The paid venues are held in seven locations throughout Thailand, among which the Chiang Mai venue is the biggest one and is usually held near the Thapae Gate.

Each year's Chiang Mai Loy Krathong Festival has multiple venues hosted by different organizations, and currently there are four venues which have official websites with public tickets. In these venues, the audience is larger and arrangement is safer, but usually the tickets for the 10,000 people Loy Krathong Festival are snapped up as soon as they go on sale, and they are quite expensive.

What are the paid venues where tickets can be booked?

There are 4 fee-paying venues:

1) Maejo University field.

20 km from the ancient city, about 40 minutes drive, 3000 people. There are religious ceremonies and Thai snacks. Ticket price is the most expensive. The site is small and tourists cannot release water lanterns, only monks can.

2)Maejo University Hot Spring Field

The same organizer as Maejo University field, 35 km from the ancient city, about 1 hour drive, 2,500 people. Cheaper than the Maejo University field, but the distance is farther. Traffic will be heavy on the day, which takes 2-3 hours round trip.

3) Cowboy Army Riding Club (CAD)

11 km from the old city, about 20 minutes drive, 4,000 people. There are religious ceremonies, traditional performances and food stalls. No water lantern experience.

4) Thailand International Cultural Sky Lantern Festival (Malin Park)

Officially hosted by Chiang Mai Tourism Association, 10,000 people with a maximum of 5,000 people, 14 km from the old city, about 20 minutes drive. There are food bazaar, folklore performance, cultural experience, religious ceremony, water lantern and sky lantern blessing, free transportation by double bus.

VIPs are able to free water lanterns, ordinary customers can also pay for the water lanterns, the key is the venue is very large (as large as 13 soccer fields, there will be less crowded security issues).

Where to see the Bangkok Water Lantern Festival?

The best place in Bangkok is of course the Chao Phraya River. You can take the BTS directly to Saphan Taksin station pier. Then take a boat tour along the river.

Where is the most popular city to celebrate the Water Lantern Festival?

Nowadays, the most popular place to celebrate the Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand is Sukhothai City, the ancient capital of the Sukhothai Dynasty, where the festival originated. Sukhothai is located 440 kilometers from Bangkok in the Sukhothai Province in north-central Thailand.

What is the weather like in Loy Krathong?

Actually, November in Chiang Mai is not really cool, it's still a little hot and humid compared to December, and it's the kind of season that needs air conditioning, and there are occasional showers.

In 2012, after the sky lantern releasing, there was a huge rainstorm and most people got wet, so please check the weather forecast in advance and bring rain gear or poncho if it might rain.

Start planning your tailor-made holiday by ​contacting one of our specialists...

  • specialist-monica Monica
  • specialist-steven Steven
  • specialist-natasha Natasha
  • specialist-dan Dan
24/7 Online Instant Reply from Local Experts Free Inquiry Now >
Since 1998

Over 20 years online travel service in tailor-made, 10000+ successful happy travel experiences.

100% Tailor-Made Trip

Design only for you and in your style! Flexible travel date.

Expert Consultant

24/7 online, 1 on 1 private service, over 10 years experience!

100% Value Guaranteed

Best value for money. Exceed your expectation and 100% satisfaction!

Ground Support

Experienced, warm-hearted guides and staff, 24 hrs standing by.

No Hidden Cost

We guarantee there will be no hidden cost during your trip.