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Yi Peng What is Yi Peng Its Chiang Mais Lantern

first_imgYi PengWhat is Yi Peng?It’s Chiang Mai’s Lantern Festival. This is one of the better known festivals in Thailand, where lanterns are sent up into the air to pay respect to Buddha. Similarly to Loy Krathong, it’s also said to help you rid your own personal demons. Thousands of paper lanterns are sent into the sky, creating a flock of glowing, floating fires.Where is Yi Peng celebrated in Thailand?There are two big events in Chiang Mai; one for locals and one for tourists. If you’re looking for the lantern release (pictured) go to Mae Jo University, where around 5,000 people gather to let their lanterns escape into the night sky. The tourist event is less crowded and tickets can cost about £70. Families and photographers will probably find it easier to attend the ticketed event – you won’t have to battle for your seat or tripod space. But, if you want to see the beautiful ceremonies and colourful paper lanterns for free then head to the Three Kings Monument and Chiang Mai Old Town.When is Yi Peng?November, usually at the same time as Loy Krathong.Lop Buri FestivalWhat is Lop Buri Festival?It’s also known as the Monkey Banquet Festival, so you can imagine the scene…no? Well it features plenty of macaque monkeys who have set up camp in the Khmer buildings around the town. It’s believed that these monkeys bring good luck, as well as tourism business and good fortune to the province. Every year local residents, hoteliers and travellers honour them with a feast. It looks like a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – the monkeys take the fruit, sticky rice and treats, eat them, play with them and stick them where they really shouldn’t. However, the naughty table manners are tolerated for the continued good fortune of the region.Where is Lop Buri celebrated in Thailand?In the Lop Buri Province. The easiest way to get there is by tour, or bus from Bangkok – it’s 90km north of the Thai capital. The monkeys’ food is usually laid out in front of Pra Prang Sam Yot Temple, while everyone gathers round to photograph, play with and feed the monkeys a little more. When is Lop Buri Festival?November – the exact dates for this year have not yet been announced, but in 2015 it was on November 28-29th. Full Moon PartyWhat is the Full Moon Party?Ok, so it’s not technically a festival, but it is the best beach party on the planet. The Full Moon parties first started more than 30 years ago, and have evolved to become a ‘must do’ on most South East Asia itineraries. Every type of music is issued from the booming speakers in each bar, the alcohol is served in fishbowls and you’ll probably leave the evening with a few new best friends. Find out how you can make it ’til dawn with our survival guide to Koh Phangan’s Full Moon party.Where is the Full Moon Party in Thailand?There are many versions held on sandy beaches across Thailand, but the official (and biggest) is in Haad Rin, on the southeast Thai island of Koh Phangan. If you want to be close to the action and only a short walk from your bed once the party finishes at sunrise, stay in Haad Rin. You’ll need to either book in advance or arrive a few days before the event to make sure you have accommodation, as the island is usually booked out on the night. Of course, if you miss Full Moon you could attend Half Moon, or Quarter Moon Parties – there’s always something going on.When is the Full Moon Party?It’s held monthly on Haad Rin Beach. For complete schedules of all parties throughout 2016, including Half and Quarter Moon parties, check out this listing.TOP TIP: Book flights, accommodation and any tickets you might need to get in to these festivals, well in advance. Good, local accommodation is snapped up pretty fast. Find hotels now and save yourself a headache.Need more tips for trips to Thailand? Read on…10 things to see and do in Thailand that you won’t find anywhere else in the worldFull Moon parties, cheap Chang beer, ladyboys and The Beach…There’s so much more to Southeast Asia’s most popular destination. 10 best things to do in BangkokUnique, captivating and vibrant are just some of the words regularly used to describe the city of Bangkok. The capital of Thailand is a popular exotic Asian destination for travellers, whether it’s a backpacking adventure or luxury city break.And if you’ve been there done Thailand, why not give its neighbour, Cambodia, a lookIt may not have the same Full Moon party reputation of its neighbour, nor the historical notoriety of next-door Vietnam. But don’t let that put you off exploring this beautiful country, full of ancient temples and stunning landscapes – and there’s plenty of cheap beer!Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Loy KrathongWhat is Loy Krathong?Thailand’s Festival of Lights, is a lantern festival (not to be confused with Yi Peng, see below), held to thank the Goddess of Water at the end of the harvest. Loy Krathong in fact means “to float a basket”. It’s a time to cast off any negative emotions you may have been harbouring and bring luck for the next year. Locals send out small, ornate lanterns or paper boats, filled with incense, candles and flowers onto the rivers.Where is the Festival of Light celebrated in Thailand?It’s celebrated nationally, but festivities are more common in the big cities like Bangkok and Phuket. However, if you really want to get in on the action then head to Chiang Mai – it’s known as the place to be during Loy Krathong. Make sure you stay in a riverside hotel – they’ll often put on performances and shows for Loy Krathong. Oh, and don’t forget to purchase your lantern from local stalls around the time of the festival. When is Loy Krathong?This year (2016) it falls on November 15th – it’s held annually mid-November.Search for hotels in Bangkok Check flights to ThailandSongkran FestivalWhat is Songkran?It’s a week-long festival to celebrate Thai New Year and the end of dry season, which is why it’s also known as Thailand’s Water Festival.Thai locals celebrate by cleansing their Buddha statues and temples – this is where throwing water has originated from. Thai New Year, and this giant water festival, is a huge public holiday for locals and you can definitely expect to get involved – backpackers and holidaymakers are popular targets during the water fights!Where is Songkran celebrated in Thailand?Everywhere, there are big celebrations in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. Bangkok’s The Khao San Road is a battle zone during this time, so buy a water pistol and get stuck in! You’ll usually find barrels of water in the streets for refilling your ammo.When is Songkran Festival?Usually held on April 13th – 15th, however celebrations can go on for as long as a week.See for yourself what goes on during the World’s Largest Water Fight…center_img Related10 of the world’s best festivals to attend in 2019Need something to look forward to? Time your holiday to coincide with one of the world’s most life-affirming festivals. Here are 10 of the best to get you celebrating, dancing and, er, throwing tomatoes   1. Festival of Colour, India – fly from £290 This year’s dates: 20 – 21…When is the best time to visit Thailand?With its thrumming markets, spicy street food, and palm-lined beaches, the Land of Smiles is a year-round destination: although most people tend to visit from December to March, when the weather is at its driest and coolest. 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