What is the schedule for these events in Chiang Mai ? I'm in Phuket right now, and I need to get to Chiang Mai anyway and thought I'd get there in time to see the lantern festival and other elements of these holidays. Can anyone tell me what evening they'll be floating the lanterns? And where in Chiang Mai this takes place? How about other elements - floating krathongs down the river? When/where is that?
#1 TheNewGuy8 has been a member since 8/9/2010. Posts: 35
Anytime later this week, especially Friday-Sunday (19-21) there will be a lot of activity after dark around the Thaphae Gate, Three Kings Monument, and out at the Ping River near the US consulate, Narawat Bridge, and Wat Chaimonkol temple. Already the past week there have been nightly sounds of fireworks and some paper "kom fye" candle balloons in the sky, but Friday is when it should get serious. "Krathongs" (banana leaf floats) are for sale in stalls along major roads and if possible it's kind of fun to make your own.
Every year there is a mass launch of kom fye paper balloons near Mae Jo University in Sansai about 15km NNE of the city center. I recently spoke with the Sansai district office who said it would be Friday evening Nov 19 this year. It's always very very crowded so you can get out there best on a scooter around 6pm then just follow the others. Out on the superhighway take route 1001 north another 10km. Takes some effort but a unique experience.
Or (spoiler) watch it on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN7jhXlYEc8
OK, after some more checking it's definitely tomorrow evening (Nov 20) the big kom fye launch. Tu Dong Ka Sathaan Lanna Meditation Center, for Google nerds it's at 18°54'40.69"N 99° 0'50.15"E
Ceremonies in the afternoon and kom fye launching 8pm, but go early around sunset.
Google: "Yi Peng Sansai 2553"
Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud3EPx-Orec
I called the number and spoke to friend in Sansai to confirm.