Welcome to Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai. A festival in Thailand that takes place over 3 days with religious and cultural events, parades and of course the release of the lanterns. This happens around November 13-15 and is now a huge event many travelers such as myself want to experience! I had the pleasure to make it to this amazing event and release my own lantern into the sky. It was magical…. If I ignored how extremely crowded it was. Nonetheless still amazing of course!
Yi Peng Lantern Festival Chiang Mai
Since Yi Peng lasted for 3 days, I decided to spend the first day alone, being able to really use my camera and take some photos! This night was one the first nights I actually used my tripod for night photos. It was interesting figuring out the settings and getting them perfect for a good shot. There are a couple temples I captured, and I think they turned out pretty good! It’s such an art being able to get the settings right for a night shot. Although I’ve met some people lately with Sony’s that take insanely amazing night photos, so that continues my curiosity about which camera company I’m really into.
I ended up figuring out after the fact that there was a completely different gathering where all the lanterns would be released at the same time called Mae Jo. Kind of like all those photos you see of Yi Peng with TONS of lanterns in the sky, apparently that was a “buy your tickets in advanced thing” from what I heard. So I was pretty bummed out that I didn’t get to experience the 100’s of lanterns being let go at the same time, especially not being able to capture those moments on camera was unfortunate. Nonetheless it was such a great and exciting experience, I forgot to make a wish for the release of my items for Loy Krathong and Yi Peng. Oops!
It was the night of the super moon, and many drove up to Doi Suthep to enjoy the beauty in its glory. I was one of those people! Doi Suthep is a “mountain” beside Chiang Mai with a beautiful temple at the top. There is a view point about 3/4 of the way up, a perfect spot to see the city of Chiang Mai from a distance. In the distance you can see the lanterns being released into the sky, those orange trails of light! Although there were a decent amount of people up there, the view and the experience was magical.
My first ever perfect moon photo was captured! Holy moly, took about 10 tries but I got it! I was so proud of myself. It is super tricky being a beginner and researching how to take the perfect photo, especially at night. The moon is something I could just stare at all day, I mean, if it were out all day. Just look at those craters in detail. It’s beauty is something we can barely understand and imagine, life is so beautiful.
Seeing this super moon was such a calming experience. I always look into the sky, or at nature and it makes me realize how small we really are. It’s that feeling of grounding and realizing that our problems aren’t as big as they seem. That feeling that everything is happening as it should.
I hope you enjoyed sharing my Thailand adventures together! Below I created a small video holding all my favorite moments from this beautiful 3 days Yi Peng & Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai. Check it out!
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