Chiang Mai Loi Krathong 2015

Chiang Mai Loi Krathong
                                            Loi Krathong & Yee Peng Festival in Chiang Mai

This year, for the first time lanterns could only be released on November 25, as part of Chiang Mai Loi Krathong 2015  – sometimes spelled Loy Krathong – festival. That’s it. One night. Of course, that’s the way it was always intended: a night of awe and amazement (then back to the carport for beer and karaoke). But it’s gotten out of hand lately with lanterns released for weeks and distracting pilots trying to land at Chiang Mai’s busy little airport.

We’ll release lanterns again on December 31 to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The ban has come into effect after last year, multiple flights were delayed or cancelled due to risks posed by lanterns flying too close to the airport. Though there has yet to be an accident, a million fires in the sky over the airport poses a real challenge for pilots’ concentration. If lanterns get caught in an aircraft’s engines it could cause serious damage. Chiang Mai Airport has rescheduled flights on November 25 and December 31 to accommodate the  lanterns. Areas with the ban include Muang District, Hang Dong, San Sai, Mae Rim and Saraphi. Authorities encourage all residents and visitors to the areas to respect the ban.

The Good News? Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai 2015 was the best for years.

Here are a few tips about enjoying Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai this year: 

MAMIA FOR LOI KRATHONG
MAMIA FOR LOI KRATHONG 2015

Riverside Restaurants for Watching Loi Krathong 2015 in Chiang Mai:

For more information on Thailand’s Loi Krathong festival along with details about Loi Krathong and Yee Peng in Chiang Mai, check out:

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