Loy Krathong generally takes place over one or two days, but Yee Peng in Chiang Mai turns into a three day festival, though there are events scattered over five to six days. Flying lanterns, which are made from thin fabrics such as rice paper, illuminate the sky, making it one of the most romantic events. The focus of the celebrations is around Nawarat Bridge, Thapae Road and along the Ping River. If you like the party atmosphere, then this is the place to go.
A more spiritual venue can be found at Wat Chai Mongkol, on Chareonprathet Road. This temple has a concrete landing on the river, where devotees can easily launch their krathongs.
As it is in a temple, the celebration is much more quiet and relaxing for kids and elderly people. Throughout the evening hundreds of khom loy balloons will be released into the air from the temple grounds.
Loy Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar; hence, the exact date of the festival changes every year. In the Western calendar this usually falls in the month of November.