There is always a lot of confusion surrounding when Loi Kratong happens as the date changes every year depending on the Lunar Calendar But this year Loi Kratong will fall on the 6th with festivities in Chiang Mai being held from the 5th -7th
Here is a quick run down of the main Loi Kratong events for 2014 in Chiang Mai
November 5th 2014
19:00 Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Chiang Mai Loi Kratong Festival at Thapae Gate
!9:00 -24:00 The first day of the Miss and Mister Yee Peng contest at Thapae Gate
19:00-22:00 Night Bazaars Yee Peng Lantern Procession contest from Thapae Gate to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
November 6th 2014
19:00-22:00 The parade and procession of the small kratongs. This is a parade of beautifully and intricately decorated floats topped with live models wearing traditional dress. The parade will start at Thape Gate and proceed along Thapae Road to the White Pagoda near to the US consulate building and Ping River.
!9:00 The second day of the Miss and Mister Yee Peng contest at Thapae Gate
November 7th 2014
19:00-22:00 The parade and procession of the large kratongs. This is a parade of beutifully and intricately decorated floats topped with live models whereing traditional dress. The parade floats on this night are larger and more ornately decorated than those on the night of the 6th. The parade will start at Thape Gate and proceed along Thapae Road to the White Pagoda near to the US consulate building and Ping River
from the 1st to the 7th there are a multitude of other activities around town, you will see a multitude of large sculptured paper lantern displays around the moat are as well as at Thapae Gate and the Three Kings Monument in the old city, a visual spectacle well worth checking out! there are various kratong building and decorating contests usually held at local temples
On the Nights of the 6th and 7th Narawat Bridge on the Ping River is at the heart of the action. this is the spot where mant of the cities population and tourists alike float their kratongs and release a sky lantern. This area gets busy! Be careful too as the locals like to release fireworks here!
Read more about Thailand’s Loi Kratong Festival on the Bangkok Barefoot Blog