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Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festival 2023, 2024, and 2025

Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festival 2023, 2024, and 2025

By CindyUpdated Feb. 16, 2023

Loy Krathong 2023 will be celebrated on the night of Tuesday, November 28th. Chiang Mai's Yi Peng Lantern Festival will take place from November 27th to 28th, 2023. 

Loy Krathong (ลอยกระทง), also named Festival of Lights, is a famous floating lantern festival in Thailand. On the evening of Loy Krathong, Thai people gather together to release floating rafts called Krathongs onto rivers, lakes, and canals to give thanks to the Goodness of Water and seek forgiveness from her. 

Yi Peng (sometimes written as Yee Peng), or called sky lantern festival, which is another famous floating lantern festival, usually coincides with Loy Krathong Festival. It is a festival unique to northern Thailand, especially Chiang Mai. 

releasing a krathong on loi krathong festival A Thai woman is releasing a krathong.

When Is Loy Krathong 2023 and Yi Peng Festival 2023?

The date of the Loy Krathong Festival changes every year. Loy Krathong takes place on the night of the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar and typically falls in November according to the Gregorian calendar. In 2023, Loy Krathong Festival will be celebrated on the night of Tuesday, November 28th. 

The date of the Yi Peng Festival is based on the Lanna Lunar Calendar. It normally starts one or two days before Loy Krathong. In 2023, Chiang Mai's Yi Peng Lantern Festival will take place from November 27th to 28th, 2023.  

2023 Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival: Tickets on Sale

Yi Peng Festival 2023 will be observed on November 27th–28th at Chiang Mai Arts and Design (CAD). CAD will be one of the largest Sky Lantern Mass Release venues in Chiang Mai.

The tickets for Chiang Mai CAD are on sale now. Asia Highlights — Official Partner of Chiang Mai Arts and Design (CAD) since 2019.  

Here are the prices for three kinds of tickets. Premium tickets are most recommended, as you will get closest to the stage and the chanting monks, receive priority shuttle transport with a business van, and have a buffet dinner for a special food zone.

  • Premium ticket: US$ 199
  • VIP ticket: US$ 179 
  • Standard ticket: US$ 139 
Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival 2023 Ticket Booking

In 2023, Yi Peng Festival will be observed with lantern releases on November 27th-28th. We would like to recommend doing the Mass Lantern Release on November 27th because: 

A. That would make you one of the first to enjoy the ceremony and share it with your friends on instant apps.
B. You can attend the folk activities, which are only held on November 9th (the day of Loy Krathong).

Click to see celebration timeline, and questions you might have about experiencing the Yi Peng Festival

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Loy Krathong Dates: 2023 to 2030

The official date of Loy Krathong is announced the year before. So we don't know exactly when the festival will take place in future years, but we know it will likely happen on the night of the full moon, or one day before or after. Here are the upcoming full moons (and tentative Loy Krathong dates).

Year Date of Loy Krathong  Weekday
2020 October 31 Saturday
2021 November 19 Friday
2022 November 8 Tuesday
2023 November 28 Tuesday
2024 November 16 Saturday
2025 November 6 Thursday
2026 November 25 Wednesday
2027 November 14 Sunday
2028 November 2 Thursday
2029 November 21 Wednesday
2030 November 10 Sunday

Yi Peng Dates: 2023 to 2030

  Day 1 in Chiang Mai Day 2 in Chiang Mai
Year Yi Peng Lantern Festival (the 1st mass event); Loi Krathong (small krathong) Yi Peng Lantern Festival (the 2nd mass event); Loy Krathong Parade in the city/big krathong
2020 Oct. 31 Saturday Nov. 01 Sunday
2021 Nov. 19 Friday Nov. 20 Saturday
2022 Nov. 8 Tuesday Nov. 9 Wednesday
2023 Nov. 27 Monday Nov. 28 Tuesday
2024 Nov. 15 Friday Nov. 16 Saturday
2025 Nov. 5 Wednesday Nov. 6 Thursday
2026 Nov. 24 Tuesday Nov. 25 Wednesday
2027 Nov. 13 Saturday Nov. 14 Sunday
2028 Nov. 1 Wednesday Nov. 2 Friday
2029 Nov. 20 Tuesday Nov. 21 Wednesday
2030 Nov. 9 Saturday Nov. 10 Sunday
2031 Nov. 17 Friday Nov. 18 Saturday

Loy Krathong 2023 in Major Cities

Loi Krathong typically lasts three days in most places across Thailand, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. But in Sukhothai, the celebrations go on for five days. 

The Thai people usually start to do preparations and decorations one week or so in advance. 

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