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Heading to the Mass Release of Yi Peng Festival? You might need to know....

Due to the current political situation, the Mass Release at Maejo University is still waiting for governmental approval. So are we.
A small amount of deposit gets you into the waiting list: Once the tickets are officially available, we will have yours confirmed within one working day.
With no telling of when this will be, or whether the Mass Release is still on, we have another solid option for you: See the flying lantern celebration at the VIP Section of the Cowboy Army Riding Club instead. See the bullet points on the right for its features.
  • The same scale as the Mass Release at Maejo University (around 2000 available seats, lanterns launched up to 5000)
  • Your choice of seats in the first 8 rows of the VIP Section (16 rows of seats in total, excluding the standing section)
  • Tickets available for both 22 and 23 November
  • Closer to Chiang Mai, 10km, only half an hour by our private round-way transfer
  • Heart on Maejo Still?
    USD288 will get you to the waiting list's top spot for the Mass Release! Pay USD288 per person and your tickets to the Mass Release will be confirmed within one working day once available. Or you will have a full refund if the event is not approved by 20 August, 2018.

Seat Map of the VIP Section at Cowboy Army Riding Club (tickets provided by Asia Highlights)

vip seats exclusively offered by asia highlights are in front of the pagoda where you can get a closer look at the chanting monks

Celebration Time Line for Reference (22 and 23 November, 2018)

  • 0600pm: Private pickup at your doorstep and transfer to the venue (both the Cowboy Army Riding Club and Maejo University available), enjoy priority entrance and buffet dinner
  • 0700pm: Traditional shows of Thai dancing and Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), demonstration of Thai sword and other traditional arts
  • 0900pm: Group meditation to calm down body and mind while monks chant around the pagoda
  • 0930pm: Launch lanterns and enjoy the wonderful view
  • 1000pm: End of the celebration, get priority exit and make your own way back to the hotel
  • * Note: Celebrations might vary in order or content

Itinerary in detail

Yi Peng Festival in 2018 falls on 22nd and 23rd Nov and we will make sure you be at the event on that day. Now we have a limited number of VIP tickets available at the Cowboy Army Riding Club as well as instant privilege to issuing tickets to the Mass Release at Maejo University (* price and time are to be advised)

Day 1 22 or 23 Nov, Chiang Mai | Yi Peng Festival

Private round-way transfer On your own arrangement

Let's go party tonight!
As one of the biggest events nationwide, Yi Peng Festival, or Thai Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai hypers up every traveler's excitement.
Rather than being just a watcher standing outside the celebration venue, tonight you get to be in the limelight with Asia Highlights' VIP Ticket Package.
In the night of 22 and 23 November, you will have a private car and a private driver picking you up at your accommodation in Chiang Mai (* extra cost applies for hotels outside Chiang Mai Old Town). Transfer to the Cowboy Army Riding Club(10km out of Chiang Mai) or Maejo University (25km out of Chiang Mai).
After ticket check, you will enter your viewing section.
Tradition shows, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), demonstration of Thai swords and other cultural intros will be put on before your buffet dinner. Afterwards, gether around for preparation and Buddhist rituals. During the process, you may help yourself to delicious Thai food, snacks and drinks (non-alcohol).
Launch your own lanterns after the rituals along with other locals. It is believed that if your disappears into the dark before the light goes out, you will have an extremely good year as the launch symbolizes setting off your bygone misfortune and mistakes. Enjoy and good luck!
How Asia Highlights Helps Your Way in
- We have booked a number of seats in the front rows of the VIP Section at the Cowboy Army Riding Club, both available for 22 and 23 November.
- We have straight access to the VIP tickets of the Mass Release at Maejo University and we will have your ticket(s) confirmed once they are officially available for sale (price and time are to be advised).
- Paying a small amount of money gets you to either the Cowboy Army Riding Club or the Mass Release. (Read booking terms below for more details).
- Round-way private transfer from your doorstep to the venues, you don't need to wait for others on the shuttle transfer or get stuck in traffic jam.
- VIP services at the venue including food, lanterns, souvenirs and etc.
- Money-back guaranty if we fail to confirm your tickets to the Mass Release at Maejo University before 20 August, 2018.
Special reminder: For the Mass Release, we will have the ticket(s) confirmed within one working day once they are available; for both the Mass Release and the Cowboy Army Riding Club, the tickets are non-refundable once confirmed.

Enjoy a wonderful night at the Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai

Latest news on the Mass Release at Maejo University (Updated 04 July, 2018)

  • Waiting for Approval As a private institution, the Mass Release at Maejo University is held under the school's name every year, which is quite different from the one held by the government (Cowboy Army Riding Club is the official venue in 2018). Due to certain political reasons, the university is still waiting for approval. However, there is still no telling when or whether it is going to pass.
  • Date of the Celebration Also known as Yi Peng Lanna International (YPLI), the event at Maojo University dates back to 2012. The Mass Release used to be held one week before the actual Yi Peng Festival (the full moon of the twelfth lunar month ever year, usually mid-November) in its early years; for recent years, it comes along with the second or the last day of the festival (03 November 2017 was the second day of the 3-day celebration).
    However, as it hasn't been approved for the moment, we will update its timetable once anything comes up.
  • How Many Seats Although Maejo University sells the event for Standard, Superior and VIP packages, there were no actual seats on the spot and you might need to sit on the lawn. The only difference is the area. In 2017, there were 4000 officially-permitted capacity, which mounted up to over that number.
    For specific seating information for 2018, we were told that it would be the same capacity as last year ONLY PROVIDED it gets the approval. And Asia Highlights' local office in Chiang Mai has the direct access to Superior and VIP tickets once they are out.
  • Ticket Price Right now we only have the prices of 2017 for your information: Superior Ticket: USD388 per person; VIP Ticket: USD488 per person (* shared shuttle bus transfer by the university is included, not a private transfer).
    The prices will probably stay the same as last year if not increasing. With no official price table for the moment, you only need to pay USD288 per person to get in the waiting list for the Mass Release at Maejo University.

Booking information

  • Booking Steps: Send us an inquiry - remark the venue you'd like to enter - get reply from Asia Highlights - pay the amount of USD288 - waiting for our updates (before 20th August, 2018) - possibilities of two scenarios as below:
    Scenario-A: Maejo available - we will update the specific price by email - provide your passport information and pay the balance - tickets confirmed within one working day
    Scenario-B: Maejo unavailable - we will update the result by email - you may choose to enter the Cowboy Army Riding Club instead or request for a refund (refund only available for cancellation requests made before 20th August, 2018) - if you choose the Cowboy Army Riding Club we will confirm your tickets within one working day - if you request for a refund, the full amount of USD288 will be returned to your account within 07 working days to 01 month (depending on the method of payment)
  • Transportation: You will have round-way transfer between your hotel and the venues.This is only available for hotels located inside the Old Town of Chiang Mai. Exact pickup time will be advised one month ahead.
  • Arrangements: At the moment of inquiry, you don't need to provide your personal information; however, in the column of "additional request", you must be specific on which venue on which day you'd like to enter (for example: "Maejo when it's available" or "22 November at the Cowboy Army Riding Club"). If you leave this part blank, we will arrange you to the Cowboy Army Riding Club on 23 November until further notice.
  • Traveling with kids: No children price for the tickets.

Questions you might have about the Yi Peng Festival

  • Can I purchase one ticket to go to the event at both the Mass Release and the Cowboy Army Riding Club? No, you can only use this ticket for one time at one venue. Your regiested information will expire after the ticket is checked at entry.
  • What's the major difference between the Mass Release at Maejo University and the Cowboy Army Riding Club? The main difference is that the Mass Release is a private event linked with the traditions of the Yi Peng Festival. This is also why it has to go through governmental approval on a yearly basis, yet this year it seems tougher.
    There will also be a lantern release at the Cowboy Army Riding Club. With a capacity of 2000 and 2 lanters dispatched to each VIP cliet, not counting the homemade or sold-on-the-spot lanterns, the release will also be massive with an estimated number of up to 3000 lanterns. Although it doesn't take the name of Mass Release, this venue can be a solid pick if you are looking for a WOW.
  • How can I get confirmation of my ticket booking? Following the booking steps as mentioned above, we will inform you whether the Mass Release is still on and you may decide to go on or to cancel. Upon your final decision, your passport information is required for our next step: issuing the tickets. Afterwards, you will get our confirmation before 31 August, 2018. We will not take in any inquiries after that date.
    There will be an E-ticket with your passport information (full name, nationality and passport number) and venue information (ticket number, location, time and seat number) on. This ticket is to be used exclusively by yourself.
    Picture below is a sample ticket for the Cowboy Army Riding Club.
    sample tickets of vip section at the yi peng festival in chiang mai offered by asia highlights
  • Is it possible that the tickets are not available after my payment is made and passport information is sent? Tickets to the Cowboy Army Riding Club are available for booking until 31 August 2018. Tickets to the Mass Release at Maejo University are open for waiting list until 20 August.
    First come, first served. We will inform you the possibility of the Mass Release before 20 August. However, first come first served, it is still possible that tickets are sold out while we wait for your final decision and passport information. In that case, you may ask for a refund or choose the Cowboy Army Riding Club instead.
    Important reminder: Once confirmed, tickets are not available for changes of dates,names and venue and non-refundable.
  • How can I get a refund? By 20 August, you will have enough information to make up your final decision: whether to go to the Mass Release at Maejo University or attend the Cowboy Army Riding Club, which all depends on the availability of the former. Afterwards, you have 11 days left if you'd like to cancel it altogether.
    If you'd like to cancel this, an email shall be sent to us before 31 August, 2018. And then we will refund the FULL amount of USD288 per person back to your account (you will receive it within 07 days to 01 month depending on the methods of payment).
    Cancellation will be rejected under two conditions: cancellation requests that are made after 23:59 31 August (GMT+8, China time); cancellation after the tickets are confirmed, regardless the date of confirmation (for example: tickets are confirmed on 01 August, cancellation request on 02 August will not be acceptable).
  • For the Cowboy Army Riding Club, what's difference between 22 and 23's events? Can I choose either date? The celebration on these two dates are 90% alike, the 23’s might be less-crowded being one of the small differences. For the moment, we have both dates available. Once the tickets are confirmed, there is no change of dates, travelers or in exchange of cash.
    Tickets are non-refundable and non-compensatory in case of loss.
  • Is it possible for children to participate? How much is for one child? There is no strict age limitation. However, the chaotic celebration, entry, traffics, and massive amount of people, as well as the fire used to launch lanterns, can be intimidating or even dangerous for children under 12 years old.
    There is no child price. Children of all ages are charged the same as adults.
  • Is transfer included? The festival host company offers shuttle transfer that goes around Chiang Mai Old Town to pick up travelers free of charge. However, it's only available within 10km radius of Chiang Mai Old Town. With heavy traffic and hoards of crowds, it is much unlikely they will get you to the venue before 0800pm, which will be the halfway of the celebration. We don't recommend this service for you with the VIP tickets.
    If you are booking the tickets with Asia Highlights, we will arrange a round-way private transfer from your doorstep to the venue. USD288 per person is for hotels/accommodations within the Old Town (within the city walls to be exact); extra cost applies otherwisely.
  • Can I take photos or make videos of the Buddhism rituals? Our VIP tickets allow you with the closet with the monks, photos and vidoes are possible. However, you cannot enter the seating zone of the monks unless you are a professional photographer.
    Certificate or work permit must be presented for entry as a professional photographer. Your information will be registered and you will get access to some specific areas. However, please don't linger around or disturb the celebration.
  • Will there be somebody who can help me launch the lanterns? A traditional Lanna lanterns is big in size and it usually takes 3 men to launch. You will find some volunteers at the venue. They will be happy to help you out.
  • Will the floating lanterns cause environmental problems such as earth and water pollution or forest fire? As a tour operator with high awareness for social responsibility, we only provide our clients with lanterns that fit the local governmental standards.
    At the Cowboy Army Riding Club, we will use the traditional Dhammachai lanterns for you.
    This kind of lanterns, although large in size, is smartly designed: it has a short heat-proof wire attached to the small candle wick that is no longer than 30cm inside the approximately 90cm-long diameter. The candle wick will likely quench out after floating up for about 10 minutes. And the heat-proof wire prevents fire or short circuit if the lanterns fall on the high-voltage power transmission cables. Using only natural and recyclable papers and bamboo, all the materials are biodegradable and will not cause pollution on the earth. It is approved by Thai Industrial Standards TIS808/2552.
    For the Mass Release at Maejo University, we cannot guarantee the same as it is a private event and you can find lanterns of all kinds at the vendor shops. However, for the moment the possibility for the Mass Release is still up in the air.
    As for the Loy Krathong, the lantern boats are made of banana leaves and filled with flowers, which are also biodegradable.
    For safety and environmental consideration, please don't make your own lanterns or lantern boats or purchase non-standard ones.
  • Can I use this ticket to attend the Loy Krathong? The Loy Krathong event is free to enter, held by the riverside at night. You may take part in during your stay in Chiang Mai from 21 to 23 November.
  • What is the dress code for the event? No short pants, sleeve-less tops or mini skirts are allowed. We recommend you get dressed up in Lanna style with a longyi as bottoms and a clothing on the shoulder.
  • Can I drink beer or wine at the event? No, you may not. Alcohol drinking or selling is not allowed at the celebration.
1 Days from $288p/p (Based on a 2-people private group)
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