We had the pleasure of being in Thailand during Loi Kathrong & Yi Peng so that means floating lanterns!!
This was our second experience with sky lanterns. The first time was two NYE’s ago. We walked around the street markets and purchased one from a vendor. (30 baht / a little less than a dollar). Then we walked inside a temple gate, set a flame to it, and asked a nice looking, trust worthy stranger to take our photo. People are doing the same thing all over, and lanterns are released sporadically.
This time we got referred to a tour company via our AirBnB. We paid for tickets to this event, and traveled from the city to a village by bus. This was different than the last time because this time there were 500 of us gathered together, and the idea was to release the lanterns at the same time.
We were told to wait until the speaker told us to let go, because there’s a certain “wow” factor when the lanterns go up simultaneously.
It’s happening, semi-simultaneously. 😉
I released my lantern, and looked up to see the most beautiful sight.
Hundreds of illuminated lanterns against the dark sky.
The closer ones pulsating a yellow flame, and others gently gliding in the background.
All moving together in perfect rhythym.
They looked like jelly fish swimming in the sky.
Then I had this moment of ” I can’t believe I am witnessing this with my own two eyes!”
A gentle reminder that little moments like these are worth the exploration, and enough beauty to make your jaw drop and put butterflies in your stomach.
round trip bus ride (30 minutes each way)
1 sky lantern + 1 lathrong (not pictured because we didn’t participate)
1 souvenir (small lantern ornament and coin purse)
Dinner from local vendors $3
a bag of chicharron (so random, I know!)
1 bottle of water
I highly recommend experiencing this!
The date is different every year, because its based on the full moon on the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar, on a Western calendar it falls somewhere in November.
Photography: Andrew Brown
Shout out: to Mary, my generous co-worker & dear friend for gifting us this experience.
for more information on our AirBnB & the tour company