Loi Krathong and Yi Peng, The Thai Festival of Letting Go

I have been waiting for an opportunity to attend this festival since I was a child. When I heard earlier on this year that it takes place in November, the same time that I am in Thailand, I couldn’t believe my luck. Finally, I could go.

Loy Krathong and Yi Peng coincide with each other (as well as the full moon making for beautiful photos!) and together, are the festival of letting go. Handmade Krathong’s, or floating boats made from banana leaves, bamboo, flowers, candles and incense are released into the river and lanterns into the sky as a symbolic representation of what you wish to let go of.


I wished on my lantern to let go of my anxiety and watched it disappear into the night sky.

The past week has been amazing. Filled with beautiful people and places and last night I had to bid them all farewell and watch them disappear like my lantern.

It’s amazing how close you can get to a person in only eight days whilst travelling. Chiang Mai feels empty without them and I’m ready to move on. I have two days to fill before my overnight stay in the Elephant Nature Park and I am filling my time with temples, cooking courses and night markets to distract myself.

This one’s for you dream team, onto the next adventure eh? Xx



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