Wait, there are two different events? Whats the difference?
Well, over the years there have been at least 5 events in the area. The original one (free event/ local event) was cancelled about 4 years ago. The reasons given ranged from too much commotion in the area/problems arising from 10,000+ people in one area, to financial issues (it was free), to various political issues. In any case, it is long gone and will not happen again.
The same group that ran the free/local event now run the Yee Peng Lanna International (YPLI/Mae Jo). It is the oldest paid event, going into its 6th year in 2018. Being the oldest event, having previous experience running the free/local event and being the only option available for 3 years, they grew very quickly.
In 2017, they had 4000 attendees and 4000 lanterns. This comes at a premium. Standard ticket package last year started at 5,500thb to 12,000thb each. All tickets included transportation to/from the city, 1 lantern, and dinner. The VIP tickets included a Krathong to be floated on the river.
There was an obvious gap in the number of people that wanted to attend a mass lantern release and the prices that people were willing to pay. So… In 2016, the Yee Peng Doi Saket festival was started with only 500 seats. It grew FAST! Last year(2017), the total number of seats jumped to 1600 seats and 1600 lanterns.
Last year (2018) they had 2500 seats and 3000 lanterns (VIP seats got 2 lanterns each). Tickets include transportation to/from the city, a lantern, a Krathong, and a small souvenir. Our initial group of VIP tickets included Front and Center seating(literally right in front of the stage), transportation, 2 lanterns, a premium Krathong, a premium souvenir, dinner, and some basic drinks.
There have been a few attempts to create other events, but they seem to have fizzled out due to low attendance (Its not a “mass” lantern release if only a few people are there) If any show promise this year, we will see about arranging tickets and make them available on our website.
- 4 Years Old
- 2400 tickets/people
- 3000 Lanterns
- Krathong (lights floating on the river)
- Thai Dance Exhibition
- Standard ticket – 4000THB
- VIP Ticket – 5000THB
- Location: Doi Saket Hot Springs
- Tickets on sale: VIP SOLD OUT; Standard are available NOW!
Yee Peng Lanna International (YPLI/Mae Jo)
- 4000 Tickets/people
- 4000 Lanterns
- Standard 5500THB *Expected prices if it happens in 2019
- Premium 7100THB *Expected prices if it happens in 2019
- VIP 12000THB *Expected prices if it happens in 2019
- Location: Thudong Lanna / Mae Jo
- Tickets on sale: No update if it will happen 2019
We are working on creating a general FAQ related to Yee Peng and the lantern festivals. Until its finished, please feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.