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.
This year (2018) they will have 2400 seats and 3000 lanterns (VIP seats will have 2 lanterns each). Tickets include transportation to/from the city, a lantern, a Krathong, and a small souvenir. Our initial group of VIP tickets include 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. As of Sept 12, 2018 – The Yee Peng Doi Saket will have a total of 3200 lanterns. More lanterns than YPLI
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.
- 3 Years Old
- 2400 tickets/people
- 3000 Lanterns * 2018 3200 Lanterns (Larger than YPLI)
- Section C – 3100THB
- Section B – 3700THB
- VIP – 4900THB
- Location: Doi Saket Hot Springs
- Tickets on sale: SOLD OUT
Yee Peng Lanna International (YPLI/Mae Jo) – Information from 2017-Will update when available. *2018 UPDATE
- 6 Years Old
- 4000 – 6000 Tickets/people * 2018 Only 3000
- 4000 – 6000 Lanterns * 2018 Only 3000
- Standard 5500THB
- Premium 7100THB
- VIP 12000THB * 2018 No VIP Seats
- Location: Thudong Lanna / Mae Jo
- Tickets on sale: * 2018 SOLD OUT
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.