Photo Friday: Loi Krathong Lantern Release

By Alexis

Women release one large lantern at Chiang Mai, Thailand's Loy Krathong/Loi Krathong lantern release festival

David and I recently got the amazing opportunity to attend Chiang Mai’s Loi Krathong/Yi Peng festival, where 10,000 floating lanterns are released into the sky, lighting it up like the most magical starry night imaginable.

It’s all just ridiculously romantic and perfect.

Even as David and I were packing up to leave that night, there were still some die-hard festival goers releasing lanterns, so on our way out, I crouched down to snap this shot.

It’s not the most amazing photo I’ve ever taken, but I like how you can see one little spark of a firework above woman on the left, and how she is blocking out the “stars.” I think this photo also gives you a nice sense of how big the lanterns really are and just how beautiful the lantern-speckled sky looks, even long after the mass of them has been released.

For those attending the lantern release at Mae Jo on November 8th, make sure to check out my insider tips for getting the most out of the Loi Krathong festival. And let’s hope the recent rainy weather in Chiang Mai lets up by Saturday night!

We’re not sure what our plans are yet for this holiday weekend, but I’m sure it won’t be too hard to find some celebrations happening around the Old City. Excited to see what we stumble upon!

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