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See thousands of sky lanterns at the Mae Jo event in Chiang Mai

See thousands of sky lanterns at the Mae Jo event

Place: Lanna Dhutanka temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Dozen of emotional videos and photos from the Mae Jo event don't convey a hundredth part of the mood at the spot. A spectacle how thousands of sky lanterns simultaneously fly up to the stars moves almost to tears.

Mae Jo is often confused with other festivities. For example, with such festivals as Loi Krathong, when people launch boats made of banana leafs with lighted candles inside them on the rivers, or Yee Peng, when people launch sky lanterns at any time of the day (at Mae Jo it happens at the same time).

Oddviser figured out that the confusion is also caused by the fact that all of the three festivals are held in November. But Mae Jo is a separate event, organized by the independent Buddhist group.

During the festival you can take part in some bright and memorable events:

1. Religious robes ceremony where you can donate a robe;
2. Creating a "money tree" where you can donate some cash and create a colorful money tree made of different notes (20, 50, 100 or 1,000 baht) as a symbol of gratitude for all good things that happened during the year;
3. And the culmination of the evening - the simultaneous launch of sky lanterns.

The first two events are held during the day in the city of Chiang Mai, and the entrance here is free. And sky lanterns release takes place at Lanna Dhutanka temple and you will have to buy a ticket there. Ticket cost is from $100 to $300.

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Tickets can be purchased at travel agencies in Chiang Mai or from the organizers of the event. Here is the Facebook page of the organizers: www.facebook.com/lannadhutanka.
Oddviser also found a link for you at the website of one of the local guides, where you can also buy tickets: www.pitchiangmai.com.

© John Shedrick | Flickr

© John Shedrick | Flickr

The date of the event changes from year to year (in 2016 Mae Jo runs on November 14). Usually the robes ceremony starts at 1 pm - 1:30 pm and sky latterns release starts at 7:15 pm or 7:45 pm. The second launch is usually arranged shortly after the first one; by 9 pm the holiday comes to the end.

Tips and hints: сome to the sky lanterns release for 2-3 hours before the beginning and you can get the best places. Your clothing must cover shoulders and knees. Don't smoke, don't drink alcohol and don't bring your sky lanterns with you (you will have to buy them on the spot for 100 baht). Children under 13 years old are not allowed at the lantern ceremony.

Prices: entrance fee is from $100 to $300. Each sky lantern costs 100 baht.

Location: San Sai district in Chiang Mai province (in 18 kilometers to the north from the center of Chiang Mai)

Phone: 053353174

Official website: https://www.facebook.com/lannadhutanka

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Lanna Dhutanka temple is famous for one of the most magnificent spectacles in the world that takes place here - the mass sky lanterns release during the Mae Jo event.

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Guest30 March 2017
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