At one time it looked like Chiang Mai’s famous Loy Krathong (Yi Peng) festival would be cancelled following the sad passing of King Bhumibol. However, it is now going ahead with Chiang Mai airport taking safety precautions.
The festival takes place from November 13 to 15 and 9 domestic and 6 international flights have been cancelled. A further 24 domestic and 12 international flights have been rescheduled.
In order to avoid accidents, residents in the vicinity of the airport have been given strict guidelines regarding the release of lanterns.
Inspections of runways and safety areas will be increased, especially during the permitted time frame of releasing lanterns.
Hot air lanterns (khom loy) can be released on Monday the 14th and Tuesday 15th between the hours of 7pm and 1am. Gas fuelled lanterns (khom kwan) only on Monday between 10am and midnight.
The festival is world famous and it is another boost to the tourist industry that it is going to take place .
However, it will be a slightly muted affair, without the usual firework displayy, concerts and beauty pageants. People have also been asked to make their lanterns white or grey as a mark of respect.
(Thanks to Bangkok Post)