After a 5-hr bus ride from Sukhothai, I am back in Chiang Mai just in time for another festival.
Coinciding with Loy Krathong is the festival known as "Yi-Peng". It is altogether a different festival that traces its roots to the ancient Lanna Kingdom. It is characterized by thousands of "Khom Loy" or Lanna-style hot-air lanterns released into the night sky. There’s also a giant krathong parade for two nights along the main tourist fare.