This November 23rd, Thailand will light up the sky with celebrations across the country at the annual Thailand Lantern Festival. While the festival is celebrated all over Thailand, the most famous place to see the lanterns is in Chiang Mai where thousands of them will be released into the sky at the same time making for a magical view.

Make the most of your time in Chiang Mai with our guide of where to eat, drink, stay and play during, and even after, the Thailand Lantern Festival.


Where? Veranda Chiang Mai – The High Resort

This boutique mountain retreat, part of the prestigious MGallery by Sofitel, collection blends seamlessly with its picturesque surrounds offering unrivalled natural beauty and complete serenity. A spectacular infinity pool is located on the rooftop terrace granting stunning panoramic views.

Located just 30 minutes’ drive from Chiang Mai’s town centre, guests staying at Veranda Chiang Mai – The High Resort can take advantage of the resorts complimentary shuttle service to enjoy the modern shopping and dining benefits of the city’s popular downtown area, with easy access to key attractions including the beautiful gilded temples, ancient monuments, elephant sanctuaries and night bazaars.

Image courtesy of Veranda Chiang Mai – The High Resort


Where? Mae Jo University

For the big lantern release, head to Mae Jo University a few hours before the mass lantern lighting at 6:30pm. Wear respectable clothing and make sure you have your camera at the ready to capture some amazing shots of this beautiful sight.

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Where? David’s Kitchen

You might want to make a reservation well in advance if you’ve got your eye on dining at David’s Kitchen. Once rated the #1 restaurant in Thailand on TripAdvisor, this renowned eatery serves classic French cuisine with an Asian accent in a tranquil garden setting. Standout dishes include pan-seared tuna on a bed of lemongrass and green mango, and fettuccine with truffle cream, lobster claw and slice summer black truffles.

Image courtesy of David’s Kitchen


Where? Akyra Manor Rise Bar

As the sun goes down there’s only one place to be in Chiang Mai and that’s at the rooftop Akyra Manor Rise Bar at the five-star Akyra Manor Chiang Mai hotel. Take a seat next to the see-through swimming pool as guests take a late-night dip while you enjoy a mixologist-created cocktail alongside spectacular mountain and city vistas. If you don’t fancy joining the crowds on the streets for the lantern release then you’re sure to get amazing views from up on this stylish rooftop.

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