After 6 months of travelling through Eastern Europe and South East Asia we arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand just in time for the annual Loy Krathong festival, or lantern festival. Loy Krathong is a Buddhist festival celebrated in Thailand to honor Buddha. In Northern Thailand, where Chiang Mai is located, this festival coincides with the Lanna festival of Yee Peng. The festival involves the beautiful Sky Lantern release followed by floating handmade krathongs (or floating lotus made of banana leaves and flowers) in the river. With Chiang Mai being the former capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, it holds a spectacular annual Yee Peng Festival and cultural celebration, falling on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month when the tides are highest.