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Chiang Mai sets rules for this year’s Yi Peng Lantern Festival

Caitlin Ashworth

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Sky lanterns released during Chiang Mai’s Yi Peng Lantern Festival will be banned for certain hours during the holiday from October 31 to November 1, which also coincides with Loy Krathong. The lanterns will only be allowed to be released at certain times to prevent potential damage caused by the lanterns, according to deputy governor Rathapol Naradisorn.

Lanterns are allowed to be released from 7pm to 1am on October 31 and 7pm to 1am on November 1. Hot air balloons can be flown from 10am to noon on October 31. Those who break the time restrictions could face up to 3 years in jail and a fine up to 60,000 baht.

Last year, 8,600 lanterns were allowed to be released from approved companies and administrative offices. This year, organisers must get permission from district chiefs at least 15 days before the festival.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Another ban invented so the police and those in charges can collect massive fines.
    These heathens make me sick with their manipulations to make money out of the citizens.
    B60.000 fine, don’t be ridiculous!
    Must get permission? How do you do that? with a brown envelope?

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    Issan John

    Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    No, the ban was imposed to minimise the danger to flights, hence the limit on timing, with many flights into and out of Chiang Mai cancelled and re-arranged accordingly every year.

    It’s common sense – something lacking in some commenting here.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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