The REAL Thai Lantern Festival | Authentic Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Part 1)

Everyone has seen the beautiful Lantern Festival (Yee Peng) celebrated in Chiang Mai, but little know the fact that it is actually a Chinese festival. On the same night, the Thai festival of Loy Krathong is celebrated, so we decided to celebrate the local way. We made Krathongs with kids at a school where our friend Paddy works to release in the river, but first we stumbled upon the most beautiful monk ceremony we’ve ever seen!

Travel vlog 573 | Chiang Mai, Thailand | Country #82/100

Follow Paddy & The Budgeteers

ALL the music we use is from Epidemic Sound:
First song “Aiming High 4”
Second song “Plimsolls And Shades 1”
Third song “Our Jam (Instrumental Version)”
Fourth song “Down For The Long Run (Cospe Remix) (Instrumental Version)”
Sign up for a free trial and download them:


How we travel for FREE (Nate’s 30 Days to Becoming a Travel Hacker):

Kara’s Behind the Scenes Guide to Editing a Vlog:

Sign up for our Sunday Summary email here –

Get $40 off your first AirBnB through our link!:


Main Camera:
Zoom Lens:
Wide Angle Lens:
The rest of our gear:





INSTAGRAM: @karaandnate
TWITTER: @karaandnate


Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, we got married June 2013 and quickly caught the travel bug! We started “travel hacking” & finally decided we wanted to travel for one year. After 2 years of saving $ and over 2 million miles and points, we sold our cars and apartment and left home January 10, 2016. We started this YouTube channel to share our experiences with friends and family, then decided we really liked vlogging and traveling! So we extended our 1 year trip to now FOUR years 🙂 Now we have a goal of traveling to 100 countries before 2020! We are incredibly thankful to do something we love every day. 🙂

thailand,chiang mai,chiang mai lantern festival,thailand lantern festival 2018,chiang mai travel,thailand vlog,loy krathong,loy krathong festival,loy krathong chiang mai,lantern festival,lantern festival 2018,where to celebrate lantern festival,yee peng lantern festival,yee peng 2018,yee peng lantern festival chiang mai,couple vlog,daily vlog,full time travel,husband and wife vlog,kara and nate,travel,travel couple,travel vlog,vlog,loy krathong 2018

41 Replies to “The REAL Thai Lantern Festival | Authentic Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Part 1)”

  1. Kara and Nate

    Hey y’all! If you don’t already know, Kara and Nate are currently traveling around Cuba! They don’t have access to internet there, so they scheduled these videos to post ahead of time. This is Kara’s sister, Kassie. 🙂

    I’m here to read your comments and answer any questions until they return! Feel free to comment as usual, and I’ll do my best to respond to what I can, then K & N will do the rest when they get back on Jan. 9th!

  2. Sriram Srinivasan

    Wow, the kids are so cute when they taught you'll how to make a krathong! I love the Thai hospitality shown. Great editing Kara and Nate!!!

  3. Jack Brooks

    Wow & Awesome. Your skills at editing, sound management and visual presentation have made a huge leap forward. Way to Go & Congratulations.

  4. bchlovr

    I just discovered them about 6 weeks ago & am loving catching up on their videos! Please tell them thanks for me as I’m now 65 & will never get to travel like they do! Love them & wish them the best always!

  5. Blood Money

    Hey guys love the videos! Exactly the way travel should be done. I like that you stick to a budget this is real world exploring. Sadly I can't watch this video I'm watching them from the beginning first. Can't wait to see more have a blast k/n!!!👍⛺🌆🚇🚅🚍✈⛵

  6. Howie's Days

    Love your channel and most content you publish but promoting Chinese lanterns is not a good thing. They harm animals can be a fire hazard and damage the environment. Yes I agree they look amazing in the dark sky but have you ever wondered where they all end up when they have burnt out? In the oceans or polluting the land. We live with in the era of starting to see the damage we have all caused. This two part video is promting this festival reaching thousand of people please be responsible and think environment. Cheers guys!

  7. G

    What a beautiful video! One of the best! I'm really not sure about the lantern festival… I've heard a lot about how bad it is for the environment and local ecosystem. But a stunning video nonetheless.

    Thanks for keeping us nourished while K&N have no Internet Kassie! 👍

  8. Knutson Travels

    Awesome video as usual Kara and Nate! Glad you found the ceremony at Wat Phan Tao, truly and amazing experience!

  9. Margaret Kaufman

    I have never seen anything so beautiful that is definitely on my bucket list!!!!🌎🇨🇦😍😍

  10. Sammie Sea

    This is so sweet, I love that Patty is teaching. I love how Patty takes life, its not about the pictures or selfies, its about the experiences.

  11. Milii Rpunkt

    OMG, this is such a beautiful video, thank you very much. I was just in Chiang Mai, first time with my boyfriend and we instantly fell in love with the city, we were so sad when we had to leave because we made a trip around Thailand for three weeks. We were there at the End of October/Beginning of November and sadly missed the Loy Krathong, but we stumbled one night into the silver temple and there was also a very beautiful ceremopny with the monks and I think they were singing the same song as in your video, it reminded me instatntly of the great feeling that night. We are planning to travel again to Chiang Mai in 2020 and I really hope one day we will also see the Loy Krathong fest. 🙂
    Do you know the name of the temple? Is it maybe Wat Phantao, we've been to this and looks pretty much like the temple.

  12. The Traveling Duo

    I landed on your channel, you both have really wonderful personalities and love your engagement with others! Great job!!

  13. Gem Erickson

    This video was so beautifully done! I had gone back to start watching you all from the beginning…but, as the new ones have been rolling out, I’ve had my own FOMO going on! Lol

  14. Bubby C

    I love seeing U-Tubers on eachother's channels. It was nice to see Paddy from The Budgeteers.
    They didn't get much of a plug on your channel. People should watch their series' in order.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *