September 10, 2016
Listed here are seven venues from across the country in 2016, which all have their own unique way of celebrating what is without doubt one of the Kingdoms most enchanting of festivals.
Loy Krathong (or Loi Krathong), is a colourful, joyful festival and is held every year on the full moon of the twelfth month in the Thai lunar calendar. The Festival is held all over the country, as well as in neighbouring Myanmar (Shan State) where it is known as Tazaungdaing (see our post on the Shan people of Northern Thailand and their Fire Balloon Festival), and in Laos, where it is known as Lai Heua Fai.
For more details on the history, the meaning of the floating and sky lanterns of Loy Krathong click here. The links below relate to Wikipedia and give more information on each location. The actual date for the Loy Krathong festival is the 14th November 2016, with a number of the festivities starting prior and after this date.
Phra Nakhon District– River Festival & Firework Display
When: 11-14th November 2016
Where: Suan Nakarapirom in Phra Nakhon District Bangkok
In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River is the centre of this year’s Loi Krathong celebration. During the three-day event, visitors will be transported back in time to Thailand’s long and colourful past, with people dressed in the traditional Thai costumes. There will be all manner of fun activities and cultural shows, along with a mass of booths demonstrating Thai cultural products, traditional performances as well as Loi Krathong exhibition.
On the night of 14th November, there will be an illuminated boat procession which will start from Krung Thep Bridge towards Rama 8 Bridge and then finish at Nakarapirom Park. Other activities also include firework display, Loi Kratong interactive exhibition & display, demonstration of making Kratong, demonstration of Thai cuisine and Thai dessert making, plus a range of cultural shows.
Also on the same night a number of temples and communities along the Chao Phraya River will have their own festivities with numerous fun-filled performances and live entertainment. The evening is finished off at 22:00 hrs with an amazing fireworks display over the Chao Phraya River.
For more information, please contact TAT Call Center 1672
Tak Province – Tak Loi Krathong Sai Festival
When: 9 – 15th November 2016
Where: Bank of the Ping River Tak Province Northern Thailand
Tak province will celebrate the annual Loi Krathong Sai. Throughout the six-day event, visitors will get the chance to experience the floating of Krathong Sai, along with a light-and-sound presentation, a fireworks display and numerous cultural performances and contests. This years festivities will include a mass 9,999 release of Krathong, in Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
For more information, please contact TAT Tak Office at Tel. +66 (0) 5551 4341
Chiang Mai Yi Peng & Loy Krathong Festival
When: 13th-15th November 2016: Yi Peng day is celebrated on the same day as Loy Krathong 14th November
Where: Chiang Mai Northern Thailand
Yi Peng or Lantern Festival is Chiang Mai’s own version of Loi Krathong. This year, there will be Kratong contest with the winners taking the Royal Trophy of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Other activities include colourful parades, musical performances, beauty pageants, traditional dances, lantern-making contests, fireworks, and of course lots of food. To see full details click here This festival should not be confused with the mass lantern release that is Mae Jo
For more information, please contact TAT Call Center 1672, TAT Chiang Mai Office at Tel: +66 (0) 5327 6140 – 1
Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival
When: 10-14th November 2016
Where: The Ancient City of Sukhothai. Sukhothai Province Northern Thailand
Attractions include a light and sound show, spectacularly portraying the legend of this lovely festival of lights. Other events taking place during festival include a Khan Toke dinner, (is a traditional Northern way of serving food using a red pedestal tray which has Lanna food presented on it. It is traditional to eat the food using your bare hands.) There is also a display of ancient working Sukhothai market and the traditional Thai ways of life, a Kratong competition, beauty pageants, Thai classical music and cultural performances plus a huge firework display. To see more details about the festival click here
For more information, please contact TAT Sukhothai Office at Tel. +66 (0) 5561 6228
Si Ayutthaya Province – Loi Krathong Tam Prathip Festival
When: 10th -14th November 2016
Where: Bangsai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province Central Thailand
There are many planned events throughout the five-day festival, including a beauty contest, traditional music contests. There is also a spectacular fireworks display, along with art and cultural performances.
For more information, please contact TAT Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Office at Tel. +66 (0) 3536 6252
Samut Songkram – Kab Kluay Mueang Maeklong Festival
When:14th November 2016
Where: King Rama 2 Memorial Park Samut Songkram Central Thailand
Prepare to be amazed when more than 200,000 Krathong set afloat on the river, enjoy Thai folk shows, Noppamas beauty pageant, kratong-making demonstration, and offering food to Buddhist monks along the river. The day also includes a Kratong building contests plus an illuminated boat procession with the winners being awarded with Royal Trophy of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn,
For more information, please contact TAT Samut Songkram Office at Tel. +66 (0) 3475 2847 – 8
Ratchaburi – Si and Loi Krathong Sai Mon
When: 14th November 2016
Where: Ratchaburi Central Thailand
Local people of Ratchaburi have their own unique way of celebrating Loi Krathong. According to the traditional belief of the ethnic Mon people, on this glorious night, they light candles around the temple’s bot and viharn buildings as if giving new blessings to life, this is followed by the floating of krathongs made from colourful papers which takes place at Wat Sai Areerak on Chokchai Road, Photharam District. Another venue for Loi Krathong celebration is at Wat Ban Muang in Ban Pong District where visitors can see the traditional Mon style of Loi Krathong Sai, along with other activities such as Junior Noppamas beauty contest and cultural shows.
For more information, please contact TAT Phetchburi Office at Tel. +66 (0) 3247 1005
For more details on the festival of Loy Krathong its history and on both the Krathong and sky lanterns click here
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