In November, Thailand plays host to the historic Loy Krathong Festival, which takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar (usually in November on the Western calendar).
As you might expect, it’s a perfect time to get involved in the traditional side of Thailand, and visitors are encouraged to participate in the activities and rituals – namely the floating of a hand-made krathong, normally a section of banana trunk decorated with flowers and candles, on one of Thailand’s many canals or rivers.
About The Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand
Loy is a word which means to float, and a krathong can be any type of decorated implement. Krathongs don’t always have to be made out of banana bark, and modern options are artificial, but not preferred as they won’t be biodegradable.
People across Bangkok and Thailand float krathongs as part of the festival, where many believe that doing so can appeal to river deities. In some cases, people will float krathongs during the Loy Krathong Festival to seek forgiveness for misdeeds. However, others see it as a positive experience, in the sense that they are letting previous misdemeanours float on and out of their lives.
Thousands of people congregate around rivers, canals and other bodies of water to sail decorated pieces which are important to them.
Best locations in Bangkok for Loy Krathong in 2019
Centre Point’s picks for the best Loy Krathong experience this year:
- Charoenkrung River near Asiatique – take a free shuttle boat from BTS Saphan Thaksin and get on the ferris wheel to see the fireworks and lanterns sail over the Chao Phraya river. Stay at Centre Point Hotel Silom and be very close to the celebrations.
- Benjakitti Park – The huge lake is a favourite for many of the residents of Asok and Khlong Toei districts. Stay at Centre Point Hotel Sukhumvit 10 to be 5 minutes walk from Benjakitti.
- Lumphini Park – This park will be buzzing with romantic couples and groups of friends celebrating Loy Krathong. Stay at Centre Point Hotel Chidlom to be a short taxi ride away from here.
- Santiphap Park (Soi Rangnam) – This peaceful, small park has a couple of small lakes where the locals of Ratchaprarop and Victory Monument can release their krathongs. Stay at Centre Point Hotel Pratunam to be just a few minutes away from this park.
There usually are plenty of festivals and shows associated with the Loy Krathong Festival. However, the main appeal of the event is seeing thousands of beautiful, lit Krathongs sailing across the waterways and into the night. In some areas, especially around the Chao Phraya river area, people release lanterns into the air too.
Find a Place to Stay
If you’re keen to travel to Bangkok, it makes sense to find yourself somewhere comfortable to stay for a few days. We are always happy to welcome visitors to our locations dotted across Bangkok. Our hotels are designed to offer you incredible comfort in the centre of some of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods. You’ll also be able to take in the Loy Krathong celebrations from your doorstep, and our staff will happily provide information on nearby events and waterways that people will be flocking to during Loy Krathong.