Loi Krathong Festival

sHARE TO facebook twitter mail
expdetail

Loi Krathong celebrations. Image courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Picture it: hundreds of flickering lights floating down rivers and canals. It almost looks magical and it happens on Loi Krathong or the Festival of Lights, one of Thailand’s most picturesque festivals. Held every year on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month (usually falling in November), Loi Krathong is a time when Thais pay their respect to the river spirits and send off their krathong (traditionally, a small lotus-shaped receptacle) with a lighted candle afloat down the water together with their prayers and wishes. 

In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River is the centre of Loi Krathong festivities. The historic ‘River of Kings,’ which remains a vital waterway for the capital, has several key piers where you can join the crowds celebrate. Past venues have included Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Prayoon, Wat Kanlayanamitr, Maharaj Pier, Yodpiman Riverwalk, and Asiatique the Riverfront. You can also observe Loi Krathong around the lakes or ponds of the many public parks in Bangkok, including Lumpini Park, Chatuchak Park, and Santi Chaiprakan Park.

If you don’t want to elbow your way through the swarm of festival goers, book in one of the many elegant riverfront hotels that offer Loi Krathong events packaged with a special dinner.  You can also hop on a one of the boats offering a dinner cruise to see the lights on the Chao Phraya.

To fully experience Loi Krathong, there are a number of other activities held during the festival. Catch the Noppamas beauty pageants, many traditional cultural performances, and impressive fireworks display over the river.


Loi Krathong celebrations. Image courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

You Might Also Like…

For similar festivals that honor nearby bodies of water, visit Cambodia's River Festival; Indonesia's Lake Toba Festival; and Myanmar's Hpaung Daw Oo Festival. For other festivals in the month of November, visit Myanmar's Tazaungdaing Light Festival and Cambodia's Bon Om Touk (Water Festival).


TOUR packages

View All
The Turn Back Time Tour
tour packages

Yogyakarta and Bali. Begin at Southeast Asia's city of the future, Singapore: a cultural melting pot and technological w...

VIEW DETAILS
Splendid Thailand & Angkor Wat, Cambodia
tour packages

Bookended by Bangkok in Thailand and Siem Reap in Cambodia, this epic tour of two Kingdoms in Southeast Asia must be experien...

VIEW DETAILS
Brunei & Sarawak, City to City
tour packages

Jaunt between borders covering two neighboring cities: Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei; Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia; and everythi...

VIEW DETAILS

MASTERCARD'S PRICELESS EXPERIENCES

View All
Gaya Island Resort, Borneo
tour packages

PADI Underwater Digital Photography Class - A two-part introduction course to digital underwater photography centred around t...

VIEW DETAILS
See Koh Phi Phi and Maya Bay on us
tour packages

Explore Phuket’s beautiful islands and stay at Villa Saan - a dream home perfect for entertaining.

VIEW DETAILS
The Quincy Hotel
tour packages

The Quincy Hotel Singapore, an exclusive stay where new experiences happen everyday

VIEW DETAILS

AIR AND CAR BOOKINGS

View All
The Best Way To See Asean
tour packages

Go on an epic Asean journey with AirAsia Asean Pass, a travel pass that allows you to book our base fares at least 14 days or...

VIEW DETAILS
Hertz Car Rental Deals
tour packages

Rent a car for 2 days or more at participating locations in Asia and enjoy up to 15% off

VIEW DETAILS

HOTEL DEALS

View All
Ramada Hotel, Sunset Road Kuta
tour packages

Hotel location: Bali, Indonesia

VIEW DETAILS
Park Hotel Alexandra
tour packages

Park Hotel is one of Asia Pacific’s best hospitality groups. Whether it is a business trip or a leisure getaway, P...

VIEW DETAILS
Peninsula Excelsior Hotel
tour packages

If guests stay for minimum of 3 nights we can offer additional 10% discount from our package below :    &nbsp...

VIEW DETAILS