The annual Thai festival of Loy Krathong starts today and tonight Bangkok will come alive with a sea of flickering lights and crowds who gather near waterways across the city to float their krathong.
About Loy Krathong
This gracious festival is an integral part of Thai culture. Although the festival has deep historical origins, the prime focus is the floating of the Krathong (offering). The principal belief is that while floating your Krathong away, this will also float away any misfortunes or bad lack. The celebration is also a time where gratitude is offered and prayers are recited for good luck.
Loy Krathong is by far one of Thailands most picturesque festivals and celebrated widely across the country. The festival has become more commercialized over recent years with Krathongs being made from bread and waffle cones and in the shapes of animals and cartoon characters. Many small shops offer children the opportunity to make their own Krathong allowing their imaginations to run wild!
Where To Buy And Create
A great place to see and buy Krathong in Bangkok is at the iconic Yodpiman flower market in the old town. The most recent extension to the MRT subway line has made getting to the old town and river easier than ever, with both being a short walk from the new Sanam Chai station, exit 4.
We join our voice to other around Thailand in urging everyone to only use natural materials when creating or purchasing a Krathong to avoid polluting the rivers and streams. Last year over 840,000 krathong were retrieved from Bangkok city waterways and although 95% were made from decomposable materials, 5% were still made from styrofoam so please purchase wisely!
Where To Watch
If you want to take your children to experience more traditional festivities, the best place to experience this is along the Chao Phraya river where Bangkok’s official Loy Krathong festivities will take place near the Rama VIII Bridge. However, if you want to see the festivities near your home, there are over 30 public parks across the city that will host events. These include:
- In Khlong Toei, Benjasiri Park; Benjakitti Park
- Lumpini Park in Pathumwan district and Chatuchak and Suan Rod Fai parks in Chatuchak
- In Ladkrabang, Suan Pranakorn and 60th Anniversary of Queen Sirikit Park
- In Phra Nakhon, Suan Saranrom and Ramini Nat and Santi Chai Prakan parks
- In Thung Khru, Thonburi Rom Park
- In Bueng Kum, Serithai and Nawamin Phirom parks
- In Nong Chok, Suan Nong Chok Park
- In Min Buri, Bung Krathi Water Park and Suan Phraya Phirom Park
- In Khlong Sam Wa, Waree Phirom Park;In Nong Chok, Suan Rat Phirom Park
- In Bang Kho Laem, Chalerm Phrakiat 6 King’s Park
- In Ratchathewi, Peace Park
- In Bang Khen, Ramintra Sports Park
- In Don Mueang, Rommanee Thung Si Kan Park
- In Prawet, Chaloem Phrakiat Mahatthai and Suan Wantham parks
- In Thawi Watthana, Thawi Watthana Garden Park
- In Bang Phlat, Suan Luang Rama 8 Park;In Lat Phrao, Bueng Nam Park
- In Bangkok Noi, Sirinthara Prueksaphan and Suan Chaloem Phrakiat parks
- In Sathorn, Suan Chaloem Phrakiat Park
- In Bang Khae, Bang Khae Phirom Park
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