If you’ve braved the rainy season and will be in Thailand at the end of the month, you’re in for a treat. Loy Krathong Festival falls on the eve of the full moon in the 12th lunar month – that’s Monday, November 27 to you and me. Ever since the Sukhothai era, Thai people have been paying homage to the Goddess of Rivers and Oceans, Phra Mae Khongkha, with krathong votive offerings set afloat in rivers and lakes.
Representing joy, gratitude and to ward off bad luck or bring about new beginnings, the candle-lit krathong floats will be lighting up the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok for a brilliant festival of lights. Want in on the action? Here’s where to celebrate Loy Krathong in Bangkok:
The Peninsula Bangkok
The Peninsula Bangkok is riverside oasis at which to enjoy Loy Krathong festivities.The best table will be outside along the River of Kings to watch the illuminated water and enjoy the festival’s fireworks. Entertainment for the evening includes a pageant, traditional Thai dance and puppet shows as well as floating krathongs in Chao Phraya, plus a gala dinner buffet to boot.
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Located on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River, this luxe shopping destination opens its doors to Loy Krathong guests to enjoy setting offerings afloat from their riverside locale. Watch the spectacle from the balconies in the restaurants on the upper floors.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Across the way in the heart of Old Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental will celebrate with set dinners, entertainment and of course, an individual krathong for each guest to set afloat in the Chao Phraya River. Book ahead!
Ong Ang Walking Street
Join revelers canalside at the Ong Ang Walking Street for a truly festive local atmosphere. The evening promises street performances and a night market feel along with the festival celebrations and of course, a chance to make your own krathong at one of the canal-side shops.
Strolling over to make an offering on your way home from dinner or a massage on Sukhumvit Road is a nice option too. Join the stream of celebrants pouring out of the Sukhumvit MRT / Asok BTS station and follow them to Benchakitti Park where vendors will happily sell you a krathong that you can set afloat along with hundreds of local families in the park’s lake.
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