Top Places in Thailand to Celebrate Loy Krathong Festival in 2018

Loy Krathong is a nationwide festival and will be celebrated throughout Thailand on the full moon of the 12th month of the traditional lunar calendar. During this time, you can get a real glimpse of Thai cultural history. The way of Loy Krathong celebration is slightly different in each region of Thailand but the riversides all around the country fill up with the lights from thousands of candles twinkling on the water.

This year, Loy Krathong festival will be held on 22 Nov, 2018 and there are many places in Thailand where you can join this celebration.

Chiang Mai - Loy Krathong and Yee Peng Lantern Festivals 2018

Date: 20-23 November 2018.

Chiang Mai offers an exciting and unique experience that you should definitely see at least once in a lifetime. Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai is celebrated together with the Yee Peng (also called Yi Peng) Festival which is also known as Thailand Lantern Festival. During Yee Peng Festival people light up Lanna-style hot-air lanterns (called khom loi or khom lui) and launch them into the sky. Magnificent view!

The most popular place for locals and tourists to celebrate Loy Krathong and Yee Peng in Chiang Mai is on the riverside of the Ping River. The areas around Nawarat Bridge and the Iron Bridge are the best spots for releasing Krathongs to the river and lanterns into the sky.

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Sukhothai - Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival 2018

Date: 16-25 November 2018

Although Loy Krathong is celebrated across the country now, Sukhothai, the first Thai capital, is the place where this festival was first celebrated. The highlights of the Sukhothai Loy Krathong celebration include displays of lighted candles and fireworks show, folk dancing performances and a spectacular light & sound presentations in front of Wat Mahathat at Sukhothai Historical Park.

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Mae Hong Son - Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu Worshiping Ceremony

Date: 22 November 2018

The temple Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu with two Burmese-style chedis is located on the hill to the west of Doi Kong Mu town. Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu temple will be celebrated by releasing lanterns into the sky (ceremony called Sawan). According to the belief of Thai Yai tribe, Sawan ceremony helps removing one's bad luck. Loy Krathong in Mae Hong Son differs from the other places in Thailand as here you can join bathing in the water at Phra That Doi Kong Mu ceremony for adding more luck to your life, see pot fireworks contest, see Bongfai (rocket) contest and Jad Tai (Thai Yai performance) show.

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Tak - Loy Kratong Sai Festival

Date: 18-22 November 2018

Loy Krathong in Tak has a slightly different name as the festival here is called Loy Krathong Sai Festival. The customs of Loy Krathong Sai Festival in Tak are slightly different from the customs of the festival in the other parts of Thailand. People here release Krathong Sai (coconut-shell Krathongs) to flow in lines along the river. Looking from a distance, the Krathongs become a beautiful long chain of bright glittering lights.

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Ayutthaya - Ancient Capital Loi Krathong Festival

Date: 22 November, 2018
Ancient Capital Loy Krathong Festival or Loy Krathong Krung Kao in Ayutthaya is the place where you can experience the Ayutthaya-style Loy Krathong festival. Major event of the festival will be held at the Monument of King Naresuan the Great. There will be many activities such as floating Krathongs made from fresh flowers, Nang Nopphamat (beautiful woman) and Nu Noi Nopphamat (cute girl) contests, and cultural stage performances.

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Roi Et - Loi Krathong Festival

Date: 22 November, 2018

Loi Krathong Festival in Roi Et is called Somma Nam Khuen Pheng Seng Prathip that signifies the symbol and identity of the Northeast region or Isan in organizing Loi Krathong events. This year’s activities will include a ceremony of worshiping the city’s sacred objects, Krathong Prathip Yai contest, environmentally friendly Krathong contest, Thida Saket Nakhon beauty contest, traditional dance “Ram Wong” contest, and the replica procession of Krathong cups of Saket Nakhon.

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Samut Songkhram - Loi Krathong Kap Kluai

Date: 22-23 November, 2018

Loy Krathong Kap Kluai on the Mae Klong River in Samut Songkhram is unique and presents an ancient tradition of using local natural resources for making Krathongs without damaging the environment. Krathong Kap Kluai is made from the fibrous layer of the “trunk” of the banana plant.

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Bangkok

Date: 22 November, 2018

If you cannot make a trip to up-country of Thailand, you have many options to join one of Loy Krathong festival events held in Bangkok. There are many places in Bangkok where Loy Krathong festival celebrations will be arranged. The main spots for many locals and tourist in Bangkok include Chao Phraya River, Asiatique the Riverfront, Wat Arun, Tha Maharat, Rama IIX Bridge, Santichaiprakan Park as well as other prominent hotels and restaurants in town.

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This year, there is also an event called “River Festival” coming with the theme Blissful Cultural Nights which will be held during November 21 - 24, 2018 at 9 Piers of Contemporary Culture in Bangkok.

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More places to celebrate Loy Krathong in Bangkok this year can be found here: Top Places to Celebrate Loy Krathong Festival 2018 in Bangkok.

Loy Kratong is celebrated all over Thailand so don’t miss a chance to join in. Get a Krathong with the candles lit and a couple of baht coins inside as an offering to the water spirits, bring it to the riverside, the beach or even to the swimming pool (if your hotel is holding a party of floating Krathongs) and enjoy Thai festivity