The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced that the country will go ahead and celebrate Loi Krathong festival this year, but some of the more high-spirited elements of the events may be scaled back to show respect during the mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The traditional festival is celebrated on the full moon of the 12th lunar month, which falls on November 14 this year. Experience the centuries-old ceremony of floating offering and join the charming celebration at these locations:
Bangkok – November 14 | 5pm–10pm
At Santi Chaiprakarn Park in the heart of the old city, learn about the history of Loi Krathong and see performers and characters in traditional Thai costumes taking part in traditional activities against the glorious backdrop of the Rattanakosin temples. Don’t miss the chance to make krathongs, try traditional food and enjoy the atmosphere of the charming riverside park.
Chiang Mai – November 12–15
The Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival 2016 will be held on November 12–15 with the old Tha Phae Gate being the centre of action. This year, there will be a giant krathong parade contest to win the trophy of the Prime Minister. Other activities include floating krathong contests, krathong-making contests, religious rituals, and several other traditional Lanna-style ceremonies as you would expect to see in Chiang Mai.
Sukhothai – November 10–14 | 9.30am–midnight
In many ways this is the spiritual home of the Loi Krathong Festival in Thailand. The Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival takes place annually in the Sukhothai Historical Park. This year, the Park will light up the historical ruins of old Sukhothai, allowing visitors to enter and float their krathongs on November 10–14, and there will be 9,999 censer candles at 6pm daily.
Tak – November 14
This year, Tak will organise “Loi Krathong Sai Floating 9,999 Lanterns in Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej” by floating a thread of glittering krathongs made from coconut shells on the river from the banks of the Ping River.