Thailand Festival Of Lights (Loy Krathong)

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The Nightime in Krathong is one of the most beautiful festivals in Bangkok. The festival gives honor to the water goddess  by releasing a DIY lotus-shaped raft ornamented with incense, candles, and flowers onto the water

Watching the Bangkok light festival can surely give you a fantastic experience. The sight of thousands of Krathong floating in the water is truly magical.

Thailand Festival Of Lights (Loy Krathong)
Festival highlights

The Loy Krathong has been celebrated for many years now in Bangkok, Thailand. This light festival happens to be a tradition to give thanks to the water goddess. The dazzling lotus draft floating on the water is a sight for sour eyes. This event takes place in several places in Bangkok,  so there’s no problem if you want to get involved in this festival.

This light festival boasts of its somewhat uniqueness. Rather than using Christmas light, curtain Lights and fairy lights, this festival uses lotus flower drafts with twinkling lights produced by the candlelight. River illuminated by lotus draft, twinkling in the nighttime is a magical and wonderful experience for locals and tourists.

Festival Dates (2023)

This 2023, the captivating Loy Krathong Festival will be celebrated on November 28, 2023, inviting everyone to witness this enchanting event.

Where’s The Thailand Light Festival Loy Krathong located and How to Get There

The Loy Krathong is a seasonal festival that is celebrated in many places in Thailand. The festival occurs in several locations, including riverside locations like Asiatique, Phra Athit Pier, Wat Saket, Maharaj Lifestyle Mall, Lumpini Park, Benjasiri Park, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Benjakiti Park, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Anantara Riverside Bangkok, Shangri La Hotel Bangkok.

But the central location where Loy Krathong has been celebrated for the last 13 years has been held at Asiatique. You can go to these places by taking a bus or taxi. Or, if you own a car, you can use your smartphone GPS or navigational app. Just search each location, and the app will guide you all the way through.

Other spectacular lights festivals in Asia are:

Ayala Triangle Lights

i Light Singapore

Festival Hours

The Loy Krathong is a three-day festival in Thailand and usually kicks off in November, and the festival hours or event starts in the early evening. The event starts when the Thai 12th full moon lights up the sky.

If you miss the event on the first day, don’t worry. You still have two chances to attend the event. There are multiple locations to choose from, so you can switch to another location if the place is crowded with people.

How Much Does It Cost to Visit the Light Festival?

The long-awaited Thai festival of light is celebrated in various locations that don’t have an entrance fee or any fee. It’s a community event free to attend to, local or tourist doesn’t need to pay anything, But you have to buy or make your own Krathong. Various festive venue or location requires no admission fee it’s 100% free.

Weather in Festival Dates and What to Wear

The Loy Krathong festival of light is celebrated in Thailand, which is a tropical country. The weather in November in Bangkok could reach up to 32°C to 24°C. Sometimes, nighttime in Thailand can get too hot.

Thick clothes are not recommended because they will make you sweat even more. Wear casual clothing, preferably cotton and loose clothes. The usual rain count in November is only up to 5, so you don’t need to bring an umbrella with you.

Where to Sleep

If you want to attend the Loy Krathong light festival in Bangkok, you need to find a place to stay. Choosing the nearest one to the festival site will make your holiday vacation even better. There are many fantastic hotels in Bangkok, and choosing one that best for your budget is pretty straightforward. You can browse the internet and book a hotel that’s good for your budget, or you can visit the recommended hotels below:

Alt Hotel Nana

Alt Hotel Nana is a great hotel that has 66 rooms available. This hotel has eight floors with 66 nice rooms for guests. Suppose you’re looking for a hotel that is well strategically located in many establishments. We recommend Alt Hotel Nana. The hotel’s usual check-in time is 2:00 pm, but you can check in at any time you want. They accept cash and credit card. You need to book a day before your arrival so they can accommodate you.

The Quarter Hualamphong

Another fantastic hotel in Bangkok, The Quarter Hualamphong, is arranged over 16 floors with 150 guests. There’s plenty of room to choose from, whether you like a standard, family, or a couple of rooms this hotel can give you what you want. Open 24/7, but the usual check-in is 2:00 pm. If you like a welcoming and hospitable staff, then this hotel is the answer.

The Quarter Ladprao

The Quarter Ladprao is a huge hotel that has 15 floors with 194 rooms. Each room is fully equipped with a TV and free wifi and some essential kitchen tools. It is open 24/7, but the usual check-in is 2:00 pm. They also need your travel papers before they can accommodate you. If you have your pets with you, then this hotel is not the one for you. Besides that, this hotel is an excellent hotel that has excellent service and welcoming staff. They accept cash and credit card for payment.

Great Places and Restaurants to Eat in Bangkok

There are many restaurants, pubs, and dining establishments near the light festival location in Bangkok. Whether you’re craving a steak or if you’re looking for a vegetarian meal. They can provide you with anything you want. Below are some restaurants you can consider visiting:

Benihana

Benihana is on the top of our list. Benihana is an excellent restaurant with many talented chefs that display their cooking skills at the same table. They offer Japanese, western, Asian, and contemporary cuisine. They serve vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

SEEN Restaurant & Bar Bangkok

The SEEN restaurant is a great place to eat and drink. It’s a multi-story building overlooking the city skyline and the Chao Phraya river. This modern class restaurant is impressive. They offer fantastic food and drinks. They have talented chefs that prepare the food and beverages, so you can expect to fill your pallet with only delicious healthy food. This restaurant serves drinks, lunch, and dinner.

Nami Teppanyaki Steakhouse

Suppose you’re looking for a steak house, then you should consider visiting Nai Teppanyaki. They serve mouthwatering food and display their skills in creating fantastic cuisines. They serve imported high-class beef and fresh seafood. They also have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

More Things to Do

Bangkok is a great city that offers many amazing things such as museums, beautiful galleries, urban parks, entertainment centers, shopping malls, fancy restaurants, amazing sceneries, and much more. You can do a lot of things when you visit Bangkok, Thailand.

Staying in Bangkok, Thailand, can provide you with a fantastic holiday vacation. Aside from the Loy Krathong light festival, you can do more things in Bangkok. Below are some of the things you can do in Bangkok:

  • Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw
  • Feel the Chinese vibes and culture in Chinatown (Yaowarat)
  • Want to relax and chill? Visit the Sky Bar Bangkok, listen to live music, and have your favorite drink
  • Visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market and have a taste of Thailand culture
  • Visit the historical Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) and be amazed by the structure
  • Your vacation will be incomplete if you don’t experience the Damnoen Saduak floating market
  • Be amazed by the sea view and feel the sea breeze in the Chao Phraya River & waterways
  • You can go picnicking in Lumpini Park

FAQ

  1. Where can I park during the Loy Krathong celebrations?
    • Many major cities and tourist areas will have designated parking areas during the festival. However, due to large crowds, parking can be limited. It’s recommended to use public transportation or taxis.
  2. Is smoking allowed during the festival?
    • While smoking is not banned during Loy Krathong, it’s important to be respectful of others around you. Refrain from smoking in crowded areas and always dispose of cigarette butts responsibly.
  3. Can I bring my pet to the festival?
    • While there’s no official rule against bringing pets, it’s advised to leave them at home due to the large crowds and noise from fireworks. The environment may be stressful for them.
  4. Is it safe to release a krathong in any water body?
    • It’s best to release your krathong in designated areas, where it’s culturally appropriate and environmentally safe. Many cities set up specific release points for krathongs to minimize environmental impact.
  5. Can I make my own krathong?
    • Absolutely! Many locals make their own krathongs using banana leaves, flowers, candles, and incense sticks. It’s a fun and meaningful activity.
  6. Are there any guidelines on what to wear during Loy Krathong?
    • Many Thais wear traditional clothing during the festival, but it’s not mandatory. If you’re attending temple ceremonies, it’s respectful to dress modestly.
  7. Will shops and restaurants be open during the festival?
    • Most shops and restaurants remain open during Loy Krathong. In fact, many areas have special food stalls and markets set up for the festivities.
  8. Is it possible to book a river cruise during Loy Krathong?
    • Yes, many tour operators offer special river cruises during the festival, allowing you to release your krathong on the water and enjoy the view of thousands of others. It’s recommended to book in advance as these cruises are popular.

Sources:

https://asiahighlights.com/thailand/loy-krathong-festival/when-is-loy-krathong-yi-peng

https://thailandnow.in.th/event/loy-krathong-festival/

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