"Thai Festivals" Loy Kratong Tip by bulldogtwo

Loy Kratong, Bangkok: 2 reviews and 1 photos

Unfortunately you are just going to miss one of the biggest and in my opinion, best festivals in Thailand, Loy Kratong which is Nov 12 this year. Coincides with the November full moon, so the date differs from year to year.
www.thai-experience.org/festival/calendar
People make up floats, (kratongs) out of lily pads and flowers and incense, place candles in the middle and float them down the rivers, by the thousands. The rivers are really lit up and pretty. The float, floats away their past years sins.
In the north and some all over Thailand, but much more in Chiang Mai they also have Yi Peng. This is where they make up rice paper balloons, place a fire in the center of then to create an up draft so they float into the sky.
Chiang Mai is a great place for this festival if you can make it.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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