Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2017

Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2017

Date: 1-5 November 2017 (Loy Krathong Day - 3 November 2017)
Destination: Throughout Thailand


If you want to experience the grandest festivities of Thailand do not miss "Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festival" which will fall on this 3rd November. This year, the event will be biggest and liveliest --- ever! If you want to catch the best, we recommend visiting Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Sukhothai, Hat Yai, and Ayutthaya -- the most popular Loy Krathong venues.

Loy Krathong is one of the oldest heritage events in Thailand dated back for almost 800 years, widely celebrated throughout the country on the full moon day of 11th lunar month, which falls on the night of 3rd November this year. You will enjoy with lines of activities --- from light and sound shows, Miss Songkran contest, fireworks, and the only night in a year to float Krathong! People believe that Loy Krathong is a way to ask for the apology and wish for a blessing from the Goddess of water "Phra Mae Khongka". They make Krathong from banana trunk decorated with folded banana leaf, flower, jolt stick and candle then float them on body of water making a mesmerizing scene of waterways magnificently illuminated by thousands of Krathong floats.


Highlight Venues for Loy Krathong Festival 2017

Chiang Mai - Yi Peng Lantern Festival Chiang Mai Chiang Mai - Yi Peng Lantern Festival Chiang Mai
   Date: 2 - 4 November 2017 (Floating Lantern - 3 Nov.)
   Venue: Tha Phae Gate, and Banks of Ping River

Yi Peng Lantern Festival is the biggest and most popular festival taking place in northern Thailand during the full moon night of Loy Krathong. Apart from asking forgiveness from the goddess of water by floating Kratong on local rivers, thousands of floating lanterns (Yi Peng) are touched up and released in the air to pray for better and brighter fortune during the year to come. For travelers, this is the best opportunitie to see a sensational scene when the sky is full of tiny flickering lights from countless lanterns.

Bangkok - River Festival and Delightful Colour of Stream Loy Krathong Festival Bangkok - River Festival and Delightful Colour of Stream Loy Krathong Festival
   Date: 2 - 4 November 2017
   Venue: Chao Phraya River from Rama VIII Bride to Memorial Bridge

You will enjoy panorama of the Chaophraya River glitteringly shines with thousands Krathong floats with majestic backdrop of Temple of Emerald Buddha, The Grand Palace, Temple of Dawn, and the iconic Rama VIII Bridge. There is also a parade of boats, fireworks and lighting decorations from buildings along the Chao Phraya River down to Asiatique the Riverfront --- great chance for photo lovers to catch the characteristic scenes of Bangkok that can be seen during this time of year.

Sukhothai - Loy Krathong and Candle Festival Sukhothai - Loy Krathong and Candle Festival
   Date: 1 - 5 November 2017
   Venue: Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park

Sukhothai is the birthplace of Loy Krathong and also one of the grandest and most eye-feasting venues for the festival. There are many events to join with the main highlight on a spectacular light and sound show which is exclusively available in during this period and has 7 rounds each year. Seeing hundreds of singers and dancers in colorful costumes entertain you by the lake in the Historical Park. The show ended with a memorable display of hundreds of large candle lanterns released in to the night sky.

Hat Yai - Hat Yai Loy Krathong Lantern Festival Hat Yai - Hat Yai Loy Krathong Lantern Festival
   Date: 3 November 2017
   Venue: Hat Yai Municipality Park, Songkhla Province

Hat Yai in southern Thailand offer the most colorful and liveliest Loy Krathong scene of the area. There are lines of activities entitled "colors of the south" -- from food offering ceremony to monk, Miss Loy Krathong contest, and also OTOP product fair which have both locally produced food and handicrafts. A great enhance to Loy Krathong ceremony is International Lanterns Displays, which bring together hundreds amazing looking lanterns from around the world.

Ayutthaya (Bang Sai) - Loy Krathong Tam Prathip Festival Ayutthaya (Bang Sai) - Loy Krathong Tam Prathip Festival
   Date: 3 November 2017
   Venue: Ayutthaya Historical Park, Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre

Another grand Loy Krathong festival in central Thailand takes place just an hour north of Bangkok in the old capital city Ayutthaya. Here you can take part in the celebration at Ayutthaya Historical Park that revives the ancient city with spectacular ambience and glittering light from Krathongs and fireworks. Experience the eye-feasting Li-ke performance, retro-dance, young Miss Nopphamat contest as well as a number of events and shows.


HotelThailand.com now offer special deals for hotels near grand Loy Krathong venues -- Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Sukhothai, Hat Yai, and Ayutthaya. Plan you trip and reserve your room in advance as they can be sold out fast in some destinations.
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