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Loy Krathong 2019 : Program

The most beautiful traditional Thai festival, Loy Krathong, takes place this Monday, November 11th. The program, to take full advantage of it.

Loy Krathong takes place this year on Monday November 11th (12th lunar month). It’s a moment of sharing, very popular and depending on where you are, a manifestation of beauty. All Thais come to the water that day a krathong, a small raft (resembling a lotus) with a candle, incense and a flower.

This is not a holiday, but it is an extremely important day for the Thai people. Loy Krathong is the day of homage and thanks to the goddess of water Phra Mae Khongkha. Water is therefore at the center of this ceremony. All streams, ponds, rivers, lakes, beachside and even fountains will receive small floating constructions (wood, coconut, bread, cake, leaves, in short a pile of materials) on which Candles, flowers and incense sticks will be laid. Monday night will flicker, all the streams will light up, it’s beautiful and it’s to see.

Loy Krathong 2019: Bangkok

Bangkok River Festival

River Festival Bangkok Loy Krathong

As every year this festival will be totally turned towards the Chao Phraya River. It will take place from Saturday 9 to 11 November 2019 from 17:00 to 22:00.

The festival will take place in 10 emblematic places of the capital :

  • On the Bangkok West side:
    • Tha Maharaj (not far from the Grand Palace)
    • Wat Phra Chetuphon – Reclining Bouddha Temple : Wat Pho
    • Yodpiman River Walk (Not far from tje flower market)
    • Asiatique The Riverfront
  • Thonburi – East side:

River Festival 2019 Loy Krathong

Downtown parks

A very large number of downtown parks will be open (below the official list):

  • Lumpini Park,
  • Chatuchak Park
  • Wachirabenchatat Park (Rot Fai Park), Chatuchak
  • Phra Nakhon Park, Lad Krabang District
  • Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th Birthday Park, Lad Krabang District
  • Saranrom Park, Phra Nakhon
  • Rommaninat Park, Phra Nakhon
  • Santichaiprakan parc public, Phra Nakhon
  • Nakarapirom Park, Phra Nakhon
  • Thonburirom Park, Tung Kru District
  • Seri Thai Park, Bueng Kum District
  • Nawamin Pirom Park, Bueng Kum District
  • Nong Chok Park, Nong ChokDistrict
  • Benchasiri Park, quartier de Khlong Toei
  • Bueng Krathiam Park, Min Buri District
  • Public Park in Commemoration of The King’s 6th Cycle Birthday, Bang Kho Laem District
  • Santiphap Park, Ratchathewi District
  • Ram Indra Sports Park, Bang Khen District
  • Rommani Thungsikan Park, district de Don Mueang
  • Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 50th Birthday Park, Prawet District
  • Wanadharm Park, Prawet District
  • Thawiwanarom Park, Thawi Watthana District
  • Benchakitti Park, quartier de Khlong Toei
  • Suan Luang Rama VIII Park, Bang Phlat District
  • Bueng Nam Lat Phrao parc public, Lat Phrao District
  • Sirindhra Botanical Garden, Bangkok Noi
  • Public Park in Commemoration of H.M. the King’s 80 Birthday, Bangkok Noi District
  • Public Park in Commemoration of H.M. the King’s 80 Birthday, Sathorn

Other places in Bangkok

For the district of Khao San Road, the 2 best places are:

  • Phra Athit Pier
  • The Santi Chai Prakan Park. Attention a lot of people.
All the pier of Chao Pharya are excellent promontories for launching the krathong.

To launch his krathong in the Chao Phraya many go to Saphan Taksin. There are a lot of people.

The Khlong: New appointment the khlong Ong An which has just been restored (the paving was finished, there is little). It is the khlong which delimits the Indian quarter (Pahurat) and Chinatown.

Hotels also celebrate the event:

  • Anantara Riverside
  • Bangkok Mandarin
  • Oriental Bangkok
  • Royal Orchid
  • Sheraton
  • Hotel Shangrila

Loy Krathong 2019 : Around Bangkok

Samut Songkhram

On November 10th and 11th a small festival will be held at Samut Songkran: Kap Kluai Mueang Mae Klong. On the program: arts and traditions, but especially the launch of 200 000 Krathong on the Mae Klong River, etc. See the program here

Ancient City

The famous site reproducing the most famous temples of Thailand also makes its festival. Free admission from 16:00. For those who do not know this place it is an excellent opportunity. For more info on Ancient City see here..

Loy Krathong 2019 in Thailand

All cities and villages will celebrate Loy krathong – the same on the islands. It is a national holiday and unites Thais. Floating candles on the water in the middle of the night are a unique sight wherever you are. However some cities have developed practices, ways of doing that singularize the event. Here is a small list of cities that have this little extra.

Chiang Mai

The festival of lights is held at Chaing Mai: Yi Peng Lantern Festival. Several places are dedicated to launch the famous Khomloy. These are small lanterns made from rice paper on a bamboo frame. Through the candle hanging in its center, the lantern rises and little float in the air.

In parallel, many residents illuminate their homes with Khom Fai or Khom Thue, lanterns hung on poles. The temples are also in the spotlight because beyond the candles are added also Khwa Khwaen (lanterns attached to a stick but turn under the effect of heat).

Attention: the launching places are more and more restricted and are often paying. See here

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya  November 11.

Sukhothai  from November 2rd to 11th

Tak November 9 – 13, on the Ping River

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