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Loi Krathong Festival


What :

The Loi Krathong Festival (Yi Peng) is a beautiful night ceremony where people release thousands of hand-crafted, candle-lit lanterns that soar through the night sky, and decorative rafts made from banana leaves that drift through rivers and lakes.

An ancient festival tracing its roots back to the 12th century, Loi Krathong is celebrated nationally, but the favored spot to view the festival for those on a luxury tour of Thailand is in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

The annual festival is a chance to atone for wrongs committed during the year, and vie for blessings of good fortune for the Thai people. For visitors on luxury tours in Thailand, Loi Krathong is a jaw dropping spectacle that dots the full moon-lit night with dancing lights.

When :

Usually falling in November on Western calendars, Loi Krathong is held at full moon on the 12th month of the Thai Lunar Calendar.

Because of the differences between traditional lunar and modern solar calendars, advance planning is important to ensure guests on tours of Thailand are in their desired locale at the proper time.

Where :

Loi Krathong Festival is celebrated nationally from the largest cities to the smallest villages in Thailand, but Chiang Mai’s celebration, which includes displays of fireworks accenting the lazy drift of the lanterns, is considered one of the best places to experience the ceremony’s splendor.

Who :

The haunting beauty of the festival and jubilance of its practitioners makes Loi Krathong a ‘must-do’ experience for anyone on a Thailand luxury tour. With the full moon as a backdrop, the floating lanterns of Loi Krathong will be ingrained in memory forever.

Appropriate Attire :

Though the festival is an ancient tradition, casual western clothing is fine for the event, but visitors that also choose to visit any temples, shrines, or other holy places during the festival should remember to dress appropriately by covering their shoulders, arms, and legs as a sign of modesty in places of religious importance.


Guest Reviews about Loi Krathong Tour:


Jason & Cindy Burgess - October 2013

My family and I took a two week long tour of Thailand with Easy Tours of Thailand and the trip truly could not have been any better.

Our guide was very personable, knowledgeable, and her English was excellent. In addition to offering a unique and local perspective throughout the tour, we were completely at ease with her and felt that she truly wanted to make our experience the best it could possibly be.

The private driver and vehicle that was set up for us was also excellent. I knew prior to our trip that it would probably be best to reserve this type of service during our travels, but I had no idea how invaluable this ended up being for us. He maneuvered through crowded streets and unexpected roadblocks with ease, and knew which areas to avoid driving through and efficient alternative routes. To top it off, the vehicle was always very clean, air conditioned, and there were cold drinks waiting for us after visiting a site.

The tour itself was completely tailored to what we wanted to see and what our interests are with assistance from their U.S Sales Office prior to arriving in Bangkok. They provided a day by day itinerary for us which was great, but the best part was having the freedom to change things as needed, or make unexpected stops to explore, as the tour unfolded.

I would definitely use this company again if we go back to Thailand.



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