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.
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.
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.
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.