WHAT IS LOY KRATHONG FESTIVAL?
There are many festivals being celebrated in Thailand every year. One of the biggest of its kind is the Loy Krathong Festival which is not only celebrated in one city but all over the country is drawing near.
The name of the said Thai festival originated from the word ‘Loy’ which means ‘to float’. While ‘Krathong’ is basically a Thai term that refers to a banana trunk embellished with different decors such as flowers, leaves, and candles.
Actually, there are many stories about why and how the festival started. Nowadays, Krathongs are decided to be made for several reasons. One of those is to worship the goddesses of water and ask for forgiveness. Another one is to bid goodbye to the bad luck of the past year and make wishes for the upcoming year.
In addition, the festival is celebrated during the night of the 12th lunar month which is usually November. Every year, the dates almost vary and this year, it will be celebrated on November 11-13.
Chiang Mai is becoming one of the major tourist spots in Thailand as it attracts millions of tourists every year. This city is developed but it doesn’t sacrifice the cultural experience it has to offer.
You can spend your travel here by exploring temples, trekking, partying, and trying out an endless list of activities. Compared to Bangkok, the way of living here is slow-paced, giving off a relaxing vibe to visitors.
WHY SHOULD YOU CELEBRATE LOY KRATHONG IN CHIANG MAI?
Loy Krathong is widely celebrated in almost all parts of Thailand. For a memorable experience, Chiang Mai is the answer when you are wondering where to go in Thailand during the festival. Tourists and locals are jampacked for the event that makes the city extremely busy. It is best to go here since you will get to experience celebrating two festivals at once.
What is the other festival aside from Loy Krathong? It is the popular Yi Peng festival or lantern festival. That being said, the floating krathongs that light up with the sky lanterns would make it seem that stars are within reach. It is the most magnificent view you will ever see!
For the lantern festival, you can go to Lanna Dhutanka Buddhist Center. However, you need to arrive early to secure a good spot because the place gets easily crowded. Since the festivals take place at night, you may visit temples first such as Wat Phan Tao. Keep in mind that when you want to enter a temple, do not buy lanterns since they are not allowed inside.
Aside from releasing lanterns and Loy Krathongs, there are also parades, firework displays, and traditional art performances you can enjoy. The celebration of this festival is indeed massive! Booking your accommodation in Chiang Mai is recommended since prices go up towards the celebration because it is highly anticipated.
FLIGHTS TO CHIANG MAI
The land of smiles will surely make you smile during this one-of-a-kind feast. Book your flights to Chiang Mai as early as now only at Bangkok Airways.