Just 400km north of Bangkok, you will stumble upon the historical city of Sukhothai. Since Thailand’s floating lantern festival and Loy Krathong Festival 2019 are fast approaching, it would be the perfect time to visit this place! The said festival falls on the twelfth month of Thai Lunar Calendar which is usually during November and is celebrated all throughout the country.
Moreover, Loy Krathong Festival is said to originate in this city. How cool right? However, unlike other cities in Thailand, the celebration here is massive and longer. The usual festivity period goes on for about three days but here in Sukhothai, it is celebrated for five days. Since the city is big and split into the old and new town, specifically where in Sukhothai can you celebrate it? Continue reading to know more!
TRA PANG NGOEN POND
On the first day of Loy Krathong Festival 2019, this is the place where you can go to. You will see people offering alms to the monks during the early morning. However, the celebration begins at dawn and continues for the next few hours. Everyone is welcome including the tourists to offer and join.
WAT CHANA SONGKHRAM
If you want to witness traditional Thai dance, drama, and music, then head on to Wat Chana Songkhram during the 2nd day. Keep in mind that the performances begin at night. While during the day, you can watch people practice and prepare their costumes. One of the performances you will witness is the Khon Masked Dance, a traditional form of Thai drama.
SUKHOTHAI HISTORICAL PARK
Learn more about the culture of Sukhothai and why this ancient city deserved to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the 3rd day, various traditional exhibits will be displayed. Aside from that, there are food stalls and traditional bazaars open for everyone. You may do various things such as watching traditional Thai martial arts, carving fruits, doing your own Krathong, or even watch puppet shows. A lot of activities are in store for you!
One of the highlights during the said festival is celebrated here. The dark sky in the evening will be illuminated by fireworks. In addition, there are light shows and more traditional dance performances you can watch. In the dance, you will know more about Sukhothai’s history and how it was Thailand’s first capital.
TRA KUAN POND
For the highlight of the festival, this could be your last stop on the 5th day! The whole day is for floating Krathongs while the evening will be filled with parades, light shows, and more people who would release Krathongs. The celebration will be concluded with an exceptional firework show. Usually, a part of the Thai Royal Family visits on the last day to float a Krathong so expect very tight security during this time.
LOY KRATHONG FESTIVAL
Certainly, attending festivals is one of the things to do in Thailand during a holiday. It would not only give you a fun experience but also a glimpse of their culture and traditions. So, come and celebrate the upcoming Loy Krathong Festival 2019 in Sukhothai for an unforgettable one. For flights to Sukhothai, book yours now only at Bangkok Airways.