What is Loy Krathong? – Discover a Fascinating International Celebration

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Out of the many festivals and celebrations celebrated throughout the world, Loy Krathong is among the most colourful, and anyone would be dazzled by the cultural celebrations associated with it.

Loy Krathong Explained

The name of this festival translates as ‘to float a basket’, and is celebrated in Thailand as well as other nations with significant southwestern Tai cultures. This celebration actually takes place under many different names as well, such as Full-Moon Poya in Sri Lanka, and Bon Om Touk in Cambodia.

What Happens During Loy Krathong?

The iconic concept involves krathongs, which are small boats which are crafted out a variety of materials, usually natural, and then released into the river.


Loy Krathong at Asiatique

If you happen to be in Bangkok, one of the best places to experience Loy Kratong Festival would be along Asiatique, the famous riverfront night-market. It is a very central location, close to many hotels, resorts and serviced suites in Bangkok along the likes of Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok.

Yi Peng

Interestingly, this coincides with another festival that takes place predominantly in Northern Thailand called Yi Peng where sky lanterns are launched into the air. These lanterns are made from very thin materials such as rice paper.


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