Loy Krathong is one of the biggest festivals in Thailand that is celebrated all over Thailand, but there are some regions of Thailand that treat this Thai festival with different enthusiasm and customs. Every region has a different way of celebrating this Thai festival.
Chiang Mai, the northern capital of Thailand, is always one of the best cities to visit for its many festivals throughout the year. Loy Krathong is another festival that takes the city incredibly seriously with lots of food, parties and celebrations throughout the ancient city.
The Lanna Ritual is one of these festivities, with scores of Thais and foreigners alike coming together to let go of the wind-blown, floating lanterns. The night sky is completely lit up with them, and it is absolutely stunning. The life story of Lord Buddha is showcased through a parade and Thai culture is showcased through music and art.
Tak -Loy Krathong Sai Festival
The Loy Krathong festival in Tak is celebrated as Loy Krathong Sai. One of the things that makes Loy Krathong Sai so unique in Tak is the way the Krathongs are prepared. Instead of making them out of Styrofoam, the locals in the hunt for baked bread or banana leaves are made from coconut shells. The shells are filled with wax to hold the wick in place, effectively turning the entire krathong into a giant floating candle. The main attraction of the Loy Krathong festival is the competition organized among the local community.
People help each other thread coconut krathongs together and launch them down the river in a series of candles, creating an extraordinarily beautiful display of light.
The Chao Phraya River that runs through Bangkok is home to some of the best celebrations for Loy Krathong. Asiatic is one of the best regions for celebration. The outdoor, open-air mall is bustling with shops, food vendors, and restaurants.
Many people believe that Loy Krathong has its origins in Sukhothai, which is why it is one of the best cities to visit to celebrate. The city typically hosts a variety of celebratory events, including folk dances and fireworks.
Ayutthaya – Loy Krathong Krung Kao Festival
Loy Krathong Krung Kao in Ayutthaya is celebrated with full enthusiasm for 3 days. It is a festival in the old style of Ayutthaya and the main events take place in the Thung Phukhao Thong area. Highlights of these events include the Hanging Lantern Competition, which features beautiful, ornately designed hanging lanterns, the Miss Noppamas International Beauty Contest, the Noppamas Kids Contest, and a number of musical and cultural performances that people enjoy.