Lantern Festival Loi Krathong | ลอยกระทง


Lantern Festival | Loi Krathong (in Thai)

Lantern festival is on full moon of the 12th Thai month (Around November) . The name is different under the place. We call Yi-Peng in northern and Loi Krathong for another place. Read more about the festival.

Yi-Peng : The people will float the lantern up to the sky.

Loi Krathong : The people will float the basket to the river.

Loi = Float

Krathong = Basket, made from banana leaf in usual.

We float the basket for respect the river God called ‘Phra mae Khongka’.

Loi Krathong lantern festival

Where should you go for the festival?

Yi peng

  • Chiangmai
  • Sukhothai

Make sure you book your train, bus or flight some weeks in advance, because get get full quickly.

Loi Krathong


  • Golden mount
  • Chao Phraya river
  • Asiatique
  • Wat Arun
  • Lumpini Park

When is the Lantern festival 2017 ?

The Thailand’s Lantern Festival happens on full moon of the 12th Thai month (Around November). The date in 2017 is November 3rd and 2018 probably will be at November 23th.

How to get local Loi Krathong experience ?

My home is located beside the river. I remember when I was young many people sell some food and firework on the boat. The children were very happy to play, in the river was very beautiful.

For this special festival, I bring our guests to my home and float the basket in Chao Phaya river. We made a BBQ, drink and took the boat to the river, as a river tour, but not like tourist, because of my cousin ride the small boat like local people.

The place is beautiful and peaceful, a great location to pay our respect to the river and enjoy a lovely night with friends.

Loi Krathong lantern festival

Enjoy swimming in Chao Phaya River

Loi Krathong lantern festival

BBQ before float the basket

Loi Krathong lantern festival

Practicing to ride the boat

loi kratong lantern festival

Loi Kratong Lantern Festival


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