Loy Krathong festival

If you’re lucky enough to be in Thailand this weekend, you’ll be able to experience one of the most beautiful festivals of the year – Loy Krathong.


What is Loy Krathong all about?

The festival is about giving thanks and asking for forgiveness from the water goddess. To pay their respects, people float krathong on the water and it is believed that as your krathong floats away, your bad luck goes with it.

What is a krathong?

A krathong is a floating lantern, usually decorated with flowers, candles and incense. Whether you’re making your own krathong or buying one this year, go for something environmentally friendly like bread or banana leaves.

Where can I celebrate Loy Krathong?

Loy Krathong is celebrated all over the island – Saphan Hin in Phuket Town is hugely popular with locals, while most tourists float their krathong off the main beaches along the west coast (Patong, Karon, Kata and Nai Harn). It really is a sight to see, with the beautiful candlelit krathong drifting on the water while fireworks and lanterns light up the night sky against the full moon.