Thailand’s Festival of Lights, Loy Krathong 

Loy Krathong Thailand

Loy Krathong, which falls on 7th November this year, on the night of the 12th lunar month, is one of the the most magical; an incredible evening illuminating the beauty of this wonderful country.

What is Loy Krathong

Krathongs are flower baskets decorated with flowers and banana leaves, leaving room for candles and three incense sticks, as well as pieces of bread, as simple offerings.. Loy literally translate to float as Krathong is meant to be floated away on the water. You are also making merit and if your candle stays alight until your krathong disappears out of sight, this signifies a year of good luck.

The legends of Loy Krathong 

miss noppamas


The origins of Loy Krathong are unclear, but it is believed that it started in the Sukhothai dynasty around 700 years ago.

Legend tells of Nang Noppamas, a beauty in the royal court, whom it is told created the first krathong, decorating it with a lotus flower and presenting it to the King. It is believed she created the krathong to show her gratitude to the Water Goddess, Mae Kong Ka.

The beauty of Loy Krathong lives on through the story of Nang Noppamas, with glamorous beauty pageants on stages throughout the country, where women dress in elegant, traditional dress, with incredible hair and make-up, to be crowned Miss Noppamas.




Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai

loy krathong in Chiang Mai

Sky lanterns light up the night sky, creating a magical nightscape of illuminated wonder

In Chiang Mai, the celebrations are known as Yee Peng. Beautifully illuminated lanterns are carried, displayed in houses and templesand even launched into the night sky to send bad luck and misfortune away. Be parts of this spectacular celebration, Club Owners can book a stay at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa, one of our fantastic Club Escapes.

Release your own Krathong and marvel at the beautiful view of candles on the Mae Ping River as you dine at The Restaurant. Or reserve a table at the Loy Krathong Lanna Gala Night for a lavish buffet of authentic Thai cuisine and spectacular fireworks.

Loy Krathong in Bangkok


The Chao Phraya River is an iconic waterway and promises a spectacular visual experience during Loy Krathong. All along the river you can find pockets of local neighbourhoods, with markets and fairs and picturesque views from the Rama VIII bridge as it spans the river.

Enjoy a romantic Loy Krathong, after you and your loved one have released your krathongs together, celebrate the wish for long-lasting love with an intimate dinner at ZOOM Sky Bar & Restaurant, on the 40th floor of Anantara Vacation Club Bangkok Sathorn, with an outstanding cityscape to escape the crowds and marvel at the spectacular fireworks.

Loy Krathong In Phuket

Thumb-Anantara Vcation Club PhuketSince Loy Krathong is connected to water and lights, then a holiday by the edge of the Andaman Sea is an ideal festival experience; releasing a sky lantern from the soft sands and taking time to relax into a wonderful beachfront break. Loy Krathong could be such a magical time, a romantic holiday is an ideal way to celebrate feeling in tune with nature, in a stunning setting.

Anantara Vacation Club in Phuket Mai Khao is organizing a special Thai Buffet Dinner for the night before Loy Krathong, on Thursday, 6th November 2014, from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Savour traditional cuisine, listen to classic Thai singing and release your beautiful krathong onto the water. Find out more on the resort’s Facebook Page and book your table.

Loy Krathong is an unforgettable evening; a time of romance, renewal and feeling connected to nature.

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