The Loy Krathong festival takes place on the evening of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. The dates of Loy Krathong change every year but the festival occurs in November.
In Thailand, another festival is being celebrated at the same time as Loi Krathong and in the same places. This festival is known as the ‘Lantern Festival’. The local name is ‘Yi Peng’. The ‘Yi’ in the festival’s name means two, and ‘Peng’ means full moon.
Loy Krathong and Yi Peng are is not an official public holiday in Bangkok.
In Bangkok there are many place to celebrate Loy Krathong. The best place in Bangkok is along the Chao Phraya River. You can also join to Loy Krathong celebrations in Bangkok at bridge or at parks.
The festival is full of celebrations for 3 days;
- The first day is the lantern festival (Yi Peng),
- The second day is the full moon day and
- The third day is the day of the Loy Krathong parade.
Main Locations for Loy Krathong;
- Asiatique (Riverside)
- Wat Saket (Riverside/Old City)
- Phra Athit Pier (Riverside/ Old City)
- Maharaj Lifestyle Mall (Riverside/Old City)
- Krung Kasem Canal Phadung
- Rama VIII Bridge
- Rama IX Bridge
- Santi Chaiprakarn Park
- Nawamin Pirom Park
Another great way to enjoy Loy Krathong Festival in Bangkok is to take for a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River so you can see the lights and enjoy while having a good meal or enjoying a buffet.
Popular Lakes for Loy Krathong;
- Lumpini Park (Silom)
- Benjasiri Park also called Queen’s Park (Sukhumvit)
- Benjakiti Park (Sukhumvit)
- Chatuchak Park (Chatuchak)