5 Riverside Hot Spots in Bangkok to Celebrate 2019 Loy Krathong Festival (Thailand Floating Lantern Festival)
Loy Krathong is the most magnificent and romantic festival in Thailand, falls on the full moon of the 12th lunar month of traditional Thai lunar calendar or around in November which falls on Monday 11 November this year.
Loy Krathong has traditionally been held to pay respect to the Goddess of Water for a bounty of benefits to mankind as well as an apology for polluting the waters. In Thailand, the festival is typically celebrated nationwide, particularly around the rivers, canals, lakes and sources of water. Every region in Thailand will hold remarkably unique and charming activities.
The most fun part of the festival seems to be the making of Krathong (lotus-shaped vessel) which is an iconic symbol to pay tribute to the Goddess of Water. The creativity and beauty in designing a Krathong has been greatly developed and made it has various shapes and designs such as Krathong made of banana leaves, Krathong made of bread and another invented Krathong materials. A Krathong is usually decorated with fresh flowers, incense and candles. Some locals consider to put a few coins into the Krathong as they believe it is a way of making merit and to bring wealth. In many places, the festival also features theatrical performances, Miss Noppamas Beauty Contest (representing Princess Srijuralak who was the first person to ever create a Loy Kratong vessel) and Thai traditional dance show to entertain all participants throughout the night of celebration.
Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most awaiting festivals that foreign tourists are excited to experience. For those who will be in Bangkok this November and still have no idea where to celebrate on Loy Krathong night, check out these top five riverside places in Bangkok below to witness this Thai Festival of Lights. List Sotheby’s International Realty (Thailand) will take you on a journey full of Thai festival atmosphere, delightful colors of the river and old communities along the Chao Phraya River to trace, travel and celebrate!
ICONSIAM is Bangkok’s newest Thai traditional-inspired lifestyle department store on the bank of Chao Phraya River. A recent symbol of civilization of Thailand, ICONSIAM continues this traditional celebration of Loy Krathong by being environmentally conscious toward supporting the use of natural materials in making Krathongs. This year, ICONSIAM will be hosting different artistic activities and impressive performances as to reflect the essence of the tradition in the most attractive way possible.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Said to be Bangkok’s most chilled-out waterfront open-air mall, Asiatique simultaneously provides joyful celebration and Thailand’s tallest Ferris wheel as an exceptional backdrop. Featured the event are spectacular shows, riverside restaurants and 1,500 boutiques to go on a shopping spree.
Rama VIII Bridge
Soaking up the festive vibe by the river at Rama VIII Bridge, this is the place to behold candle-lit Krathongs gliding on the rivers with a scenic view of Rama VIII Cable-stayed Bridge. On that night, it will become a temporary night market selling a variety of Bangkok’s best products, classic and fun games, a Krathong design contest and stage performance by artists.
Experience exotic retro style while you placing your krathong onto the river. Tha Maharaj is the largest waterfront community mall tucked in a small street on Rattanakosin Island. Consisting of over 60 open-air restaurants, retail shops, riverside promenade and community garden, Tha Maharaj is another tourist hub full of Thai art and culture to be explored. Loy Krathong festival held here will surely feature fun-filled activities for locals and tourists to be delighted on the night of the full moon.
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan
Originally called ’Wat Chaeng’, Wat Arun (in short expression) has its ancient root since the Ayutthaya Kingdom period. The majestic, awe-inspiring temple will be extra bustling for the upcoming Loy Krathong festival as it will be turned into a platform for arts festivals with market stalls of food and drinks and souvenir shops. Its central prang (Khmer-style tower) are splendidly lit up, making it glow beautifully against the night sky. But what really sets Wat Arun above the rest is its perfect location to be able to admire illuminated boat processions that are set afloat on the Chao Phraya River.
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