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Lights, Lanterns and Lotus Flowers

Thailand is well known for it’s epic Full Moon Parties, drinking buckets and fireshows on the beach but what about Thailand’s festivals? You may have heard of Songkran (AKA the biggest water fight in the world), a 4 day street party that involves throwing buckets of water and shooting water pistols at everyone you see. Then there’s Phi Ta Khon, ‘The Ghost festival’, the religious Ubon Ratchatani Candle festival and Thailand’s very own monkey buffet (It’s actually a thing – Google it!), however arguably Thailand’s most spectacular festival is Loi Krathong, Festival of Lights.

What is the Festival of the lights?

Loi Krathong (literally translated to Floating basket or Floating crown) is a festival believed to date back 8 centuries in Thailand. It involves placing lotus shaped rafts (Krathong) decorated with candles, incense and flowers onto water with the intention of bringing luck and fulfilling wishes. Traditionally the decorations are placed into rivers and canals but nowadays any water including lakes and ponds will do! A popular belief in Thailand is that if the candle on your Krathong stays lit until it disappears out of sight, you’re in for a year of good luck!

When does it take place?

Loi Krathong normally takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, normally in November, at the end of the rainy season. This year, it’ll take place on Wednesday 25th November. In Chiang Mai an extra ‘show’ is put on for tourists a week after the official free festival for the locals.

Where is it celebrated?

The festival of lights is celebrated all over Thailand. In Chiang Mai in Thailand’s North it’s celebrated slightly differently with a religious festival, Yi Peng. Here lanterns are released into the sky rather than water to pay homage to Buddha. At night, the sky is lit up with thousands of lanterns creating a beautiful light display!

If you’re lucky enough to be in Thailand now, make sure to take part in the festival! Planning a trip to Thailand? You don’t have to wait until next November! Lanterns are sold year round in Thailand.

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We’ve almost all heard of the legendary Full Moon Party at New Year but have you heard Of Songkran, the Thai New Year celebration?

If the answer is no, let us remedy this for you, because we’d hate for you to miss out!

Songkran happens from April 13th to 15th and is a 3 day long water fight in celebration of the Thai New Year. The idea is that it washes away the old and welcomes the new. April happens to be the hottest month of the year too, so it is a welcome relief. People will go around throwing buckets of cold water on one another and although this happens all over the country, you’ll find the biggest celebrations in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

There is no escape! Kids and adults alike get involved and the only way to stay dry is to be seen holding either a camera or a cigarette … or stay inside – but why would you want to? This is some serious fun! For at least one of the days, it is recommended that you get a Tuk Tuk and drive through the city whilst spraying people with water … it’s the ultimate waterfight and a great way to meet people and make new friends!

The best way to truly understand how this goes down is to see it for yourself … check out one of our favourite Youtube videos below!

Great news!! … We still have a couple of spaces available for our Ultimate Thailand Tour on these dates, so not only can you join us for the best way to start your Thailand adventure, but you can get involved in what must be one of the biggest water fights in the world!

Don’t miss out … Book today!

We’ll see you soon! (We’ll be the ones with the water guns!)