Bangkok Loy Krathong: A sacred Thai ceremony

Loy Krathong

Coming back for Bangkok Loy Krathong

After a short trip to Kanchanaburi, I came back to Bangkok for Bangkok Loy Krathong.

Bangkok Loy Krathong festival?

Loy Krathong is a festival celebrated throughout southwestern Thai cultures. It means to float a basket. It came from the tradition of making a basket and letting it float on the river. It takes place on the full moon of the 12th Thai month, so the date changes each year (but it’s usually in November).

Bangkok Loy Krathong festival

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This is the reason I came back to Bangkok! It was not easy to wake up early in the morning, take a train to Namtok, and then make it on time to Bangkok! I arrived in Bangkok around 6 pm and put the backpack in the hostel. Then, I went to the Chao Phraya River where the festival was held.

As I walked along the riverside, I found many people were watching something – that made me curious. So I went near the crowds.

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

Two boys in the water at night of Bangkok Loy Krathong?

There were two boys with a lady who looked like their mom. They were busy pulling the candles from the middle of the decorated baskets with the beautiful flowers. I couldn’t understand why they were doing this.

Loy Krathong

So I asked my Thai friend Chai. He said that when people float krathong, they make a wish and ask for forgiveness from the goddess of water. But before doing this, they put some coins in the basket and then light candles. Now I get it! The boys wanted to clean up the river. No, maybe I’m wrong. They wanted to collect the coins. 😉

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

A sacred ceremony, Bangkok Loy Krathong

There were people selling beautifully decorated baskets. I was tempted to buy one, but I’m a budget traveler, so I decided to watch people instead. People light the candles, made their wishes and floated them on the river.  This whole scene made me think that Loy Krathong isn’t just a festival, it’s more like a sacred ceremony. I felt grateful that I had a chance to be at an important Thai ceremony.

Bangkok Loy Krathong showed a different side of Bangkok

And then, I kept walking. It was getting louder as I came near the park. Thais and tourists were celebrating the festival in their own ways. People took pictures of themselves making wishes. There were also Thai bands playing music on a stage. And on another stage, some Thais who looked like celebrities were saying something in Thai (which I couldn’t understand). But people were smiling and laughing so I guess they were having fun. I felt happy for them and I thought Bangkok is not just all about tuk-tuk, temples, and hot weather. I finally started to like being in Bangkok

Going back to my Bangkok hostel near Khao San road

My friend and I got so tired from walking since early morning, so we headed back to the hostel. But I lost him. I just couldn’t find him in the crowd. I literally had no energy, so I had no choice but go back to the hostel.

At that time, I didn’t see a “drama” coming my way. 

Drama, Drama, Drama… will be continued on my next Bangkok blog post!   

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8 thoughts on “Bangkok Loy Krathong: A sacred Thai ceremony

    1. Thank you Diana! : ) Love to hear from you! Maybe I will go to Sydney to meet you… get ready for it! lol! Or we can spend some time in Bali lol. I miss you!

  1. Wow! Very interesting and beautiful. It’s great to hear stories and see pictures from your travels! Your words help paint the picture in my imagination. Thanks for sharing your journey and having the courage to put your tale out for everyone to see!

    I’m worried about the kids swimming in the river though… Hopefully the river is clean enough.

    1. Yeah… I felt bad for the boys… I hope they are fine too. I felt really vulnerable posting my travel stories… Because I’m putting myself out there for everyone to read… right? But I would like to take risks and I’m trying not to be too afraid. Thanks for reading my story and writing comments. : )

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