BANGKOK, 5 November 2019: Bangkok’s Rama VIII bridge is the top spot to celebrate the annual Loy Krathong festivals on the evening of 11 November according to Bangkok Metropolitan Authority.
Another popular venue is Khlong Ong Ang Canal while 30 parks in the city will be open for local residents and visitors to float their Krathong floating bouquet.
BMA has asked festival-goers to use only bio-degradable Krathong and limit to just one Krathong per family, which is a major departure from the custom of each member of a family floating their own Krathong.
According to the National News Bureau, the BMA held a meeting to prepare for this year’s Loy Krathong festival calling on officials to promote the conservation of Thai culture and the link to life-giving water.
BMA highlighted the need for safety and recommended that all festival-goers respect the environment and reduce the impact on the rivers and waterways.
The 30 public parks will be opened from 1700 to midnight on 11 November, allowing the general public to come and float their Krathong. BMA staff will remove all Krathongs from parks and on Chao Phraya River on the following morning.
Meanwhile, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has identified seven locations around the country as top venues to celebrate Loy Krathong which falls on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month (11 November).
Colours of the River, Loi Krathong Festival, Bangkok, 9 to 11 November from 1600 to 2400, at the Santi Chai Prakan Public Park, Bangkok.
Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival 2019, 9 to 12 November, highlights the Grand Krathong procession and cultural performances at the Chiang Mai Municipality Office.
Loi Krathong Festival at Mahathat Temple, located in Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai. Highlight: The Legend of Thao Si Chulalak Performance, at 2230., at the lake of Wat Sa Si (Traphang Trakuan).
Loi Krathong Sai Festival and a Thousand Floating Lanterns, 9-13 November, at Lan Krathong Sai at the Ping River’s Somphot Krung Rattanakosin Song Roi Pi Bridge in Tak.
Ayutthaya Loi Krathong, 11 November, at Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, Ayutthaya on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
Loi Krathong Kap Kluai Mae Klong Festival 2019, Samut Songkhram, 11 November, at Wat Phummarin Kudi Thong and on 12 November at King Rama II Memorial Park.
Somma Nam Khuen Pheng Seng Prathip and Roi Et Loi Krathong Festival 10 to 11 November at Somdet Phra Si Nakarin Public Park and Bueng Phlan Chai, Roi Et