If you can’t secure tickets to experience Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai, Hua Hin is a great alternative. After a 3-hour drive from Bangkok, you’ll be by the sea in a laid-back coastal town that has a unique royal history. Experience the Festival of Lights like locals do in Hua Hin.
The main thing to see and experience during Loy Krathong is the floating of candles downstream on baskets traditionally made of banana leaves — stalls around Hua Hin sell pre-made ones that you can buy and light yourself. Buy some with your family and take them to the ocean. You’ll see other families doing the same. Share a unique cultural event with your kids.
Make a wish for the coming year as you set sail to your floating candle and let any hatred and anger sail away with your candle.
Let grudges go. Focus on the future. Get excited about the new year and celebrate Loy Krathong this year in Hua Hin.
Hold your own festival in your pool villa and place the candles in their little boats on the surface of your pool. Let them illuminate your evening as you relax and enjoy each other’s company.
When is Loy Krathong (the Festival of Lights) in Hua Hin?
Celebrations are in November and it looks like for 2019 Loy Krathong will be celebrated from 11 November to 13 November 2019. It typically marks the end of the rainy season, but in Hua Hin you’ll find it’s mostly sunny.
Where can you celebrate Loy Krathong (the Festival of Lights) in Hua Hin?
The beach — Head to the beach you’ll see people setting sail to their floating candles. Watch, join in, and experience the festival along the shore of the Gulf of Thailand.
Queen’s Park 19 Rai — Oftena parade is held in Queen’s Park with student shows and floating candles. The park itself is located right on the beach and at high tide the waves lap at the park’s wall. It’s simple, quaint and a lovely place to sit and look at the ocean. There’s lots of kid’s play equipment and an outdoor gym if you want to burn some calories while your kids play!
Khao Tao Reservoir — There’s also a festival held at the reservoir for Loy Krathong where you can see the floating pavilion dedicated to the late king of Thailand. During dusk it’s illuminated with golden lights. If you’re into travel photography, you’ll love this place. The pavilion looks beautiful when it’s lit against the soft pink sky with the rolling mountains in the background.
Khao Itisukato Temple — For a real local and cultural Loy Krathong experience head to Khao Itisukato Temple. It’s a hidden gem in Hua Hin and is definitely off the beaten track. See roaring golden lion states, and 9-headed orange and green serpents twist up the temple’s columns.
This Loy Krathong festival will be a true local and insider experience in Hua Hin.
Hotels and resorts — ask at your hotel if they have any Loy Krathong festivities. Some of the resorts have events planned at the kids’ club.
At the Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin, there will be a craft class for kids where they will make the floating candle boat (the krathong). It’s from 2PM-4PM and it’s free for guests. For any kids who wear Thai costume they will get 1 free model plaster to paint and be able to join the Krathong making for free. This offer is available for guests and non-guests.
If you’re looking for dinner plans during Loy Krathong, the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort will host a special buffet dinner with a beauty contest and a traditional Thai dance show in celebration of the Festival of Lights. Kids can also join the Krathong demonstration.
For a Festival of Lights that is not crowded and touristy, visit Hua Hin. See what Loy Krathong is like by the sea in a relaxed and chilled environment that has a lovely local and laid-back feel.
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