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Loy Krathong, one of the most beautiful Thai festivals

Loy Krathong is one of the most beautiful Thai festivals, and it is a time to give thanks to the goddess of waters and to seek forgiveness for past misdeeds. It occurs at night during the full moon of the 12th Thai lunar month (this year, 17th November).

Loy literally means “to float,” while Krathong refers to the lotus-shaped vessels containing candles, incense and flowers which participants float down rivers and on lakes and ponds everywhere.  The Krathong is made from materials such as banana leaves, banana tree trunks, coconut barks or even paper.

We will meet first for a quick dinner and chat at MOS Burger on the ground floor of Siam Paragon at 6:15pm.  (Siam Paragon is next to the Siam Station of the BTS Skytrain and is connected by Skybridge at exits 3 and 5.) Then at 7:00pm, we will take the BTS Skytrain to the Mo Chit (Morchit) station, the northern-most stop (a 15-minute ride).  Next, we will take a 5-minute walk to a small lake in the park next to where the Chatuchak Weekend Market is held at other times.

We will walk around the small lake in the park and see young people and families floating the krathongs with candles and flowers on the lake.  This is a sight not to be missed.  The same thing occurs at all Bangkok parks and at many spots along the Chao Phraya River but our location will be less crowded.



















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  • Zen K.

    Thank you So much Khun Art.

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing! Beautiful! Gorgeous! Touching!

    November 18, 2013

  • Martin F.

    Art, You are an indispensable Expat and a tremendous good will ambassador for Thailand. I enjoyed your very organized outing today. It was colorful, full of friendships, and culturally enriching. I look forward to to your organized outing. Thank you for the effort and you certainly make the difference in our expat community.

    2 · November 18, 2013

  • Jing j.

    Thank you Mr. Art. Glad to join witnessing the festival with smiles and laughters. :)

    November 18, 2013

  • Eric

    A new and fun experience for me. Thank you Art :)

    November 17, 2013

  • GenieJah

    Thanks so much to K.Art - Organizer. Very nice meeting you all. Enjoy chatting, smiling, laughing a lots. During Jan - Feb - March, there will be free orchestra concert every Sunday's evening at "Lumpini park" call "Music in the park". If you guys interested, Let's enjoy together soon :) Ps. Easily getting there by (Catch underground : MRT - Lumpini station) / or / Sky train - BTS : SalaDang Station. Let's keep in touch . . woo hoo ! Have a good dream to you all :) Genie

    November 17, 2013

  • Romela A.

    It was fun meeting new friends and at the same time watching the most beautiful festival in Thailand.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • GenieJah

    Really enjoy meet up with you guys, happy seeing you smile & laugh together :) Thanks s much to Khun Art - Organizer about organized this events. Have a good dream to you all :)

    November 17, 2013

  • Yoshimi

    Sorry I'm not able to join this time, enjoy!

    November 17, 2013

  • narakmichiko

    I am going

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm here already.

    November 17, 2013

    • Romela A.

      We are here at mos burger

      November 17, 2013

  • James M.

    Hi folks, I've been fighting a nasty Thai style virus all week and it's still with me...I hope you all enjoy. I'm going to float one in my bathtub.

    November 17, 2013

  • Zen K.

    Yeah ! Lets meet at Siam. On the way now

    November 17, 2013

  • narakmichiko

    Can we meet at park? please give contact for ask about this event.

    November 17, 2013

    • Art

      Narakmichiko, I will be very busy because we currently have 72 people signed up. I will not have time to answer the phone during this event. Most of the people in MOS Burger at Siam Paragon will be from our group. Just ask anyone, "Are you from the Meetup.com group?" or look for me. My photo is on the left side of our web page.

      2 · November 17, 2013

    • narakmichiko

      ok see you soon

      1 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would also like to meet at the park, I live close to BTS Ari. Could you please inform where we can meet tonight?

    November 17, 2013

  • Christopher F.

    Sounds like fun!

    November 17, 2013

  • Michelle J.

    Is there a way I can meet everyone at JJ market? I live in Ladprao so it will be easier for me to get to than going all the way to Siam. Can't wait!

    November 10, 2013

    • Mint P.

      Yes Susan. Please check your email.

      November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello! It seems like I will be leaving from Mo Chit. Can I join you guys?? :)

      November 16, 2013

  • Susan V.

    We will join the other three from Ladprao since we are not far from Mo Chit

    November 16, 2013

  • GenieJah

    c u guys tmrw ... woo hoo ! Let's enjoy Loy Kratong. Keep finger cross to be a clear sky, please :)

    November 16, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Maybe one guest

    November 16, 2013

  • suntree

    I have to go back China.sorry cannot join with u together.I hope i can join the other events with you when I come back from China.

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting 50+ new friends. To be able to be part of a ceremony of such beautiful significance is a treasure. Worship and giving thanks and asking forgiveness are so important. Should I buy and bring my krathong with me or can I buy one there? I enjoy crowds of families and children so hope that many laughing souls will be there. I will arrive early but will be eating local cuisine at another shop. Burgers are not my diet.

    November 12, 2013

    • Art

      Hi Rob, You can buy a krathong near the entrance gate as we enter the park. An article in today's Nation newspaper has this advice: "Instead of using plastic or synthetic foam vessels to celebrate the Loy Krathong festival, environmentalists are urging people to use more biodegradable materials.... The Department of Environment Quality Promotion found the number of vessels made from plastic or synthetic foam had increased substantially in the past few years, causing environmental pollution." The article goes on to give a good summary of what the Loy Krathong Festival is all about: "Thai people pay their respects to the river goddess Ganga and apologise for having used, or done anything bad to, the river. They put flowers, candles and joss sticks into a small vessel and float it down the river to pay homage to Buddha and Ganga."

      November 12, 2013

  • Glen L.

    hi guys! i am new to this group and ths will be my first event! :D I would love to meet new people to expand my network and soak myself in the thai culture! See you all this weekend!! Excited!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Lawrence Alex W.

    Is this event still scheduled for Nov17th? News says that the TAT has postponed in honor of the late Supreme Patriarch.
    Http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/677638-loy-krathong-celebrations-postponed/

    November 11, 2013

    • Art

      Hi Lawrence, Celebrations by individuals and the private sector are still scheduled for November 17. What will be postponed to a future date are only those events sponsored by the Tourism Authority itself. Here's an October 29 article from the Bangkok Post: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Loy Krathong gets go-ahead from govt
      State organisations and the private sector may proceed with annual Loy Krathongcelebrations which fall on Nov 17 despite the nation being in mourning for the Supreme Patriarch. Tongthong Chandransu, the Prime Minister’s Office secretary-general said the government has not imposed a ban on festive activities following the passing of the Supreme Patriarch on Thursday.
      State and private agencies can organise Loy Krathong celebrations as they see fit, he said.
      Earlier, the Tourism Authority of Thailand postponed its annual Loy Krathongcelebrations after the government extended the official mourning period to Nov 23.

      November 11, 2013

  • Zen K.

    Which restaurant in paragon ?

    October 19, 2013

    • Art

      As indicated in the event description: We will meet first for a quick dinner and chat at MOS Burger on the ground floor of Siam Paragon at 6:15pm. (Siam Paragon is next to the Siam Station of the BTS Skytrain and is connected by Skybridge at exits 3 and 5.) Then at 7:00pm, we will take the BTS Skytrain to the Mo Chit (Morchit) station, the northern-most stop (a 15-minute ride). Next, we will take a 5-minute walk to a small lake in the park next to where the Chatuchak Weekend Market is held at other times.

      3 · October 19, 2013

    • Zen K.

      Thanks a lot

      October 19, 2013

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