Five Things to Know About The Thai Lantern Festival, Loi Krathong

Five Things to Know About The Thai Lantern Festival, Loi Krathong

Thailand celebrates the famed “lantern festival” each fall. Teachers starting their Teach English in Thailand program in late October will be able to celebrate during their first month on the ground! Want to know more about the festival? Read our Top Five Things to Know About Loi Krathong:

1. Chiang Mai is the place to be for Loi Krathong (loy kra-tong).

Although the Lantern Festival is celebrated everywhere in Thailand, Chiang Mai will have the best (and most famous) views of thousands of lanterns being released into the sky all at once.

2. Loy Krathong (ลอยกระทง) means “floating basket.”

These are handmade, with the bases typically made of a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a loaf of bread and ornately decorated with banana leaves, flowers, and incense sticks. You can buy one for around 100 baht or you can make your own!


3. It symbolizes new beginnings and good luck.

When you release your lantern or krathong into a river or into the sky, you are supposed to wish all your problems and bad luck away with it as it is a symbol of new beginnings. The festival has also become popular with couples, wishing for a happy life or marriage together and releasing their krathong at the same time.


4. Krathongs often include offerings.

Many Thai people will also include coins in their krathongs as an offering to the water spirits and Buddha. But it is known that some people will dive into the river after the celebrations to steal these coins.


5. It’s always celebrated under the full moon.

Loi Krathong takes place on the first full moon in the month of November, this year being on November 13th. Celebrations will begin at sundown on the day of the full moon.




Interested in starting your Teach English in Thailand adventure during this amazing time of the year?

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12 thoughts on "Five Things to Know About The Thai Lantern Festival, Loi Krathong"

  1. Johnathan Polsky says:

    cool site. Thanks for posting.

  2. Jeny says:

    Hi, my husband and I are going Thailand at Chiang Mai in April. Can we do this in April? If so where? I know that it would be best to do it during the ferstival because it looks better but it’s not really easy to plan a trip to another country at specific times and April was the best time for us.

    1. Sara Thacker says:

      Hey Jeny. The Loi Krathong festival only takes place in the fall each year – so that is the only time in which you can participate. Have a fun trip! April is the festival called “Songkran” and is also a fun time to be in Chiang Mai.

  3. chloe says:

    it is cool and i use it for school

    1. Arshad Ahmed says:


      Please tell me which company you used to book your yipeng tickets and which event did you attend

  4. djios says:

    How does one participate? Is it a paid event?

    1. MyKaela says:

      You do have to pay to get involved.

    2. nino says:

      You only have to purchase the lantern if you want to release one or you can make your own. You can watch them for free tho. The floating baskets are easy to find during this time and they are very cheap, you can also make your own if you want it to be more special.

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