pic of cleopatra at Nan river in Phitsanulok on the Loi Krathong day 2013

Loi Krathong celebrations -Phitsanulok Thailand

Loi Krathong

It’s a major Thai festival. Loi Krathong was celebrated in Phitsanulok with great fervor. Krathong is a small float made out of banana leaf and flowers. A candle and incense sticks are stuck into the center of the Krathong. The legend has it that a Thai princess in the Ayuthaya period first made a Krathong and left it to drift away in a river. The tradition continues and Thai people float krathong in some flowing water usually a river. The belief is that a whatever you wish for comes true after the Krathong is left in the river to drift away.

picture of Loi Krathongs on the Nan river Phitsanulok Thailand

Loi Krathiong: picture of Loi Krathongs on the Nan river Phitsanulok Thailand

Thai woman selling Krathongs on the street next to Wat Yai in Phitsanulok, Thailand

Thai woman selling Krathongs on the street next to Wat Yai in Phitsanulok, Thailand

Picture of a Krathong-A krathong that was set afloat in the Nan river in Phitsanulok, Thailand on 17th November 2013

Loi Krathong: picture of a krathong that was set afloat in the Nan river in Phitsanulok, Thailand on 17th November 2013

Yesterday the 17th of November was Loi Krathong and people thronged the banks of the Nan river next to “Wat Yai” temple. It was quite a scene, the road leading to the Wat was lined with motorbikes, people were streaming through the sidewalk. A small path led to a stairway going down to the river. The main road was decorated with bright lights. The smell of grilled meats and other food filled the air. There were many Farangs (foreigners staring away and experiencing this celebration of Loi Krathong). Interestingly, this festival is not unique to Thailand. It is also celebrated in Burma, Cambodia, Laos and in India, although the name of this festival may differ in other countries.

There was a unique service at the point where the Krathongs were set afloat. An enterprising Thai man in his mid twenties was taking Krathongs and leaving them further up stream for a small fee of 20 bahts.

picture of A crowd at the Nan river next to Wat Yai in Phitsanulok, Thailand on Loi Krathong day 2013

A crowd at the Nan river next to Wat Yai in Phitsanulok, Thailand on Loi Krathong day 2013

Loi Krathong-People leaving their Krathongs into the Nan river

People leaving their Krathongs into the Nan river


People walking up the steps to the street above the Nan river

People walking up the steps to the street above the Nan river

pic of cleopatra at Nan river in Phitsanulok on the Loi Krathong day 2013

cleopatra at Nan river in Phitsanulok on the Loi Krathong day 2013