Event: Loi Krathong Sai 1,000 Floating Lanterns 2017
Date: 3-7 November 2017
Location: Tak Province, on the banks of the Ping River, Rattanakosin 200 years bridge
A tranquil oasis off the mainstream tourist track, Tak province looks forward to welcoming visitors with warm Thai hospitality and a unique culture like no other this November.
Known as Thailand’s western frontier to Myanmar and gateway to the Northern provinces, Tak is home to the unique ‘Loi Krathong Sai’ floating lantern festival. A source of pride for the province, the illuminating nighttime celebration marks the full moon on the 12th month in the Thai traditional calendar. Held on the Ping River, the festival represents the area’s unique cultural heritage, and local wisdom passed down from generation to generation.
Unlike anywhere else in Thailand, Tak’s Loi Krathong Sai 1,000 Floating Lanterns festival kicks off with Krathong Sai Parade, where local residents dress up in Thai traditional costumes to celebrate the grand lantern procession, which is presided over by 8 Royal Krathongs to commemorate and to mark the beginning of the festivities along the Ping River.
Loi Krathong Sai 1,000 Floating Lanterns 2017 will take place from 3-7 November 2017, on the banks of the Ping River, Rattanakosin 200 years Bridge, Tak Province.
In addition to the spectacular display created by a procession of beautifully decorated Krathong Sai, visitors to Tak Province and the Loi Krathong Sai 1,000 Floating Lanterns will be delighted to learn more about the history and the making of the Krathong Sai, and to enjoy a wide range of cultural performances as well as locally-made merchandises and delicacies, known as the OTOP (one-tambon one product).
Ms Thamonwan Charoenwongpisit, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Tak Office reveals that, “TAT Tak Office along with local municipalities and communities will welcome visitors with the Loi Krathong Sai Lai Prathip Pan Duang, the unique custom of threading coconut shell Krathongs together and floating them in a candlelit chain down the Ping River to honour Bhudda and to ask for forgiveness, and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha. As a winner of the Thailand Tourism Awards 2011, 2013, and 2015, the string illumination of Loy Krathong Sai Lai Prathip Pan Duang in November is an event all cultural travellers should experience at least once in their lifetime.”
For more information, please contact:
TAT Tak Office
Tel: +66 (0) 5551 4341-3