Nov 27, 2015

Loy Krathong in Pattaya, Thailand

We had just arrived at the U-Tapao International Airport in Pattaya, Thailand and passed the immigration check point when some gorgeous models (AirAsia Thailand staff??) handed us some lotus shaped bread and urged us to take some pictures with them. 

It was then we realized it was actually the Loy Krathong festival which was happening on that day and we were lucky to be able to be a part of it... Determined not to miss this festival, Mariam, our tour leader checked to see where the Thai people would be gathered to celebrate this festival and came back with a short list....

Loy Krathong happens to be one of the most picturesque festivals in Thailand, when people gather around lakes, rivers and beaches in the evening to pay respects to the goddess of water by releasing beautiful lotus shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense and flowers onto the water.

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Loy Krathong falls on the night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in November), at the end of the rainy season when the full-moon lights up the sky.

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The sight of thousands of Krathongs and Khom Lois, sending a thousand pinpoints of light far into the horizon and up into the dark evening sky is truly an amazing sight and one you won't easily forget.... 

Loi (ลอย) means “to float”, while krathong (กระทง)  translates to “floating crown” or “floating boat” The traditional krathong are made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread like the one here given to us by the Thai AirAsia staff. A bread krathong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. Banana stalk krathong are also biodegradable. There are also Styrofoam krathongs but these are bad as they pollute the rivers and take years to decompose. 

A krathong is lovely and decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, incense sticks, and a candle. A small coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits.

On the night of the full moon, the  Thai people launch their krathong on a river, pond or at the beach making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits..

Jojo, our tour leader Mariam's friend in Pattaya took us to Jomtien Beach there we saw many people making, selling and floating the krathongs as well as releasing khom lois or paper lanterns into the sky. The fuel cells in the khom lois will burn out after maybe 10 minutes, at which point the lanterns gracefully fall back to earth, and could trigger an extensive cleanup effort. However, these days most of the lanterns are made from biodegradable rice paper, which grazing animals eat or, if that doesn’t happen, they will then break down after a few rain fall

We could not simply watch the lanterns ascend into the sky and we somehow got one of those paper lanterns for THB100 and participated in the releasing our own luminous khom loi... which is all part of the magical experience.

The excitement and happiness in the atmosphere every time the Khom Loi successfully ascended was indeed describable, and our own khom loi joined the rest of the flickering glow of flying lanterns ascending the skies.

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I was in Pattaya as part of my AirAsia ASEAN traveller Beach Specialist trip and well, will be writing about it in my blog soon too... 
AirAsia is the only airline that connects Pattaya, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur directly with 4 weekly flights
And for Singapore friends.... AirAsia has begun its flights directly to and from Pattaya and Singapore as well as yours truly is on its inaugural flight there tonight!!!! There is a sale going on so hurry and grab your tickets now HERE


  1. Wow~ It looks fun to celebrate the festival~ did they write their wishes on the lantern?

  2. beautiful girls, wait are they girls? haha anyways, i love thailand too

  3. Wow that's really fast ! you're so lucky to have been able to experience this!

  4. wow time fly, is like you just went yesterday. Hehe.
    this place no go yet, hope go soon.

    1. yeah... should go Sherry... maybe we can make a trip together... someday.. hahah

  5. these are the things i only see on TV. I want to experience it myself too, lucky you!


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