Loy Krathong is a traditional festival native to Thailand and is a major tourist attraction on the island. It is celebrated annually and is marked as the ‘festival of lights’.
The name of the event can be translated to mean ‘float a basket’, derived from the age-old practices of creating decorative baskets which are then released and remain afloat on the river. These specially designed baskets are known as krathrongs, hence the name of the festival.
Loy Krathong 2019 Dates – Festival of Lights, Koh Samui
The highlight of the event is the inclusion of candles in the krathrongs so that the floating baskets create a fantastic array of lights that give Loy Krathong the name ‘festival of lights’.
Locals and visitors alike are enthralled by the sheer delight of setting the baskets afloat; usually done as one makes a wish. Some individuals toss a coin to appease the river spirits and bring good luck their way.
Watching the krathrongs float away is an exciting experience, especially for first-time visitors. The sight of thousands of lights, drifting away and the gentle breeze causing the flames to flicker in the calm of the night is a breathtaking experience.