Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Sukhothai: A packed itinerary for the Loi Krathong Festival

Travel log November 14, 2018 01:00

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This year’s Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival involves a packed itinerary of activities extending for more than a week, from November 16-25 at the Sukhothai Historical Park.



Daily activities include:

  • Ceremony to welcome the Dawn of Happiness, offering dried food to Buddhist monks, along the route between Saphan Bun, Wat Traphang Thong and Sukhothai Historical Park, at 05.55 Hrs.
  • Ancient Sukhothai Period market, local sports, sword and staff fighting show, thread-wound fist Thai boxing display, at the Four Pavilions
  • Contemporary performances on stage and a market selling community products at Wat Sorasak (modern zone)
  • Lan Thet Lan Tham (Sermon of the Great Birth), at Wat Traphang Ngoen, at 13.00 Hrs.
  • Traditional Thai music, on the grounds in front of Wat Maha That, at 17.00 Hrs.
  • Nang Nopphamat Beauty Contest, at the Dong Tan Stage, at 19.00 Hrs.
  • Khon mask performance, at the back of Wat Chana Songkhram, at 20.30 Hrs.
  • Performance of the legend of Thao Si Chulalak, and Loi Krathong activity, at the pond of Wat Sa Si (Traphang Trakuan), at 22.30 Hrs.
  • Phlu, Talai, Fai Phaniang pyrotechnics (fireworks display), at the pond of Wat Sa Si (Traphang Trakuan), at 23.00 Hrs.

For Loi Krathong Day on November 22, additional activities are being organized:

  • Procession to invite the royal inauguration flame and lanterns, at 08.00 Hrs. (prepare the float to go around town at 14.00 Hrs.)
  • Royal Float, Loi Krathong Festival processions of nine districts, and a procession of Nang Nopphamat, at 14.00 Hrs.
  • Floating the royal lanterns by the Chairman of the Ceremony to mark the auspicious occasion, at the pond of Wat Sa Si (Traphang Trakuan), at 23.00 Hrs.

In addition, a nightly ‘light and sound performance’ will take place on the grounds in front of Wat Maha That, Sukhothai Historical Park, on November 16-22, at 19.30 Hrs. On 22 November, there is an extra show at 17.30 Hrs.

At the same venue, the Khao Khwan Wan Len Fai Samrap Samran Ahan Sukhothai (Sukhothai Gala Dinner) is being organized on November 16-25, from 17.30 – 19.15 Hrs.

Click here to download the event programme.

For more information, please contact:

Tourism Authority of Thailand Sukhothai Office

Tel: +66 (0) 5561 6228-9

Email: tatsukho@tat.or.th.

For enquiries and tickets to the ‘light and sound performance’ and the Sukhothai Gala Dinner, call +66 (0) 64 538 9475.