Loy Krathong – Lanna style

Thailand October 21, 2017 10:50

By The Nation

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Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai celebrates Loy Krathong by inviting guests to dine by moonlight on a Northern Thai-style buffet as the cool breezes sweep up your hot air balloon Krathong (Khom Loy) up into the sky, releasing all your misfortune.

Loy Krathong is celebrated annually in Thailand on the 12th full moon following the Thai Lunar calendar and this year falls on November 3. The word “loy” means to float and a “krathong” is a small circular raft made from banana tree trunks. This little raft is decorate with elaborately folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense. Krathongs are then released into the river or floated up into the sky in a khom loy. The ceremony is one of spiritual cleansing as one venerates the Lord Buddha with light, with the floating raft symbolizing the letting go of our grudges and past grievances. This act is believed to bring good luck and also honour the Thai river goddess, Phra Mae Khongkha. 

The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai is offering a package for this cultural experience with two night’s accommodation in a deluxe villa from November 2 to 5. Other benefits are daily buffet breakfast at Akaligo Restaurant for two persons, a set of afternoon tea at Dhara Dhevi Cake Shop for two persons, one complimentary extra bed for child under 12 years, 15-per-cent discount on spa treatment during stay, Northern Thai buffet dinner at Le Grand Lanna Restaurant on November 3 for two persons including one khom loy, traditional Lanna shows and a beautiful krathong made of banana leaves.

The package is priced is Bt58,000-plus. For details and reservations, visit www.DharaDhevi.com or email sirikanya@dharadhevi.com.