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One of the most popular events on the Thai calendar, Loy Krathong gives people the opportunity to pay their respects to the goddess of water by floating beautiful decorated lotus shaped rafts.
Normally falling on the night of the twelfth lunar month, this year’s celebration is held on the eve of November 28.
Why Celebrate Loy Krathong?Thais celebrate for many reasons. Some believe it’s to thank the Water Goddess for abundant supply of water during the main rice harvesting season. Others see this as a symbolic way to ‘float away’ all the anger and grudges they’ve held onto throughout the year.
What is a Krathong?While there isn’t an English equivalent, Krathongs are often referred to as a small float, boat or vessel. They are normally hand-made from banana leaves and crafted into a lotus shape finished with candles, incense and flowers for decoration.Where is it Celebrated?Traditionally, Thais float their krathongs into rivers or small canals. Today, a pond, lake or swimming pool is also used. Many places also hold a variety of activities such as ‘Ram Wong’ dance performances, krathong-making competitions and beauty contests to add to the festive atmosphere. Want to celebrate the festivities with us? Visit our website and check out our Loy Krathong Packages.
Looking for fun things to do during your stay at Amari Vogue Krabi? Here are our top picks.
Explore the Islands - Head out to the untouched islands dotting the Krabi shoreline, including the magnificent Koh Hong to discover the true meaning of an island paradise.Sea Canoeing – Paddle though a fascinating network of limestone caves, pristine mangrove forests and experience a definite test of upper arm muscles. Don’t forget to look out for the cheeky monkeys hiding in the trees! Visit Breeze Spa – Unwind to fun and easy treatments at Breeze Spa. The Signature Mood Massages are a favourite amongst our guests. Learn Thai Cooking – Discover the secrets to cooking authentic Thai cuisine with our talented chefs and take home some great tips to perfect your Thai cooking.Have Dinner at Bellini – After all the activity, a seafood feast will surely hit the spot. Savour the day’s freshest catch with dinner at our beachfront restaurant amidst the iconic Krabi sunset. Do you have other recommendations? Let us know here.
In the second part of our two part series, our guest blogger shares his first impressions of Bangkok. Read on to find out where he visited and what impressed him most about the Land of Smiles.
Bustling BangkokArriving at my home for the next three days, the Amari Watergate Bangkok, I couldn’t help but think that this place was perfect to experience bustling Bangkok. From its relaxing vibe to hospitable staff, I understood why this was a popular hotel amongst travelers.After freshening up and a quick light snack, we headed off to the Chao Phraya to embark on a night cruise of the country’s largest river. This was a first for me and an experience I would always remember. Bangkok at night is simply stunning. We ended our first day with a blast! I wouldn’t leave this city without a night on the town and I was not disappointed. After hours of partying to the beats of international D.Js, we headed back to the hotel in a TukTuk and called it a night.Embracing the CultureThe next morning, we experienced the rich vein of culture that Bangkok is known for. A tour of the beautiful temples was a great cultural experience. A quick tip for ladies here is to make sure you wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees or else you’ll have to borrow before entering the temple – not something I would recommend. We then went to the Arts of the Kingdom Museum. Here they showcase the finest Thai artistry and crafts and certainly an experience not to miss. It’s a shame that you can’t take photos inside but nevertheless, a great place to visit. Dinner on the second day was at Red Skies, a stunning roof top restaurant with panoramic views of Bangkok. The food was delicious and for us, the perfect way to end our journey. Heading HomeAfter so many years, my dream of visiting Thailand has come true. I had the opportunity to experience different foods, traditions and a rich culture. I return home with great memories and the determination to return.
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