It’s almost time for Loy Krathong 2013.
Loy Krathong will be on the full moon Sunday, November 17 this year. Loy Krathong is the annual festival where Thais send their bad luck from the previous year to the sea and start the new year fresh.
In Hua Hin, there are several popular places to float your Krathong. The main Hua Hin beach, at the end of Damnoen Kasem Rd (Soi 61) is quite busy as is the beach at Queen’s Park at Soi 19. There are also several spots along the Canal Road for folks who don’t like the large crowds at the beach.
There is a parade down Phetkasem Road with many decorated floats and beautiful girls vying for Miss Loy Krathong. Many schools, government organizations and local businesses participate in the parade.
You will find many stands along Damnoen Kasem Rd and Petchkasem selling Krathongs for you to float. They are also sold in the Chatchai Market and in the afternoon of the festival around most schools.
Many hotels also have special dinners and the Krathongs are floated in a pond or the pool followed by a fireworks display.
As the Loy Krathong festival this year takes place during the mourning period for the recent death of the Supreme Patriarch, it may be a bit subdued this year but it should still be fun and an experience not to be missed.