Thailand is known for its beautiful landscapes, heritage, and culture. There are many places to visit that have a historical significance and have magnificent architecture. You can soak into the Buddhist culture, scenic boat trips, vibrant festivals, relish Thai cuisine and get a Thai massage in your Thailand luxury travel. You can also attend festivals in Bangkok to immerse into its beautiful culture like never before. Bangkok is known for its many nature and adventure activities. Beaches are serene and have turquoise waters. No wonder the country has earned fame as ‘The Land of Smiles’ and the ‘Venice of the East’ because the river runs throughout the city. Festivals are the most joyous celebrations in the country. Be sure to check and attend these festivals in your luxury travels which can give you an unprecedented sneak peak into the country:
- Loy Krathong- This festival is celebrated in November as the Festival of Lights. It is celebrated all over Thailand. Krathong in Thai means banana trunk decorated with flowers, incense, leaves, and candles. Loy in the Thai language means to float. These Krathongs are floated to show respect to rivers since agriculture is the main occupation in Thailand, this festival holds a lot of significance. Pra Mae Khongra is known as the River Goddess and Krathong is floated in the rivers to show respect to her. Thai people worship this goddess and ask for forgiveness. Celebrating this festival is said to wash away misfortune in the coming year. This festival is celebrated on the Full Moon day that falls in November as per the Lunar calendar.
- Chinese New Year- This is also known as the spring festival and celebrated as per the Chinese calendar. One day before the festival locals go shopping for buying items to offer in prayers. It is also known as the ‘Spring Festival.’ Colorful parades are held in the evening. You can watch the Year Dragon taking a procession to temples. Drummers and dancers grace the streets in colorful processions. You can fascinate yourself watching the colorful dragon and dancers in the streets of Bangkok. Chinatown is beautifully decorated with lights and music. There are dance events happening all day. You will also see huge discounts on almost all the places spread across Bangkok. The sky is filled with firecrackers in the night. You can enjoy scrumptious Chinese banquets. You will find red paper lanterns all over Bangkok on this day.
- Candle Festival- This is the most iconic festival celebrated in Bangkok and all around Thailand. Artistic candles are decorated and made. Many wax statues that depict Buddhist mythology are created for this festival. Boats are decorated with flowers and parasols ride along the riverside. Locals ride these boats to collect candles from the locals and dedicate them to the temples.
Lantern Festival- Two festivals are celebrated on the same day. One is the Lantern Festival and the other is the Loy Krathong festival. It is called Yi Peng in Thailand. Many people gather at the banks of the Peng River and release lit paper lanterns in the sky. Visit Chaing Mei during this festival as this is the best place to experience it on this day. The view of sky lanterns looks exhilarating when released in the sky. This festival has existed since the time of the Lanna Kingdom in ancient times. In the Thai language, these floating lanterns are called Khom Loi. They are made of rice paper and the candle is attached to them. The air from the candle makes the lanterns float in the air.
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