Illuminate Your November: A Traveler’s Guide to Loy Krathong

MANILA, Philippines—Celebrate the Festival of Lights as millions float krathongs down rivers, symbolizing new beginnings. Join the festivities on November 27, and experience the surge in Airbnb interest, especially in destinations like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Koh Pha Ngan, and Krabi.

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Chiang Mai

Nestled in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai boasts majestic mountains and lush forests, immersed in the vibrant tapestry of Lanna culture. Loy Krathong transforms the city with grand ceremonies and radiant temples, coinciding with Yee Peng’s lantern-filled skies.

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The Ping River offers a serene spot to float krathongs, while Tha Phae Gate and Three Kings Monument are lively hubs for festivities. Don’t miss Chiang Mai’s culinary delights: sai oua, nam ngiao, and the ever-popular khao soi. Immerse yourself in the city’s flavors and traditions for an authentic experience.

Bangkok

Loy Krathong transforms Thailand’s lively capital into a cultural spectacle. Along the Chao Phraya River, amid iconic landmarks like Wat Arun, visitors and locals alike gather to float krathongs. Wat Saket, near one of Bangkok’s oldest canals, Khlong Maha Nak, offers a unique Loy Krathong experience, with the nearby Golden Mount adding to the charm.

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Explore the hip Song Wat neighborhood, recently named one of the world’s coolest by TimeOut. Discover art galleries and historic buildings just a short stroll from the Chao Phraya. Amidst your Bangkok adventures, savor the city’s diverse culinary scene, from street food favorites like pad thai and pad krapow to vibrant markets like Jodd Fair and Michelin-starred eateries.

Phuket

Beyond its renowned beaches and islands, Phuket reveals a rich history and a distinctive Loy Krathong experience with an island-style vibe. With over 30 beaches as enchanting settings for krathong floats, explore less touristy yet equally charming spots like Sapan Hin Lake and Suan Luang Park in Phuket Town, or opt for the serene Nai Harn Lake in the south or Bang-Ma-Ruan Lake in the north.

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Indulge in the freshest seafood from the Andaman Sea while in Phuket. Southern delicacies like kaeng som (sour and spicy soup), massaman (a slightly sweet Thai curry), and kaeng tai pla (an intensely spicy curry with fermented fish) are must-tries. Amidst island life, delve into Phuket Town’s history and Sino-Portuguese architecture for a well-rounded exploration.

Discover unique Airbnb stays for a memorable Loy Krathong experience:

  1. Bohemian Home, Chiang Mai– A distinctive local home near Tha Phae Gate and Warorot market.
  2. Mango Home No.1, Chiang Mai Adjacent to Sunday Walking Street and Tha Phae Gate in the old city.
  3. Funky Handmade House, Chiang Mai– Beautiful teak house crafted along the foothills of Doi Suthep mountain.
  4. Canal House, Bangkok– Antique canal house on the Thonburi side of Bangkok’s old capital city.
  5. Antique Colonial Luang Prasit Canal Home, Bangkok– Colonial-style teakwood house on Bangkok Yai Canal.
  6. Chic Loft, Bangkok– Artistic loft-style townhouse in the vibrant Thonglor neighborhood.
  7. Bella Vista Panwa, Phuket– Bungalow with stunning sea views in Ao Yon on Phuket’s east coast.
  8. Pangolin Villa, Phuket– Private pool villa in the north, close to Nai Thon and Nai Yang beaches.
  9. Duplex-Style Pool Villa, Phuket– Duplex pool villa with garden view in the popular northwest area.