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Privilege News November 2015

 

Dear Members,

Sawasdee kha! This month’s feature is about one of the Kingdom’s most beautiful and enchanting festival, Loy Krathong. The exact date of Loy Krathong is determined by the Thai lunar calendar and this year it happens to fall on November 24. “Loy” means “float”, and a “krathong” is a hand-made craft particular to the holiday.

Among the grandest Loy Krathong celebrations held around the country Chiang Mai ranks high up. The entire city is dressed up well in advanced in preparation of the event and beauty pageants are held to crown the fairest maiden of the festival. There are parades with large floats fashioned as giant krathongs each with their own theme. It is a time where you can witness the Lanna culture in its best.

Elsewhere in the country large provincial towns prepare their own festivities. Ayutthaya is well known for holding beautiful cultural performances while the Northeastern provinces put fairy lights on boats to mimic krathongs. Later on in this issue we will let you know where to go to get the best Loy Krathong experiences and provide you with more information on this beautiful and important festival.

And Thailand Elite Card is proud to present two exclusive events being held to commemorate the long friendship and relations between The Kingdom of Thailand and The Kingdom of Belgium. The event, entitled Thai-Belgian Friendship, will feature numerous activities to celebrate the long history of trade and friendly relations between both countries.

 

 

 

 

 

Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival

1-8 November, 2015 – The first event launching the celebrations will be a photo exhibition titled Exhibition of Royal Visits. On display will be many historical photographs uncovering the extremely good relations between the Royal families of both Kingdoms. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the early bilateral history of Thailand and Belgium. This exhibition will be held at the Life Style Hall on the 2nd floor of Siam Paragon.

The other event will be the much-anticipated Belgian Chocolate & Sculptures Exhibitions. Admire the many exquisite works of art sculpted from solid blocks of world famous Belgian chocolates and get the chance to taste freshly made gourmet chocolate. This is truly heaven for chocoholics and chocolate lovers alike. The exhibition will be held at the Living Hall in the 3rd floor of Siam Paragon from the 5th to the 8th of November.

Both of these events are just a few of several events held to feature in the Thai-Belgian Friendship celebrations. Thailand Elite Card will update information and keep Members informed through our different channels. Stay tuned.

Throughout the country the people of Thailand will be quietly lighting their krathongs and floating them down waterways. And then there are some towns that make organize spectacles not to be missed. Below are some of the highlights of Loy Krathong.

 

     
 

North -
Loy Krathong Sukhothai Festival 2015

Although it is a nationwide celebration Loy Krathong first originated in Sukhothai, the first Thai capital; and where the holiday was first celebrated.

Highlights of the Sukhothai Loy Krathong celebration include displays of lighted candles and fireworks, folk dancing and a spectacular light & sound presentation. Guests wanting the full cultural treatment should join the superb Sukhothai Gala Dinner. It is a Sukhothai style Khantoke dinner where guests will be seated on a comfortable mat in the front of majestic Wat Mahathat where you will enjoy the Sukhothai art and cultural shows and music throughout the meal.

 

 
 

Sukhothai Gala Dinner will be held daily from 17.30 – 19.15 during Loy Krathong Light and Candle Festival from
November 21st to 25th, 2015. Sukhothai Gala Dinner is arranged by Sukhothai Tourism Association.
Sukhothai Administration Office : +66(0) 5561 1619
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sukhothai Office : +66(0) 5561 6228-9, +66(0) 5561 6366

 
     
 

 

Central - 
Bangkok Loy Krathong Festivities

Bangkok is set to celebrate the Loi Krathong Festival 2015 from 22 to 25 November along the Chao Phraya River with spectacular displays of illuminating boats and fireworks, cultural performances, an exhibition of Loi Krathong traditions from all regions throughout Thailand, and the krathong floating ceremonies. Visitor can participate in several places along the river including the Asiatique The Riverfront, around the Rama 8 bridge and other excitingvenues.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Call Centre : 1672
Tourism Authority of Thailand Head Office :
+66(0) 2250 5500

 
     
 

North East – Nakhorn Phanom

This picturesque town celebrates the Lai Rua Fai, or the Illuminated Boat Procession. Lai Rua Fai festival is the most famous celebration in this part of the country where local set lights on structured frames on the boats and floated them along the Meakhong River. The locals shape their lights into traditional Buddhist emblems or depicting mythological scenes as well as images of HM the King.

Nakhorn Phanom District Office : +66(0) 4251 1574
Nakhorn Phanom Municipality : +66(0) 4251 6159

 

 
     
 

 

South - Songkhla

The Had Yai Loy Krathong Festival is held in the Bang Huk Park by the banks of the U-Tapao canal. Festivites in the evening include stage performances and a Loy Krathong parade of the different Krathong styles form the four regions of Thailand. There will also be a junior Nang Nophamas beauty pageant and the floating of krathongs from the pier.

Had Yai Municipality : Tel +66(0) 7420 0000
Tourism Authority of Thailand Had Yai Office : 
+66(0) 7423 1055, +66(0) 7423 8518

 
     

     

 

The Meaning of Loy Krathong

Thais celebrate Loy Krathong for many reasons. The main rice harvesting season has ended and it is an opportune time to thank the Water Goddess, Chao Mae Khongka, for a year’s worth of her abundant supply, as well as an apology for polluting her waters. Some believe that this is the time to symbolically ‘float away’ all the anger and grudges you have been holding on to. Thais would sometimes place a fingernail, a lock of hair or a small piece of cloth into the krathong as a way of distancing themselves with their old self and starting anew. People will also place coins and even banknotes into the krathong in the belief that this will bring them luck and money in the days ahead. On the water’s edge they say a prayer and make a wish for better days ahead before carefully placing the krathong on the water and giving it a slight push away. If your candle stays alight until your Krathong disappears out of sight, it means a year of good luck.

The traditional krathong is made from a cross-section of a banana tree trunk, which is then elaborately decorated with folded banana leaves and flowers in intricate towering designs and resembling the shape of a lotus in full blossom. There are countless styles of krathongs for sale around the main Loy Krathong festivity areas. Today the banana trunk core is sometimes replaced by styrofoam or bread (baked into the form of a traditional krathong). The banana trunk and bread krathongs are obviously eco-friendly, so a better choices for the environment.

 

     

     

 

Apsara Dinner Cruise (Bangkok)

One of the best spots to be in order to enjoy the Loy Krathong festival is on the Chao Phraya, the River of Kings. The Apsara River Cruise is operated by the Banyan Tree Group and is a luxurious experience featuring a sumptuous meal of Royal Thai cuisine in a five star ambience. The gorgeously converted vintage rice barge will cruise leisurely down the river where you can take in the sights and sounds of the many riverside parties and historic sites such as Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), the Grand Palace to the golden Rama 8 Bridge. To cap off the cruise the barge will anchor near the center of the riverside fireworks, considered to be the best fireworks display in the country. The Apsara River Cruise is also open daily for dinner and advanced reservation is required.

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