CHIANG MAI / CHIANG RAI
Considered one of Thailand’s
most picturesque and atmospheric
festivals, “Loy Krathong” comes
along annually in the evening
of the full moon and in the 12th
month of the lunar calendar.
This year, it falls on November 4.
People release the “krathong
(floats creatively made from
banana trunk and banana leaves
and flowers) into rivers, canal
and lakes to pay respect to the
Goddess of the River.
In Chiang Mai, the festival
has an extra dimension with
Yi Peng, the Northern Thai
festival of sky lanterns. Together,
both festivals result in an
impressively glittering night
scene, with breath-taking
sights of the candle-lit krathong
gliding on the rivers while
the Yi Peng floats along in the
For those looking for an ideal
celebration in Chiang Mai, an exclusive
Loy Krathong night at the Four Seasons
Resort Chiang Mai is an all-encompassing
experience. To make it memorable, plan
a stay at the hotel, enjoy a traditional
Lanna-style dinner for two and join in
festival lantern and krathong making
workshops, culminating into the release
of the krathong and wishing lanterns
known as khom loy.
On Loy Krathong Day itself, ride
into town for the Krathong Parade
and witness the delightful sight of
glowing lights in the sky. You’ll also get
the best vantage point by the river to
release lanterns for blessings and good
fortune. The special package covers
accommodations, daily breakfast and
roundtrip airport transfers. fourseasons.
+66 (0) 53 298 181
For people with a preference for ecological textiles and use of natural dyes,
including handweaving processes or the artisan skills of handicrafts – it’s worth
sparing half a day or even a full day checking out Studio Naenna in Chiang Mai.
Founded by a former UN official Patricia Cheesman, the studio is managed by her
daughter Morna who also designs clothing, while she focuses on textile design.
Their mission is to preserve and revitalise traditional Thai and Lao textiles and
promote eco-textiles. The work is carried out in collaboration with local weavers
and the practice of fair trade.
Booking ahead is recommended for those wanting to learn details about
the treasures available there. Opening hours: 9am - 5pm, 38/8 Soi Chang Khian,
Huay Kaew Road, Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai,
+66 (0) 53 266 042