Thailand’s second pandemic Loy Krathong is here and if you’re looking for a good place to celebrate, these locations may float your boat.

The traditional festival of Loy Krathong – also known as the “Festival of Lights” and the floating lantern festival – is one of the most charming and visually stunning of all Thailand’s annual festivals, and is celebrated during the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar.

All around Thailand, people gather in the evening at lakes, rivers, canals, and beaches to participate in Loy Krathong and pay respect to the goddess of water.

In Thai, the word Loy means “float” and Krathong means “container, boat or vessel”, and the festival entails the floating of a krathong decorated with candles and flowers onto the water.

Thais believe this is a way to rid oneself of bad luck and negative feelings, and to bring good luck and positive feelings. It also has morphed into the Thai version of Valentine’s Day, with lovers floating their boats with wishes for love and happiness, with plenty of babies made after a visit to the lake or ocean.

Celebrated in Northern Thailand in conjunction with Loy Krathong is the Yi Peng Festival, which sees illuminated lanterns released into the night-time sky.

During Loy Krathong, the magical sight of hundreds of candle-lit krathongs floating on the water is an enchanting sight to behold, as is the equally beautiful scene during Yi Peng of the lanterns rising upward. However, sky lanterns are normally banned during certain hours at night for passenger flight safety reasons.

While Loy Krathong is celebrated nationwide, some of the best places for tourists to experience the festival are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Sukhothai.

Once the first capital of Siam and today a World Heritage Site, Sukhothai offers the chance to enjoy Loy Krathong with the backdrop of majestic ancient ruins and is said to be where the festival began some 600 years ago.

Here are some of the unique locations to celebrate the Loy Krathong Festival 2021. Loy Krathong celebrations may be somewhat affected by pandemic control and prevention measures; for example, in audience size limits and other social distancing requirements.

Central Region

The 7th River Festival 2021, Bangkok

Nov. 17-19 at seven locations: Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho), Wat Arun, Wat Prayun Wongsawat, Wat Rakhang Kositaram, Maharaj Pier, and Asiatique the Riverfront.

Iconsiam: A Magical Loy Krathong upon the Chao Phraya River

Nov. 19 at Iconsiam, Bangkok

Khlong Ong Ang Loy Krathong Festival 2021, Bangkok

Nov. 19-21 at Khlong Ong Ang

Thailand International Lantern and Food Festival, Samut Prakan

Nov. 12-Dec. 6 at Muang Boran the Ancient City

Loy Krathong Kap Kluai Mae Klong Festival 2021, Samut Songkhram

Nov. 19 at Wat Phummarin Kudi Thong

The Twelve-Zodiac Signs Loy Krathong Festival 2021, Suphan Buri

Nov. 17-21  at Wat Khao Phra Si Sanphetchayaram (Wat Khao Phra)

Ban Rachan Loy Krathong Festival 2021, Sing Buri

Nov. 19 at the Ban Rachan Retro Market, Wat Pho Kao Ton

Northern Region

Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival 2021

Nov. 19-20 around the city moat and gates

Loy Krathong Sai Festival and a Thousand Floating Lanterns 2021, Tak

Nov. 18-19 at Lan Krathong Sai by the Ping Riverside, at the foot of the Somphot Krung Rattanakosin Song Roi Pi Bridge

Sukhothai Loy Krathong and Candle Festival 2021

Nov. 18-20 at the Sukhothai Historical Park

Long Sapao Chao Lakon Festival 2021, Lampang

Nov. 18-19 at Sing Chai Pier by the Wang Riverside

Two-River Loy Krathong Festival 2021, Phitsanulok

Nov. 17-19 at Thamma Bucha Road in front of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

Phrae Loy Krathong Festival 2021

Nov. 19 at Phrae Municipal Office and the Chetawan Pier by the Yom riverside

Kwan Phayao Loy Krathong Festival 2021, Phayao

Nov. 17-20 at Kwan Phayao (Phayao Lake)

Northeastern Region

Prasat Muang Tam Loy Krathong Festival 2021, Buri Ram

Nov. 18-19 at Prasat Muang Tam

Khon Kaen Loy Krathong Festival 2021

Nov. 19 at Khon Kaen University

Eastern Region

Pattaya Loy Krathong Festival 2021

Nov. 19 at Central Pattaya Beach Road