Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Loi Krathong, 28 November 2012

Today Thailand is celebrating Loi Krathong and I wanted to share my first Krathong making experience experience with you. 

Every year Thailand  celebrates a beautiful experience of Loi Krathong - probably the most picturesque and beautiful of all Thai celebrations. The annual event falls on the night when the tides are at their highest and the moon at its brightest - the full moon night of the 12th lunar month, which is usually in mid- or end of November.

In the evening, people send their hand-made or purchased krathongs (translates roughly as "floating basket") down the river after lighting the candles and incense and making a wish for the coming year.  It is said that the wish will come true if the candle remains lit until the basket passes out of sight, and also that the longer the candle remains lit the better the coming year will be.

Originally, the krathong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A krathong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins. Nowadays kratongs are much more creative as many more materials are available. 

Yesterday we went with friends and kids to Sweet Sisters Cafe in the south of Samui, where they held Krathong making workhop. The krathong making process was a great fun, I tried it first time in my life, but the results was much better than I expected :-) 

Today most of Samui people will gather in Chaweng Lake and release their Krathongs to the water of the lake. Some people go to the seaside, but Chaweng Lake is the main point of celebrations. 

Some pictures from our krathong-making workshop:

All these beautiful krathongs were made yesterday in Sweet Sisters cafe by local Samui people, Thais and foreigners, and I think it's a great learning experience for both kids and adults. We enjoyed it a lot!!

And we will let them go tonight....


  1. I just wanted to leave a message and thank you for this wonderful informative blog. My husband and I are staying in Samui with my mother and our 5 year old and 3 mths old daughters, we've been for 2 weeks and have 5 more ahead of us. Your blog has given us great ideas on how to spend our time between relaxing and enjoying our parent leave. I have one question, is there any place you could recommend for us on New Years eve, particularly with our 5 year old in mind who very much want to see the fireworks (we come from Iceland where we have ALOT of them this evening)? You may also keep us in mind if you have any activities planned through your agency in January that might fit our family.

  2. These floating baskets look beautiful. You too have given me some great inspiration for when we stay in Koh Samui in a few months. We too are also taking our 8 year old son, are there any other activities you can recommend we do with him?

  3. I also got information regarding Koh Samui Sea view villa rentals as these are good to stay and located in Thailand which is the beautiful place to visit.

  4. Hi there,
    Thank you so much for this blog! I could not see a 'contact' form anywhere so I hope you dont mind me contacting you via this method but I am moving to Koh Samui in Mid august with my two boys aged 9 and 6. I am a single mother. I run a blog on wordpress (onethousandsingledays) and while I have enough money to live comfortably for about 9 months without income, I would like to work. I have completed 2 years of nursing school and also write. I have experience as a nanny and working with special needs children and the elderly. Do you have any advice on what direction I should be going in for work?
    Thank you so much, thank you for your informative blog. :-)