Loy Krathong in Phuket is not to be missed, and some would say that outside Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Phuket is the best place to enjoy the festivities. For me, the festival personifies Thailand at its colorful and cultural best. On the full moon of the 12th lunar month of the Thai calendar, which normally falls in November, Loy Krathong moves into full swing. This year the festival falls on 10 November 2011. ‘Loy’, or ‘Loi’, whichever way you prefer, translates to the word ‘float’. ‘Krathong’ translates as ‘raft’, and the ceremony is symbolically pushing the float out across the sea or a river to signify casting away your problems of the previous year and bringing in a new start.
All major beachside areas in Phuket will be the places to visit on the evening of 10 November, especially Patong, Karon and Kata. Although the lake that adjoins Nai Harn Beach will be spectacular. In actuality, lakes are better and more in line with the history of Loy Krathong.
If you are in a newly formed relationship, Loy Krathong in Phuket is the perfect opportunity to cement your love… a very romantic gesture indeed!
Have a great Loy Krathong in Phuket and absorb some of that fantastic Thai culture at first hand.