Loi Krathong - Thailand

Loi Krathong, the lantern festival, is celebrated on one night during full moon of the 12th lunar month. ‘Loy’ signifies ‘floating’, while ‘krathong’ is a small object in the shape of a lotis flower, usually made from banana leaves. On the evening of the festival, thousands of people head to their local river or canal to make a wish. They do so by lighting the candle in their krathong and setting it free to float with the current. Truly beautiful.


“loi Krathong Ping river” by Lode Engelen – ลุงฝรั่ง. CC2

Accommodation

Anantara

A former British Consulate, this is one of the highest-end hotels in Chiang Mai. Mixing minimalist and colonial styles, private courtyards lead off to the immaculate rooms. It feels incredibly tranquil thanks to the lush gardens and riverside location, and...

Four Seasons

Being around a 30 minute drive from central Chiang Mai affords this resort a peaceful, retreat-like atmosphere. Rice paddies and mountains surround the spacious private pavilions, each with their own veranda. A free shuttle bus can take you into the...

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi

Just outside central Chiang Mai, this resort is almost like a regal fortress, with a moat running through the exotic gardens. The suites and villas maintain the high class theme, and sun decks and Jacuzzis come as standard. The cottages...

Puripunn Baby Boutique hotel

The charming and traditional Puripunn hotel is a beguiling slice of old Thailand. Like an ornate cake fashioned from chocolate and cream, it's lovingly designed, satisfying to experience, and guaranteed to leave you wanting more. The rectangular jade swimming pool...

Sibsan Resort

A heavenly tranquil boutique resort that nestles discreetly amidst tropical gardens which is your base for volunteering with elephants. The combination of modern Thai style and luxuriously spacious villas have been adapted to preserve the integrity of the environment. The...

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