1. Loy Krathong at Asiatique in Bangkok
Asiatique is a new shopping arcade/boutique market on the Chao Phraya River. It is very close to Sapan Taksin BTS station and not far from Silom.
Asiatique is a great place to go to experience Loy Krathong if you are a traveler. As you make your way through the market, there will be many mini-performances and historical shows from the Thai Siamese-era to see.
You can also find a plethora of restaurants, bars, and entertainment including lots of fun activities for kids such as a carousel, kids cartoon cinema, and mini go-karts.
To celebrate the festival there will be plenty of shops and stalls selling various styles of Krathongs. A good way to join in the celebrations is to buy one then head to the river to release it.
Enjoy this special moment as you take in the view of the full moon above the river when it is covered in candle-lit Krathongs. At Asiatique, you will also be able to see fireworks from the nearby hotels lighting up the river in celebration.
Getting there: Go to Sapan Taksin BTS and get a taxi the rest of the way or walk to Central Pier underneath the BTS station where you can catch a free riverboat to Asiatique.
2. Loy Krathong Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
Getting a ticket on one of the many dinner cruises that run up and down the Chao Phraya River for Loy Krathong can be both difficult and expensive, but well worth it! Loy Krathong is a very popular time of year for dinner cruises and many of the boats will put on a special show for the festival.
While on the dinner cruise, guests can enjoy wine and a nice meal while watching the river as it is light up by fireworks, floating lanterns, and the moon.
Certain cruises specifically say that they will be celebrating Loy Krathong which means that the boat will make a special stop. During this stop, you will be able to release your Krathong on the river.
If you do not have a Krathong, don’t worry! Most dinner cruise boats will also have their own spectacular large-sized Krathong that you can participate in decorating.
Because of the popularity of dinner cruises during Loy Krathong, make sure to book your tickets well in advance.
Getting there: Make sure you research the various dinner cruises available and choose the one that suits your needs. If possible, ask for a hotel pick up and drop off so that you are chauffeured to and from the pier.
3. Loy Krathong at the Tha Maharaj Mall
It may not seem like the right time of the year to visit a shopping mall, but the Tha Maharaj Mall next to the Chao Phraya River is one of the few shopping centers that is well-known for putting on a great show during Loy Krathong.
Here, guests will have access to plenty of food, desserts, coffee, refreshments, and alcoholic beverages. The mall consists of seven buildings outside of which is an open-air community garden and walkways that lead down to the riverside promenade making it a great location for Loy Krathong.
During Loy Krathong, the shopping center is decorated with traditional yellow, white, red, and blue ribbons. It is also full of festive lights and in the garden, you can participate in games or watch people performing Siamese-era dances while dressed up in traditional Thai costumes.
There will be various styles of Krathongs available for purchase here and plenty of people floating their Krathong on the river from the riverside promenade.
Getting there: To reach the Tha Maharaj Mall, you need to take a riverboat to Wang Lang Pier (N10). From there take the river crossing boat to Wat Mahathat Pier and the shopping center. Another option is to go to Tha Chang Pier (N9) and then reach the Tha Maharaj Mall on foot.