1. Make your own Krathong
While you’re typically able to find pre-made krathongs from street vendors during the festival, these baskets may contain materials like pins, rubber, plastic, or even styrofoam that are hazardous for the environment and marine life.
If you plan to release your basket into the sea, you’ll want to make your own out of biodegradable materials like banana leaves and fresh flowers. This can be done with the help of your hotel or resort during the holiday, given that most offer free classes on this day.
Making your own krathong is not only better for the environment, but helps travelers learn more about the festival and put more meaning into their own celebration.
2. Release your Krathong with your loved ones
The purpose of releasing krathongs is to symbolically release all of the misfortunes you have placed inside of your basket. The common belief is that the krathong holds the bad luck and negative experiences you’ve had this year and it carries them out to sea, giving you a fresh start (and good luck!). Krathongs typically contain candles, incense, flowers, and coins, but you can improve your krathong with personal items. These baskets can be released after sunset with your loved ones.
Trust us when we say that experiencing this festival together creates stronger bonds and lasting memories. Especially for couples and families with kids.
3. Explore local street food and visit festival fairs
Celebrating Loy Krathong in Phuket also means that you’re able to explore Phuket Town during the holiday and join the locals in their festivities. Though your hotel will offer holiday activities you also have the option to indulge in local street foods like kluay tod, a delicious sweet snack consisting of fried bananas dipped in coconut and sesame seeds.
Travelers can also celebrate Loy Krathong by visiting local festival fairs which can be a little crowded but are a great way to get a more local celebration experience and include activities like beauty contests and krathong-making contests.
4. Create an unforgettable romantic evening
In the past, Thai men and women did not have many opportunities to meet unless it was during a religious holiday. Given the lack of opportunity, Loy Krathong eventually developed into a lovers’ holiday where partners could spend time with each other.
Because Loy Krathong provides an incredibly beautiful atmosphere, it’s no wonder lovers still use the festivities to get closer to one another. Many couples even use the magic of the evening to pop the question!
Your romantic evening, of course, doesn’t need a proposal but can include releasing a krathong together. Thai people believe that this krathong represents your future together so the further it makes it out to see the better.