River Festival 2020: Loy Krathong Festival in Bangkok

If you want to experience the charm of Thai culture and immerse yourself in the identity of the Thai way of life, Loy Krathong is the Thai Festival you cannot miss. Bangkok River Festival is an event related to the celebration of this annual Thai festival in Bangkok. This year marks the success of the sixth consecutive event under the concept “Cheerful Light Art”.

River Festival 2020

What is Loy  Krathong?

Loy Krathong is one of the main Thai festivals and is celebrated to honor the Goddess of the river. This annual celebration gets its name from the floating basket decorations or ornaments that are traditionally lit and floated on rivers all over Thailand. Loy Krathong comes from two Thai words. First, loy, means to float, while krathong is a type of small floating basket made from banana trunk. Local Thais typically create their own krathongs with folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, and incense sticks. Modern krathongs are mainly made of bread, biodegradable or edible for fish. The Krathongs are floated on the river as an offering to the water goddess Pra Mae Khongkha.

In Thailand, Loy Krathong festival is held every year on the full moon night of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar and this year Loy Krathong Festival falls on Saturday 31 October 2020. 

River Festival 2020

What is River Festival?

Bangkok River Festival 2020 is one of the best and most popular events in Bangkok related to Loy Krathong. This unique cultural celebration will continue for 3 days and 3 nights, from 29 to 31 October 2020.

This year, River Festival 2020 is ready to offer you fun once again with a variety of activities. During the festival everyone can experience nighttime merit making and Krathong floating ceremonies as well as immerse into Thai culture with the riverside communities. Additionally, the festival is inviting to dress in Thai costumes to participate in activities.

Festival Venues and Activities 

The River Festival venues include 5 important historical temples along the Chao Phraya River where you can join merit-making activities called Loy Prateep (Light the Lanterns) believed to bring prosperity to life. There are also other 5 Contemporary Culture riverside venues including Yodpiman Riverwalk, Tha Maharaj, Asiatique The Riverfront, Tha Long 1919 and Suksiam at ICONSIAM.

The 10 venues taking part in the festival and activities offered there are listed below.

1. Wat Pho

Highlight: Auspiciousness at Night time

Activities:

  • Paying Respects to the Reclining Buddha
  • Replica of the Buddha's Footprint Lighting Ceremony
  • Candlelight Floating
  • Traditional Thai Dance

2. Wat Arun

Highlight: For a Happy and Prosperous Life

Activities:

  • Prayer Procession
  • Candlelight Procession
  • Blessing from Luang Por Roong Arun
  • Thai Traditional Dance
  • Weapon-Base Martial Arts / Thai Kids's Dance Drama

3. Wat Rakhang

Highlight: For the Fame and Glorious Life

Activities:

  • Paying Respects to Luang Phor Toh
  • Paying Respects to Taksin the Great
  • Visit Phra Tamnak Daeng (Red House)
  • Kratong Floating
  • Riverside Community Market
  • Traditional Thai Dance

4. Wat Kalaya

Highlight: Blissful Life by the Grace of Luang Phor Toh

Activities:

  • Paying Respects to Luang Phor Sam Por Kong
  • Merit Making for Prosperity
  • Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration
  • Chinese Lion Dance from Wat Kalaya Community
  • Chinese Lion Dance

5. Wat Prayoon

Highlight: Sacred Buddha’s Relics Ceremony for an Auspicious Life

Activities:

  • Paying Respects to the Hindu Goddess Ganga
  • Lighting Ceremony to Pay Respect to Buddha’s Relics
  • Paying Respects to Buddha’s Relics
  • Paying Respects to Luang Phor Phuttha Nak Noi
  • Dhamma Talks by Phra Bhramapundit
  • Thai Country Music Show

6. Tha Maharaj

Highlight: Shop and Sample Great Food along the Iconic Chao Phraya River

Activities:

  • DIY Krathong Buffet
  • Live Jazz & Chill Music
  • Instagram-worthy Landmark
  • Food & Thai Desserts Stalls
  • Krathong Floater

7. Yodpiman River Walk

Highlight: Take a Stroll Back into Time

Activities:

  • Admiring the Views of Chao Phraya River at Night
  • Shops and Food Stalls
  • 24-Hour Flower Market
  • Krathong Floater
  • Free Shuttle Boat Interchange

8. Lhong 1919

Highlight: Get a Glimpse of Ancient Chinese Civilization

Activities:

  • Paying Respects to the 200-Year-Old Tuptim Goddess
  • Beautiful Architecture and Mural Arts
  • Contemporary Jazz & Chinese Instrument Performances
  • Restaurants and Food Shops
  • Krathong Floater

9. ICONSIAM

Highlight: Immerse yourself into this latest city of wonder that brings together all aspects of unrivaled Thai wisdom and presents the cultural heritage of the 4 main regions of Thailand. Located at Level G, ICONSIAM.

Activities:

  • Thai Charm: Indulge the charm of Thai Culture
  • Thai Taste: Amaze with Local Thai Tastes from 4 Regions
  • Thai Fun: Joyous with Thai Rare & Contemporary Show
  • Thai Creativity: Wonder with Thai Crafts Products
  • Thai Friendship: Happy Destination for Families
  • Thai Sustainability: Inspire with Sustainability Lifestyle
  • Thai Hope: Happy Go Lucky for Everyone

10. Asiatique The Riverfront

Highlight: From the former port of East Asiatic to the first and the largest night-lifestyle venue riverfront.

Activities:

  • Thai Temple Fun Fair
  • Mini Krathong Floating Pond
  • Contemporary Music Performances
  • DIY Krathong-Making
  • Thai Temple Fair Games
  • Community and Food Stalls
  • Krathong Floater

More information about the venue: Asiatique the Riverfront.

Opening Hours

Bangkok River Festival 2020 will be celebrated between 29-31 October 2020 from 17:00-22:00

How to get there?

Free Shuttle Boat

There will be a free shuttle boat throughout the piers from 17:00 - 22:30. You can get on the free shuttle boat at any of these piers, just choose the nearest to you.

River Festival 2020

Route 1:  R1 – R7

Tha Tien Pier - Wat Pho > Tha Maharaj Pier > Wat Rakhang Pier > Wat Arun Pier > Wat Kalaya Pier > Wat Prayoon Pier > Yodpiman River Walk Pier

Departure every 20 minutes

Route 2: R7 - R10

Yodpiman River Walk Pier > Lhong1919 > SOOKSIAM @ ICONSIAM Pier > Asiatique The Riverfront Pier

Departure every 30 minutes

Cross River Ferry Service

Those who don’t want to wait for complimentary shuttle boats can use a paid cross river ferry service on the following routes:

  • Yodpiman Rivar Walk Pier - Wat Kalaya Pier
  • Wat Arun Pier - Tha Thein Pier (Wat Pho)
  • Maharaj Pier - Wang Lang Pie
  • Asiatique Pier - Saphan Taksin Pier
  • Tha Chang Pier - Wat Rakhang Pier

For more information about using cross river ferries in Bangkok check: Bangkok Cross River Ferries.

River Festival 2020 in Lumphun

In addition to organizing events in Bangkok, the second consecutive Lumphun River Festival will be held on the banks of the Kuang River. This is the main river that nourishes the life and culture of the people of the Lanna area.

River Festival 2020 in Lumphun

Apart from that, Loy Krathong festival takes place throughout the city. We are sure that you will enjoy this wonderful festival and will take away some unforgettable memories.

Tip

If you want to participate in Bangkok River Festival and looking for the place to base, the best area to stay is around the Bangkok Old Town as you will be in a short distance from the pier. Book Your Hotel Now!

See You @ River Festival 2020!