Pattaya City Thailand, Loy Krathong Festival

 Loy Krathong Festival

In Pattaya there is of course no major river to match, say, the Chao Phraya in Bangkok. However, we do have the sea instead. Unfortunately, although it is nevertheless utilized by plenty of people, it is less than ideal, in particular because of the choppy and tidal nature of sea-water that tends to over-turn Krathongs rather easily, while also preventing them from floating too far off into the distance. Therefore, various lakes, ponds, klongs and even hotel swimming pools are utilized for the evening. Beach Road will have a procession displaying Krathongs that will no doubt be accompanied by the usual stalls in Walking Street selling a wide variety of food and drink, while firework displays from the numerous nearby restaurants will light up the night sky. making for a most enjoyable evening. Personally, however. I shall head off. alongside my better half. Krathong in hand and matches in pocket, to a very large and picturesque lake that lies close to Bang Saray. about 20 kilometres from Pattaya on the way to Sattahip. Then, once we are done down by the water-side, we will head back into Bang Saray itself for a romantic sea-food dinner at Ruan Talay. If that doesn't put a smile on her face, then I will hold my hands up and admit that I know nothing about women, or at least those of them of Thai extraction.  


Following close on the heels of Loy Krathong is the Pattaya Festival, which will run from the 15th to the 20th of November. Once again, the focus of the festival will be the Beach Road/Walking Street area, where there will be a wide variety of processions, displays, exhibitions, performances and other entertainment. This will, perhaps inevitably, include the Miss and Mr Pattaya beauty pageants, as well as an exhibition of underwater archaeology and a floral car procession. Numerous stalls will be selling an assortment of delicious Thai foods and drinks as well as traditional handicrafts, artwork and clothing.

One thing that is particularly relevant about this time of year, here in Pattaya, is that along with the end of the rainy season comes the start of the high season. Cooler temperatures, a lack of humidity and dry, sunny days mean that it is a time of year that we should all look forward to. It is a time to get outside, into the countryside and maybe out on to the golf course. Tourist numbers rise again both giving local businesses a welcome boost and the town itself a fresh burst of vibrancy and energy. And if that isn't a reason to celebrate, then I don't Loy Krathong festival in Thailandknow what is.

Happy Loy Kratong.

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Pattaya City Thailand, Loy Krathong Festival