Loy Krathong festival gets underway in Hua Hin, calls for eco-friendly celebrations

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The Loy Krathong festival in Hua Hin has officially begun, following a ceremony which took place at Khao Tao Reservoir on Sunday evening (Nov 26).

The event, part of a grand tradition in this historic town, was inaugurated by Polkrit Puangwalaisin, the district officer of Hua Hin, in a ceremony presided over by Mayor Nopporn Wutthikul and the municipal administration team.

The opening night saw a mix of Thai and international tourists go to see the various types of lanterns, including the traditional Lanna-style, which are on display at the reservoir.

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The centerpiece was a grand krathong measuring 6.5 meters in diameter, accompanied by a colorful fountain, enhancing the charm of the Kaotao Reservoir.

Cultural performances themed around the ‘River of Life’ added to the festivities, with artists like ‘Nhu IS LIFE’ and impersonators of Amphon Lamphun captivating the audience. Additionally, numerous photo spots were set up, becoming popular attractions for tourists capturing memories of the festival.

In anticipation of Loy Krathong, the Hua Hin Municipality organized a competition for creating eco-friendly krathong floats, divided into three educational levels: primary, lower secondary, and upper secondary-university. The competition saw enthusiastic participation from various schools, with Wang Klai Kangwon School under Royal Patronage and Bo Fai Municipal School among the notable winners.

District Officer Mr Polkrit emphasized the festival’s commitment to environmental preservation. He encouraged the use of natural or biodegradable materials for floats and advocated for shared family floats to reduce environmental impact.

Many people in Hua Hin will be celebrating Loy Krathong on Monday evening (Nov 27). Expect crowds at Khao Tao lake, 19 Rai and Hua Hin Beach from 5pm onwards.

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