The annual Hua Hin Loy Krathong Festival will be held for 2 days this year on the 27th and 28th of November 2012. Although Loy Krathong is organized almost everywhere in the country, the festival is unique depending on where it takes place. In Hua Hin, Loy Krathong aims to foster traditional Thai culture and raise people’s awareness on its value apart from promoting local tourism.
This year, the festival will take place at Phon Kingphet Memorial Park on 27 November and at 19-Rai Queen Sirikit’s Memorial Park on 28 November. Highlights of the event include a contest of the most beautiful hand-made Krathong of primary, secondary and university students. The contest, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., consists of 3 awards: the 1st prize worth 5,000 Baht in cash, the 2nd runner up worth 4,000 Baht in cash and the 3rd runner up worth 3,000 Baht in cash. Winners for the three categorizes will also get an honorary plaque and certificate.
There are also some complimentary awards worth 1,000 Baht in cash. On 28 November from 5.30 p.m. onwards, there will be a big Krathong procession around the downtown Hua Hin to Queen Sirikit’s Memorial Park. Then, an official opening of the Loy Krathong Festival in Hua Hin will start before stage performances of many top Thai artists, such as U-then The Prommin, Lao Lom and traditional Thai stage dramas or ‘Li Keh’ by Warawuth- Sutthita.
The Hua Hin Municipality would like to invite both local people and visitors to enjoy the traditional Thai festival of Loy Krathong on the above-mentioned date. Further information can be obtained from khun Chakkrit Khongrot, the recreational officer of Hua Hin Municipality, at tel. 081 753 0629.