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Float a Krathong in a Bangkok city park or in Chiang Mai or Tak and read about some weird things that happened during Loy Krathong. 

Can we also float away corrupt politicians?


Loy Krathong round-up


Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Guru

This year's Loy Krathong will take place on Sunday (Nov 17). Here's our round-up of this year's Loy Krathong celebrations.


Think you've already seen creative krathongs? Wait until you hear about these cool versions we've discovered.

Krathong 2.0 - 20 engineering students from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang created a giant krathong which is 180cm in diameter out of aluminum and other materials in the shape of a lotus with petals that can move up and down via a controller to reveal a lighthouse in the centre. You can choose the colour of the light's too, if you want.

It will be extra cool if it can launch a rocket.

Eco Krathong - In anticipation of Loy Krathong in 2009, the director of the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion suggested people use floats made out of EM (Effective Microorganism) mud balls that purportedly improve water quality.

Krathong Boat - We think you all have fantasised about sitting in a big krathong and floating away like you're in a personal boat, crossing from Phra Nakhon to Thon Buri side and vice versa. Someone already kinda made it happen. In a press conference to announce the Loy Krathong celebration at Dusit Zoo in 2009, the deputy director  sat in a big krathong floating on a pond in the zoo. Two elephants then pushed it away from the shore with their trunks but no word on whether the deputy director had to swim back to shore by himself. Should you want to attempt this, make sure you wear a life vest and find friends with really strong arms.

Loy Krathong float with Dusit zoo director pushed into water by elephants.


Thai people celebrate Loy Krathong nationwide in Bangkok and the provinces.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has designated 28 public parks as Loy Krathong venues. We recommend Lumpini Park (BTS Sala Daeng, MRT Silom and Lumpini), Chatuchak Park, Wachira Benthat Park (BTS Mo Chit, MRT Chatuchak), Benjasiri Park (BTS Phrom Phong) and the riverside Santi Chai Prakan Park (Phra Athit pier by Chao Phraya Express boat). All celebrations at these parks will take place from 3pm-midnight on Nov 17.

To celebrate Loy Krathong with a northern flair, go to Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival will take place on Nov 17 at Chang Klan Road in Muang district. Cultural highlights include releasing sky lanterns, a light-and-sound presentation and procession.

The traditional Loy Krathong sky lanterns of Chiang Mai.

For an extended Loy Krathong celebration, check out Tak Loy Krathong Sai Festival which ends on Nov 20. Tak people have their own take on the floats. Their krathongs are made of coconut shells and strung together to form a long line. There will be a krathong line contest at Bangkok Bicentennial Bridge in Muang district of Tak. 055-514-341-3 for TAT Tak, facebook.com/taktravel.


The traditional Krathong that people float on water during the Loy Krathong celebrations

Beautiful Krathongs floating in the dark on Loy Krathong night.

The clean-up or Loy Krathong floats the day after the celebrations.

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anticipation: a feeling of excitement about something important or enjoyable that is going to happen soon - การรอคอยอย่างคาดหวัง

attempt: when a person tries to do something or achieve some goal, makes an effort to do it - ความพยายาม

celebrate: to do something enjoyable in order to show that an occasion or event is special - ฉลอง

celebration: a party or special event at which you celebrate something such as a birthday, a festival or a religious holiday - การฉลอง

clean-up: a group project of cleaning something -

contest: a competition - การแข่งขัน

cool: clever; impressive - ดีเลิศ (คำสแลง)

cool: used to show that you really like something because it is fashionable, attractive and often different - ดีเลิศ (คำสแลง)

corrupt: (people) willing to use their power to do dishonest or illegal things in return for money or to get an advantage (ผู้)ทุจริต, (ผู้)โกง - (ผู้)ทุจริต, (ผู้)โกง

creative: involving a lot of imagination and new ideas - ซึ่งมีความคิดริเริ่ม, ซึ่งมีความคิดสร้างสรรค์

cultural: related to the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม

deputy: a person who is given the power to do something instead of another person, or the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง, ตัวแทน,ผู้รักษาการแทน

designate: to formally choose someone or something for a particular purpose - แต่งตั้ง, ที่ได้แต่งตั้ง

diameter: the length of a straight line that crosses a circle through the centre - เส้นผ่านศูนย์กลาง

director: one of a group of senior managers who run a company - กรรมการบริษัท

discover: to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - ค้นพบ

engineering: the activity of applying scientific knowledge to the design, building and control of machines, roads, bridges, electrical equipment, etc - วิศวกรรมศาสตร์

environmental: related to the natural world including plants and animals, land, water, air, especially as it is affected by human activities - สิ่งแวดล้อม

extend: to add more time - ยืดออกไป

extra: more than is usual, expected, or than exists already - เหนือกว่า

fantasy: a pleasant situation that you imagine but that is unlikely to happen - การจินตนาการ

flair: an attractive, skilful, or interesting way of doing something - เก๋, มีรสนิยม

float: a large vehicle on which people dressed in special costumes are carried in a festival - ขบวนรถแห่ในงานรื่นเริง

float: an object that floats in the water - สิ่งที่ลอยได้ เช่น แพ

float: to cause to move slowly in the air or on water - ลอย

have their own take on: have their own way of doing things, their own approach or interpretation -

highlight: the most exciting, impressive, or interesting part of an event - เหตุการณ์สำคัญ, จุดสำคัญ

lanterns: a light enclosed in a container which has a handle for holding it or hanging it up, or the container itself - โคมไฟ

launch: sending something out, such as a rocket into the air or into space - การปล่อย

lotus: an Asian water plant with large white or pink flowers - ดอกบัว

material: a substance that things can be made from - วัตถุ

nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ

personal: your own; not belonging to or connected with anyone else - เป็นส่วนตัว

petal: one of the coloured parts around the centre of a flower -

politician: a person whose job is concerned with politics, especially as an elected member of parliament, etc. - นักการเมือง

pond: a small area of still water, especially one that is artificial - บ่อน้ำ, สระน้ำ

press conference: an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it - การแถลงข่าว

procession: a line of people or vehicles moving in a slow and formal way as part of an event - ขบวน(ราช) รถในพิธี

promotion: the act of encouraging or supporting something - การสนับสนุน

purportedly: said by some people to be real or true, but not proved to be real or true - ซึ่งอ้างว่า

quality: the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is - คุณภาพ

recommend: to advise someone that they should do something - แนะนำ

release: to allow someone or something to go free - ปล่อย

reveal: to show or let something become known - เปิดเผย

revelry: having a party; having fun with other people -

rocket: a vehicle shaped like a tube that travels very fast up into the air and space - จรวด, เครื่องยนต์จรวด, ขีปนาวุธหรือยานอวกาศที่ขับเคลื่อนด้วยจรวด, พลุ, พลุสัญญาณ, ดอกไม้ไฟ

round up: to find and bring together a group of people or animals ; sweep up - ไล่จับ (ฆาตรกร, อาชญากร)

shape: the form of the outer edges or surfaces of something - รูปร่าง, รูปทรง, โครงร่าง

shore: the land along the edge of the sea or ocean, a lake or another large area of water - ชายฝั่ง

suggest: to mention an idea or a plan for somebody else to think about - เสนอ, เสนอแนะ

take place: to happen - เกิดขึ้น

traditional: of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา

trunk: the very long nose of an elephant that it uses to lift food and water to its mouth -

venue: the place where an activity or event happens - สถานที่ที่จัดงาน

version: a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing - ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น

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