Mark Loy Krathong at 5 historic temples

(Photo courtesy of facebook.com/riverfestivalthailand)

The "Bangkok River Festival 2021" will kick off today with many activities at eight cultural heritage waterfronts along the curve of Chao Phraya River, daily from 5-10pm until Friday.

Held under the theme "Wan Phen Yen Chai" to mark the Loy Krathong celebration, the seventh edition of the festival presents both on-ground and on-site activities. Visitors are invited to make merit and pay respect to Buddha statues at five historic temples -- Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Prayurawongsawat, Wat Kalayanamitr and Wat Rakhang, where Buddhist followers can also have fun with candlelight floating, cultural performances, workshops and community markets.

Then, prepare to float your krathong baskets on the majestic river and enjoy great foods and lifestyle products available in a temple fair atmosphere at the other three piers -- Asiatique the Riverfront, Sooksiam@Iconsiam and Tha Maharaj. More entertainment will be available including music performances, fun games and krathong-making workshops.

A highlight will be a boat trip from Tha Maharaj to Rama VIII Bridge on Friday, giving visitors a chance to float krathong right in the middle of Chao Phraya River and witness the stunning view of Phra Sumen Fort and nearby Santichai Prakan Park at night along the way. The trip starts at 6pm and the fee is 30 baht per person.

Free shuttle boats will be available at all eight piers exclusively on Friday starting at 4pm.

During the daytime on all three days, there will be four sessions of "River Talks" by experts and two craft workshops by famous artists.

They will be presented on Facebook: Riverfestivalthailand daily at noon. Additionally, a Thai kite-making workshop will be streamed on the same channel on Nov 25 also at noon.

Visit riverfestivalthailand.com or facebook.com/riverfestivalthailand.

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