Loy Krathong in Sukhothai

Sukhothai’s Loy Krathong festival last ten days and is held annually in late October or November in the city’s historical park. The park covers the ruins of Sukhothai, literally ‘dawn of happiness’, capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom in the 13th and 14th centuries.

This year, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the festival felt rather different. Less foreign visitors and more of a focus on domestic tourists.

The sound and light show is the highlight of each evening – with hundreds or performers, a handful of elephants and its own fireworks show above the ruins of the ancient city.

The remainder of the festival takes place around the park; lots of food, crafts, music and show. It is very much a family affair – and no alcohol is available in the park. It has the feel of a very large and very good-natured garden party. Some pictures from this year.

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