Unlike the popular Chiang Mai festival of Yi Peng, Pantong’s Loy Krathong celebrations have been axed, along with the Patong Carnival. In most years the Patong Municipality holds events for the age-old festival celebrating the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. Previous government statements did not call for the cancellation of events but did ask for celebrations to bear in mind that we should be mourning the loss of HM King Bhumibol at this time. Specifically, a spokesman stated that for Loy Krathong the traditional floating baskets (Krathongs) should be white or grey as opposed to the often brightly coloured floats released.
The Patong Municipality has stated that whilst it won’t be putting on any celebrations it welcomes people to celebrate the occasion on their own, with Mayor Chalermluck saying “those wanting to float Krathongs can do so at the Pak Bang canal”. The usual music and more elaborate celebrations will not be seen this year in Patong. This may come as a disappointment to those wanting to participate in the festivities, but all is not lost, just yet. Phuket City Municipality have stated that their Loy Krathong celebrations at Saphan Hin are still being considered.