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Celebrate Loy Krathong in signature Anantara style
01 Oct 2009
Anantara Koh Samui Resort & Spa and Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa invite friends, families and couples to share in the Loy Krathong celebrations on Monday 2nd November 2009. Choose from these two breathtakingly tropical havens, and immerse yourself in the exquisitely presented traditional festivities and most lavish Thai buffet style dinner. Experience the heartfelt unity of sharing such a special event, as you relax in the sublime pleasures bestowed by Anantara's signature style and seamless service.
Typically falling on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, usually in mid November, this annual festival comes to life when the moon is at its brightest and the tides are at their highest. Celebrated to venerate the Buddha and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, Loy Krathong translates as 'floating basket', articulating the evening custom of setting adrift small baskets containing candles, incense and money from the banks of waterways. A wish is then made, sometimes with the hands raised in a traditional Thai Wai, as the Krathong floats away with the current, symbolising the letting go of one's grudges and starting life afresh.
Discover a beachside paradise blending island magical with traditional Thai hospitality, as you experience Loy Krathong at Anantara Koh Samui Resort & Spa. Feel a warm glow of cultural understanding spread as you participate in the flamboyant festivities. Design and create your very own Krathong in the morning ready for the evening celebrations, guided by our expert demonstrator. As you await the night time festival pleasures, treat your loved one to a pampering Spa day, enjoying endlessly blissful treatments. Or discover intimate seclusion as you set sail for an island hideaway together, toasting champagne sunsets upon your return.
Lapse into the scenic pleasures of an early evening cocktail reception in our beautiful tropical garden. Learn all about the festival rituals that you are here to honor and celebrate, and then continue your cultural journey with an authentic Thai dinner buffet. Let the aromatic spices, perfect fusion of flavours and textures, and exquisite presentation intoxicate your senses. Feel the exotic embrace of one the most enchanting beachside settings imaginable for this most romantic of Thailand's festivals, as we whisk you away to a performance spectacular with a live Thai band and elegantly dramatic traditional dance show.
Release the past and celebrate the future together as you relinquish your hand-crafted Krathong into our lily adorned lagoon. Then let your spirits soar in harmony as you let go of a flame lit lantern, watching it ascend into a magical moonlit sky.
Or simply start afresh with a dazzling celebration immersed in the natural authenticity of Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa. This haven of tranquility, along the untouched shores of the breathtaking Andaman coast, offers the perfect setting for a family escape. Let us keep your little treasures happily entertained with a variety of energetic activities, including enthralling traditional games such as coconut bowling and kite flying, leaving you to experience your own vivacious beachside festivities.
Commence your festival experience in the morning with a Krathong-making demonstration, and then design and create your own for the evening's friendly competition. Spend the rest of the day unwinding with your loved one in idyllic seclusion on a quiet stretch of beach, or take to the crystal clear Andaman Sea as you kayak or windsurf the glittering waters.
Return to a resort of laid back luxury and learn more about the festival's meaningful traditions. Feel your spirits uplift as the beat of our drum parade guides a throng of guests to the Leelawadee Restaurant for a special Loy Krathong Buffet dinner to be enjoyed in a Thai village market style. Delve into the finest authentic specialties from southern Thailand and the local Trang region as you soak up the mellow sounds of our talented house duet. Marvel at a spectacular Thai dance performance by the local Si Kao folkloric group. Prepare to be astounded by our resort's climatic drum show, and share quality time together long into the evening as our house band plays the night away.
Join in the meaningful traditions as you journey from the Beach House to the jetty amidst a festive Loy Krathong parade; your path illuminated by captivating bamboo torches. Watch your Krathong drift away under a spectacular full moon sky, accompanied by a thousand other flickering candles. Continue the magical celebrations with the good luck tradition of releasing floating lanterns into the beautiful coastal horizon, and cherish an unforgettable event in a destination hailed as one of Thailand's best kept secrets.
Anantara Koh Samui Thai Buffet Dinner
THB 1500++ per person
Anantara Si Kao Thai Buffet Dinner
Adult: THB 1200++ per person
Children: THB 600++ per person (6-12 years)
Share the special festivities of Loy Krathong in elegant Anantara style. For further information or reservation, please contact Anantara Koh Samui; Samui@anantara.com or telephone 077 428 300 and Anantara Si Kao; firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 075 205 888.