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This Friday November 23rd 2018 is actually the full moon night of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, which is when Loy Krathong festival is celebrated in Bangkok and beyond. The romantic and superstitious event happens on a different day each year, so make sure you check the local calendars before heading out with your cameras.
Loy literally translates to ‘float’ while krathong is the actual ‘vessel’ that you make and put offerings on put place in a body of water as part of the celebration. The whole country takes part and they are very welcoming of foreigners to join in their tradition. Make sure you place some small clipping of their hair, fingernail and some coins onto the krathong before sending it away to get rid of your bad karma.
There are a few standout places in Bangkok for photographing the annual special event:
Asiatique is right on the Chao Phraya River and hosts quite the spectacle. Watch out for the epic fireworks as well.
Benjasiri is located pretty much in the centre of Bangkok. Right next to Emporium Shopping Mall and From Phong BTS. There is a lake right in the middle that people float their krathongs in.
Anywhere that is allowed along the river is definitely something worth looking out for. There’s always Phra Arthit Pier, Maharaj Lifestyle Mall or even next to the Golden Mount.
If you’re into photographing people, there’s also the Nang Noppamas beauty contest, where young ladies dress up in traditional Thai costume and compete to see who can win the crowd’s applause. It is said the the first person to ever float a krathong was Princess Srijuralak, a beautiful consort of the king of Sukhothai. It was King Ramkhamhaeng that made the ritual into an annual tradition.
Some beautiful Thai ladies dressed as Nang Noppamas and floating Krathongs.
If you are feeling adventurous and don’t mind being in a rather crowded open field, in Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai, they celebrate Loy Krathong a little differently. They call it the Yi Peng festival and is actually a separate event, but held simultaneously. People also call this the lantern festival and is ripe for beautiful photographs.
Monks in Chiang Mai celebrating Yi Peng by lighting lanterns and releasing them into the sky at night.
Loy Krathong Lantern Festival Chiang Mai Thailand Gopro Hero3+ - YouTube
OK, this couple was just adorable to shoot. I went to meet them at the trendy Sala Rattanakosin Hotel right across from The Temple of Dawn. Of course we couldn’t just leave without shooting a few shots with Wat Arun in the background. It was a photo begging to happen.
Just chilling across from The Temple of Dawn. Ryan and Elias did mention that they haven’t done something like this before but we got straight to to business and everything was all natural! I made sure to be out of their way when they were interacting and just captured the purest moments.
Ryan had found me on a directory amongst other Bangkok photographers and luckily I stood out from the crowd! He emailed me just over a month before the actual shooting date and was able to lock something in easily. – The wonders of planning ahead!
Of course at a location such as Wat Pho, there were always going to be crowds of people that unknowingly walk into the shots. We kept our cool and carried on though. I learned to wait for the right moment and crop them out from the shots.
We bounced around a few places within the area, but the main part was walking through The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. You simply can’t go on a holiday to Bangkok without getting some memorable photos with the giant Buddha statue.
There’s certainly a few hidden spots in Wat Pho that other tourists ignore. Their loss was definitely our gain though, as we got to secluded places to shoot some awesome photos. I guess the crowd mainly comes to see the reclining buddha and then leave.
I start modeling around 3 and a half years ago when my Mom put me in school for Miss Venezuela! . I stayed there around 6 months and after that my current manager found me on Instagram
Bangkok is my happy place, I love to come here a lot (it’s my 4th time in Bangkok – 3 times for work and 1 time solely for holidays ). There’s plenty of food, lots of places to go and the amazing people that you meet here with their pure souls. I am hooked!
I dont really have a plan on what to do next with my life! I just keep going with ideas that I have on my mind or head to countries that I know I can get a decent amount of work and ones I want to visit anyway. I like to be in Asia so much so I may stay more around here and after move to America or Europe!
It’s soo different for me here because I always have been living with my family and doing everything with them; now I’m living alone, I obviously have to do everything by myself. In the beginning it was hard, but after a while you get used to it and helps you to understand all the things that my family did for me and I get to appreciate everything more. Even the little things!