Nevertheless since 2022, there are Visakha Bucha evenings open to all even foreigners at Wat Mahathat inside Sukhothai historical park. People gather and pray then go in a walking procession around the temple with their candles in a pottery holder (you can buy them on site) for 3 loops. I did it in 2022, it really is a unique setting for this ceremony. There was also a small market with food stalls. Sukhothai historical park has free entrance for the occasion (from 6 p.m.).
Be careful, sometimes, due to coincidence with the dates of the mini sound and light shows, the ceremony may be moved to another temple (probably Wat Chang Lom behind the Legendha Sukhothai hotel).
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Location : Sukhothai
TAT Sukhothai Office - Tel: +66 (0)55 616 228
With a lot of traditions, festivals in Thailand are numerous and some are worldwide famous. Loy Krathong sometimes also called the Festival of Lights is held in November and was elected second best festival in the world. It must be said that this is the most photogenic festival in Thailand.
The main events of the Buddhist calendar but also the anniversaries of the King and Queen of Thailand and other days related to the History of the country are holidays in Thailand. If banks and administrations are generally closed those days, transport, shops and restaurants operate normally.