Owing to the varied ethnic and religious backgrounds present in Krabi, the local
people are always celebrating some religious festival, whether part of Thai Buddhist,
Thai-Chinese or Thai-Islamic tradition. Visitors can also enjoy the annual boat-launching
ceremonies of the sea gypsies and various long-tail boat races.
Krabi Boek Fa Andaman Festival This is annually held in November to inaugurate the
province’s tourist season. Water sports competitions, cultural shows, and good-natured
fun are the schedule.
Lanta Festival The festival is usually held in March every year at the Old Community
in Koh Lanta called Lanta Old Town, which has a very old history of more than 100
years. Ancient Chinese style houses can still be seen here. In this festival, tourists
can see the traditional culture, previously unseen ceremonial demonstrations, Southern
local performances, folk games, water sports competitions and enjoy the tastes from
various kinds of food booths which are provided by prestigious hotels on the island.
Sat Duean Sip Festival or Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month This is the southern
traditional merit making occasion to honour one's ancestors. Food offerings such
as Khanom La, Khanom Chohu, Khanom Phong, Khanom Ba, and Khanom Kong or Khai Pla,
are made offer to Buddhist monks.
Chak Phra Festival The original waterborne procession, where Buddha images are put
on elaborately decorated pulpits on boats are pulled along on the river, has been
replaced by a land procession. The festival was formerly accompanied with a performance
of traditional boat songs. However, the traditional waterborne songs have since disappeared.
Loi Ruea Chao Le Festival This old ritualistic tradition takes place on Koh Lanta
during the full moon of the sixth and eleventh month in the lunar calendar. This
is a religious rite performed by the sea gypsies of Koh Lanta, as well as, from other
neighbouring areas, who gather on the beach near Sala Dan Village. They dance their
famous rong ngeng round the boats of misfortune to be set adrift. Ceremonies feature
singing and dancing. This festival is expected to bring prosperity and happiness
to the participants.
Events and Festivals held around Krabi Province, Thailand