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Another famous festival, Loi or Loy  Krathong, takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, which is Thailand's version of the lunar solar Buddhist calendar. The Chao Phraya river bank in the district, with numerous piers and Phra Sumen fort, is a popular place to come to float lanterns in the water. Ratchadamnoen Road is often heavily decorated with lights around the  King's birthday ( 5th December ) and the Queen's birthday ( 12th August ) and other major anniversaries. Sanam Luang and recently created Lan Plabpla Maha Chedsada Bodin  in front of Wat Ratchanadda and its Loha Prasat are open spaces that are frequently used to celebrate various events.

You can get to this area by the following methods

By Ferry

Besides being a relatively quick and convenient way of travel, it is also  much more enjoyable than joining the many traffic jams that haunt Bangkok. The cooling breeze from the river is a relaxing way to cool down from the humidity and constant sun beating down. If you're coming from downtown Bangkok, you can take the Sky Train to Saphan Taksin station and transfer onto the express boat. A single trip from Saphan Taksin to Tha Chang ( near the Grand Palace ) takes about 30 minutes and costs 15 Baht. Other notable stops include Tha Tien ( for Wat Pho Temple ), Phra Arthit ( for Khao San Road ) and Thewet ( for Dusit area ). It is best to take the orange flag boats, as yellow flag boats miss many important stops.

From Tha Tien Ferry Terminal, you can take a ferry shuttle to Wat Arun, across the river on the Thonburi side. Ferries leave every 10 minutes for just 3 Baht. This is a very busy ferry and many people constantly use this ferry stop, not just for visiting Wat Arun , but for many Thai people it’s a way home or a way to work. Many students from the universities live across the river in Thonburi, there are plenty of other commuter ferries that cross the river though. Tha Chang has ferries to Wat Rakung and Wang Lang ( Siriraj ), Tha Phra Chan has ferries to Wang Lang ( Siriraj ), Thonburi Railway Station and Phra Pin Klao Bridge and Thewet has a ferry to Wat Kharubod.

Rattanakosin is served by the Golden Mount Line of the Saen Saeb Express Boat service on the eastern side. If you happen to be in that area, using the canal boat is the quickest way to get to Siam Square, Sukhumvit and Ramkhamhaeng. The stop closest to the Golden Mount is Panfa Leelard, from which there are direct services to Pratunam. There you could switch onto the NIDA Line, that runs from Pratunam all the way northeast to Wat Sriboonreung in Ramkhamhaeng.