Ko Lanta Special Events & Festivals - Ko Lanta Island, Krabi, Thailand

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Laanta Lanta Festival

Laanta Lanta Festival - Special Event

In a world where culture and religious differences often divide communities and countries, Ko Lanta offers positive proof that people of diverse and varied ethnic groups can live together in peace and harmony for hundreds of years, and still welcome foreign visitors with open arms.

The Laanta Lanta Festival held annually in tourist season at differing locations around the island is a celebration of this harmony, and a chance for locals and visitors alike to enjoy unique cultural facets still prevalent on this unspoiled tropical isle today.

Authentic food and traditional entertainment is the mainstay of any Thai celebration and the festival does not stray from this successful formula. With a variety of delicious meals and snacks available throughout the whole three days, you can enjoy traditional local coffee and exotic drinks whilst sampling the local cuisine at over 50 food and beverage booths.

Performances of Rong-Ngan, the traditional music and dance of the ancient Sea Gypsies, can be enjoyed on the main stage, as well as acts presented by groups from all over Thailand. A second beachside stage features contemporary jazz and reggae performances nightly, in a relaxed party atmosphere.

Protection for a safe and happy event is sought by the Sea Gypsy ritual of casting bad spirits out into the sea, at a traditional boat floating ceremony. Side-street cultural booths display and demonstrate the making of traditional arts and crafts including Pa-the, traditional Muslim cloth weaving and Toi-pa-nun, a handicraft made from Toi leaves. Other booths throughout the festival grounds feature organizations and individuals dispersing information about special projects on the island.

Daytime admission is free with a small charge at night to cover concert costs.


Loi-Rua (Boat Floating Ceremony)

Distinct Sea Gypsy (or Chao Ley) customs are most apparent during “Loi Rua”, a boat-floating ceremony to cast out bad luck and worship their ancestors’ spirits. This is performed during the full moon period within the sixth and eleventh lunar months.

The highlight of this full-moon event is a two-metre wooden boat filled with carved effigies representing clan members, together with personal mementos such as nail-clippings and hair. The boat is launched into the ocean, hopefully never to be seen again. There then follows the drinking of home brewed spirits and distinctive Chao Ley music and dancing.

Photo Gallery Laanta Lanta Festival 5th. 2-4 March 2007

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