Loy Krathong at Ancient Siam

Feature story - November 1, 2009
This Loy Krathong Festival, Greenpeace called on the Thai Government to implement immediate steps to protect Thailand’s iconic Chao Phraya River from toxic pollution by taking genuine and serious action to mainstream clean production in the industrial sector, and to implement environment-friendly development policies, a monitoring program on toxics chemical release from factories into the water bodies, and a legislative framework on water protection that aims to eliminate toxics pollution from industrial sources.

A krathong (float) made of water hyacinths floats in a creek inside Ancient Siam in Samutprakarn, Thailand during a public event organized by Greenpeace Southeast Asia. Thailand’s Loy Krathong festival, which honors the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, is traditionally used as an occasion to promote public awareness on water protection.

Thailand's Loy Krathong festival, which honors the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, is traditionally used as an occasion to promote public awareness on water protection.

Activities at the event in Ancient Siam includde a photo-exhibit on the state of water in Thailand, water pollution problems and how to protect Thailand's rivers, as well as a look at culture and livelihood in the Chao Phraya river basin.