If you visit Bangkok in November, especially late in the month when Loy Krathong occurs, plan a trip to Bangkok’s oldest annual temple fair. Wat Saket, referred to locally as ‘Phu Khao Thong’, was built during the Ayutthaya period and is famous for its imposing mount crowned with a golden pagoda. During fair week, worshippers make a candle-lit pilgrimage to the top, the golden chedi enshrouded in bright-red cloth. You also can view traditional wall paintings in the temple’s Buddhist chapel and enjoy local foods.
Wat Saket is near Ratchadamnoen Road, approximately 20 minutes by car from Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit. A visit can be combined with a trip to the Grand Palace or Khao Sarn Road.