Lord Brahma is a very popular deity in Thailand. He is known as Phra Phrom in local Thai language which is derived from Sanskrit “Vara Bhrama” (वर ब्रह्मा). Shrines dedicated to Him can be found in various places of Thailand. Thailand also has a small native Hindu Brahmana priesthood, which take care of these Hindu deities in the country. Pandit Vamadeva Muni, the royal priest of Thailand (Rajapurohita), is the head of all these Hindu Brahmana priests.
Deepavali in Thailand: The Thai version of the Hindu celebration of Deepavali is called “Loi Krathong” (to float a basket with a lamp in it). Deepavali celebrates the homecoming of Lord Rama. It is also celebrated in parts of Malaysia, Laos and Burma. It must be noted that the ancient capital of the Thai Kingdom was called Ayuthya (named after the birthplace of Lord Rama) and the Cakri (चक्रवर्ती) kings of Thailand are known as “Rama” even today. The present King of Thailand is known as “Rama IX”.
A short video of Loi Krathong: