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    Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    Loy Krathong is only a couple of weeks away now and i will be missing it this year sadly. I have chosen to go to the flower festival in Chiang Mai early next year instead but i will very much miss Loy Krathong. I have only ever seen it in Chiang Mai but i have been for the past few years, it is a beautifull festival with the skys full of twinkling lanterns and the rivers full of Krathongs. If anyone is lucky to be there at the end of november you will see an amazing sight. Here are a selection of photographs from previous trips starting with the lanterns.

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    Re: Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    It is also one of the Thai festivals I most badly want to attend...So sad to have to miss it once again this year.... *awwww* :'(
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    Re: Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    I missed Loikrathong...

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    Re: Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    Quote Originally Posted by oath View Post
    I missed Loikrathong...
    Well, think on the brighter side - at least you got to go at least once and has something to miss. But I never even had a chance to even see a single second of it in real life 555 ^^
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    Sleep, little one, close your eyes, mother will sing you a lullaby... Sleep in a jewel cradle, sleep, mother will rock you.
    If you don't sleep the midges will go for your eyes and pollen will fall on the cradle....Sleep, close your eyes...
    - Isaan folksong, from "The Price of a Life" (Onkom, 1997)

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    Re: Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    I was in Bangkok for Loy Krathong two years before and didn't bother coming out of my hotel room all day.

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    Re: Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    Not exactly the traditional way of celebrating, but my father-in-law wanted us to go on a nightime cruise for Loy Krathong. Actually it was more for my benefit since I had asked about what they usually did for Loy Krathong after hearing everyone talk about it at school. Not expecting there to be a huge crowd he didn't buy tickets in advance. When I got home from work that evening he announced that we would go, so we went to the Oriental Hotel (as it was then named) only to find a huge crowd of Japanese tourists waiting to board. There wasn't room for us and we never talked about what to do on Loy Krathong after that year.

    Still, Loy Krathong is my favorite Thai event, mostly because I like the idea of it, and a nighttime cruise on the Chao Phraya would have been nice. Maybe some other time I'll go to Thailand as a tourist and pretend I've never been there before. Actually it has probably changed so much that it will seem like a totally different place. But I'll always remember the river.

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    Re: Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    it's too bad it's never a day off school, not a single day, though it's 3 nights of partying in CM, the days before and after the full moon day are also celebrated. so, I actually missed the biggest parade in the past 3 years I think, though I did go on the smaller ones. also went to Lamphun several times for a quieter experience. I will miss it, I had only missed 2 out of the last 10. it's a day off here in Burma too, but still to be seen what they come up with in terms of celebrating.

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    Re: Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    As well as the lanterns and the floral displays in the river there are also the beautifull processions.These usualy leave around the Thae Pae gate area and work there way around the roads that run around the moat. It lasts for hours and seems never ending, i usualy get a little place near a bar i like and just wait and watch as they go by. I have in the past followed them down the roads but gets very crowded and hot.

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    Re: Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    Only a few days to go now before Loy Krathong, here are a some more photographs and i do so wish i could be there again this year. For those of you who are, you are, you are in for a memorable time!

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    Re: Memorable Times In Thailand Part Four. The Loy Krathong Festival

    Nice photos Billy, I am also a big fan of Loy Krathong. On Jomtein beach there are hundreds of families all sitting around eating and enjoying the night and then most set flight to those lanterns and soon the sky is full of them, it looks fantastic.


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    I celebrated Loy Krathong last year in Nong Bua, a little town 10km north of Kanchanaburi.
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