Last week wrapped up the beautiful Loi Kratong festivities here in Chiang Mai. The celebrations transformed the city into a huge outdoor festival that couldn’t be stopped with constant rain nor quieted, as fireworks sounded at all hours (even during the day). The streets were filled with tourists and locals alike taking part in this festival by launching kratongs in the waterways and jostling for a place to see the incredible parades.
Lanterns were also present and continued to decorate the night sky, being launched from all over the city. While not as concentrated as the Yii Peng, it was still incredible to see the dots of hundreds of lanterns creating a new constellation in the sky.
Below are sights from around the city in celebration of the Loi Kratong Festivities.
Lantern lighting ceremony at the Three Kings Monument –
Monks prepping for the festivities by hanging lanterns –
The beautifully decorated Wat Pan Tao
We’d gone to the kratong making workshop and then headed to the Ping River to join the crowds and release our kratongs.
Small Kratong Parade
Festivities Finale with the Big Kratong Parade
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Note: The festival is also sometimes spelled Loy Krathong.