Loi Krathong is a festival of beautiful light and sound
– The night of the 28th of November I shared a Tuk Tuk with my American and Swiss pals from the old town to the area where the main festival was taking place. This was the main roads near the river and just past the night market. We arrived fairly early and it was already extremely busy. By the time it has hit 7.00 the streets were packed with tens of thousands of asians, with westerners being in the minority.
Everybody was having loads of fun with firecrackers and fireworks going off in all directions. Locals were sending off their little candle flower boats down the river as a mark of respect, giving back to the water god and such. There were many stalls for food and it was all extremely cheap. After a little photo session we managed to lose Chris and Shira and continued to walk around the parade roads of the river. I only saw groups drinking alcohol amongst the tens of thousands there and they were both from the US. The parade past us with many religious themed floats and displays with music and many community groups and schools taking part.
We made our way to the main area and bought Lanterns – one we set off on the bridge and one we set off in the corner park as this seemed to be the place where the most lanterns were being set off. This place was very special and the atmosphere was incredible. The air was electric with the hum of happy positive vibes and the warmth and glow of good luck lanterns. We chilled out on the grass for a while simply enjoying everyone else’s zeppelins.
Afterwards we took a scenic walk through the night market where Sam bought some last minute gifts for his family and then we walked back down bar girl street (we were in sort of a trance from the festival so the street accosting went by without too much trouble).
We finished up this brilliant night by re-bumping into Chris and Shira where we went to Mad Dog Pizza place on the main inner ring road. if you like American style pizza then i highly recommend this place – super yum pizza for all tastes.
Next day we got the over night second class sleeper train to Bangkok with a further travel to the Cambodian border via minivan. This minivan was fast and the journey to the boarder was easy. They did not take us all the way to the boarder and we had to get a tuk tuk from Aranyaprapet bus station.