Loy Krathong Magic
Loy Krathong was such an exciting day in Chiang Mai. I knew I wanted to be in Chiang Mai for this holiday before we even finalized moving to Thailand. This was one of the events I’ve been most excited for!
Loy Krathong was everything and more than I expected, starting with a fun day at school. We made Krathongs during the day. The Krathongs are made from a banana tree trunk and leaves. You put flowers in the center, along with a candle and incenses. You release the Krathong on the river right after dusk.
Ekkarat, the very generous father of the children we tutor, invited us to dinner at this beautiful restaurant called Good View. It is directly on the river.
Instead of being in the large tourist crowds on the most popular event of the year in our city, we were able to experience it authentically. Oh, how special that was. It was magical watching the lanterns fly up in the air and the Krathongs floating along the river. I recommend everyone to be in Chiang Mai for this at least once in their lifetime.
We were lucky to add our lights to the festival and experience the beauty from a distance. We were able to avoid the middle of the crowded tourist streets by peacefully being on the side watching the event from the distance.
We feel very grateful for all the welcoming we've received in Chiang Mai thus far. Everyone we've met here has played an important role in our journey. We couldn't be happier.