Loi Krathong is a festival celebrating the largest full moon of the year – the 12th month of the Thai Lunar Calendar. It is a celebration of water, and is celebrated by making decorative floats with incense, flowers, and a candle, and sending them off down a river or other body of water (“Loi Krathong” literally means “floating crown”). Usually people will buy a float made from a ring of banana wood and add something personal – a hair or fingernail, or coins – then make a wish as they send it off.
Rather than buy one, we tried our hand at making our own.
The result! Woven mats of banana leaves and palm stuffed with coconut husk for buoyancy.
We collected flowers for decoration and went down to the party at the beach. At midnight, waded out and made our wishes.
And it sank, pretty immediately.
I think this means our wishes won’t come true, but we had a great time anyway. Other photos from Koh Chang:
Pork blood soup. J continues her dangerous affections towards the weirdest thing on the menu. This one turned out to be delicious.
J on our rented motorbike.
C, after crashing our rented motorbike.
J making friends with all the stray dogs.
And also the stray pigs and water buffalo.
Monks kicking back at a temple on the far side of the island.
C kicking back with some papaya salad.
That’s all folks! We are now in Mae Sot, an overnight bus north right on the Mayanmar border, enjoying some delicious Burmese foods. Next we’ll meander further north to Chiang Mai and beyond!
Lots of love,
C and J