Sukhotai--Nov 16-19, 2005

Loy Kratong Festival

My next stop in Thailand was a city called Sukhotai. This is a city known for its historical city which is a collection of some spectacular old wats (temples). The first night I arrived I had some difficulty finding a guest house because it was the last night of the Loy Kratong Festival. Loy Kratong Day is one of the most popular festivals of Thailand celebrated annually on the Full-Moon Day of the Twelfth Lunar Month. It takes place at a time when the the rainy season is over and there is a high water level all over the country. People all over Thailand celebrate the Loy Kratong by making a wish and launching small vessels (kratongs, usually handmade from banana tree and leaves) into the rivers, and the seas. I managed to find a place to stay and then make it into the old city to enjoy the festivities. It was truly amazing with all the lights and fireworks and the vessels launched in the moats surrounding the old city.

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and more of the festival


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Old city

I rented a bike the next day and rode around the old city looking at the old wats. Some of them are beautiful and it is amazing how they all survived as intact as they are.

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and many more Buddha's to be seen.

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