Loi Krathong translates as "float cup" and is the time when local people mark the end of Buddhist lent, and make elaborate small-scale vessels out of bamboo and banana bark for an illuminated boat procession on the Mekong.
The night of the full moon on the twelfth lunar month is the time of Loi Krathong. Loi means to float and Krathong is a cup or float made of banana leaf. When the full moon begins to rise, locals carry their decorated Krathong to the banks of the rivers and canals, light candles and set the Krathong afloat. Thereafter follow spectacular fireworks, dancing and singing. This is a truly magical event, offering insight into Thailand's culture and traditions.
Bustling, historic and colourful, Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city. There are a number of excellent cookery schools where you can create your own meal under the expert tutelage of your Thai chef.
Sukhothai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and from the early thirteenth century was the earliest capital of a Thai kingdom. You can hire a bicycle as an enjoyable way of seeing the ruins.
11 1/2 hours (Bangkok)
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