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During November 1-2, 2009 Chiang Mai hosts its annual Loi Krathong festival.

The festival takes place on the first full-moon night of the twelfth lunar month.

During the early evening Thai's will place hand made floats decorated with candles and flowers into local rivers. But first of all the candles are lit so best appearance wise to do this when it gets dark, and make your wish before sending the float on it's way.

Usually after the floats are released.. sending away the bad you will see dozens of hot air lanterns usually about 3 feet in height being held by 2-3 people and when the gases accumulate from the candle burning inside of the lantern it gathers the strength to rise on it's own into the heavens.

The lanterns rise gradually to a height of several thousand feet and stop there and look like stars in the heavens and when the candle burns out they drop back to earth. The sending of the lanterns to the heavens represents sending your wishes to heaven to be filled.

Tens of thousands of people come to Chiang Mai for this annual even and you will find bars, restaurants and streets full of Thai's and tourists. Street vendors are everywhere and an opportunity to have fun and for the locals to earn some income which they really do need as the festival only lasts a few days and when one goes to the same restaurant or bar a few days later the difference in amount of clients is like night and day.

Chiang Mai has festivals during the year such as Flower Festival, Songkran Water Festival, Loi Krathong Festival and other festivals which everyone looks forward to attending.

Accommodations should be booked well in advance as this is one of the busiest times of the year for Chiang Mai.

Thousands of banana leaf floats with flowers and lit candles floating down the Ping river, thousands of lanterns with wishes being sent to the heavens to be filled, and hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents celebrating together.



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Street closed off and procession of colorful floats
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Music, street vendors, tourists and Thai's all taking in the lovely floats
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Ice cream, meal of mashed potatoes, steak and veggies, then sushi, then large strawberry smoothy and all for less than 3 US.

Great outing for the afternoon and early evening and one in which everyone from young to old will find foods, fruits, drinks that they will enjoy ..

Night Bazaar shopping is a one hour event while this is a half day event with more items for sale, better variety of items as well as fantastic selection of foods.

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