Chiang Mai, Loy Krathong 2013 (2556)

 

 

releasing Khom Loy in ChiangMai

releasing Khom Loy in ChiangMai

Loi Krathong[a] (Thai: ลอยกระทง, IPA: [lɔːj kràʔ tʰoŋ]) is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand and certain parts of Laos and Burma(in Shan State). The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.

so says Wikipedia.

 


 

T decided to go against the will of her bosses and took leave on crucial dates to attend Loy Krathong, afterall National festivals dont change dates to fit people’s schedule.  the bosses are still harping on it. but really, without me, the company can still function. so WHO CARES.

so T was thrilled when Thai Airways had a mastercard promotion. all in fares for $230!!!  THANK YOU THAI AIRWAYS AND MASTERCARD ❤ ❤ ❤

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from Singapore Changi Airport, i fly to Suvarnabhumi airport then transit to Chiang Mai international Airport

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you know what that means? TWO MEALS

meal onboard Thai Airway SG to BKK

meal onboard Thai Airway SG to BKK

Meal onboard Thai Airway BKK to CNX

Meal onboard Thai Airway BKK to CNX

and FREE CHECK INs!!!!!! OMG!!!!!! neh mind the 1hr plus transit. i can eat Krispy Kreme while waiting. heh dont even need to queue okie.

 

TNMT doughnuts. DAMN COOL CAN

TNMT doughnuts. DAMN COOL CAN

 

easy.

next. stay where?

airbnb solved it all.

booked my accomodation with Zak Residence and stayed around Suthep area. peace.

View from the apartment. how ironic right?

View from the apartment. how ironic right?

 

that's doi suthep!!!

that’s doi suthep!!!

they were very nice to arrange for a pick up at the airport for only 100baht. (i chose to stay out of the touristy area)


 

 

Listen to this as you read on to get you into the mood!

 

very soon on arrival T and friends went to Mae Ping (Ping River) for the Loy Krathong Parade.

the famous Tha Pae gate.

the famous Tha Pae gate.

somehow, time seems to      S    L    O    W       D    O    W    N       in Chiangmai. we walked from  Thapae gate to Mae Ping and stopped along the way every other minute to snap snap snap…

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blur pic. too crowded. and people were pushing around. boo.

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so sad!! another blur pic!!!!  the police were shoving people aside la.

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had street side food for dinner,

the somtam from this stall is really SHIOK

the somtam from this stall is really SHIOK

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purposely put big big.

walked around to find the cheapest khom loys, released our own khom loys,

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walked along the river, friends made their own krathongs …

creative krathong

creative krathong

learning to make their own krathong along the street

learning to make their own krathong along the street

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release the krathongs….

ready to let it go let it gooooooo

ready to let it go let it gooooooo

Happy !

Happy !

achievement unlocked!

achievement unlocked!

and realised we only spent less than 2 hours!!!

SHIOK ONLY I TELL YOU.


 

next day, i made my own krathong!! the lovely lady who taught us is a friend, Miw, a cooking teacher at We Cook.

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Tadaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! my second time making my own krathong!!!

Tadaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! my second time making my own krathong!!!

went back to Mae Ping at night.

locals who are never shy to invite people to join in their fun

locals who are never shy to invite people to join in their fun

fire crackers they hang at the khom loys.  SCARY ok

fire crackers they hang at the khom loys. SCARY ok

i kena burn lor!

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VERY BIG LANTERN

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woahhh Mr Loy Krathong at Kad Luang (Chinatown)

woahhh Mr Loy Krathong at Kad Luang (Chinatown)

wahhhh see liao very shy one…  *blush*

 

getting creative at lantern designing!

getting creative at lantern designing!

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fire works on second night. laibuji take a good photo =[

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boat ride along mae ping

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unfortunately it rained. very heavily and lasted the whole night too.. and so the night ended wet and cold. i had to leave my motorbike and take a tuktuk back instead…

so that’s how it all ended…

 


beautiful lantern display along Sunday night walking street too!!!!

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This year’s Loy Krathong is damn early la. falls on the 5th to 7th November
Silkair and Tigerair flies direct from SG to CNX

let me know if you would like to find out more about spending Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai!

 


BUT BEFORE YOU CELEBRATE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO LEARN TO SING THIS PROPER!!

Loy Krathong Song

วันเพ็ญเดือนสิบสอง น้ำก็นองเต็มตลิ่ง

Wan-pen duean sìp-sŏng , náam gor nong dtem dtà-lìng

The full-moon day (of) the twelfth month, as water fills to the banks

 

เราทั้งหลายชายหญิง สนุกกันจริง วันลอยกระทง

Rao tang-lăai chaai yĭng sà-nuk gan jing wan loi grà-tong

We all both men and women are having fun in Loi Krathong day

 

ลอย ลอยกระทง ลอย ลอยกระทง

loi loi grà-tong, loi loi grà-tong

float float the Krathongs, float float the Krathongs

 

ลอยกระทงกันแล้ว ขอเชิญน้องแก้วออกมารำวง

loi grà-tong gan láew,kŏr chern nóng gâew òrk maa ram-wong

We have already floated the Krathong already, I would like to ask you (beloved younger lady) to come out and dance (Thai folk dance)

 

รำวงวันลอยกระทง รำวงวันลอยกระทง

ram-wong wan loi grà-tong, ram-wong wan loi grà-tong

dance in the Loi Krathong day, dance in the Loi Krathong day

 

บุญจะส่งให้เราสุขใจ บุญจะส่งให้เราสุขใจ

bun jà sòng hâi rao sùk-jai

making merit will give us happiness

 

now let’s sing along~!

(purely for entertainment purpose. lyrics in the above video is not 100% accurate!)

teehee, T!

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