The word loy means to float, whilst krathong are small rafts or baskets. They are traditionally made from banana leaves or the bark of a banana tree and usually contain a candle, incense and lotus flowers. The candle is lit and the krathong is placed on the nearest stretch of water.
It is believed that the krathong carries away bad luck and signals a fresh start and many people make wishes as their krathong gently floats away.
During the lantern festival, which is also named Loy Krathong, after these baskets, you can buy these beautiful rafts everywhere.
There are small stalls on the street, where the krathongs are freshly made during the day.
You can even get your own ‘do-it-yourself’ kit on the markets: