Chiang Mai: Traditional khratongs

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.

Loy Krathong 6

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.

Loy Krathong 1

During the lantern festival, which is also named Loy Krathong, after these baskets, you can buy these beautiful rafts everywhere.

Loy Krathong 2

There are small stalls on the street, where the krathongs are freshly made during the day.

Loy Krathong 4

You can even get your own ‘do-it-yourself’ kit on the markets:

Loy Krathong 7

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