Loi Krathong The Nightmare Before Christmas
After you've done the various festivals in Thailand once the second time it loses it's charm, by the third time you've done Loi Krathong and Songkran festivals you've had just about enough. For me the Loi Krathong Festival is one of the worst, some say songkran is but that's just water being thrown around, this time it's fire crackers even more dangerous.
Since I live in Chiang Mai the Loi Krathong festival here gets out of control, Chiang Mai records the most number of deaths for either occasion and there is a good reason why. They are nuts! Absolutely out of their minds with the fireworks and water.Things are so bad i've even got a map for you for no go zones in Chiang Mai during the Loi Kratong estival.
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There is a somewhat romantic air about the Loi Krathong festival, but only if you were sitting on top of the mountain away from it looking down at it. Looks wonderful especially in Chiang Mai the birthplace of the Khom Loi (the lanterns they float in the sky) and thousands of them floating in the sky is magical, but how the damn firecrackers got into this Thai tradition.
When I was young we used to have what is called Firecracker night. I believe it was the same night as halloween but honestly can't remember. We don't celebrate or do anything for Halloween in Australia but we did have firecracker night. Around 20 years ago though they brought in new legislation which basically banned anyone from buying and using firecrackers without a license so therefore the whole decades old celebration of firecracker night died with it. Will that eventually be the same in Thailand? Will they ever ban the sale and use of firecrackers without a license? Somehow I believe that day is still centries away.