"Loi" means "to float" and a "krathong" is traditionally made from a section of banana tree trunk.
The water was relatively rapidly moving which worked out great for the Kratongs and they were swiftly taken with the current after being launched.
This is a picture of my Kratong this year, but this was the second version, since the first version was a very small Kratong made out of a lotus flower and was very cute, but after I added some of my hair, a small piece of my nail and 9 Baht in coins, it was off balance and unfortunately capsized immediately, so it was time for a second Kratong. This one floated just fine!
At the party ground all kinds of activities were going on with lots of food and goods for sale and in a corner near a big stage I found some very big Kratongs, made by hotel staff and students of the local schools, which looked like a competition. Above shows a proud student from a local school with an over sized Kratong.