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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Loy Kratong 2016

Loy Kratong 2016


Loy Kratong 2016 was held yesterday but it was a close call, since intially all events were cancelled after King Bhumibol Adulyadej's passing awau but just in the nick of time, it was revealed that all events could actually happen after the one month mourning period and Loy Kratong 2016 just fell one day after the 30 day mourning period.

It was supposed to be a toned down version without fire works or other typical party like activities and it was indeed a very subdued affair yesterday at Wat Plai Laem or Wat Suwannaram. Not a big event, still a few people were there, but we just went to float our Kratong, walked around the temple and paid respect to our deceased parents and went back home again.

Loy Kratong 2016

Loy Kratong 2016 yesterday at Wat Plai Laem, some of the Kratongs or floats floating at the lake around the temple.

Many events are suppsoed to be toned down now, but I wonder how that may actually work out, like yesterdays Full Moon party on Koh Phangan, how can one tone down usch an event?

Either way, it was good to be back home on Koh Samui and be able to enjoy this event with my family which is not each year the case.

When you were on Koh Samui, the most popular place to float your Kratong yesterday was at Chaweng Lake, where it was very busy, just like all recent years. Surprisingly, all kratongs or floats were already cleaned early this morning. 

Slowly things are getting back to normal around Thailand, there are still eleven months of mourning laying ahead of us, but things aren't as strict as during the previous thirty days. Hope you enjoy your stay on Koh Samui or somewhere else in Thailand.

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