In case you're wondering, Loi Krathong, in a very brief nutshell, is the Thai "festival of lights" where festival goers and practitioners of the faith float bouquets made from banana leaves, flowers, lanterns and candles in worship to the Thai goddess of water. This is an annual event that takes place in November (first full moon, so the actual date will differ year to year). If you're ever in Thailand you should try to see and or participate in one of these celebrations. Practitioners will general do this anywhere a pool of water is available although larger venue's or the larger religious sites may have more festivities like at Wat Saket. I heard that Chiang Mai closes their airport on one of the days because of all the floating lanterns released into the air.
At Wat Saket, there were many, many people releasing their krathong's (bouquets) into the river just a few steps from Golden Mount as well as into some pools of water on the wat's premises, no airborne ones though (that I could see).
I had a blast here and was so engrossed I stopped taking pictures for awhile. It was a very fun atmosphere, to say the least. I'm so glad I got to experience it!
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