Chiang Mai III
The first proper day of the light festival Yee Peng fully blew our minds. It was an overload to the senses.
There was a parade of traditional Thai culture, people releasing lanterns everywhere you looked, fireworks being lit left right and centre and floating Loy Krathong set down the river. Thais believe that letting them go gets rid of your bad luck.
We found a temple that we really liked and somehow I ended up helping the monks to make caramel in a giant bowl with a massive spoon!
When it started raining some of the beautiful Thai girls hid under their banners to shelter. Naturally, I joined in too.
The sky had so many more stars in the sky that night because of the lanterns. It was truly awe inspiring. Katie and I let off our first lantern and it went so well that people clapped and cheered like something from a movie!
On the way to go for a drink, we stopped in a shoe show had seen earlier in the day and ended up having a fashion shoot, drinking with the owners! It’s just Thailand all over; random but welcoming.
The following day, we let off our own Loy Krathong art the festival. It was hard to do but we got there eventually! I realised then I’d got the “Thai squat” down!
We did another lantern and write good luck messages on it this time.
We went to the bar and made it there this time! We danced to reggae music all night on the tables, it was so fun!
The following day we went back to the temple we went to on the first day for a “monk chat”. We sat and spoke with a monk for us to learn about Buddhism and for him to improve his English. It was fascinating!
By the last day of the festival, we were exhausted from all the excitement and the running around! We headed home after one last lantern.