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    Loi Kratong ~ Changmai Style

    Loi Kratong, throughout Thailand, is a time for lovers to make their wishes and dreams place a few coins some incense on a beautifully decorated slice of Banana tree and float them off to whoever is going to grant these wishes.
    Well, every where 'cept Chiangmai, that is. Oh, you still find folks in the surrounding villages making their prayers and sedately launching their wishes down some creek. But downtown chiangmai is a three - four day war zone.

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    ( I tried editing the vid down from 56 seconds and compressing it if it's still too big I've got teh origianl for some nice admin if they want to fix it up some)
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    It's not all smoke, explosions and firewaorks, But there is no escaping them.
    There's some "traditional" type entertainment to be had loudspeakers continually reading over the story behind this festival in english and Thai.
    Young local girls on stage throughout Chaingmai showing off the results of after school practice some good, some so-so


    such a big smile from this one (after the flash went off)


    Same stage, from across the river, different show


    Styrofoam fort, too many people Loudspeakers telling all the tourists the story of Loi Kratong (shouldn't it be Gratong?) next to anothe loudspeaker explaing tghe many uses of coconut.


    Youg girls on their way home on the back of Moms motorcy.

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    There wer Kom Loi flyin' through the sky like thousands fire-flys, Groups of Farang tourists, college students, old folks and entire families gathered 'round and waitied patiently for the hot-air balloons to tug free of their fingers


    Dunno why; I like this picture


    Few youngsters and Tourists found it difficult waiting for the thngs to develop enough internal heat before launching there were more than a few mishaps.



    Sorry for the quality of this shot, new camera, 200 meters hand-held snapshot is my only excuse.
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    Some more shots:





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    Away from the crowds; upriver, and down, There were quiet moments for simple folk to lfloat their dreams and wishes down the river.


    I shot this before I realized my camera was set to iso 200 such a nice shot though I tried to brighten it up some. Sorry 'bout that; still not used to all the bells and whistles of the new cam.


    There were some late night shenanigans as well;


    SO much going on, so many people, the Ol' lady and I decided against floating more crap down the river, beautiful spectacle but where does it all go? The Gratongs are all vegetable and will eventually rot away; but enjoying the beauty of it all you can;t help but think "tomorrow this will all be garbage floting down the river"

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    Nice stuff. Makes my evening in Korat look pretty grim. Even more so when you realize the Mom & Pop where I buy my nightly happy hour beers was closed!

    Here's another stab at the dark shot:



    Trouble is that the dynamic range is so small that you get the jpeg distortion when you try to expand it a bit.

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    Much nicer job BH. I usually just crop and shrink the pics, the app I use has simple controls for brightness and contrast. Thanks for the taking the time

    I've been down to the river there, three times now; wanted to get sme pics and share. Next year it's the moobaan and a more sedate Loi Kratong for us, I think. The old lady doesn't like the noise and bombs exploding at her feet, she had this "Doe in the Headlights" look in her eye the whole time and suffered through for my sake, don't think i'll put her through it again next year.

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    This happens all over Thailand?

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    Other areas seem to a tad more sedate, I think. From my experience, the Chigna Mai Loi Kratong is, shall we say, unique? Much crazier than SongKhran, IMO, just not as wet.

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