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Sukhothai and Loy Krathong

Sukhothai

The day from Kanchanaburi to Sukhothai was very long. We saw a lot of the vans and nature on the 7-hour road trip. But eventually, we arrived at the old town.

Historical Park

Sukhothai has an amazing historical park. A lot of ruins of temples, temples and some more temples are located here. We had a biking tour over the lands.

The biggest temple, the Wat Mahatat, is 200 meters by 200 meters big. After we saw all the temples we went out of the park and cycled a bit between the town and rice field.

Here I saw my first snake in the wild. Too bad that he was totally flat and dead. I guess he did not see that car coming.

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong is the festival of light. Maybe you know the pictures of all the lanterns going up in the air. This is however in Chiang Mai and not in Sukhothai.

We did the other option. We all bought a boat of banana leaves with flowers, a candle, and some incense sticks. You lighted the sticks and the candle by the riverside.

The moment the boat hits the water, you make a wish. Our tour guide promised that if you do not tell your wish, your wish will come out. 

There was also music, street food and a lot of laughs. We went to a local restaurant after and had the worst food of the whole holiday

But I always love eating where the locals eat, so I can’t complain. And my dish was still okay. But some had the Pad Thai and the noodles were different than they were used to. Which did not taste as good.

Loy Krathong in Sukhothai

Loy Krathong is always celebrated at the end of the year. Always the day of the twelfth full moon of the year. The Thai believe that the boat takes away their sins. The longer the candle stays lit, the more happiness you will receive.

If you are going to Thailand of Malasia during this festival, make sure where you can contribute.  Or go especially to Chiang Mai for the lanterns instead of the boats. It was very nice to see.

Bus to Chiang Mai

The day after the festival, we went to Chiang Mai. Just a day too late. We went with the public bus and everyone was so afraid that it would be horrible. We had seen public buses driving by and you did not want to sit on such a bus for 6 hours.

But it was a normal tour bus, with air conditioning, with 3 toilet stops and a lunch stop. So it was not horrible at all. After a quick 6 hours, we arrived in Chiang Mai.

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