The full moon of 6th November 2014 marks this year’s celebration of Loy Krathong, for my money Thailand’s most colorful holiday. This is when you float your troubles away on a small boat (krathong) made out of the trunk of a banana tree and decorated with banana leafs and bright flowers. Large krathongs are also made for competition and the two or three days surrounding the full-moon night are marked with beauty contests and local fairs. Since Phuket is an island, there are many nice places to launch your boat – they are sold at roadside stands or you can make your own – but any bit of water will do, even an inflatable swimming pool!
Happy Loy Krathong, everybody!