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Loy Krathong, Krabi, Thailand

The Loy Krathong festival in Krabi was utterly amazing. It took over the entire town, and it was standing room only along the riverside. It's quite a beautiful thing.

The Krathongs are little boats made from banana leaves, wood, flowers, incense and candles. The Thais float them out into rivers and streams at the end of the rainy season to cast off their sins by making offerings to the river goddess. The glowing flotillas are wondrous to see. Furthermore, the whole town takes on the atmosphere of a state fair.

After Loy Krathong, we stopped in at "O' Malley's Irish Pub," partially because I used to work at an O'Malley's Tavern when I was in college and had on the shirt. I hoped it would get me a free drink, and it did.

But moreover, I met a couple of really cool people there. We wound up hanging out for a long time with a guy named Pepop, who had lived for several years in The States and in Switzerland. His English was exceptional, and probably more grammatically correct than my own. Like me, he was 30. He turned out to be a really cool guy, the kind of person I would be friends with back in San Francisco. We sat around drinking and talking for several hours. At the end of the night, I traded shirts with his roommate (whose name I did not write down and have since forgotten).

These were two of the nicest people I've met in Thailand. And Loy Krathong was mind-blowing. (And, of course, we love the hotel we stay at here, the K. R. Mansion) I take back all I said about the Krabi area. (But not Ao Nang. Too Touristy. Too many touts. Too, too much.)

Photos here

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