Headed out to Loy Krathong last night - not bad, but not a patch on the lantern launch. Chiang Mai along the river (Ping) was humming - lots of action & plenty of ambience. We found a great spot in a resto on the river opposite, & mid-way between, the Gov's residence & the town hall; the 2 places from which the fireworks are launched.
Dined with an american who having made millions in various businesses now spends all year, every year travelling the world. He has a pad here in CM & another plus boat in Phuket..... He decided to travel 20 years ago when his wife was operated on for a brain tumour & has been comotosed ever since! Makes you reflect (I hope)!
Lots of fireworks throughout the night, plenty of lanterns launced & heaps of wonderful, colourful Loy Krathong - the very reason we were there - floating down the river.
Out tonight, dining at the Chedi (nice pub!) to watch events for the large Loy Krathong. More tomorrow.
Our thai course is firing, & enjoying it immensely.