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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand – Loy Krathong – On, Off, back On again – YIPPEE!


Via: Bangkok Post

State organisations and the private sector may proceed with annual Loy Krathong celebrations which fall on Nov 17 despite the nation being in mourning for the Supreme Patriarch.

Tongthong Chandransu, the Prime Minister’s Office secretary-general said the government has not imposed a ban on festive activities following the death of the Supreme Patriarch on Oct 24 at the age of 100 years.

State and private agencies can organise Loy Krathong celebrations as they see fit, he said.

EARLIER  (yesterday, in fact), the Tourism Authority of Thailand postponed its annual Loy Krathong celebrations after the government extended the official mourning period to Nov 23.


personal thought:

The Thai goverment/Tourist Authority of Thailand have absolutely no f’n idea what they are doing, and that’s why it’s called:




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  1. Yes Amazing Thailand. Thats what i thought too.

    Comment by David Heng | October 30, 2013 | Reply

  2. i think someone pointed out to them that the tourist industry will be affected if there is no celebration. hence this about turn. not to mention better not set a precedent to officially shut and cancel things when someone prominent dies. let each business decide for themselves. what is surprising is that the floating lanterns are allowed. here in uk, they are banned as they are suspected to cause fires. maybe the tourist industry wants them so a few fires will only inconvenience some individuals and so is not many local people make a living out of tourism , i guess a few fires here and there is a price worth paying.

    Comment by alifesgayventure | October 30, 2013 | Reply

  3. I only got tols by my school today, on day 3 of mourning, that we should only wear black to work. Maybe I should have figured that out but anyway… definite facepalm moment considering I have spent the past three days effectively wearing a rainbow!

    Comment by cornishkylie | October 30, 2013 | Reply

  4. If the ‘Tourist Authority of Thailand’ and the Thai government cant get on the same page, i don’t know how anyone, especially falangs, can be expected to know.

    oh well


    Note 1: I think it’s very cool that teachers wear rainbows.

    Note 2: I luv your blog!

    Comment by seattle99 | October 31, 2013 | Reply

  5. Davis Heng:

    I’ve been living in Chiang Mai eight-plus years, and I actually don’t recall a fire caused by a lantern,

    What i belive might be a bigger concern, is they blow to the south; i.e. in the direction of the airport,

    It seems to me, if a bird sucked into the engine can bring a plane down, well, . . .


    Thank you for you for your reply.

    Comment by seattle99 | November 3, 2013 | Reply

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