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PostSubject: Revellers flock to enjoy festival, Loy Krathong   Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:31 pm

Foreign and Thai revellers have flocked to several destinations renowned for Loy Krathong celebrations across the country - on the eve of the ceremony being held today.

While lots of people enjoy the colourful nights of the festival, teenagers in Ranong marked the celebration by shooting a group of rivals, which four people injured.

Meanwhile in the North, officials at Lampang Airport said aeroplanes had not been affected by flying lanterns released during the festivities, as tourism entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai agreed to follow Transport Ministry measures that limit the number and period when yi-peng lanterns are released for safety reasons.

In Bangkok, city Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra yesterday surveyed pontoons and insisted that all appeared to be safe and strong enough to support people who will use them to float their krathongs in the Chao Phraya river and klongs.

Tens of thousands of revellers had arrived in Tak to celebrate the festival in a traditional way with the Loy Krathong Sai (floating coconut-shell krathongs lined along the river) for a competition to win His Majesty the King's trophy. It kicked off late on Friday night with a magnificent opening ceremony that drew a huge number of revellers.

Eight krathong vessels were granted by members of the royal family's to float along the Ping River to mark the beginning of the celebration.

The event takes place near the Sompot Krung Rattanakosin 200 Years Bridge.

The world's largest krathong vessel was showcased in Nakhon Ratchasima after the province began the festival celebration yesterday.

The vessel has a 40-metre diameter, with a circumference 125 metres long, is seven metres high and weighs five tonnes. It is decorated with 534 petals made of pink cloth. Images of their Majesties the King and Queen are placed on the top.

People were able to view the vessel at the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary, 5th December 2007 Sports Complex, and sign good wishes on the petals for the King and Queen.

Almost 1,000 tourists have flown from Russia, meanwhile, to enjoy the festival in Pattaya.

And despite the recent floods that caused huge damage to the southern province of Songkhla, it is still the main destination for Malaysian and Singaporean tourists to celebrate Loy Krathong.

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