November is the start of the cool season in Chiang Mai and our collection boxes for the Children's Winter Clothing Appeal are filling up as rapidly as the morning temperatures are dropping. Soon the city will be full of tourists coming to celebrate Loy Krathong, which coincides with the Lanna (Northern Thai) festival of Yee Peng. Here in the north, we blend both Siamese and Lanna traditions by floating krathongs (small decorated floral arrangements) down rivers and canals and also releasing kom loys (sky lanterns) during the time of the full moon this month.
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