“Lalu”, a natural phenomenon in Ta Phraya National Park. The word Lalu is derived from Khmer language influence is found all over the place. “Lalu” here refer to a subsided land which is a result of a natural phenomenon caused by the erosion of rainwater and the subsidence or collapse of soil. Since the hard soil is durable and does not erode. When it is being eroded by the wind, it makes several shapes like the city wall or a cliff. Some of them look like sticks, just like a natural source around Phae Mueang Phi, Phrae province, but smaller. Lalu has an area of more than 2,000 rai and is one of the Unseen Thailand that should be visited.
The Academic Seminar for The Leaders of Tourism Association at the Top of The Tea Mountain, Doi Pu Muen, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Chiang MICE
The origins of Loy Krathong
According to Thai folklore, the Loy Krathong Festival originated in Sukhothai. Established in 1238, the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai was a thriving, prosperous region. Local legend says that at some time in the 14th century a noble lady called Nang Noppamas, a consort of the King of Sukhothai, made the first decorated krathong as a gift for the king. The daughter of a Brahmin priest, Noppamas adapted an existing Brahmin tradition by delicately moulding banana leaves into the shape of a lotus flower before adding a candle and incense sticks. The story goes on to say that the king lit the candle and the incense sticks and floated the krathong on one of the waterways that surrounded the city of Sukhothai.
But few travellers think that Bangkok and Thailand would probably have one of the richest European architectural heritages in Southeast Asia. Many would even wonder how it could be possible in a country that was never colonised.