On the 6th we went to Bang Saen, one of the nearby beaches, to celebrate Loi Krathong. The name 'Loi Krathong' basicially translates to 'to float a basket'. I didn't get a picture of any of our Krathongs (or even have one of my own), but you can check out a picture of one HERE. Traditionally, they're released in rivers in order to pay respect to the water spirits but now apparently any body of water is sufficient (hence the ocean). It was really windy so we weren't able to get any of the candles lit, but, after a lot of effort, we were able to get some of the incense sticks lit so that probably counts for something.
In addition to Loi Krathong, there's also a full-moon festival going on which is what the floating lanterns are for. The main festival takes place up north in Chiang Mai where people simultaneously light off thousands of the lanterns all at once. I've only seen pictures, but it looks freaking amazing. Unfortunately, due to a combination of distance and unavailability of tickets, we weren't able to make it up to Chiang Mai...but we bought some lanterns on the beach and it still ended up being pretty awesome. Standing on the beach, watching the lantern floating up and away until I couldn't see it anymore was really cool. Plus since there were only a handful in the sky at any time, tracking our lanterns until they disappeared wasn't too difficult. So there's that.
So yeah, little candle boats, floating lanterns, random fireworks, water spirits...that's pretty much Loi Krathong in a nutshell.