Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Chiang Mai is also referred to as the “Rose of the North”, and is much greener and quieter compared to the capital. It is located on a plain surrounded by lush mountains with a population of more than 1 million. The city hosts a number of festivals, but with its abundance of all types of tropical flowers, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, which is held every first weekend of February at Suan Buak Haad City Park, serves as one of the most important ones.

It happens to be one of the beautiful events in the world that attracts a good number of visitors every year. This year, the festival was held from February 7 to 9, while in 2015, it will take place from February 6 (Friday) to February 7 (Saturday).

Activities carried out

The province’s horticulture industry, which is one of the major exporters of ornamental plants, fresh-cut flowers and other horticultural products in Thailand, usually displays a variety of more than 200 colorful products.

Flower competition and horticulture exhibits make the festival interesting and beautiful. Many craftsmen also attend to display their wares in a traditional manner. Lanna, the legendary Thailand artisan well known for their exquisite craftsmanship, attends too displaying their products for sale. A good number of artisans also display traditional floral arts. During this period, the place is dominated with different colors, with the air filled with a good smell of thousands of flowers.

You cannot miss to watch the parade during the opening ceremony, boasting more than 25 flower floats and the Miss International Flower contest. Apart from the agricultural exhibitions, decorative plants, and mini garden landscapes, there are also local product fairs and music shows at Thapae Gate and Nong Buak Haad Public Park usually from 09.00 to 24.00 hours.

Factors to consider for a first-time visitor

Accommodation – Consider booking accommodation in advance due to the high turn-up of visitors. This ensures a comfortable stay during this period.

Time – You should consider getting to Chiang Mai in time to ensure you don’t miss out any of the activities.

Guide – If it is your first time in Chiang Mai, it is recommended to have a guide who is familiar with the area to ensure you get the whole pleasure associated with the festival.

Getting around Chiang Mai – Different companies and individuals offer travel services. You can use a taxi, a motorcycle, a tuk-tuk or a samlor (Thailand’s unique means of transportation), or even hire a car to make your travel more convenient.

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