Chiang Mai Flower Festival

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During the fragrant Chiang Mai Flower Festival, sculptures of temples, animals and even scenes from the Ramayana (the Hindu stories of the Gods) are made from flowers and paraded through the streets of Chiang Mai.

It’s a real treat to watch, since more than 3000 species of orchid are in bloom and many of these are on display. Look out for the Damask Rose, a special variety found in Chiang Mai, as well as yellow and white chrysanthemums. Apart from the parades themselves, there are endless floral displays, local handicrafts sales and beauty pageants.

The North of Thailand is famous for an abundance of flowering plants, especially temperate zone species, which burst into full bloom towards the end of the cool season. The city (also known as the “Rose of the North”) feels like a beautiful, slow-paced northern town even though it is the second-largest in Thailand.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

 

The best part of the flower festival is held on Saturday. The parade lines up from the train station to Narawatt bridge so the police close most of Jarenmuang Road around 8AM. The VIP viewing stand is right next to the bridge in front of the Chiang Mai Governor’s home. The parade route goes down Thapae Road to the Gate and turns left and follows the moat to Suan Buak Haad City Park. The parade moves at a slow pace and stops several times so there is plenty of time to take pictures of the colourful floats, pretty girls and hilltribe people in costume.

When the parade finishes everyone heads to Suan Buak Haad where all the floats, award winning flower growers and landscape projects are all on display. There are plenty of food stalls in the park, and in the late afternoon the Miss Chiang Mai Flower festival starts. The party goes well into the evening until the new Flower Festival Queen has been chosen. This is a great time to visit Chiang Mai, as the air is cool and the evenings fresh and clear. If you want to see the festival make sure you book your hotels and flights well in advance.

 

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Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

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  1. Wow, beautifuls snaps. imissed this event 🙁

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