Date: 5th-7th February 2016
Venue: Suan Buak Hat Park, Mueang District, Chiang Mai
Living up to the name ‘Rose of the North,’ Chiang Mai organises the Chiang Mai Flower Festival to showcase its beautiful flowers and decorative plants which are in full bloom towards the end of the winter season in early February. Suan Buak Hat Park is transformed into an open-air exhibition centre where you can find a magnificent tapestry of floral splendor that blankets the land, agricultural exhibitions, and floral displays, contests, and sales. Orchid lovers should not miss the opportunity to see a variety of beautiful orchids grown by locals. The festival also features flower-decorated floats that parade around the city showing the vibrant colored flowers as well as dancers in traditional costumes.
Highlight: The floral floats compete to find the most beautiful and creative display, and the best float for cultural preservation receives a trophy from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Other highlights include plant and flower sales, as well as several kinds of competitions.
This year, the flower festival runs from 5th to 7th February 2016. The following are the highlights:
The main events will take place at Nong Buak Haad Park and Thapae Gate over the three days from 9 a.m. to midnight. This includes an agricultural exhibition and fair, contest and exhibition of flower arrangement, decorative plants, and mini garden landscaping, local products fair, food festival, music show and Lanna performances and more.
- 5pm on Friday: Opening ceremony of the contest and exhibition of flower arrangement, decorative plants, and mini garden landscaping at Nong Buak Haad Park
- 7pm on Friday: Opening ceremony of the 39th Flower Festival at Thapae Gate
- 7pm-11pm on Friday: Miss Flower Blooming Beauty Contests at Nong Buak Haad Park
- 8am on Saturday: A parade of more than 25 flower floats starts from Nawarat bridge. The parade will go along Thapae road, Kotchasarn road, Changlor road, Arak road and ends at Nong Buak Haad Park
- 6pm to 8pm on Saturday: Thai Lanna Performance on stage to celebrate Chiang Mai 720th Year at Statues of Kings Mengrai
- 7pm on Saturday: Presentation of awards for The Flower Festival Parade at Thapae Gate
- 6pm on Sunday: Music performances at Thapae Gate
- 6pm to 8pm on Sunday: Thai Lanna Performance on stage to celebrate Chiang Mai 720th Year at Statues of Kings Mengrai
Chiang Mai offers a variety of cultural and natural attractions including Wiang Kum Kam, Doi Inthanon National Park, Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park, Ang Khang Royal Project, Ratchaphruek Garden, and Chiang Mai Zoo – where the famous panda Lin Hui is expected to give birth to her second cub this month, as well as the many temples; such as, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Sing.
Chiang Mai is located 716 km north of Bangkok or 7 hours 44 minutes by car or 1 hour 10 minutes by air. Several airlines, including Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways and Nok Air, are operating daily flights on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route from Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports. The city also serves direct regional flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, China (Beijing and Shanghai) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).