Beautiful and colourful flowers can light up anyone’s day. And if different varieties of flowers are put together in spectacular arrangements, it’s a sight to behold! The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is the place to be if you want to experience that delight.
It is an annual event, held usually in February, to celebrate the region’s abundant blooming flowers like the famous North Thailand orchids, pink, white, and yellow cherry blossoms, marigolds, roses, and many more. It is one of the most popular festivals in Thailand
The colourful and vibrant festival is a major attraction for locals and tourists alike. The festival typically showcases parades of floats adorned with exquisite flower arrangements depicting the city’s rich culture and local agricultural products. The other prominent elements of the event are beauty contests, Thai dance performances, live music, and street stalls selling local delicacies and handmade products. It is a popular cultural event that contributes to the city’s economic growth and development through advancement in the horticultural and tourism sectors.
If you are considering visiting Chiang Mai, now is a great time. This year the city is celebrating its 46th flower festival. It will be happening on the first weekend of February.
Details for the 2023 Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2023, till Sunday, February 5th, 2023.
Venue: Nong Buak Haad Public Park at the Corner of Bumrung Buri Road and Arak Road, Phra Sing.
Time: Early morning till late evening.
Fee: It is a free event.
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What to Expect at the Festival
The three-day event is like a vibrant cultural festival showcasing the best of Chiang Mai to the world. There will be morning, afternoon, and evening events, which will include:
The festivities will begin early on Friday with an agricultural fair and an exhibition of flower arrangements and ornamental plants. The Nong Haad Buak Park is decorated beautifully for the flower festival, and you can get memorable family photos clicked here.
Saturday and Sunday will be all about the spectacular parades of floats intricately decorated with the most beautiful flowers. After the parade, the floats will be set up along the southwest corner of the moat, and you can see the intricate flower art up close. There are also competitions for the most creatively decorated floats.
Close behind the flower parade would be dance performances and live bands playing local music. School groups also participate. There will also be flower markets where you can buy rare exotic flowers to take home.
A major festival highlight is the beauty contest held on the first day to choose the Chiang Mai Flower Festival Queen.
The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is an event worth experiencing. It has been featured as one of the best festivals in the world! Don’t miss it!
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