Chiang Mai’s annual Flower Festival transforms the city into a lush, fragrant garden. Blooming in yellow, purple, and red, the city’s botanicals are gorgeous, but it’s the well-kept grounds of Suan Buak Haad City Park that act as the heart of the festival.
As the day proceeds, a parade of beautifully crafted floats made from the local flowers to resemble animals, temples, and palaces fills the streets with fragrant beauty. Atop each float, contestants for the Flower Festival Queen smile brightly to the crowds as they make their slow way around town.
The sights and smells of the parade are a poignant memory for any luxury tour of Thailand.
Held annually on the first weekend of February, The Chiang Mai Festival runs for three days when the city’s flowers and gardens are in full bloom.
The grounds of Suan Buak Haad City Park are the main event, but the famous flowers bloom across the entire city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, and the parade moves through many of the city streets.
The city is easily reached via domestic or international flights via Chiang Mai International Airport, and private car service can easily transport visitors to the park grounds for the festival.
The riot of colors across the city’s diverse botanicals leaves a lasting impression that lovers of plants (and beautiful women) are sure to never forget.
Appropriate Attire :
Western style clothing choices are appropriate for the parade and park, but if you plan to visit any of the city’s temples or shrines during the festival it’s best to dress modestly with covered shoulders, arms, and legs.