Chiang Mai Flower Festival a Flower Full City
Winter in Chiang Mai is nothing like Europe: the unique and historical city is awash by vibrant colors ranging from the electric orange and lilac colors of the bougainvillea to the velvet blossoms of petunias, not to mention the vivid colors of orchids and roses. This superb floral blossom period is highlighted by Chiang Mai Flower Festival which, every year, will be celebrated on first week of February.
This superb event perfectly fits the scenic setting of Chiang Mai city and creates such a delightful sight, not to mention the laid-back atmosphere with breezy ambience. The annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival will feature an impressive showcase of traditional and contemporary floral art and Lanna cultural splendor. The flower procession will be accompanied by dozens of flower floats tastefully adorned. The parade will move on slowly and stop several times so there will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the colorful floats, pretty Thai dancers and hilltribe performers in traditional garments.
While the parade is the highlight of Chiang Mai flower festival, other fun activities take place throughout the weekend both at Tha Pae Gate (on the east side of the Old City) and Buak Haad Park. In the park, vendors cater to the hot and thirsty crowd, selling ice creams, hats and balloons, which add to the atmosphere. Horticultural companies make the most of the opportunity to promote their products, displaying everything from bonsai trees to hybrid roses and water features for gardens. Families settle in the shade for a picnic, while pop music blares from loudspeakers. One of the most popular sidelines is to dress up in hill- tribe gear for a souvenir photo among the beds of brilliant flowers.
Most visitors are content to watch the parade and join in some of the evening fun at either Tha Pae Gate or Buak Haad Park. A total of 222 varieties of flowering and ornamental plants will be on display during the three-day event.