This is Thailand's greatest flower
show, featuring a parade of floats made with colorful flowers, beautiful
Thai and hill tribe girls in traditional dress, a Miss Chiangmai Flower
contest and loads of exotic plants and flowers on display.
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The Chiang Mai Flower Festival this season is Feb. 2 - 4, 2018.
If you are intersted in viewing flowers from all around the world a trip to the International
Ratchaphruek Flower Gardens should be in your itinerary. View the videos of the International Ratchaphruek Flower Gardens.
Also a trip to Doi Inthanon National Park for bird watching where all the trees are in full bloom should not be missed.
Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade
Every year during the first weekend in February is the Chiangmai Flower
Festival. The city is awash with vibrant colors ranging from the electric
orange and lilac colors of the bougainvillea to the velvety blossoms of
petunias in all shades of
pink, white and purple. The strident red of the poinsettias, bought by many
at Christmas and New Years, is echoed by beds of scarlet salvias. Homes
and shop owners alike line the city streets with colorful flower boxes.
The sheer profusion of color
that the flower festival and carnival brings to Chiangmai aptly gives the
city its name "Rose of the North".
On all three days of the festival, prize blooms are on display at Suan Buak Haad near the city center.
Every type of flower, miniature tree and orchid is put on display for the judges to choose the best of the
species. Landscape specialists put on an elaborate display, which includes patios and waterfalls with exotic
decorative plants and flowers.
The best part of the flower festival is on Saturday. This is when we load our
lawn chairs and ice chest in the pick-up and head to D.K. Bookstore along
the moat in the city center. We go there because there is plenty of parking
coffee and pastry shops.
On the way we passed the flower covers floats, Hill Tribes and Thais in their traditional dress and uniformed marching
bands all getting in line to start the parade. We had to leave the house before 8 AM as the parade start around 9 AM.
Although it would not be until 10 AM until the parade reached us we had lots of fun eating food from local vendors,
relaxing in our lawn chairs at curbside and watching the world go by.
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