An overnight train journey, away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, leads one to Chiang Mai, a beautiful city in northern Thailand. It is a calm city with a laid back ambiance. One can find temples all around here, as it is home to hundreds of them. The city also offers a vast variety of activities that one can be a part of. One such event is the elaborate Chiang Mai Flower Festival of 2019. Head to Chiang Mai and witness the beautiful flower parades and decorations in the town.
About The Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Chiang Mai in Thailand, also known as the “rose of the north” hosts a 3-day long flower festival called the Chiang Mai Flower festival. The flower festival takes place on the first weekend of February and paints the town in vibrant hues of chrysanthemums and the Damask Rose. The festival is held at the Suan Buak Haad city park where the entire place comes alive with colorful flowers. There are miniature trees, local orchids, and vendors who put up their stalls in the park.
When And Where Is The Festival Held
Date: 1 February 2019 – 4 February 2019
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Highlights Of The Festival
The main event of the festival is the flower parade that takes place in Chiang Mai. There is a beautiful exhibition of floral arrangements and landscaping patterns on the first day of this weekend festival. A beautiful blend of the ancient and modern floral art is displayed which epitomizes the traditions of the Lanna Kingdom. The history of Chiang Mai flower festival draws crowds from all over the world.
The main highlight of the event, the flower parade takes place on Saturday and begins from the Nawarat bridge to the Nong Buak Haad Public Park. There are marching bands, local musicians, dancers and school groups performing in the parade. There are large floats all decorated with beautiful flowers and there’s a competition too, announcing the best float. Towards the end of the festival, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival Queen is chosen too.
On Sunday, one can enjoy the musical performances during the evening at the Thapae Gate.
Other Festivals And Events In Thailand
Thailand is a colorful country and hosts quite a lot of events and festivals. Other than the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, here are some other events that happen in the country around the same time:
1. Chinese New Year
As the name suggests, this festival marks the New Year according to the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show and people decorate their houses and workplaces with red lanterns and scrolls. The festival is celebrated to pay respects to the deities, as well as to have a family reunion. Firecrackers and lighted and there is utmost positivity in the ambiance.
Date: February 5th (Tuesday), 2019
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2. Makha Bucha Day
This is one of the most important Buddhist festivals and celebrates the gathering that was held between Buddha and 1250 of his first disciples. It is a public holiday in quite a lot of Southeast Asian countries. Devotees hold processions, candles are lit and offerings made. The atmosphere is calm and blissful. Travelers can enjoy the day at Buddhist temples and meditation centers. If one is in Bangkok, then one can view the procession at the Golden Mountain and Wat Benjamabopit.
Date: February 19th (Tuesday), 2019
3. Kolour In The Park
This is an open-air House and Techno festival that takes place annually in the first week of March. It began as a single day event in 2015. The festival collaborates with local and international performers each year and has quite an impressive lineup. Head here to groove to the most amazing DJs and have a great evening with your friends and folk.
Date: March 2nd (Saturday), 2019
Location: Thai Wake Park Lamlukka
Places To Stay In Chiang Mai
If you are in Chiang Mai to witness the flower festival then these are a few accommodations that you can consider. These options are pretty convenient as they are in a kilometer radius of the venue of the flower festival.
1. Sherloft Home And Hostel
At a walking distance of 800 m from the venue of the flower festival, Sherloft Home is a pretty feasible stay option in Chiang Mai. It is a loft style house with a lush green garden to chill and relax. Most of the tourist attractions are located close by including the dazzling nightclubs and famous restaurants. The place provides free Wifi, luggage storage facility and has a 24-hour reception.
Location: 7 Soi 7 Ratchamanka Road, Prasing Subdistrict, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
2. The Islander Hostel Chiang Mai
At a close distance of 300 m from Chiang Mai Gate, this hostel is convenient, if you are visiting the Chiang Mai flower festival. The rooms have air conditioning and some of them have attached balconies too. One can find both dorms and private room accommodations here. Enjoy the friendly vibes here at the hostel and have a great time meeting backpackers from all across the globe.
Location: 47/5 Nantaram Road, Haiya, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
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3. Marigold Lanna Boutique Hotel Chiangmai
This is a beautiful boutique hotel in the center of the city. The places being 10 minutes away from the airport, is easily accessible. The property has beautiful European architecture and the ambiance is cozy. The hotel also features a cafe, the Marigold Cafe, where one can enjoy a refreshing cup of coffee and fresh desserts. Also, there is Wifi available throughout the hotel property.
Location: 79/72, Soi Chiang Som, Changpuak Road, Chang Phuek, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
4. Ing Mon House
If you want to experience vintage charm alongside luxury, then this is the perfect option in Chiang Mai. The location is perfect where one can enjoy the dazzling nightlife and superb dining. The rooms are spacious and tidy. The property has Wifi, a lobby, and lush green garden with parking space available. One can enjoy the Thai massage and sauna too here.
Location: 99 a-Rak RD., T. Phrasing, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
5. Sakura House Chiangmai
This is a pocket-friendly option for the tourists visiting Chiang Mai. The property is located at a distance of 2 km from the airport and the local tourist attractions are quite close by. The Chiang Mai flower festival in Thailand takes place at a venue that is just a 3 minutes walk. The rooms are well kept and tidy. One can also enjoy complimentary coffee here and the place is total value for money.
Location: 15 Samlan Soi 6 Tambon Phra Sing, Phasingha Muang Chiangmai, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
How To Reach Chiang Mai
By Air: Chiang Mai International Airport operates both international and domestic flights.
By Rail: Chiang Mai Train Station has daily trains running from Bangkok and takes around 12-15 hours to reach.
By Road: One can also hire cars for self-drive and it is one of the best ways to explore the city and take day trips to the nearby areas. Cars can be rented from the airport or the city center.
Note: One needs an international driving license to drive in Thailand.
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