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Chiang Mai Festival and Events

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival a Blooming Marvel

chiang mai flower festival

Cool season is the reason for the timing of Chiang Mai flower festival. It’s at this time that roses, chrysanthemums, gladioli and other temperate flowers are in bloom, while tropical plants such as bougainvillea and frangipani are also blossomi ng. This huge variety of shapes, scents and colours provides a rich palette from which to create the dazzling floral floats that are featured in the parade the highlight of Chiang Mai flower festival. During the week leading up to the event, employees and students from the various organizations participating in the event (which include schools, government offices and private companies) spend hours meticulously decorating their group’s float, using not only flowers but also grains of rice and pulses with which to depict typical Northern Thai scenes in intricate detail. Each float represents a local place or theme, which may be a temple or activity such as woodcarving or silk-weaving, and the participants’ costumes reflect this motif. Local schools use the chance to show off the skills of their marching bands, which pump out a medley of familiar tunes as they enliven the procession.

chiang mai flower festival

chiang mai flower festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival will takes place on the first weekend of February. Early on the Saturday morning the participants and floats are lined up to the east of Nawarat Bridge along Charoen Muang Road; since there are usually over 25 floats in the parade, it often stretches almost as far as the railway station. Beside Nawarat Bridge, a viewing platform is prepared for the Chiang Mai governor, along with the judges whose task is to select the float with the most creative design and most attractive decoration ready for the prize-giving ceremony later in the day. After a short opening ceremony and speech by the governor at around 8 a.m., the grand parade leads off.

chiang mai flower festival

The colourful procession makes its way westwards down Tha Pae Road, then turns left (south) at Tha Phae Gate to go along Kotchasam Road to the southeast comer of the moat, and finally follows a westward route along the south side of the moat to finish in front of Buak Haad Park in the south-west comer of the Old City. The parade pauses frequently to allow time for the enormous floats, carried by concealed pick-up trucks, to negotiate blind turns, with participants shouting instructions to unsighted drivers. These pauses also provide onlookers with plenty of opportunities to take photos of the floats and of themselves posing beside the participants, who are all dressed in colorful costumes. Eventually, the last float in the parade reaches the park sometime between midday and 2 p.m.

chiang mai flower festival
chiang mai flower festival
chiang mai flower festival

The floats would not be complete for a real Thai festival without a contestant in the beauty queen competition to crown their splendid shapes and colours. This gives the local maidens an opportunity to show off the Phasin a wrap-around skirt woven with traditional designs, as well as bright parasols made in nearby Bor Sang, which provide protection from the strong midday sun. Swarms of people, both locals and visitors, line the route, some just for a glimpse, others following along to the park. Since it can take several hours for the parade to pass, you might want to consider reserving a table at a restaurant along the route, such as Ratana’s Kitchen, opposite Wat Mahawan on Tha Pae Road, or Art Cafe, opposite Tha Pae Gate. In this way you can enjoy the parade in air-conditioned comfort rather than standing in the sun for hours on end.

chiang mai flower festival

While the parade is the highlight of the 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.

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Chiang Mai Sightseeing

Huay Tung Tao Reservoir

Relaxing Breezy at Huay Tung Tao Reservoir

huay tung tao reservoir, chiang mai sightseeing

Huay Tung Tao Reservoir is a popular destination for Thais to relax. Huay Tung Tao is a small artificial lake at the foot of Doi Suthep. The shallow lake’s good for swimming and the grassy banks are packed with picnic areas, drink and food stalls plus the view are awesome.

Huay Tung Thao Reservoir is also a wonderful place first thing in the morning for avid birdwatchers. It is really gorgeous and calming lake adored by all the tourists visiting Thailand. You can sit back and relax in a floating bamboo raft with thatched roof around the lake edge. You can cheerfully swim about in the lake and run around the lake and have boundless fun and frolic.

huay tung tao reservoir, chiang mai sightseeing

Once you arrive at Huay Tung Tao Lake you’ll immediately notice the tranquil and laid back atmosphere; the place is not frequented often by tourists, nor will you see any tour buses turning up.

All along the lakeside are small wooden stalls where you can get shelter from the sun, order some cheap food or cool down with a couple of cold drinks.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of food here at the reservoir as there are more than 20 restaurants located in the area. After your tummy is full of yummy, you can take your time to relax with Thai massage or foot massage by just call the number that is written on billboards and later on the massager will come to you.

huay tung tao reservoir, chiang mai sightseeing

huay tung tao reservoir, chiang mai sightseeing

If you brought your swimwear, you can go for a bath in the lake by the huts. The water is usually pretty warm and not too deep in the area that is marked for bathing. In some parts it’s not really suited for swimming, but at least you can cool down a bit or grab one of the available rubber rings to enjoy a cold drink while floating in the water. You can also hire a tube to float around on the water for 20 baht.

Another great thing to do at Huay Tung Tao Reservoir is renting a swan pedal boat. You can enjoy a last view of the mountains from the middle of the lake before you head back home. 

huay tung tao reservoir, chiang mai sightseeing

Huay Tung Tao Reservoir is surrounded by mountains. The scenery is absolutely stunning. It is definitely recommended to bring a camera to capture these amazing views.

How to get to Huay Tung Tao Reservoir

Huay Tung Tao Reservoir is located further along the Irrigation Canal Road and the 700 Year Sports Stadium, as you head towards Mae Rim (Route 121). The lake is about 12 kilometers from the city center.

Entrance fee & opening hours

The entrance fee is only 20 baht per person, Thai nationals as well. It’s open times are 8:00 until 18:00 daily. Dogs are allowed in, but not to swim in the lake.