CHIANG MAI FLOWERS FESTIVAL
NONG BUAK HAT PARK, CHIANG MAI, FEBRUARY 6 TO 8
Flower Festival is held in Febbruary. The festival includes decorated flower garden contests, floral floats parade in the morning and beauty pageants. The parade begins at Chiang Mai Raiway Station and passes Nawarat Bridge and ends at Nong Buak Hat Park.
The north is noted for its rich variety of flowering plants, particularly temperate-climate specimens which bloom during this cool month. Spectacular floral floats are the highlight of this grand Chiang Mai event.
In 2007, Chiang Mai flower festival takes place in the form of the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Expo--a royal floral expo featuring exotics plants and flowers exhibited in native garden settings of exhibitors from 30 countries and 80 local exhibitors.
This is the time when flowers are at their best - at the end of the cool season. The high point of the festival is the magnificent parade that is held on the Saturday morning with its colorful and highly decorated floats.
These are covered with literally hundreds of beautiful flowers with elegant northern Thai beauty queens sitting amongst them. Another part of the festival are the breathtaking flowerbeds of the public gardens. These are awash with color and special displays are maintained until the end of Sunday.
A highlight of the festival is the grand parade that attracts sponsoring companies and organisations that beautify floats with elaborate flower decorations, presenting an eco-tourism message or just simply stealing the hearts of spectators with their vivid colours and beauty.
Entertainment, an opportunity to dine on tasty northern snacks and view cultural performances are clearly features that draw both visitors and locals to this annual event.
Home and garden lovers discover Chiang Mai is a February showcase for exotic orchids, flowering plants and blooms that thrive in the northern valley’s temperate cool season.Particularly during the cool season months, mid-November through to February, this northern provinces justifies its title “Rose of the North.” But for flower lovers, who flock to this annual festival, 6 to 8 February in the town’s Buak Hat Park, there is far more to the town’s garden reputation than the impressive display of elegant roses.