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Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival has been running for over 40 years and celebrates the beautiful flowers in bloom during this time.

The festival runs over 3 days at the start of February each year and draws thousands of visitors to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2019 Dates & Location of Parade, Thailand

By bringing to light a vibrant display of ancient and modern floral art the festival also exemplifies the traditions of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Economically, the festival also contributes to the city’s growth and development since it advances the horticultural sector and also the tourism sector.

Typically, the first day of the festival involves an agricultural fair as well as the exhibition of floral arrangements and landscaping trends. Subsequent days involve an elaborate display of splendid flower floats, a fair that showcases local works of art, music shows as well as the display of beautiful ornamental plants.

On the Saturday of the festival, there is a large parade that typically takes place from Nawarat bridge to Thapae road, Kotchasarn Road, Changlor Road and then to Arak Road (Nong Buak Haad Public Park). There will be large floats adorned with flowers as well as marching bands, school groups and dancers also taking part. The roads will close leading up to and during the parade, but there are generally police directing traffic away from the festival.

There are also competitions for the most beautiful and creative display as well as the best float. One of the most popular parts of the festival is choosing the Chiang Mai Flower Festival Queen. Deliberations go way into the night with celebrations for the winner.

There will be plenty to eat and drink around the festival and the weather is typically warm during the day and delightfully cool in the evenings. So come on over to the Chiang Mai Flower Festival and enjoy this wonderful cultural event!

If you are coming to Chiang Mai just for the festival, there is countless accommodation choices available. There are too many hotels, hostels, apartments and guest houses to mention, but you can find a bargain anywhere in the city. If you are interested in browsing the range of accommodation options, click the links below.


TBA - February 2019

Event Times

9am - Midnight


Nong Buak Haad Public Park


Corner of Bumrung Buri Rd & Arak Rd
Phra Sing, Chiang Mai




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  • Why it’s almost impossible to know where are the places of dances and music, during flower festival?
    I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for thai tourist office to publish that kinf of informations
    I am tourist, I appreciate that festival and every time the same problem of information; it’s pity !!

    • Hi Gerard,

      Unlike western countries that you may be used to, Thailand isn’t accustomed to publishing schedules or programs for these type of events. It is best to travel to Thailand with an open mind and open schedule. I suggest that you ask at your hotel for recent updates and follow the crowds.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Christine,

      If you are driving a car, I would avoid driving into the Old City at all. If you are using a scooter, you can still get in nice and close as you can pretty much park anywhere in Chiang Mai, as long as you are not blocking a driveway.

      Alternatively, get an Uber from your hotel, as the driver will be able to drop you off and then collect you afterwards. Not sure which roads are closed, Chiang Mai isn’t that organised where they publish this information in advance. You just have to wing it on the day!

      Have a wonderful time at the Chiang Mai Flower Festival.

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