Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival is a 3-day festival celebrated on the third weekend in January each year to honour the efforts of local artisans.
Bo Sang may not be one of the first towns that come to mind when talking about tourism in Northern Thailand, but it sure is home to one of the most spectacular and colourful festivals across the world.
Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival 2024, Chiang Mai
Bo Sang is home to skilled craftspeople whose products range from fantastic fans to colourful lanterns and parasols. Look out for the magnificent umbrellas designed of mulberry bark paper, which is then hand-painted; this is Bo Sang’s trademark style. Other materials used for these works of art include silk and cotton.
Come to the festival in the afternoon. This way, you can enjoy the amazing artwork in the light of day and stay for the illuminated umbrellas at night. Many of the umbrellas are lit up like lanterns showing a completely different side to these works of art.
Other fun events to enjoy during the festival include an opening ceremony, a parade, cultural shows, a traditional market, a beauty pageant, live music, dancing, exhibitions and carnival games.