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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 2023 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 are 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.

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    • Hi Viviene,

      It doesn’t appear that a date has been confirmed for next year just yet.

      Some other sites report that the dates are February 7 – 9, 2020, but this is just an estimation based on the timing of previous years.

      I’ll add any new details when they become available.

      Thanks
      Michael

      • Hi michael,

        Can you confirm the dates for this? And where will it be held next year? Is it available now? If possible please advice the accomodation that near to the festival too. Because i need to book the flight n accomodation. Tq

        • Hi Nadia,

          I have searched the internet and Facebook and there really seems to be no official event or source on both Google and Facebook. All of the other websites similar to mine all are going off the hypothetical dates of the festival occurring on the first weekend of the year like it has done many of the previous years.

          I do check these details at least once a month, and more closer to the event, so ill be sure to add any new details as they become available.

          As for where the location is, the majority of the festival is held at the Nong Buak Haad Public Park at the south-west of the old city – with the parade around the moat and down Thapae Road to the Ping River.

          As for accommodation, anywhere near the southern end of the old city would be best, as this will allow you to walk to the event and not have to resort to using taxis or red trucks.

          Thanks
          Michael

  • 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,
      Jess

    • 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.
      Jess

    • Hi Pauline,

      September is a great time to visit Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The hot season starts to slow down in around June/July, so September will give you cool evenings whilst still being hot and sunny during the day.

      Best regards,
      Jess

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