Winter in Chiang Mai is nothing like Europe:the unique and historical city is awash by vibrant colors ranging from the electric orange and lilac colors of the bougainvillea to the velvet blossoms of petunias; not to mention the vivid colors of orchids and roses. This superb floral blossom period is highlighted by the Flower Festival which, this year, will be celebrated on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of February.
This great event perfectly fits the scenic setting of Chiang Mai city and creates such a delightful sight, not to mention the laid-back atmosphere with breezy ambience. This year again, the annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival will feature an impressive showcase of traditional and contemporary floral art and Lanna cultural splendor. The flower procession (on the 2nd) will be accompanied by dozens of flower floats tastefully adorned. The parade will move on slowly from Thapae Bridge to Suan Buak Haad Park and stop several times, so there will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures of the colorful floats, pretty Thai dancers and hilltribe performers in traditional garments. A total of 222 varieties of flowering and ornamental plants will be on display at the park during this three-day event.
If you happen to visit Chiang Mai after this beautiful celebration, you still can enjoy hundreds of different flowers and trees at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. Located on Mae Rim-Samoeng Road, it is a large and beautiful place where you can spend half day discovering amazing floral species.