Imagine a world of colourful blooms! That's what you get when you head to Thailand in February next year from the 3rd to 5th February 2017 where the Thailand Chiang Mai Flower Festival is happening. This marks the end of a cool season, where Chiang Mai gets a variety of yellow and white chrysanthemums and the unique Damask Rose, unique to its location!
The Public Garden of Suan Buak Haad takes the centre stage of this festival. This is where you'll be able to gaze at colourful and scented blooms as you'll find stalls being set up, displaying various plants, orchids and beautiful garden decoration. The flowers on display are vying for a top spot in a competition where the best species will be chosen by the judges!
You'll find landscape artists display an elaborative artwork of patios and waterfalls of exotic decorative plants and flowers.
A flower parade will be happening on Saturday, 4th February which will happen along the Charoen Muang Road, from the railway station to the Nawarat Bridge. Keep your eyes peeled on nature's beauty as it parades in front of you!
The road will be filled with plenty of white, purple and various shades of pink! Set your sights on the Thai dancers in traditional costumes displaying intricate movements. Listen to the marching bands and drumming groups as they make their way through the parade! Be sure to reach your arms out to receive some flowers that the participants will be giving out!
Look out for the decorated floats and carriages as they carry participants of the Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival competition where they compete for the title of Chiang Mai's Flower Festival Queen. Join in the party atmosphere as they select the winner for the evening!
Don't worry about getting hungry as you'll be snacking on the Thai delicacies from the stalls which will sure whet your appetite.
Make sure you also take this chance to also visit the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Rachaphruek and Tweechol Botanical Garden as you'll get to see shades of different hues of a bed of blooms that are unique to Chiang Mai. It will definitely be a spectacular sight for you to behold.
Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Botanical Gardens
Tweechol Botanical Garden
This is also one of the best times for you to do some bird watching at Doi Inthanon National Park as the air is cool and the flowers are sprouting its colours.
Doi Inthanon National Park
This massive park will take you at least 2 days to cover. Imagine breathing in cool crisp air and being amidst the lush greenery that surrounds you while you hear the chirping of birds in the distance.
There will be accommodation options for you to consider while you enjoy your bird watching experience!
See you in the land of smiles soon!