Chiang Mai, Thailand



Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival
20th-22nd January
This handicraft festival takes place at Ban Bo Sang in Sankampang. The festival is in the form of a "street fair" with shops on both sides
of the central road of the village. Shops are decorated in Lanna style, most with the well-known umbrellas and traditional lanterns. The festival features a grand procession, contests, exhibitions, cultural performances, Miss Bo Sang pageant, local entertainment and assorted shows day and night.

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Chiang Mai Flower Festival
First weekend in February
During the Chiang Mai Flower Festival the city is awash in various colours. Varieties of flowers, bonsai trees and orchids are put on display during the festival for the judges to select and award prizes. The best part of the festival is on Saturday, when there is a colourful parade from Chiang Mai (train) Station to Narawatt Bridge. The parade passes through Tha Pae Road to the Gate and follows the moat to Suan Buak Haad Park. When the parade ends everyone heads to the park, where there are plenty of foods and the party goes well into the evening.

Songkran Festival
April 13-15
Songkran (Thai Water Festival) is celebrated as the Thai new year from April 13th to 15th (it may begin a day or two early). The festival becomes obvious when you get drenched by someone pouring you with a bucket of water over or squirting you with a water gun! This tradition evolved from people tossing water over holy statues, since this water was expected to bring good luck. Now, it takes the form of a free-for-all water fight and you will undoubtedly be soaked.

Celebrating Songkran in Chiang Mai by Takeaway

Inthakin or Tham Boon Khan Dok
May or June
This is the City Pillar Festival in Chiang Mai, a six-day festival where the city pillar spirits are propitiated to ensure the continuity of the city. Mucj of the event focuses around Wat Chedi Luang.

Loi Krathong Festival
Usually in November
If you like candles placed in colourful paper lanterns, fireworks, beautiful girls in traditional dress, parade floats, lots of food and parties, don't miss the Loi Krathong festival. In Chiang Mai it lasts for three days, the last night being that of the 12th full moon of the year (usually in November). In the small town of Mae Jo (north of Chiang Mai) the festival begins on a Saturday night by launching thousands of little of hot air balloons called "Khom Loy".

Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai by YashiWong

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