ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Thai Travel : Pictures of the Annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Updated on September 30, 2010

Chiang Mai Locals in Lanna Costume

Local Chiang Mai Girls in Traditional Lanna Dress
Local Chiang Mai Girls in Traditional Lanna Dress

Annual Flower Festival in Chiang Mai

One of the highlights of the year in Chiang Mai is the annual Flower Festival held in the all too brief cool season. It’s a fragrant and colorful affair where locals come together to parade magnificent flower studded floats as well as an incredible variety of decorative plants for which prizes are awarded. The festival began in 1977, and as well as bringing in locals from around the province, it also attracts a good deal of interest from international visitors.

Chiang Mai, affectionately dubbed the ‘Rose of the North’, prides itself on the natural beauty that it possesses as well as its slow paced lifestyle and friendly hospitality. This is evident when ambling along the historical moat road with local residents in unhurried appreciation of the spectacle - floats covered in a rich mosaic of flowers intricately arranged in harmony with the chosen theme, ranging from an eco-tourism message to a tribute to the King of Thailand. The parade of floats ends with a beauty pageant in Suan Buak Hart Park, where the Queen of the Flower Festival is chosen.

The flower festival is a great opportunity to get a feel for the unique culture of Chiang Mai, originating from the days of the Lanna Kingdom with its own rule, language, dress and customs. Women wearing traditional Lanna dress, Lanna food and music are all on display. Local handicrafts are also featured and are available to buy. The diverse hill tribe cultures of Northern Thailand are also seen in their unique traditional dress, and include the Hmong, Lisu, Akha and Karen ethnic groups.

Admiring the prize winning roses, bonsai and orchids is one of my favorite ways to spend time at the festival. Many of the 3,000 or so varieties of Thai orchids are present, some of which have amazingly long aerial root systems.

The festival is held in February and this is arguably the best time of year to visit Chiang Mai. Cool mornings and evenings, warm sunny days, clear blue skies, and especially buoyant spirits combined with the beauty of the Flower Festival make it a special time of the year. Thailand has appeared in international media in a negative light in recent times - political protests in Bangkok coupled with the recession has reduced the number of visitors to Chiang Mai considerably and local businesses are feeling the pinch. The truth is though that Chiang Mai remains an untroubled place and is a very safe and cheap tourist destination with a lot to offer.

Lanna Float - Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2010
Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2010

Fern Farmer's Float

Fern Farmer's Float
Fern Farmer's Float

Bonsai Prize Winner

Bonsai First Prize Winner Windswept Class
Bonsai First Prize Winner Windswept Class

First Prize Winning Orchid

Blue Ribbon Orchid
Blue Ribbon Orchid

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Floats

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Floats
Chiang Mai Flower Festival Floats

Prize Winning Orchid

Prize Winning Orchid
Prize Winning Orchid

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Chiang Mai Flower Festival


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • lilian_sg profile image


      8 years ago from Singapore

      Nice pics. Too bad I visited in march...didn't manage to catch that!

    • Coolmon2009 profile image


      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Beautiful pictures - thanks for sharing


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)