Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2011

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2011

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2011

The 35th annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival will be taking place from February 4th through February 6th 2011 at Nong Buak Haat Park, Tha Pae Gate plaza, and Navarat Bridge in Chiang Mai.

The region surrounding Chiang Mai is an excellent breeding ground for all manner of tropical and temperate flowers where most bloom early in the year between January and February. The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is said to be one of the most beautiful events in the world and also very well attended so if you are planning on making the trip to Chiang Mai for the flower festival make sure to book your accommodations early.

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is not only a beautiful event but an important event for the provinces horticultural industry that has become known as one of Thailand’s major exporters of fresh cut flowers, ornamental plants, and a range of other horticultural products. Over 200 varieties of  flowering and ornamental plants will be on display during the 3 day festival.

Visitors to the Chiang Mai Flower Festival will be treated to parades with flower covered floats, flower competitions and horticultural exhibits that have no equal. As well there will be many craftsmen on hand displaying their wares in the tradition of excellence only known in Chiang Mai. The legendary Lanna Thai artisans, long-recognized for their exquisite craftsmanship, will have many pieces of art on display and for sale. The Chiang Mai Flower Festival will also feature traditional and contemporary floral art by many artisans.

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is definitely one of Thailand’s most beautiful and vibrant festivals, definitely not one to be missed.  If all goes as planned I will be in attendance this year and hope to bring back tons of great photos.

For more information on the Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2011 you can contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Chiang Mai office:

Tel: +66 (0) 5324 8604, (0) 5324 8607
Fax: +66 (0) 5324 8605
E-mail: tatchmai@tat.or.th

For more information on upcoming Thailand Events such as the Chiang Mai Flower Festival you can check out the Thailand Events Calender.

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26 Responses to Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2011
  1. Snap
    January 13, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    Come on Talen…don’t you mean Nawalat Bridge? ;) Seriously though…isn’t it Nawarat?

    Yay! I love flowers, can’t wait. Thailand certainly seems to be the land of festivals.
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  2. Talen
    January 13, 2011 | 7:56 pm

    Snap, it’s like being in Nakhon Phanome there are 30 different signs throughout the city with the city name on it in English and they are all spelled differently.

    I can’t wait either…maybe we can meet up when I am up in your neck of the woods.

  3. Snap
    January 13, 2011 | 8:12 pm

    True, true on the English spelling…sometimes I just can’t help myself.

    So you’re coming for the flower festival? Of course we can meet up and I know of another regular blogger who’d love to also.
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    • Talen
      January 13, 2011 | 9:04 pm

      Snap, done! I will get in touch with you and Lani once I finalize my plans.

  4. Lani
    January 13, 2011 | 8:53 pm

    If you are coming to CM, we should all have dinner/lunch/coffee together!

    And yes, I was here for the Flower Fest last year and it was great. Amazing floats, a special market was also set up around the Nong Buak Haat Park.

    As always the parade will swing by Thae Phae Gate for everyone to see. I have some pretty cool pics myself from the celebrations.

    • Talen
      January 13, 2011 | 9:05 pm

      Lani, dinner/lunch/coffee it is. I’ll be in touch once I know exactly what my plans are…where would you suggest as a good place to stay?

      • Snap
        January 13, 2011 | 9:55 pm

        Talen, it depends on your budget and where you want to stay. My favourite boutique hotel is smack bang in the centre of Sunday Night walking street, in the old city http://www.parasolinn.com/. A new, not too big, swish hotel just opened about 1 km south of the old city called XYM. Rooms start at 500 Baht per night. Don’t think it’s on the internet yet. I had friends stay there recently. I’ve been inside and it’s very nice and clean and modern/lana style.
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        • Talen
          January 13, 2011 | 10:59 pm

          Snap, I just booked the Anoma hotel in the old city….great price and supposedly really nice place. Just have to book my flight and I’m all set!

          • Snap
            January 14, 2011 | 9:48 pm

            Tha Anoma looks really nice…my cup of tea! Email Lani and or I when you have your flights booked and we’ll to arrange to meet up somewhere.

            Cheers!
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          • Talen
            January 15, 2011 | 5:35 pm

            Snap, will do…might be heading your way twice in as many weeks….I have a feeling I might be there for the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival as well.

  5. Catherine
    January 13, 2011 | 11:12 pm

    Talen, I’ve always wanted to go to the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. Each year something else is happening. Sigh. Maybe next year…

    I was going to do the photos, photos, photos chant re you three meeting up in Chiang Mai, but then it wouldn’t be fair when I nixed the photo sharing idea for any meets I attended. Right?
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    • Talen
      January 13, 2011 | 11:22 pm

      Cat, you’ve always wanted to go…so, go this year! Photo’s will definitely be on the agenda!

  6. Martyn
    January 14, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    Talen if you’ve just heard someone shout “Oh no not another bloody flower festival” followed by a loud bellowing scream, ease your fears because it was me and the noise has travelled 6,000 miles from my English home to Thailand.

    Only this morning I extracted from my nostrils the last remnants of pollen and flower seeds picked up from my recent trip to Phu Rua’s New Year Flower Festival. If Wilai gets hold of this story then my bank balance and holiday entitlement are deep in the shi….mire. I can’t afford another holiday next month.

    Myself and the young one are planning an April/May trip to Chiang Mai and I know (she’s not admitted it) her main purpose in wanting to travel to Chiang Mai is to fill our chosen mode of transport chocker (strange word) full of bloody flowers. Mine is to get pissed in a new city. To counteract her plans and to speed mine up I’m going to fly us from Udon to Chiang Mai (she thinks we’ll be going by car).

    A question:

    How many flowers do you think someone five foot one inch tall can get in an aeroplane overhead luggage compartment.

    A request:

    Please take this post off the bloody net.

    Best wishes from the UK.
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    • Talen
      January 14, 2011 | 5:14 pm

      Martyn, I would suspect a Thai woman could probably talk the pilot into filling the cockpit and cabin with flowers to bring home…at least she’ll try :P

      Precisely why I am going solo to the Chiang Mai flower festival. I will take only pictures and avail myself of the local natural treasures …women and alcohol.

      • Martyn
        January 15, 2011 | 3:44 am

        Aaaaah….I didn’t think of the cockpit. Perhaps renting a car might be cheaper.
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        • Talen
          January 15, 2011 | 5:33 pm

          Martyn, you could always rent a C-11 and fly your car full of flowers home and the cockpit :P

  7. Catherine
    January 14, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    Talen “Cat, You say that like it’s a bad thing…”

    No, not bad, just saying is all :-D
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  8. Stephen Guess
    January 19, 2011 | 11:39 am

    I was at the CM flower festival last year and really enjoyed it. I know that there was a beauty pageant and perhaps other events as well. Do you know when and where those events are held? Thanks!

    • Talen
      January 20, 2011 | 2:03 pm

      Stephen, the events will be held in several locations included early in the post but I haven’t seen a schedule as of yet…as soon as I find one I will post it here.

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