Chiang Mai, the city known as ‘The Rose of the North’, has just celebrated its annual Flower Festival. The first Saturday of February kicks off with a slow parade procession of beautiful girls, village hill tribes, high school marching bands and dancers.
Tips on Getting There:
- The festival takes place the first weekend in February.
- Friday night’s festivities in the park are cool and pleasant with food vendors, live music and choosing of the Queen.
- Saturday morning’s parade begins at 8:00 am at Nawarat bridge, rounding at Thapae Gate on Kotchasarn road, following the moat to Changlor road and ends at Suan Buak Haad Park around noon.
- The parade is very slow and stops several times. There’s no need to get there early. I arrived at 11:30 and positioned myself towards the end to catch the last performances.