Saturday, 16 February 2019

Let's Enjoy the Gorgeous Flower Festival Season in Thailand

 

By Kanjana

Being a tropical country, Thailand is blessed with an abundance of natural resources including an amazing array of flora and fauna. During the winter season from December to February, a wide variety of flowers are in full bloom everywhere forming beautiful scenes.

Many provinces in different regions of Thailand take the opportunity to hold flower festivals to showcase their gorgeous flowers and attract the nature-loving tourists. The biggest one is the Chiang Mai Flower Festival held annually at the beginning of February, which draws thousands of visitors from all over the world. Here are some of the famous flower festivals on offer;

Chiang Rai Flower Festival

(28 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019)
Suan Tung & Khom Garden, Chiang Rai Province

The cool weather and hilly climate of Chiang Rai make it the perfect place to grow many different types of flower and plant that wouldn’t normally be found in Thailand. Now in its 15th year, the Chiang Rai Flower Festival will once again be held at Suan Tung and Khom Garden, literally translated as garden of traditional flags and lanterns.

Visitors will have a chance to enjoy Chiang Rai’s enchanting tulip and lilies and the sight of many kinds of cold-climate flowers which are all in full bloom at this time of the year. The flowers come in a dazzling range of colours and there are ‘khom’ or lantern displays so the garden can be visited day and night. Apart from floral displays, there are various activities to enjoy, including a photo contest, local products and food fairs, cultural shows and musical performances.


For more information, please contact
TAT Chiang Rai Office
Tel. +66 (0)53 717 433, +66 (0) 53-744674-5
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Chiang Rai ASEAN Flower Festival

(25 Dec 2018 – 13 Jan 2019)
On the bank of Kok River, Chiang Rai Province

Chiang Rai province and other sectors hold a big festival called ‘Chiang Rai ASEAN Flowers Fair’ in winter annually. The event is held on the bank of Kok River in Mueang Chiang Rai district. Visitors can see different types of flowers such as tulips and lilies. There are also a decorated plant contest, orchid contest, and gardening contest. Moreover, visitors can see flowers parades, enjoy cultural shows and performances, and shop OTOP products and souvenirs.


For more information, please contact
TAT Chiang Rai Office
Tel. +66 (0)53 717 433, +66 (0) 53-744674-5
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Poinsettia Festival

(28 Nov 2018 - 31 Jan 2019)
Phu Rua National Park, Loei Province

The annual Poinsettia Festival is held in the northeastern province of Loei, about 520 km. from Bangkok. Surrounded by mountain ranges, Loei province is an ideal place for nature lovers. Among its several national parks, the best known ones are Phu Kradueng, Phu Luang and Phu Rua.

Held at the entrance to Phu Rua National Park on the border with Laos, the festival celebrates the poinsettia plant which, with its red flower bracts, is also called Christmas tree. Phu Rua district is one of the best places in Thailand to see cold climate plants and one of the most famous is the poinsettia plant. The best time of year to see Christmas plants is from late November to late January when they are in full bloom, creating a glorious scarlet carpet that attracts sightseers and photographers.

Phu Rua National Park offers nature-based sightseeing and activities such as walking trails, waterfalls, a pine forest, and vantage points. During the cool season the temperature here can drop to as low as 0 degrees Celsius, leading to fog and mist formation around the mountain ranges. Therefore, visitors can enjoy the beautiful sea of mist here too.


For more information, please contact
TAT Loei Office
Tel. +66 (0) 4281 2812, 4281 1405
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Blooming Sunflower Festival

(1 Nov 2018 – 31 Jan 2019)
Lopburi and Sara Buri Provinces

Lopburi province is home to the biggest sunflower fields of Thailand. It offers the first places to see the sunflowers in bloom in Phatthana Nikhom, Chai Badan, and Khok Samrong districts. The most famous location is in the fields around Khao Chin Lae, where the limestone mountain provides an impressive backdrop to the large sunflower fields. Sara Buri is another province of sunflower fields. There are a great number of sunflower fields in the following districts -- Chaloem Phra Kiat, Phra Phutthabat, Kaeng Khoi, Wang Muang, Nong Don, and Muak Lek.

These two provinces are about two hours’ drive from Bangkok. The sunflower season normally starts around November and goes on until January or February, depending on the weather. Each farm in both provinces takes turns planting the sunflowers so that there is at least one area of blooming flowers during this period.

Each sunflower field lasts about ten days, and most farms offer free entry, some might provide extra services, such as bicycle riding, pony riding and exploring the field on a mini tractor. There are also booths selling sunflower oil and seeds as well as fruit, food and beverages.


For more information, please contact
TAT Lopburi Office
Tel. +66 (0) 3677 0096-7
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Chiang Mai Flower Festival

(1 – 4 Feb 2019)
Suan Buak Haad Park, Chiang Mai Province

Last but not least, the greatest and most popular flower festival is Chiang Mai Flower Festival, which is held at Suan Buak Haad Park of Chiang Mai. It is Thailand’s greatest flower show which allures visitors from all over the country and the world to admire the spectacular floral displays. Every year on the first weekend of February, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival takes place featuring a flower parade, flower exhibition and Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival competition.

Chiang Mai, about 700 km. from Bangkok, is a premier tourist destination in the north of Thailand due to its natural beauty and cultural richness. (See Chiang Mai section, page 131) The province is full of mountains, valleys and jungles which are ideal natural habitats for a vast variety of tropical as well as temperate flowers. Most of them bloom early in the year from January to February, which is regarded as the most beautiful period of Chiang Mai.

The major highlight of the festival, taking place on the second day (Saturday), is a parade of almost 30 flower floats. The parade starts moving at around 8 a.m. from Nawarat Bridge, passes through several main roads and ends at Suan Buak Haad Park, covering the distance of about 4 kilometres. These colorful floats are in different shapes and sizes and fully decorated with all types of fresh flowers. Besides the stunning parade, the festival also features a display of agricultural products, an exhibition and a contest of many species of flowers, a flower arrangement exhibition, decorative plants, and mini garden landscaping, food and local products stalls, and musical performances at Suan Buak Haad Park and Thapae Gate.

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is considered one of Thailand’s most beautiful and vibrant festivals, definitely not to be missed. It is really a great pleasure to walk around admiring beautiful flowers and beautiful women in cool weather. As it attracts a large number of visitors from around the world, if you are planning to join, make sure to book your accommodation far in advance.


For more information, please contact
TAT Chiang Mai Office
Tel. +66 (0) 5324 8604-5
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Remarks:
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