Chiang Mai is the ideal location for a festival of this kind, especially since the city is known as “the rose of the north.” There are public floral displays to be found all over the city at this time of year, with a variety of different flowers used to create stunning arrays of color and beauty. If you want to get a look at the major displays, though, the place to go is the SuanBuakHaad public garden, which is where the main flower festival Chiang Mai creations can be found. It is also the center point of all the events that take place during the weekend.
The park is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, but it undergoes a stunning transformation for the festival. Landscaping professionals are given free rein in the park, where they can create floral displays, waterfalls, and a host of other features that really have to be seen to be believed. Judges come into the park over the course of the weekend to choose the displays that they like the best, but the reality is that there are no real losers, as they are all great in their own way.
The Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2016 will begin with the parade on Friday. People flock to the streets to watch the parade go by, as the streets come alive with color, sound, and the scents of the flowers on display. If you take in the parade, there is always a chance that you will be handed a rose by one of the participants, as that is a big part of the tradition of the festival. You will also see a whole array of beautifully decorated floats, as well as the colorful attire of the hill tribe.
Sitting atop the floats are some beautiful girls, many of whom are in the running to become Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival. Once the parade is over the serious business of choosing the winner begins, but there is also a ton of fun amid the deliberations, as live music and adult beverages are there to keep visitors occupied while the winner is selected and crowned. There are gardens all over Chiang Mai where you can get a look at a wide variety of floral arrangements. The temperatures at this time of year are comfortable, so you really should consider visiting Chiang Mai in February.