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Annual Flower Festival in Chiang Mai

February 8, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1435110556pChiang Mai province in the North will organize its annual flower festival, which attracts both Thai and international tourists each year.
The Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2014 will take place at the foot of the Nawarat Bridge, along Tha Phae Road, and at the Suan Buak Hat Park in Mueang district from 7 to 9 February.

The three-day festival, the 38th of its kind, will focus on the theme “Blooming Flowers, Crops of ASEAN.” The opening ceremony will be held on 8 February, when visitors will see beautiful Thai orchids displayed at the venue.

Major activities include a parade of elaborately decorated floral floats, a bazaar of local products, a food fair, contests of plants and flowers and mini-garden landscaping, and musical shows.

The Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, said that Chiang Mai is often known as the Rose of the North. The province is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions, and welcoming hospitality. It lives up to its name with the annual Flower Festival, an event that showcases beautiful and exotic flowers, which are in full bloom toward the end of the cool season in early February.

He said that the flower festival would turn the Suan Buak Hat Park into an open-air exhibition venue where local and international visitors could marvel at a magnificent tapestry of floral splendor that blankets the land. Elsewhere in the city, beautiful displays of various kinds of blooming flowers can also be found, including the Damask Rose, a variety found only in Chiang Mai province.

More regional flights were recently launched between Chiang Mai and several Chinese cities. The province is also connected domestically, with daily direct flight services from major cities in Thailand, such as Bangkok, Phuket, Hat Yai, and Krabi. It is also a convenient jumping off point to neighboring northern provinces, including Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son.

Recognized as a regional aviation hub for the Greater Mekong Subregion, Chiang Mai has formed a committee to study the possibility of building its second airport to cope with the expected growing number of visitors. The Chiang Mai International Airport normally accommodates 110-120 flights a day. During the tourism season, the number will increase to 130.

A survey conducted by TAT shows that Chiang Mai is the most popular tourism destination among travelers. The survey was conducted between 21 and 28 November 2013 among 2,000 respondents in six provinces, namely Bangkok, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Songkhla, Kanchanaburi, and Nakhon Ratchasima. The top five provinces in their list include Chiang Mai Chon Buri, Rayong, Loei, and Phuket.

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