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Exploring the 2014 Chiang Mai Flower Festival

To see more photos and videos of this year’s flower festival, explore the สวนสาธารณะหนองบวกหาด (Nong Buak Hard Public Park), ประตูท่าแพ (Tha Phae Gate) and สะพานนวรัฐ (Nawarat Bridge) location pages and browse the #flowerfestival and #chiangmaiflowerfestival hashtags.

The 2014 Chiang Mai Flower Festival started yesterday in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Often referred to as the “Rose of the North” by Thai locals, the city of Chiang Mai is home to a wide range of rare and exotic flowers. The flower festival is held annually on the first weekend of February, which is the best season to see these flowers in full bloom.

During the flower festival, Buak Hard Park, located on the southeast corner of Chiang Mai’s moat, turns into a theme park full of flowers. Magnificent floral displays are arranged throughout its garden and numerous pop-up shops line up to sell local flowers and plants. The highlight of the event is the Flower Festival Parade held on Saturday. Traditional Thai dancers and elaborately decorated floral floats work their way from Nawarat Bridge to Buak Hard Park, handing out flowers to spectators. The floats also carry contestants of the Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival beauty pageant, another much anticipated event of the three-day festival.