Events in Chiang Mai
Hi to all visitors of Chiang Mai. Below we have compiled a list of annual events and festivals in & around Chiang Mai. If you want to more information on thing to do in Chiang Mai or where to visit during your stay please feel free to pop into our Segway office, just 30 meters from the famous Thapae Gate. Our staff will be happy to help with any information on events in Chiang Mai or book you tours which will make your vacation one to remember!
Bo Sang Umbrella Fair & Sankamphaeng Handicrafts Festival
Almost everyone in the small village of Bo Sang, near Chiang Mai is involved in making gaily painted paper umbrellas. The annual fair, held along the main street features contests, exhibitions, processions with cycling ladies holding umbrellas and handicraft stalls which culminates in a miss umbrella competition. Featured in Bo Sang village & Thapae Gate.
Bann Tawai Village Wood Carving Fair
Demonstrations, contests and stalls with wood carvings and local handicrafts. (Products can be ordered and made while the fair is in progress.) Also includes local folk performances and a procession highlighting the entire range of popular northern Thai wood crafts.
Bann Tawai village, Hang Dong district.
Dazzling colour in this celebration of flowers. A gentle festival with a parade of intricately arranged flower floats, a beauty contest, flower displays, gardening techniques and flowers for sale. Throughout the main city streets and at Buak Hard Park.
An important Buddhist holiday honoring the event when 1,250 of Buddha's disciples spontaneously congregated to hear an important sermon. Buddhists carry flowers, lighted candles, and joss sticks while walking around a Chedi at the temple three times under the full moon.
Chiang Mai Songkran and Lannathai Festival
This traditional festival to welcome the Thai New Year, has become almost a legend. Large scale water throwing over each and every person! Thais also undertake the traditional aspects - visiting the temple, constructing sand chedis, and pouring lustral water over respected elders and Buddha images. After that, the water throwing begins in earnest and goes on for a about three days! Simply join in and go with the flow! This is the best water fight in the world so park the bike & walk to be safe your going to get wet either way. April 12-17 Tha Pae Gate and citywide, Chiang Mai
Visakha Bucha Day
A Buddhist holiday, in commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Chiang Mai Buddhists walk up to Doi Suthep Temple at night to make merit.
Loy Krathong (Yee Peng Festival)
Every year, Loy Krathong is the most charming of all Thai festivals. The custom of placing handmade floats decorated with flowers and candles on waterways goes back over 700 years to the Sukhothai historical period.
In the North, "Yee Peng" is celebrated for two nights under the full moon. As the moon rises on the second night, celebrations include a procession with floats through the city to the Ping River, boat races, and a beauty contest. Huge hot air lanterns similar to balloons are also launched into the night sky. Book early for tables at riverside restaurants. November 19 - 21
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