Almost every month there is a festival of some sort in Chiang Rai. It can be a Regional Culture festival, a festival around the Lynchee fruit or Loi Kratong.
Festivals in Chiang Rai
Almost every month there is a festival of some sort in Chiang Rai. It can be a Regional Culture festival, a festival around the Lynchee fruit or Loi Kratong. Or maybe the biggest of them Song Kran, the Thai New Year in April.
Chiang Rai Flower Festival are 10 days in end of December and beginning of January (Dec 26 - Jan 10). The colourful flowers of various kinds are on display in Chiang Rai amidst the breezy atmosphere of Kok River, near Chaloem Prakiat Bridge. The stars of the festival are tulips and Lilies. Roses, orchids and other temperate flowers are featured in the festival. There are also beauty pageant, flower processions, flower gardens, Lanna cultural performances as well as evening food market. A number of flower and plant stalls offer their products at reasonable prices.
Mekong Culture Trade and Tourism in January. A harmony of the 6 countries; Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam is called upon in Mekong Culture Trade and Tourism. There are cultural performances from all countries including local products, exhibitions, Motor Show and many more. There is also a seminar under the common interest topics of the riparian countries (the countries on Mekong River banks).
King Mengrai the Great Annual Fair end of January and beginning of February. Chiang Rai was built/started by King Mengrai in January 1262. This event is to commemorate the establishment of the town. Lanna Buddhist ceremony is held on 26 January followed by school’s orchestra band, cultural performances. 10 day-Red Cross Fair is held after the ceremony.
Elephant Polo Tournament in March. Annually, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort holds King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament on the ground of the resort. The competition is participated by 10 teams from different countries. There are also elephant parade, elephant painting, local performances, folk games as well as local product sales.
Songkran Festival and Chiang Saen Boat Racing in April. The Thai New Year is celebrated in April nationwide. Chiang Saen also has splashing water ceremony, water bathing ceremony of Phrachao Lanthong Buddha image and boat races of 4 nations, Thailand, Lao, China and Myanmar. The races take place in mighty Mekong River. The festival is added up with fun by cultural performances and beauty pageant.
Chiang Rai Lychee and Souvenir Fair in May. The fair is filled with fun and features delicious fruits that Chiang Rai is famous for. It also features agricultural product competition, local food competition, agriculture exhibition, Miss Lychee Orchard Contest, pineapple-peeling competition, papaya salad competition, dancing-cooking competition processed food product sales and many more.
Music & Arts Festival in October. This is a beautiful opportunity to appreciate arts and music amidst the natural beauty of Chiang Rai. The festival features music event, photo and painting exhibitions and special food fair.
Sunflower Blossom Festival in Wiang Chiang Rung (close to Waterford Valley golf). In the month of November and December of every year, Wiang Chiang Rung organises Sunflower Bloom Festival at sunflower field in Ban Pong Village with the backdrop of verdant mountains. The visit to the sunflower field is arranged with a tour on a Thai vintage truck. The festival also features music performance, cultural shows, dance competition, sunflower painting contest, Aerobic competition, local food sales, various career exhibition by vocational students and many more.
Chiang Rai Food Festival in December. Chiang Rai Food Fair features a wide variety of traditional Lanna (Northern Thai) cuisine, ancient Thai sweets as well as international cuisines at very reasonable prices. During the fair, there are Lanna cultural performances, art shows, concerts from well-known artists, demonstrations, fruit carving and Thai desserts contest, sales of local products (OTOP) from 8 provinces in the region.
The Map shows location of the Flower Festival