Thailand: Chiang Mai Flowers

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 8 comments

Chiang Mai Flowers

Chiang Mai flowers have often beckoned me to spend time in Thailand’s second largest city during January and February. Welcome to week 359 (2/15/2018) of Travel Photo Thursday. Apologies that I haven’t been around much lately. Since returning to Canada, I’ve been experiencing a lot of migraine headaches. Last week was particularly bad. Haven’t found a reason for them yet, and when one decides to pay a visit I limit my time on the computer. January and February are the best months to enjoy Chiang Mai flowers. Here are some of my favourite photos from over the years.

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Wat Ket Karam

I love orchids and if you want to see them growing in trees, Chiang Mai is the place. My favourite place to enjoy these magnificent blossoms is at Wat Ket Karam (also known as the Dog Temple). Located across the Nawarat Bridge, it’s an easy stroll from downtown Chiang Mai. If walking isn’t your idea of fun, make your way on a Tuk-Tuk or songthaew. Most of the Buddhist temples are open from sunrise to sunset.

Orchids at Wat Ket Karam

Wat Ket Karam


Wat Ket Karam

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

The city celebrates flower season with an annual flower festival. Usually held the first weekend in February, it’s been held annually for the past 40 years. This is a festival you do not want to miss. The highlight is a parade, showcasing Chiang Mai flowers,  beginning at the river and winding its way to Buak Hard Public Park in the southwest corner of the old city. Here you can get a close-up look at the flower-laden floats from the parade. There’s also a flower show, outdoor market, and when you get hungry the Thai food vendors will welcome you with open arms. Try the Som Tam Salad, or Khao Soi, Chiang Mai’s signature dish.


Floating By


Hill Tribe Ladies in Beautiful Traditional Dress

Pink Minature Thai Orchids


Pink and Yellow Thai Orchids


Delicate Thai Orchid


Thai Butterfly Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2014


Chiang Mai Flower Festival Float


Masked Thai Dancers, Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2014


Thapae Gate is another area where you can enjoy floats covered with Chiang Mai flowers, and traditional Thai dance and music in the evenings.


The Swan at Thapae Gate


Chiang Mai Temples

Temple compounds, and there are over 300 in Chiang Mai, often display Chiang Mai flowers in serene and colourful settings. The Buddha Garden at the back of Wat Phan Tao on Phra Pokklao Road (near Wat Chedi Luang) is one of my favourites.

Garden Buddha, Chiang Mai


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  1. Looks like a gorgeous festival and you’ve captured some amazing photos. The air must have been so fragrant!

  2. How wonderful! I especially love the various orchid, and the women in the parade look beautiful! Their costumes are amazing.

  3. I love the orchid beneath the red one. I don’t know it’s name but I think it looks like a spider and it is gorgeous. I hope to get to Chiang Mai one day. Do you think you will go back there Nancie?

  4. Your photos are so beautiful – I would love to visit Thailand. I’m a big flower love and everything looks fabulous.

  5. Those orchids are stunning. I think I would really love this flower festival with all those flowers to photograph. I hope you have recovered from your migraines. So debilitating. Take care.

  6. Simply stunning photos! I hope your migraines are getting better or you can figure out what is triggering them.

  7. Spectacular flowers! Our winter has been pretty benign but I want to spring and flowers to arrive. Everything looks so inspiring when flowers are around. Sorry to hear about your migraines. Hope they get under control.

  8. Hi Nancie,

    Love the pictures. Hope you’re feeling better.

    I’m looking to spend 2-3 months in Chiang Mai next winter. May I ask you for some pointers in looking for a short-term rental?


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