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