Flower festival comes to Chiang Mai - AsiaRooms.com
January 23, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsAsiaRooms.com can announce that one of Chiang Mai's most famous events gets underway on February 5th, when the annual flower festival takes over the city.
A grand parade of floats with elaborate floral decorations makes its way through the streets from the Chiang Mai railway station to Nong Buak Hat Park, culminating with a beauty competition to crown the city's flower queen.
Chiang Mai's temperate climate and mountain location means that the region is famous for producing spectacular orchids and other exotic blooms, all of which will be on display at the flower festival.
The city is known in Thailand as 'the Rose of the North' and visitors will be shown why during this three-day celebration.
Those staying in Chiang Mai hotels can expect to see models of temples, animals and even people constructed from flowers during the event.
Some participants use their displays to act out scenes from the Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic that is one of Hinduism's central texts.
Flower experts may notice plenty of yellow and white chrysanthemums among the crowds, as well as rare blooms such as the Damask rose.
Situated just over 400 miles north of Bangkok, Chiang Mai has become a must-visit destination for many people spending time in Thailand hotels.
The city is famous for its historic temples, distinctive northern Thai cuisine and abundance of massage schools.