We arrived in the city of Chiang Rai just in time for the 14th Chiang Rai Flower Festival. The evening of December 28th was the start of the festival and after filling up on typical Northern Thai food we walked it off throughout the Suan Tung and Khom park. The park which was originally the sight of a prison has now been turned into a beautiful flower garden where people can come and relax and look at the beautiful blooms.
The colder climate of Northern Thailand and Chiang Rai is the perfect place to host a flower festival like this one. People can come to enjoy the tulips and lilies and many other buds that are in full bloom this year. There are so many varieties of flowers and a wide range of colours you won't know where to look. You can visit the park during the day or at night, we chose to do both so we wouldn't miss any of it and I'm glad we did. At night it was lit up with lanterns and fairy lights, which gave the park a completely different feel to what it was like during the day.
My favourite part of the whole festival had to be the tunnel of orchids you were invited to walk under. Although you had to fight through a bit of a crowd, with a lot of selfie sticks, you couldn't help but enjoy being outside with nature surrounding you. Make sure to stop by the market stalls outside of the park with local foods and goods for sale, as well there are musical performances throughout the festival. The festival is still on until mid February so if you find yourself in Chiang Rai soon be sure to stop by, if not plan it for your next trip!