Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the north's most populous and well-known city. Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lanna, now this cultural epicenter is a haven for artists, restauranteurs and entrepreneurs. Despite the city's growth, tradition remains strong, and festivals, holidays and religious gatherings are celebrated heartily.
Festival highlights in Chiang Mai include the grand procession of the charming giant Krathong, the religious ceremony and Lanna cultural performances, the spectacular light and sound show on the River Ping, the Queen Nappamas Beauty Pageant and the Lanna Thai candle-lighting market at Tha Pae Gate.
January – March
- Chiang Mai Flower Festival. Held in Nong Buak Had Park, Amphor Muang is a local tradition and a perfect opportunity to see colourful African marigolds, globe amaranths, orchids, Ban Chun, chrysanthemums, celosia and assorted roses.
- Chinese New Year is celebrated in China. The streets come to life with crowds of celebrants, exploding firecrackers and dragon dancers.
April – June
- Songkran Festival takes place in April, the hottest month of the Thai year. To combat the scorching heat, celebrants have friendly water fights and street parties throughout the week. Chiang Mai is the most popular city to celebrate Songkran in.
October – December
- Vegetarian Festival is an opportunity to taste creative, mouthwatering vegetarian dishes. Restaurants and street stalls will put up yellow flags to announce their intention to serve pure vegetarian food for the length of the festival.
- The Moon Festival, or Loy Krathong, is a mid-Autumn celebration to give thanks and ask for wishes to be granted. Believers decorate small boats with flowers, coins, and candles, and then release them into the water as an offering to Khongha, the water goddess.
- Christmas is celebrated is Thailand, with impressive decorations, light displays and events held throughout December.
GMT +7 hours
Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC. Adapters available; please request through the Concierge.
Sunday to Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Note: Hours for street shops vary.
Most stores are open seven days a week, except gold shops. Some stores are closed on Sundays.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Public Holidays Thailand
|New Year's Day||January 1–2|
|Makha Bucha Day||February 11|
|Chakri Day||April 6|
|Songkran Festival||April 13–15|
|Labour Day||May 1|
|Visakha Bucha Day||May 10|
|Asahna Bucha Day||July 8|
|Mother's Day||August 12|
|Chulalongkorn Day||October 23|
|Father's Day||December 5|
|Constitution Day||December 10|