The traditional Thai New Year (13 to 15 April) is celebrated in Chiang Mai with infectious enthusiasm that's made it one of the best places in the country to be for the occasion. Thousands of revellers line all side…
Also known as Yi Peng, this lunar holiday is celebrated along Mae Ping with the launching of small lotus-shaped boats honouring the spirit of the river, and the release of thousands of illuminated lanterns into the …
A riot of blooms, held over a three-day period. There are flower displays, cultural performances and beauty pageants, plus a floral parade from Saphan Nawarat to Suan Buak Hat.
In late January the surprisingly untouristy Bo Sang Umbrella Festival (têt·sà·gahn rôm) features a colourful umbrella procession along Bo Sang's main street.
The city's Chinese inhabitants herald the New Year in February with Chinese festival food, lion dances and the like.
This 10-day festival feels a bit like a country fair, with cultural performances and food hawkers doing a lively trade in northern Thai cuisine. The main venue is the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre.
In this three-day ordination ceremony, novices at Wat Pa Pao, Wat Ku Tao and Wat Srisuphan are dressed in make-up and garish costumes representing Buddha's early life as a pampered prince.
Held at Wat Chedi Luang, this religious festival propitiates the city's guardian deity, who resides in the city pillar, ensuring that the monsoon will arrive on time.