Where would you want to go if you wanted to soak in the timeless and conventional beauty of Thailand? Chiang Rai is the answer. Evolving north east of Chiang Mai City, south west of Amphoe Chiang Saen on the Mae Khong and south of the Myanmar border and Amphoe Mae Sai, Chiang Rai city has the Mae Kok River flowing along its north side border.
Visitors can enjoy some of the most exciting festivals and events whilst enjoying a stay in this beautiful city of Thailand. The Wai Sa Phaya Mengrai or Phokhun Mengrai Maharat Festival showcases the Buang Suang worshipping ceremony. The Tribal Culture & Mexican Sunflower Blossom exhibits a splendid sight with the golden burst of Mexican Sunflower fields on the mountain. This festival holds unique entertainment with tribal food, tribal culture demonstrations, tea tasting, traditional Northern dinner and tribal sport competition.
The most popular festival of this city is the King Meng Rai Festival. This colorful festival is held from the January 26th of every year till the 1st week of February. This festival is marked with colourful and spectacular parades of all times, also accompanied by cultural performances and various other competitions. The main essence of the festival is to celebrate the establishment of the Lanna Kingdom of Chiang Rai. The King Mengrai Stupa and the King Meng Rai Great Memorial are two of the famous places frequented by people often during the festival as they are famous landmarks of historical importance. The city bustles with energy as the locals and the tourists throng the streets to view the vibrant parade. The streets are dotted with food stalls and other little shops selling souvenirs and other decorative household items.
Enjoy Fabulous, Flamboyant Festivals
The biggest and the most flamboyant festival of Thailand is the Songkran Festival which is celebrated with as much enthusiasm and joy in Chiang Rai as in all the other parts of the nation. Apart from the parades held in the city and the various beauty contests, there are also boat races held between Thailand, Laos, China and Myanmar on the Mekong River. With myriad activities, this day is truly marked with some extremely spectacular visions of the traditions and customs of this panoramic country. The Loi Krathong Festival is celebrated to worship and thank the Goddess of Water with the lighting of candles by floating them in vessels made of banana leaves.
Chiang Rai holds this festival pompously on a large scale and provides all kinds of entertainment like folk plays, food stalls and various stores selling local handicrafts. Chiang Rai is well known for its delicious lychees and holds the Lychee Festival where one can even splurge their money on these sinfully tasty little treats at reasonable prices. The Dok Siao Ban or Blooming Siao Flower Festival is held at at Phu Chi Fa along with tribal cultural performances and sports competitions. Visitors can travel on a aromatic path at the Chiang Rai Flower Festival that offers the Miss Thinn Thai Ngarm Contest, an agricultural fair, varieties of flowers, flower gardens and flower processions. Tourists can enjoy a stay filled with comfort and pleasure at hotels in Chiang Rai that celebrate the spirit of freedom and hold the aura of an unforgettable vacation surrounded with vibrant festivals.