Sooooooo we’ve been seeing these huge banners posted all over the area for the 2014 ASEAN Flower Festival and finally decided to check it out. If I had to describe it, it was like the Rose Parade meets the Arboretum meets the LA County Fair …… on steroids. In addition to all of the flowers and plant life on display there were rows and rows of vendors, tons of local food varieties, carnival rides, and lots of plants for sale (from vegetable and fruit starts to decorative plants and of course, our favorite …. orchids).
Here’s another thing I appreciate about Thailand …. there doesn’t seem to be a consistent effort to try and take advantage of consumers at every possible opportunity – parking for the Flower Festival was 20 baht (about $0.60) and there was no (as in 0) entry fee.
For anyone planning on visiting Northern Thailand, the Flower Festival would be well worth including in your itinerary.
The orchid area was probably my favorite part of the Flower Festival.
Here’s some of the orchids that were on sale by the vendors. Most were 40 – 150 THB.
We stopped by on New Year’s Eve to check out the festivities.