Travel Photo Contest – Kirsty Dougherty
The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is an annual event held over the first weekend in February. One of Thailand’s lesser known festivals, it is nonetheless a calendar highlight for travelers who delight in the botanical side of adventure. A glamourous display of flowers and culture from the north of the country, the festival is intoxicating, unexpected and masses of fun. This Flower Festival was the start of a 4 month trip in 2007 when I visited gardens and shows from Darjeeling to Cornwall. These delightful Thai women in their edible headdresses captures, what is to me, the essence of Thailand – beauty and dignity married with fun and playfulness.