It takes place April 13-15. This is a celebration of the Thai New Year. They have a 3-day festival of merit making in their religion, a pilgrimage, and parades of beauty, dancing and other uninhibited things, as well as good-natured water throwing. The last festival is Loi Krathong. This takes place usually mid-November. It takes place on the full moon day of the 12th lunar month. It’s the loveliest festival, because people under the full moon, float away on banana-leaf boats bearing a single lit candle, incense, flower, and a small coin honoring water spirits as well as floating away last year’s sins.
If you happen to be fortunate enough to be in Chiang Mai during any of the above festivals, you will see the very best possible. There are first-class and economy classed hotels, which will provide a comfortable air-conditioned accommodation. Those on a budget would probably prefer a guesthouse, which is inexpensive. If you decide to stay outside Chiang Mai, you can stay in the Mae Sa Valley where you would stay in a resort bungalow or cabin. You can pick up a tourist guide from the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Chiang Mai branch office.
You will have the opportunity to experience Chiang Mai. Chinese food as well as Italian, French, German, and Muslim specialty restaurants. There is also American-style steakhouses, sandwich places, fast-food restaurants, pubs, and vegetarian restaurant. There are also tea and coffee houses for those who enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea. If you want to try something of local flavor, you could try spiced Naem sausages as well as mildly curried Khao Soi noodles. A lot of visitors also partake of a traditional Khantok dinner while enjoying a display of northern dances.