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Chiang Mai

The city of Chiang Mai is a shoppers' paradise with an wide selection of shopping outlets. Whether it's traditional handicrafts or high end luxuries such as branded goods and Jewelry, we're sure you'll find what you're looking for in Chiang Mai. Some of the best places to seek out a bargain and purchase handicrafts are the saturday and sunday walking street markets as well as the night bazaar. Central Airport Plaza and Gat Suan Gaew are the two main shopping malls in Chiang Mai and provide a range of branded clothing and luxury goods

More information : http://www.openchiangmai.com/chiangmai-Shopping and http://www.chiangmai.bangkok.com/chiangmai-city/shopping.htm

Mae Rim

link to information about the district :

http://www.openchiangmai.com/travel_mae_rim_chiangmai.php

Seasonal highlights

February

Chiang Mai Flower Festival: The Flower Festival in Nong Buak Had Park, Amphor Muang, is a local tradition – and a perfect opportunity to see colourful African marigolds, globe amaranths, orchids, Ban Chun, chrysanthemums, celosia and assorted roses such as Fa Mui and thin Uang Dok Lek.
Activities include the Miss Flower Pageant and Procession, an agriculture exhibition, flower contests, garden-arranging contests, a local goods market, international food contests and cultural performances.

April

Songkran Festival: Chiang Mai is one of the most famous places for celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year. Traditional practices, such as giving food offerings to monks and Buddha image bathing, are rounded out by entertaining displays like the Miss Songkran Pageant and Procession, the morning market and the sand pagoda contest. Celebrations usually last for three days, starting April 13.

November

Loy Krathong Festival: Northern people celebrate this full-moon day by floating their Krathong lanterns onto the river and setting free lantern balloons called Khom. When the river and the sky is dotted with flickering candlelight, it is believed that grief and ill fortune will fly away from the people and their households.

Festival highlights include the grand procession of the charming giant Krathong, the religious ceremony and Lanna cultural performances, the spectacular light and sound show on the River Ping, the Queen Nappamas Beauty Pageant and the Lanna Thai candle-lighting market at Tha Pae Gate.