Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Chiang Mai seem quite uneventful. There aren’t any parades, nor special events. However, most of bars and restaurants are preparing festive dining offers. Christmas might not be celebrated in Chiang Mai, but Thais love New Year’s Eve and the city is buzzing around that time. This year everything is expected to be open until early morning hours. If you like to party in style, have your own table, eat a dinner and then celebrate the upcoming year, then it is best to book your place as soon as possible.
Be amazed at the variety of colorful Thai plants among the natural atmosphere at Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. Many other activities such as bouquet arranging contest, flower sketch tutoring and Lanna variety market. Free entry Dec 24th-Jan 2nd
Chiang Mai is a city with unique identity, historical sites, traditional art and culture. This Marathon event is organized by Muang Thai Insurance and includes a full marathon (starting 4am), half marathon (starting 5am), mini-marathon (starting 6am), and a smile run and kid run (starting 7am). The backdrop of the route is Doi Suthep where the renowned “Phra That Doi Suthep” is situated. An unforgettable run in beautiful Chiang Mai nature.
Lo Krathong coincides with the Lanna (northern Thai) festival known as Yi Peng. Yi means "two" and peng means a "full moon day". Yi Peng refers to the full moon day in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar (the twelfth month according to the Thai lunar calendar)
Swarms of Lanna-style sky lanterns (khom loi, literally: "floating lanterns") are launched into the air where they resemble large shoals of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating through the sky. The festival is meant as a time for tham bun, to make merit. Khom loi are made from a thin fabric, such as rice paper, stretched over a bamboo or wire frame, to which a candle or fuel cell is attached. When the fuel cell is lit, the resulting hot air is trapped inside the lantern and creates enough lift for the khom loi to float up into the sky.