2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the long-running Thailand International Balloon Festival, being held this year at the Cowboy Army Riding Club (Don Kaew, Mae Rim) from March 2nd to the 4th. Free shuttle bus service to and from the event is available in Chiang Mai city at the Amore Tapae Hotel, and the Dusit Princess Hotel, the Rimping Meechok supermarket, and at Nimman Soi 1.
Visitors young and old can expect to see an array of colourful hot air balloons—operated by skilled pilots from around the world—taking off each morning at dawn, and floating up over the vibrant green grasslands and rice fields of Chiang Mai, all set against a beautiful mountainous backdrop. Meanwhile, during the eveningsthere will be a stunning balloon night glow performance—choreographed and synchronized with specially composed music, as performed by the Lanna Orchestra and the Tiger Drum & Opera.
The evening activities, which run from 5:30pm onwards, will also feature concerts, performances, fireworks, tethered balloon flights, art and jewellery exhibitions, free workshops, a coffee carnival, and plenty of fine dining delicacies and drinks from leading local hotels and restaurants. Finally, don’t miss the International Heritage section, with booths from India, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Germany, and several other countries featuring performances, special activities, and traditional foods.
Tickets are B300 each for a single day (children aged 7-12 years B100, and free for children under 7 years of age). Tickets are available online via www.eventbrite.com. For more detailed information, visit the official festival website at: www.thailandballoonfestival.com.