Photos of The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

By Louise

the bo sang umbrella festival chiang mai thailand photographs

Bo Sang is village in the outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand, filled with umbrella shops, silversmiths, artists, and other artisans. And every year, they hold a very popular Umbrella Festival.

I got to attend the first day of the 33rd Umbrella Festival on January 15th, 2016 and below are some of my photos from the festival.

It was nice way to spend a few hours – the festival is not very touristy and is filled with locals. But there also wasn’t that much to see beyond the parade, floats, bands, food stalls, and of course umbrellas!

The 33rd bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

The Miss Bo Sang beauty pageant

The women line up and ride bikes down the middle of the street while holding up their umbrella – we think the woman dressed in white with the crown is last year’s pageant winner. This starts the Friday parade off – check out the video at the end.

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of Beauty Pageant at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

The Band

An all-women brass band follows the bike-riding umbrella-holding beautifully made-up women. Here’s a video of the band playing:

The Floats in the Bo Sang Umbrella Parade

Then came the beautiful floats – decorated with lots of umbrellas!

Photos of the floats at the parade at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of the floats at the parade at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of the floats at the parade at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of the floats at the parade at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of the floats at the parade at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of the floats at the parade at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

Photos of the floats at the parade at The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

The Umbrellas and Artists in Bo Sang

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Umbrellas at the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival in Thailand - Photos

The Food At The Bo Sang Umbrella Festival

The streets are lined with food stalls.
Papaya salad at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

quail eggs at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

quail eggs at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

food at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

food at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

food at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

cape gooseberries at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

Jack fruit at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

dried fruit stand at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

Papaya salad at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

Papaya salad at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

Grilled fish at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

Grilled fish at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

Mango salad at bo sang umbrella festival in Thailand - photography

The Temple At Bo Sang

The temple at bo sang, thailand

The temple at bo sang, thailand

The temple at bo sang, thailand

The temple at bo sang, thailand

The temple at bo sang, thailand