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    Chiang Rai Singha International Balloon Fiesta 2019



    Our first time at a balloon festival and will not be our last (someplace in the US next). This might have been the most well organized Thai event I have ever attended in my 14 years in and out of Thailand. Scheduling, safety, parking, food/refreshments couldn’t have been better. Only complaint I heard was that there weren’t enough bathroom facilities for beer drinking women.

    We were in Chiang Rai for 6 nights and at the park during 4 days.

    Notes/precautions: If you do plan to attend the event in the years coming, book your flights, car rental and nice hotel at least 5 months before or when they announce the dates (usually they’ll announce the dates towards the end September of each year and the dates will always include Valentine’s Day).

    I’ll also go over some places we visited while in Chiang Rai, restaurants and our room/resort we had to settle for because we booked 5 months out (a little late).

    The pictures below are either the teams getting ready for the balloon competition or competing in the event. The man and women in the balloon below (1st picture) are the US team.








    One picture from the Baandam Museum.


    I will not go over the family friendly image Singha is now trying to portray and how Singha got started. That’s better suited for speakers corner.

    some links – Singha Park: https://www.facebook.com/SinghaparkChiangrai/ - The Legend: https://www.thelegend-chiangrai.com/...swimming-pool/ - C.R. Pier: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cr-Bo...31815923635263 - White Temple: https://www.facebook.com/pg/%E0%B8%A...1875011/posts/ - Baandam Museum: http://www.thawan-duchanee.com/index-eng.htm – Melt in your Mouth: https://www.facebook.com/meltinyourmouthchiangrai/ - Chivit Thamma Da: http://www.chivitthammada.com/page/cafe/index_cafe.html
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    Valentine’s Day

    Couples can register to marry and afterwards take a ride in a balloon (untethered). It seemed most if not all the couples enjoyed the ceremony. They sure got a lot of attention (family/media).





    After the ceremony we went by the White Temple. It has been years since our last visit and the surrounding area has changed quite a bit.



    For dinner we visited Chivit Thamma Da for the first time. I did forget to mention (below) that the restaurant does attract a nice younger crowd and serves good food.

    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Valentines dinner with whatshername


    Hers: Sea Bass, rice, curry and the appetizer was raw shrimp. Dessert – creme brulee
    Mine: Sea Bass, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Dessert – chocolate cake

    Nice place: http://www.chivitthammada.com/page/cafe/index_cafe.html
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    Nice pics!

    What was the entry fee to enter the park, and did you go up in a balloon?

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    3rd and 4th Day

    If you plan right (register early enough) you can take an untethered ride in a balloon. I didn’t, but…..



    After her flight we returned to the resort and later back for the evening events (balloon competition/concert/light show)



    On the 4th day out we went up the Mae Kok River from the Chaing Rai Pier and ended the day at Melt in your Mouth.

    Mae Kok rapids ……


    What is wrong with these people?



    dinner was at Melt in your Mouth

    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Last night with some guests…


    Only one picture because we were with others.
    Hers (pictured): Khao Soi Salmon
    Mine: Roasted chicken pasta with basil
    Others: I don’t remember but the younger ones enjoy their pizza.

    "Melt in your Mouth" - Chiangrai: https://www.facebook.com/pg/meltinyo...=page_internal

    Excellent food, nice atmosphere and the service was wonderful
    Quote Originally Posted by Palace View Post
    What was the entry fee to enter the park.....
    The “Pass” you see in the opening post cost 400 baht per person for all 5 days. That pass is good for every afternoon event (Concert/Balloon competition/Parking) and can be purchased online. The ticket will be delivered to you within a few days of the start of the event. You can also purchase a ticket (at the parking area) for 100 baht per person on the day of each event.

    Quote Originally Posted by Palace View Post
    .....did you go up in a balloon?
    No. I’ve seen the youtube videos, Hot Air Balloons vs Power Lines. I had expressed my concerns to whatshername but she went up anyway. After entering the basket the pilot told his guests not to touch certain items (https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...otairpro&hl=en). I was impressed that the pilot was able to take them a couple kilometers away and come back to set down within 100 meters from where they started.
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    Wow, very beautiful pics! The ones of the balloons at night is my fave. I've been to the white temple (Wat Rong Khun) near Chiang Rai when they were just about finished the front where the hands come up from the ground. I see they've added quite a lot since i was there in 2007 or 2008. It is absolutely stunning to see it in person.

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    Last day at the park to find out who won the balloon competition. Last event……



    The target.


    Never found out who won.

    While in Chiang Rai we stayed at The Legend. It is a nice place along the river. When whatshername booked the room (5 months out) it was the last room available out of 76 rooms in the resort. We got lucky.





    https://www.thelegend-chiangrai.com/...swimming-pool/

    It was a nice getaway for a few days and I would suggest going to others who might be curious about balloons.
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