Old Fashioned Fun at the Winter Fair

 |  January 5, 2018

The Winter Fair, a generation ago, was the highlight event in Chiang Mai’s social calendar; a must-visit in the days when nothing else much was going on! Today it may not be as relevant as it once was, but it has retained a charming old world vibe that makes for a fun night out. Our new intern Ainee Setthamalinee visits the fair to bring you some photos and entice you to pop in for some kitsch fun.

Booths representing many districts from around Chiang Mai set up to showcase the local cultures and unique products of each area.

Lanna musical instruments played by locals give a traditional Lanna ambiance while the guests are enjoying their meals.

All types of Thai food are sold in the Winter Festival at very affordable prices.

Colouful cotton candy with pancakes from Ayutthaya is a big hit.

Games include shooting, throwing darts on balloons, fish scooping, and lots more. Many fluffy toys to win!

The highlight of the festival is the ‘barrel of death’, which has been thrilling generations of Winter Fairgoers.

Bouncy bits.

The view from up top shows the funky neon lights.

More fun rides like the tagada to squeal and giggle at.

Girl-dunking tank is another highlight that most men come here to play. The girls sit on a platform above tanks filled with water, while the players try to throw ball at a target to make the girl fall.

For those who love to scream, the haunted house is something not to miss!

The festival also offers a safe and fun ride for children to enjoy as well.

Visitors of any age can join in the fun games to win prizes.

The tip boxes are always full whenever creative performances capture the crowd’s attention. The man in the middle shows the two human puppets he created and controls them with his unique dancing styles.