Hearts were Soaring in Chiang Rai Over Valentine’s Day

 

Love was in the Air at the launch of the Singha Park Chiang Rai International Balloon Fiesta

 

Singha Park hosts the Singha Park Chiang Rai International Balloon Fiesta every year and what better time to launch the fiesta than on Valentine’s Day. A ride in a hot-air balloon has long been seen as a romantic thing to do for couples.

Valentine’s Day at the Singha Park Chiang Rai
The 20 lucky couples pose with Singha Park officials before their flight.

The thought of sipping champagne while floating lazily through the air and sharing breathtaking views is a dream adventure for lovers to share with each other. Singha Park made those dreams come true for 20 lucky couples in Chiang Rai who chose Valentine’s Day as the perfect day to register their marriages.

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Valentine’s Day at the Singha Park Chiang Rai
A happy couple shows off their marriage registration.
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Getting an Early Start on a Special Day

The special day started early as the couples couldn’t wait to get to the park and make their marriages official. Once the formalities had been taken care of, the newlywed couples were invited by Singha Park to board one of the over 30 colorful hot-air balloons on hand.

Singha Park International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017
The skies of Chiang Rai were a riot of color with the whimsical hot-air balloons.

The balloons gather from around the world every February to compete in the Singha Park Chiang Rai International Balloon Fiesta, which takes place this year from February 14th to the 18th. So, if you missed the Valentine’s Day launch and celebrations, you can still make a trip to Singha Park and see the balloons up close. The event takes place from 4:30 PM to midnight. Entry to the event is absolutely free.

Singha Park International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017
A field of wildflowers served to heighten the romance of Valentine’s Day.

The balloons are a vividly colorful and whimsical sight, as some of them are in shapes that you wouldn’t expect to see when you imagine the typical balloon, from cartoon characters to a baby dinosaur emerging from its shell and even a red rose colored, heart-shaped balloon that set the theme for the day. Thailand was represented as well by Singha’s own blue and white balloon.

Singha Park International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017
A red rose colored, heart-shaped balloon let Chiang Rai underlined the special occasion.
Baby Dino Balloon at Singha Park Chiang Rai
The Dino Baby balloon was one of over 30 balloons taking part in the Singha Park Chiang Rai International Balloon Fiesta.

Ongoing festivities Through the Evening

After the sun went down, the event featured a concert under the stars by Thai performing artist Songkran, the winner of ‘The Voice’ Thailand, Season 2, who serenaded the young lovers on hand for Valentine’s Day.

Singha Park Chiang Rai
As the sun set, crowds gathered for a concert under the stars.

The nightly concerts continue throughout the length of the fiesta and will feature some of the best performing and recording artists in Thailand and admission to the concerts is the same as the event, absolutely free.

Thai performing artist Songkran, the winner of ‘The Voice’ Thailand, Season 2
Songkran serenades the crowd of lovers and balloon enthusiasts.
Tourists at Singha Park International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017
Both tourists and locals turned out for the event.

If you’re in Chiang Rai during the fiesta’s run, you owe it yourself to make the trip to Singha Park and enjoy the grandeur of the balloons as well as enjoy a free concert under the stars.

Singha Park International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017
The balloons provided the backdrop for the night’s concert.
Singha Park International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2017
Singha’s own balloon (center) represented Thailand in the Fiesta.

 
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