Detour of the Week: The Bo Sang Umbrella Festival

If you noticed an unusual blaze of color and noise on the San Khampeng Highway while driving to the crag this weekend, odds are it was the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival. This annual event celebrates the lovely parasols that are crafted by artisans in the handicraft village of Bo Sang, just 10 kilometers north of Chiang Mai.

The road that runs through the middle of the village is closed to traffic and filled with dazzling craft displays, succulent street food, traditional dance performances, and wandering visitors.  Lucky for us climbers, Bo Sang and its wonderful handicrafts are right on the way to Crazy Horse Buttress. Just another reason to love Northern Thailand!