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Thailand's Ratchaphruek Flora Expo

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A January 2007 trip to Chiang Mai by LenR

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Quote: The Flora Expo was one of the most grand events ever held in the country and the first international horticultural Expo in Chiang Mai.

Thailand's Ratchaphruek Flora Expo

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Prize-winning orchids Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Last year, the King of Thailand achieved a great milestone of 60 years on the throne and the whole country had a 12-month celebration. This makes King Bhumibol, the world’s longest reigning monarch. One of the major events was the Ratchaphruek Flora Expo 2006, a 13-week horticultural show in the northern city of Chiang Mai. It was a spectacular showcase of tropical flora with 2,200 species and 2.5 million tropical plants from around the world and was attended by over 3.7 million people.Thirty-three countries displayed a wide range of tropical and other plants in a beautifully landscaped 80-hectare ground. The Chiang Mai Flora Expo was the first of its kind in Asia and brought together dozens o...Read More

At the Beginning

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Australian boab trees Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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We took a taxi from our hotel towards the Flora Expo but discovered that there were traffic restrictions near the site. After some debate the taxi dropped us about 200 metres from where the driver thought the entrance to be. Unfortunately, he proved to be wrong so we ended up wandering around the car parks before we saw directions to the main gate.This was certainly a poor start and when we saw the lines of people waiting to enter we were put off even more. As we neared the lines we realized that these were people waiting to get entrance tickets and because we had pre-purchased ours, we were able to walk right on by. That lifted the spirits a bit.The entrance statement was a group of A...Read More

Thai Rural Life

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Learning a craft Photo, Ischia, Italy
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Several Thai corporations and companies decided that a picture of Thai rural life would provide an interesting setting for their garden display. In combination they provided the visitor with a rare opportunity to see some aspects of rural life up close. Apart from seeing the obvious houses, ponds, out-buildings, and rice houses, we learned about the way the household and village operated. It was very interesting.We were told how certain basic rural social patterns are still seen in modern Thai rural society. United States anthropologist Jack M. Potter was quoted, "The spatially defined rural village, which receives the allegiance of its members, furnishes an important part of their social iden...Read More

International Pavilions

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The Lao temple Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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There was quite a carnival atmosphere at the international section of the Royal Flora. Lots of people gathered at the Netherlands pavilion. There were many tulips under shade cloth, I guess to protect them from the harsh sun that is here in Thailand compared to the kinds of conditions you might ordinarily see back in the Netherlands. It made a pretty display and the Thais loved it. There was a giant windmill creaking away in the background.Across the road there was the Malaysian pavilion with its beautiful teak houses and tropical palms and the like, and along a bit was the Japanese pavilion.Among the countries which showed their finest blooms and greenery were Japan, India, Indon...Read More

Royal Pavilion and Thai Tropical Garden

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Royal Pavilion Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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The centrepiece of the Royal Flora Expo was the Royal Pavilion, constructed in the exquisite Lanna architectural style, right in the heart of the event site. This had a display of artworks dedicated to the king as well as an exhibition of his contributions to Thailand's industry and agriculture.The building was stunning and could be seen from most parts of the Expo. It was built on high ground at the end of the main Expo spine. The ground floor displayed the King’s initiatives and activities focusing on the agricultural projects. We and most other visitors were surprised by the countless ways in which the lives of the people have been positively affected by His Majesty the King’s work and his ...Read More

The Orchid Pavilion

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Orchids in all colours, shapes and sizes Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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This spectacular and unprecedented display of orchids from around the world brilliantly showcased Thailand's potential as a global orchid centre. Over 50,000 orchid plants representing nearly 10,000 different native species, hybrid varieties, new as well as rare orchids were on display. The result was stunning and this was one of my favourite areas of the whole Flora Expo. I was not surprised when we were told that this was the largest and longest-running orchid exhibition and competition ever held in Thailand.The Orchids of the World section was designed to demonstrate Thailand’s potential for being the orchid capital of the world, to promote the growth and development of the orchid industry;...Read More