A huge flower show is scheduled to open in Chiang Mai shortly before we arrive. I ordered my tickets tonight.
The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 — International Horticultural Exposition for His Majesty the King sounds like it will be amazing with:
- The International Gardens: This area is allocated for exhibitions of national blossoms, blooms, and horticulture as well as the cultural arts and architecture of 30 countries from around the world. Each garden will reflect a historic diplomatic, cultural and trade ties between nations, people or, where possible, royal families of the two countries.
- THAI TROPICAL GARDEN – The Way of Life: Encompassing an area of over a hundred thousands square meters, the “Thai Tropical Garden” is a colossal classroom that showcases the vast diversity in the way of life of tropical lands. Visitors will be able to witness first-hand an extensive variety of tropical horticulture encompassing fruits, plants, flowers and herbs.
- THE ROYAL PAVILION – The Way of Light: The majestic Royal Pavilion, constructed in the exquisite Lanna architectural style, is located right in the heart of the event site. Inside, visitors will be held in awe by the countless ways in which the lives of the people have been positively affected by His Majesty the King’s works and dedication.
And, the reason I have purchased tickets in advance:
- ORCHID PAVILION – Orchids of The World, A magnificent showcase of 50,000 orchid plants representing nearly 10,000 orchid species: This spectacular and unprecedented display of orchids from around the world will showcase 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 will be on display.
The Orchids of the World expo at the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 International Horticultural Exposition is designed to demonstrate Thailand’s potential for being the orchid capital of the world, to promote the growth and development of the orchid industry; promote greater awareness of technological advances in orchid cultivation and production; and highlight Thailand’s success in Research and Development initiatives related to orchid cultivation and production. The Orchid Pavilion is being built on an area of 6,400 square metres to house a special exhibition of orchids, presented under the ‘Orchids of the World’ theme.
The Orchid Park is the largest of its kind ever created in Thailand. It has been specially designed to showcase a wide variety of exquisite orchids in surroundings that emulate closely their natural habitats.
With the orchid exhibition lasting a full 92 days, the organizers have planned weekly orchid competitions. These include natural orchid gardens; landscaped orchid gardens featuring the innovative or imaginative use of orchids; potted orchids; and cut flowers. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, entries will be judged in accordance with internationally-recognized standards. This is the first time that international standards will be applied to judging orchids in Thailand.
Best of all, at $3 a ticket, I can return each day while we are in Chiang Mai. . . or, if I get tired of orchids, I can just give away my extra tickets.
This is going to be so much fun!