The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Free ride is available since the place is about 80 ha. Can you imagine how big the place is?!
Free ride is available since the place is about 80 ha. Can you imagine how big the place is?!


“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling


I am not sure with the real interpretation of this quote but after reading this, suddenly I remember my Chiang Mai (The Rose of the North) experience and one of those is seeing the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011-2012, the biggest international horticultural exhibition in Southeast Asia which attracts millions of visitors as what they say.

It just ended last March 14 but still I can't forget the irresistible fragrance and the splendid views of the flowers. Those bright colors add more life to my unexpected experience.

Other information about the event

The word Ratchaphruek is actually the Thai name of Thailand's national flower, Golden Shower Tree in English and Cassia fistula L. as the scientific name. Its yellow blossoms match the yellow of Buddhism and regarded as the color of the King. The unity and identity of Thais can be compared when the tree blooms at the same time. (wikipedia)

Purpose

Based from their site, the Royal Flora 2011 has been dedicated to Royal perseverance and also commemorates the 7th cycle of his majesty the King’s 84th birthday anniversary, 80th birthday of her majesty the Queen and the Royal Crown Prince 60th birthday.

The Royal Flora aims to increase awareness about global warming, showcase the abilities of horticulturists in Thailand, foster international cooperation, encourage tourism, provides the opportunity for the sharing of knowledge about horticulture.

A giant topiary of Nong Khun, one of the mascots at Royal Flora
A giant topiary of Nong Khun, one of the mascots at Royal Flora
Another mascot Ai Un which is the sunlight
Another mascot Ai Un which is the sunlight

The Mascots

There are five mascots I noticed in the ticket which I think represent the essential things to form a new life like plants. I got curious so I checked their site for further information and here's what I found out.


1. Nong Khun is the Ratchaphruek flower (Thai's national flower) which represents the new generation environmentalist with new ideas and view points of earth and nature care.

Traits: Grown active, happy, energetic and confident

2. Ai Un isthe sunlight. Takes care of everyone. Brings sunshine to the world. Symbolizes charm, warmth and leadership.

3. Lom Bin is the wind which represents not only the wind but also electrical power.

Traits: Playful with full of energy, active

4. Din Chum is the fertility soil. Represent the mineral required.

Traits: Strong, kind and dependable.

5. Num Sai is the clean water. Couple together with Din Chum will provide fertility to the soil and luxuriate the crop.

Traits: Gentle, kind and cheerful.

Source: http://www.royalflora2011.com/2011

Flags of different countries at the entrance and the Lanna Style Structure

At the entrance (with flags of different countries)
At the entrance (with flags of different countries)
If I'm not mistaken, this structure also features, the Lanna style
If I'm not mistaken, this structure also features, the Lanna style

Colorful Insect World, The Thai Royal Family, Inside the Building

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Bugs World...Photo of Thai's Royal Family I observed that the Royal Family is highly revered by Thai people
Bugs World...
Bugs World...
Photo of Thai's Royal Family I observed that the Royal Family is highly revered by Thai people
Photo of Thai's Royal Family I observed that the Royal Family is highly revered by Thai people

The Giant Flora Wheel and The Royal Pavilion

The Giant Flora Wheel The view was absolutely breathtaking at the top. (you just need to pay 120 Baht for a short ride)
The Giant Flora Wheel The view was absolutely breathtaking at the top. (you just need to pay 120 Baht for a short ride)
One of the magnificent views while riding the Giant Flora Wheel is clearly seeing the Royal Pavilion which features Lanna architecture,the architectural style of northern Thailand
One of the magnificent views while riding the Giant Flora Wheel is clearly seeing the Royal Pavilion which features Lanna architecture,the architectural style of northern Thailand

Irresistible and Fragrant Flowers (Lilies, Roses, etc)

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Dark Pink LilyWhite Lilies
Dark Pink Lily
Dark Pink Lily
White Lilies
White Lilies

Orchid Pavilion: Orchids that could left you in awe! I can't take my eyes off from such view... I was amazed with the number of varieties of orchids in differen

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Let's see the stunning orchids!Yellow PhalaenopsisPink PhalaenopsisPhalaenopsis "Princess Chulabhorn"White PhalaenopisPurple VandaVandaCattleya "Queen Sirikit"Pink CattleyaRed CattleyaDendrobium
Let's see the stunning orchids!
Let's see the stunning orchids!
Yellow Phalaenopsis
Yellow Phalaenopsis
Pink Phalaenopsis
Pink Phalaenopsis
Phalaenopsis "Princess Chulabhorn"
Phalaenopsis "Princess Chulabhorn"
White Phalaenopis
White Phalaenopis
Purple Vanda
Purple Vanda
Vanda
Vanda
Cattleya "Queen Sirikit"
Cattleya "Queen Sirikit"
Pink Cattleya
Pink Cattleya
Red Cattleya
Red Cattleya
Dendrobium
Dendrobium

I was surprised with the different types of cactus and succulents in the indoor garden. I have never seen some of them before.

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Old Man cactus, Mammillaria Humboldtii, Fishook (Ferocactus peninsulae Britton and Rose)Lady Finger CactusEmory's Barrel Cactus/ Traveler's FriendBarrel cactus or Golden BallCabbage Cactus
Old Man cactus, Mammillaria Humboldtii,
Old Man cactus, Mammillaria Humboldtii,
Fishook (Ferocactus peninsulae Britton and Rose)
Fishook (Ferocactus peninsulae Britton and Rose)
Lady Finger Cactus
Lady Finger Cactus
Emory's Barrel Cactus/ Traveler's Friend
Emory's Barrel Cactus/ Traveler's Friend
Barrel cactus or Golden Ball
Barrel cactus or Golden Ball
Cabbage Cactus
Cabbage Cactus

Flowers + Lanna Style = Splendid Combination...and Cultural Show

Colorful flowers give life to the place
Colorful flowers give life to the place
I think they're ready for the cultural shows, ^_^! Cultural shows from various regions of Thailand were performed here, including traditional music and dance. In addition, cultural performances from other nations were presented here (wikipedia).
I think they're ready for the cultural shows, ^_^! Cultural shows from various regions of Thailand were performed here, including traditional music and dance. In addition, cultural performances from other nations were presented here (wikipedia).

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love the opening quote and the pictures are breathtaking...excellent hub and look at a country I have never visited.


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Bob Zermop 4 years ago from California, USA

Beautiful pictures and great brief intro to an awesome country!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow...I can't say anything. This was beautiful report of the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011-2012. I really enjoy all stunning pictures from this exhibition. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job and rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting). Take care!

Prasetio


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pinkhawk 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

Hello Sir! ^_^ Thank you soooo much for appreciating this, it was a very nice experience indeed. ^_^!


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pinkhawk 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

Hello Sir billybuc! Thank you for very much for your kind comment, I really appreciate it! ^_^


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pinkhawk 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

Hello Sir Bob! A wonderful experience I can never forget, thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a comment, ^_^!


Denz 4 years ago

Thailand must be proud of you for showing how beautiful their country is. Good job! Photos are very refreshing. :-D


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pinkhawk 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

@Denz, haha, hopefully! Thank you so much for the comment! ^_^


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yougotme 4 years ago from Manila

Such a great hub! I also get fascinated with Thailand. In fact, it's included in my TOP 5 countries to visit.

And your photos are great! They all look amazing!


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pinkhawk 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

hi yougotme! Thai people and Filipinos are somewhat the same in terms of some features. They thought that we are locals when we were there... ^_^!

Thank you so much for seeing and appreciating this hub.. ^_^ Have a great day!

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