Chiang Mai is proud of its reputation as ‘The Rose of the North’, and it is only fitting that the Kingdom’s second-largest city is a proud host of Southeast Asia’s biggest horticultural exposition. The first exhibition took place in 2006, as a tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the year of His Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. In 2011, the exhibition celebrates HM the King’s 84th birthday anniversary and is set to run from 9 November 2011 to 15 February 2012.
A total of 30 nations representing five continents — Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America — will participate in Southeast Asia’s largest outdoor exhibition of flowers and nursery plants. Covering an area of 21,000 square metres, it is already being tipped as one of the world’s finest horticultural shows along the lines of the famous Chelsea Flower Show in England. After the show, the site of the exposition remains open to the public as a tourist attraction and a knowledge centre for Thailand’s horticultural sector.
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 will highlight Thailand’s charm as a tropical country with one of the largest plant biodiversity in Southeast Asia. The three-month long expo is expected to attract over two million visitors with an average of 20,000 each day. With such in influx of visitors from all over the word it will be vital to secure accommodation early. Have a look at the variety of hotel deals we have to offer, and make a reservation as early as possible.
Highlights and Features
The most prominent part of the expo will be the Hor Kham Royal Pavilion, constructed in the exquisite Lanna architectural style, showcasing HM the King’s activities as one of the foremost agriculturalists in the world. More than 8,000 plant and flower species will be showcased here, all displayed in various themes. There will be 30 decorative gardens of the international participants, including 23 existing international gardens from the last show, plus seven new zones from Armenia, Canada, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Yemen.
This year’s exposition will also introduce a new “Imagination Light Garden”, an illuminated garden filled with plants, floras and glow-in-the-dark butterflies. The International Gardens zone will feature national blossoms, blooms, horticulture, as well as the culture, art and architecture of the participating countries from around the world. Each garden will reflect historic, diplomatic, cultural and trade ties between nations, people or, where possible, royal families of the two countries. The Thai Tropical Garden will be a colossal 100,000-square-metre area where visitors will be able to witness first-hand an extensive variety of tropical horticulture encompassing fruits, plants, flowers and herbs.
Apart from examples of floral, decorative and rare plants, plants of different species showcased by participants will also be on display. Visitors will also be presented with ample opportunities to purchase products from the Royal Projects as well as excellent local handicrafts noted for its uniqueness and exceptional quality. There will also be a 40-metre-high Ferris wheel, Kid’s Eco Park and a new exhibition hall displaying some 3,000 royal projects.
Experience the splendour of Lanna
A one-of-a-kind event, Royal Flora Ratchaphruek presents a wealth of opportunities for visitors to Thailand to experience the spell-binding natural and cultural splendour that represents the finest of ‘Lanna heritage’ that can still be found in Chiang Mai and further beyond in the Greater Lanna provinces.
All offer a diverse choice of tourist attractions, particularly the many breathtaking horticultural and botanical gardens and parks that include Doi Tung, home to the Mae Fah Luang Garden, the Mae Fah Luang Arboretum on Doi Chang Mub mountain peak, the botanical gardens that are part of the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park in Chiang Rai province, and the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens in Mae Sa.
And if you’re still not convinced that Chiang Mai is ‘the’ place to visit over this period, also have a look at its lively nightlife scene, shopping highlights, dining experiences and the exciting eco-adventures that await...
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek
- Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00 daily, from 9 November 2011 to 15 February 2012
- Location: Royal Agricultural Research Center, in the Mae Hia district outside Chiang Mai City