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Primlarp Chukiatman Photo by Byoung Sup Ghill

Five Days at
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Part 1 - Page 1
by Squadron Leader Primlarp Chukiatman
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The biggest umbrella at the main entrance

^ Ticket zone | Indoor exhibition >

My father Dr. Slearmlarp Wasuwat and I went to Chiang Mai to participate in a seminar about waterlilies and lotuses, and were able to visit the International Horticultural Exposition for His Majesty the King or "Royal Flora Ratchaphruek" 2006 in 15-20 November 2006. I planned to write an article about the experience especially for WGI members. I underestimated the scope of it and that I could write it in only one article. For the real picture of this huge Horticultural Exposition in northern part area of Thailand, I plan to write about this grand event in separate parts as follows:

  • The history of the Ratchaphruek 2006 and overall High Light landscape.
  • The Corporate Garden, International Garden, and Nymphaea & Nelumbo Garden
  • Orchid Pavilion, Shade Paradise, and Tropical Dome
  • Temperate Greenhouse, Desert Plant Greenhouse and Biotech Greenhouse
  • Another Exhibition and Revolving Indoor Exhibition.

Hill from main entrance

The International Horticultural Exposition for His Majesty the King, "Royal Flora Ratchaphruek" 2006, according to, is one of the grand celebrations being hosted by the Royal Thai Government in honor of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej (Rama IX), the ninth ruler of the illustrious Chakri Dynasty and the world's longest reigning monarch. His Majesty is "Father of the Nation" and "Beloved King" to the Thai people. This exhibition started on 1 November 2006 and continues until 31 January 2007, 92 days.

Royal Pavilion

Holland Garden

Outdoor Theater

I started my visit to "Royal Flora Ratchaphruek" walking through the 80 hectares (198 acres) on the 7,200 meter (4.5 mile) walking track around the area. There are so many places to stop by, such as the Corporate Garden in which 22 corporations in Thailand decorated, the 23 International Gardens, the different greenhouses, etc.

Site plan from

< Biotech Greenhouse

^ Shade Paradise ^ 

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