Garden and lights spectacular set to sparkle

Posted on August 15, 2011

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About 30 countries will participate in the “International Horticultural Exposition: Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011” in Chiang Mai in November.


Illuminated flowers powered by solar cells will be one of the main highlights during the flora extravaganza in Chiang Mai.

The 99-day event, which will run until February 2012, is organised by the Department of Agriculture and budgeted at 390 million baht to host and promote the show.

The aims are to celebrate the 84th birthday anniversary of HM the King, the 80th birthday anniversary of HM the Queen in August next year, and the 60th birthday anniversary of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in July 2012.

Chalermphorn Phirunsarn, the Agriculture Ministry’s permanent secretary, said this year’s event will be even more grand than the last flora extravaganza organised in 2006, adding that there will be more than two million units of 8,000 types of trees and flowers planted there.

Highlights will include 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 there will be a new “Imagination Light Garden” created by illuminated plants and floras with decorative glow in the dark butterflies. This interactive garden will also be able to shine and direct light according to movement of passers-by. In addition, the 99-day event will house a flower field where electricity generated by solar cells can be stored, a 40m high Ferris wheel so visitors can get a bird’s-eye view of the massive garden, as well as a Kid’s Eco Park set up to educate children about the impacts of global warming. Lastly, there will be a new exhibition hall to display some 3,000 royal projects.

Pre-sale tickets are now available until November 8, with a 50% discount; 200 baht for single-entry passes and 800 baht for unlimited-entry passes. Tickets can be purchased at any of Krung Thai Bank’s 1,000 branches or Thai Ticket Major outlets.

The Department of Agriculture expects the event to attract about two million visitors, of which 90% Thais, and will generate billions of baht for the Thai tourism industry.

The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 will take place at the 470-rai Ratchaphruek Royal Park in Mae Hia sub-district, Muang district, Chiang Mai province, from Nov 9 to Feb 15, 2012. Visit http://www.royalflora2011.com.

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