After the success of the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek, a world-class horticulture expo to celebrate the auspicious occasions of HM King Bhumibol’s 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne and his 80th birthday in 2006-2007, Thai Cabinet decided to maintain the condition of the park as the newest travel destination of Chiang Mai.
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.
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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…
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