Enjoy colorful blooms and the charm of a myriad of beautiful plants and flowers at the Flora Festival 2015 from December 1st, 2015-February 29th, 2016 at the Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai Province.
At 3 PM on December 1st, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Bhisadej Rajani, President of the Royal Project, presided over the opening of the Flora Festival 2015. Highland Research and Development Institution Chairman Dr. Ampon Kittiampon gave a report on the organization of the event. Welcoming His Serene Highness Prince Bhisadej was Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart, Royal Project Head of Development Sutat Pluempanya, Highland Research and Development Institution Director Ruchira Rimphati, and distinguished guests from both the public and private sector. The opening ceremony was held at the Changkham Entrance of the Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai province.
The Flora Festival is a much anticipated annual event that attracts tourists to the northern city of Chiang Mai to view spectacular winter blooms. For the year 2015, the Royal Park Rajapruek, the Highland Research and Development Institution, the Royal Project, and related leading agencies chose the theme “Flora of the Queen” for the event which spans from December 1st, 2015-February 29th, 2016. The event aims to commemorate Their Majesties the King and Queen and to educate on sufficiency economy and new agricultural theory and support work on agriculture and botany, as well as promote tourism and the northern culture of Chiang Mai.
Visitors will be able to enjoy winter blooms from over 20 locations of the Royal Project Foundation and the Royal Project Expansion Project. The seven highlights that should not be missed starts with the 84 Flora for the Queen Exhibition which showcases 84 plants with association to Her Majesty the Queen. In February, visitors will be treated to an exhibition on Her Majesty the Queen’s work to support weavers, as well as an academic seminar on the topic and on the future of Thai woven textile, booths selling handicraft, and a fashion show of woven textile. The second highlight centers on sufficiency economy and new agricultural theory. The exhibition area will feature the lifestyle of farmers practicing the new agricultural theory; rice milling; raising livestock such as pigs, fish, earthworm, cricket; as well as growing fruits and vegetables. Visitors will be able to gain a better understanding of new agricultural theory. The third highlight, held at the Shaded Paradise, will showcase the benefits of the jungle according to His Majesty the King’s Royal Initiative. This exhibition features environmental management and showcases a variety of plants that are used both as raw materials, as food, and as cash crops. Also on display is the different types of dams and their benefits as initiated by His Majesty the King. The fourth highlight is a display of more than 10,000 orchids, as well as the first ever orchid chandelier for visitors to take pictures with. The fifth highlight features winter blooms that will be changed every month. December will feature stunning orchids while the end of December and early January will see tens of thousands of tulips, a symbol of the Netherlands. February will be the month of the rose, the queen of all blooms, to celebrate the month of love. These flowers will be available for viewing in a temperature-controlled area. The sixth highlight is a romantic 70-meter flower tunnel displaying winter blooms. The final highlight that is not to be missed is the Flower Mosaic in the shape of a crown of flower, symbolizing happiness, satisfaction, and success. And don’t miss the chicest Photo Spots which will give you the most amazing photos.
Visitors can also view the breathtaking Royal Pavilion, crafted in the Lanna style to commemorate His Majesty the King who is the world’s longest-reigning monarch, under the theme “His Majesty the King
Who Unites All Thai Hearts.” Other destinations that are not to be missed include the Shaded Paradise featuring plants that thrive in the shade; the Kingdom of Tropical Dome with its ancient ferns and rare plants; the Insect World building where you can view living insects such as grasshoppers, butterflies, etc; and the international garden and gardens sponsored by leading Thai organizations. The event will also see activities on special occasions such as the National Father’s Day, New Year’s Day, Children’s Day, the Lunar New Year, and Valentine’s Day.
The entrance fee for the Flora Festival 2015 is 50 Baht for local adults and 25 Baht for local children, 100 Baht for adult tourists and 50 Baht for young tourists, and 25 Baht for civil servants, the elderly, and students upon showing their identification cards. An unlimited pass is also available at 400 Baht. Tour truck rides are available at 20 Baht for adults and 10 Baht for children while a golf cart rental is 600 Baht per hour and bicycle rental at 60 Baht per time. Visitors can ask for a map of bicycle trails around the park and make purchases of food and beverages and souvenirs such as mascot dolls, T-shirts, umbrellas, keychains, etc, which are available at shops throughout the park.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Flora Festival 2015 under the theme “Flora of the Queen” from December 1st, 2015-February 29th, 2016 from 8 AM-8 PM at the Royal Park Rajapruek in Chiang Mai Province.
For more information, please call 053-114110-5 or go to www.royalparkrajapruek.org.