Ratchaphruek is the national flower of Thailand, AKA, (Cassia fistula L.) or Golden Shower Tree. From what I've read, this immaculately manicured garden park started out as a flower festival in 2006. Amongst the gardens stands the Lanna style Ho Kham Royal Pavilion (behind me in the distance - above). And a little bit closer, below.
Rehearsals were underway for an evening concert on the stage in front of the pavilion.
There were food stalls galore and product displays. We were a little surprised when a flock of these flew over. I'm not sure who or what they are, but they kept the crowd entertained for a good while, swooping and circling overhead.
...by the way, notice the leaf like, ornate street lights! Attention to detail everywhere.
The grounds are dotted with sculptures, topiary plants, ponds, man made hills and of course flowers. It is also host to a lake, Chinese style garden and amphitheatre. My only regret was that I completely over looked the Thai Plant display section. Some photos for your viewing pleasure.
|A grey scape|
|A cream scape.|
|A lunar scape.|
|Part of the amphitheatre with rock surrounds|
|One of the ponds and Chinese garden in the background.|
Even though there were thousands of visitors at the park, there was plenty of room for all. Some families came prepared and early, camping out and lunching in the back of pick up trucks in the car park. As we left at around 5 pm, the traffic was backed up for three kilometres or so.
Well worth the short trip out of Chiang Mai!
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