Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Sakura in Thailand

Sakura in Thailand

There are several places in Thailand that have flowers that resemble cherry blossom, called sakura in Japan and developed as a tourist attraction there.

The best known in Thailand are (all pink flowers on trees qualify):

Phu Lom Lo in Dan Sai district in Loei province 
ภูลมโล อ.ด่านาย จ.เลย   
(stretching to Phetchabun and Pitsanulok)   
Himalayan Cherry in bloom in January
http://www.bangkokpost.com/print/390999/ 
http://travelthailandhappy.blogspot.com/2012/08/cherry-blossom.html  
and book Dream Destinations 2 p. 8-11 (in Thai)

Chiang Mai Royal Agricultural Research Center (Khun Wang) in Doi Inthanon National Park, Chom Thong district, Chiang Mai province 
Wild Himalayan cherry trees in bloom in January
http://www.bangkokpost.com/travel/in-thailand/818704/nuts-about-cherry-blossoms
http://travelthailandhappy.blogspot.com/2013/02/cherry-blossoms-bloom-in-thailand-at.html
http://www.paiduaykan.com/ชมดอกนางพญาเสือโคร่ง

Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai province
https://www.theblondtravels.com/where-to-see-cherry-blossoms-in-chiang-mai/

and various other places in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Tak province (book "Ceaseless Blossom of Thailand" Trips Magazine special edition, in Thai) 

Chiang Mai province, Chiang Dao district, San Pa Gia
สันป่าเกี๊ยะ
http://9thailand.blogspot.com/2010/07/chiang-mai.html
http://www.gatewayindochina.com/index.php?lay=show&ac=article&Id=539439628&Ntype=58 
(these two websites copy text from a book "102 เที่ยวออกรส เที่ยวครบทุกรส กับ 102 แหล่งท่องเที่ยวท่วไทย" p. 10-11 by Tourism Authority of Thailand and Siam Commercial Bank, 200 THB, appeared in 2009)

Doi Phu Kha in Nan province
ดอยภูคา อำเภอปัว จังหวัดน่าน
Bretschneidera Sinensi in bloom in February
http://www.hoteltrip.com/travelblogs/2013/06/28/breathtaking-scenery-unique-pink-flowers-phu-kha-mountain/
http://www.manager.co.th/Local/ViewNews.aspx?NewsID=9570000006812 (in Thai) 
http://www.dekguide.com/อุทยานแห่งชาติดอยภูคา-น/
http://region4.prd.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=44252&filename=index (in Thai)  
(and book quoted above, p. 14-15)

Kamphaeng Saen Campus of Kasetsart University in Nakon Pathom province ม.เกษตรศาสตร์ กำแพงแสน นครปฐม
Tabebuia rosea pink trumpet tree in bloom in February
http://www.bangkokpost.com/travel/tourists-and-expats/884692/a-floral-route-in-nakhon-pathom
http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/showthread.php?45465-Get-a-feel-of-sakura-in-Thailand 
https://www.facebook.com/Thaipbsengnews/videos/1258328137545847/ (video)  
and book Dream Destinations 2 p. 40-43 (in Thai)
http://www.greenintrend.com/การเดินทางสู่ความงาม-ช-3/
(article from above book)
http://dreamdestinations.tourismthailand.org/

(original website, horrible design, not reader friendly)

This is the subject of this post. I went on 23.02.2016, in combination with insect park and museum (following post).

Sometimes called pink tunnel อุโมงด์สีชมพู, it stretches about 2 km in north-south direction in the middle of the campus. The central part is pedestrian only, elsewhere traffic jam.



What I noticed first is the color is much paler than pictures on internet or in books make you believe, 
for the chemists among my readers think of manganese(II) sulfate heptahydrate or even monohydrate. 

It won't get any pinker than this:





Canal covered in petals:


The bloom lasts only few weeks, by the time you read this it's probably over.


No effort was made to get the correct Latin names of the plants, correct me if you know better.  

Update April 2016:
In Latkrabang around railway stop KMITL King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang 
https://twitter.com/PutawanSj/status/722286463870640128

and around Chatuchak park and BTS
http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2016/04/21/bangkok-sakura-best-time-year-visit-chatuchak-suan-rot-fai-parks-photos
https://twitter.com/khunzakame/status/722001529910104065  

Copyright 2016 ChristianPFC

1 comment:

  1. as an aside, now standing at HKG airport, and as you showed much interest in old cinema's: in the monthly mag BKK101 was an article about old cinema's, incl the wooden one in Nang Loeng, plus a blogspot about it. Maybe you can browse it in some shop and take note-but perhaps ypou already know all about it.
    For me its out of BKK/TH till end of year.

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