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Gardens and Parks Around the World

Get away from the hectic cities and enjoy yourself in the parks and gardens around the world.

Updated: 2014-10-07T11:29:18.682+07:00


Swiss National Park is only One National Park in Switzerland


(image) The Swiss National Park (SNP) is situated in the East of Switzerland in the Canton Graubünden in an area where the local language is Romansh, therefore its official name is "Parc Naziunal Svizzer".

Founded in 1914 as one of the first national parks in Europe and there are Size: 172.3 km². The Swiss National Park is a sanctuary in which nature is protected against all interference by men, and the entire flora and fauna are left to their natural development

Vallingby New Town Garden in Sweden


(image) Vallingby New Town in Sweden was famed in the 1960s and 1970s for its landscape treatment. Designers admired the way in which elements of the natural landscape were incorporated into the urban fabric. During the 1980s a not dissimilar approach became known as ecological planting - and in the 1990s it became known as sustainable planting.

Vallingby New Town Garden was one of the pioneer projects for this approach. Today the social housing blocks, one might almost say 'socialist appartments' look rather sad and the small garden parks rather forlorn. They do not function like the agoras, forums or public gardens of capital cities.

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Lumpini Park in the Heart of Bangkok


(image) Lumpini Park is located in the heart of Bangkok, at the junction of Rama IV and Ratchadamri roads. In front of the park is the monument of King Rama VI, built in 1941.

Lumphini Park is one of the very few areas of the Thai capital that is still patrolled by mounted policemen. It has the city's first public library and dance hall. During winter time, the Palm Garden of Lumphini Park becomes the site for the annual Concert in the Park festival featuring classical music by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and other bands.

Open to New World at Tazekka National Park in Morocco


(image) The Tazekka National Park of Morroco was created in 1950 with an initial area of 6.8 km. It was to created to protect the natural resources at the top from Jbel Tazekka, particularly the grove of cedars (Cedrus atlantica), which are isolated on this peak in the Middle Atlas range . The national park includes the 1980 m in altitude mountain, Jbel Tazekka, which dominates the surrounding area.

In 1989, the national park was extended to include nearly 120 km of ecological importance (forests of cork oak, holm oak, as well as canyons and caves, cascades, and rural landscapes).

Princess Mother Memorial Garden in Bangkok


Established in 1993, Princess Mother Memorial Garden Bangkok was the materialization of His Majesty, the King's wish to beautify the area around the Princess Mother, Sringarindra's childhood home in Thonburi. But when the project actually was initiated it was found that the Princess Mother's childhood home which was in a deplorable condition in her lifetime was no longer extant. But there were similar houses in the vicinity which the owners were ready to give up to help the King's project.

The Princess Mother Memorial Garden, Bangkok incorporates a replication of the house where she spent her childhood years. It is set in an open space with beautiful gardens enhancing the appeal of the place. There are two exhibition halls which display the photographs and mementos from the Princess Mother's life. The collection contains rare snaps like the one taken at the time when she was 14. The photographs are a sort of pictoral chronicling of the life of the princess. The second exhibition hall recounts her active life and her involvement with the various projects. It also features some of her personal items like the Buddha images that were sculpted by her for the royal family. There is a small shop adjacent to the reconstructed house that sells products manufactured by some of her projects.

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Love Park to Open in Italy


(image) A love park where passionate couples can romp freely is set to open in Italy. Many young couples in Italy find it hard to be intimate as high prices force them to live with their parents for longer.

Entrepreneur Giuseppe Foggetti is behind the park, in the southern port town Bari, where couples pay £2 to go in and another £1 for every half hour they stay.

He said: "My idea was to create a place for those that want to spend intimate moments together without thinking whether someone would be shocked if they saw it. I intend to offer security and privacy."

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Iguazu National Park is the World Park in Argentina


(image) The semicircular waterfall at the heart of this site is some 80 m high and 2,700 m in diameter and is situated on a basaltic line spanning the border between Argentina and Brazil. Made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The surrounding subtropical rain forest has over 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans.

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Vaalbos National Park - Northern Cape in South Africa


(image) This 20 000 hectare National Park is situated on the banks of the Vaal River between Delportshoop and Barkly West in South Africa. This is probably one of the most interesting parks in the country as it covers an important transitional zone between Grassveld, Kalahari and Karoo biomes.

This is a unique habitat that is suitable for animals occuring generally in the dryer parts of the country, as well as those from wetter areas.

Game that could be seen include Eland, Kudu, Giraffe, Red Hartebeest, Springbok, Buffalo and both Black and White Rhino. Many birds occur in the park.

Facilities include self catering challets. Vaalbos National Park must be included in any visit to the Northern Cape. Special guided tours are offered through the park which could be combined with night drives and a barbeque in the veld.

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Similan Islands National Parks in Phang Nga of Thailand.


(image) The Similan Islands National Park host the most beautiful group of dive sites in country. The Similan Islands National Park is established in 1982 and located in Ko Phrathong Sub-distreict, Khuraburi District, Phang Nga Province of Thailand and covers 128 square kilometers, 80,000 rais, of area, 140 square kilometers of which is land composed of all the islands put together.

Located along the western coastline of the Andaman Sea and in the Indian Ocean, about 100 kilometres northwest of Phuket of Thailand, it is one of the dive wonders of the world. What's most fantastic about these islands is that it has two entirely different types of environments in just one destination.

(image) The east coast of Similan Islands National Park in Phang Nga of Thailand, known for its powdery coral beach, features hard coral gardens. These gardens slope dramatically from the surface down to approximately 30 - 40 meters. Here, the most popular activity is drift diving, which gives a diver the popular activity is drift diving, which gives a diver the opportunity to watch te reef inhabitants go about their business.

The west coast of Similan Islands National Park in Phang Nga of Thailand can offer a faster paced, more exhilarating diving experience as currents swirl around the huge granite boulders, some larger than the grandest of houses. There are well over 20 charted dive sites in the Similan chain. The diving season extends from December to April.

(image) Diving sites have depths of 25 - 29 metres with 35 - 40 metres visibility. Some of the islands' best attractions are Koh Huyong and Elephant Rock. To get there, boats can be chartered or individually booked from several dive companies in Phuket of Thailand, or from Thap Lamu and Khao Lak in Phang Nga province north of Phuket, Thailand.

National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise in Italy.


(image) A warm welcome and entertainment at National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise in Italy. The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise is famous in Italy, and all over the world, as a model for nature conservation and environmental safeguard.

The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise was instituted in 1923. It is comprised for greater part (3/4 approximately) in the province of the Aquila in Abruzzo and for remaining in that one of Frosinone in the Lazio and that one of Isernia in the Molise of Italy.

In the last 20 years, the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise could harmonically develop thanks to the "zonation" of the territory, leading to the integration between conservation and development and to an agreement with the Park Municipalities to solve city planning problems. The visits to the Park are controlled and selected, and many things are being done to make this National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise increasingly modern and efficient in Italy.

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Niagara Parks : Niagara Falls Nature and Gardens in Canada.


Niagara Parks is a fame Nature Attractions of the world and much has been done to maintain the richness and beauty of this area around Niagara Falls for USA and Canada.

Attraction in Niagara Parks of Canada.

(image) Niagara Falls is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Ontario and New York. Thousands of people visit the area each year to see one of natures most spectacular wonders; The Horseshoe Falls. There are many things to do in the city with many new attractions, hotels, restaurants, and museums built each year.

Journey Behind the Falls
: At Journey Behind the Falls, you will experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down 13 stories to the lower Niagara River.

Every second during summer daylight hours, over 2,800 cubic meters of water thunders over the rim at 65 kilometers per hour.In the spring and summer months, visitiors receive a free souvenir biodegradable rain poncho as protection from the mist and spray of the Falls.

(image) White Water Walk : At White Water Walk, you'll ride an elevator down 70 meters, then walk along a tunnel that is is 73 metres long. The Boardwalk beside the rapids is 325 metres and stairs lead to two observation areas at the edge of the River. The water travels at different speeds along the length of the Niagara River.

South of the Falls where the river is wide and slow, the maximum speed is about 40 km/h. Near the brink of the Falls, a speed of 109 km/h has been recorded. As the water travels through the Whirlpool Rapids at White Water Walk, it is traveling at about 45 km/h.The Falls, Whirlpool Rapids and the Whirlpool are Class 6 rapids, with extreme currents, drop and volume of water.

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Huai Nam Dang National Park : Embellishment Sea of Mist.


(image) Huai Nam Dang National Park is distinction among highland of Thailand and Myanmar where know as "The best beautiful sea of flying mist of Thailand". Huai Nam Dang National Park is located on the joint border between Mae Taeng District of Chiang Mai and Pai District of Mae Hong Son of Thailand. Total area covers 179.5 sq.kms.

Huai Nam Dang National Park of Thailand are the scenery is beautiful, especially the sea of flying mist in the morning. Many tourists like to come and pitch tents (there is minor charges for pitching tents), tasting the cold weather at the top of these high mountains whilst awaiting the dawn mists.

Interesting Places in Huai Nam Dang National Park of Thailand.

(image) 1.Huai Nam Dang Areas View Point (Doi Gew Lom Viewpoint) is situated of Water Source Development Agency No.2(Huai Nam Dang). Huai Nam Dang Areas View Point are on the top of the hill of Thailand, one can enjoy a panoramic scenery, stretching up to Doi Luang Chiang Dao. The view is very beautiful, especially in the morning, when the flying mist fills the whole valley, revealing just a sharp top of Doi Luang Chiang Dao. Be there and imagine how beautiful it would be.

2. Doi Chang Viewpoint
Doi Chang Viewpoint is the highest spot of Huai Nam Dang National Park of Thailand. Here is the origin of several waterfalls. Located in the north of Ban Huai Nam Dang, there is a famous viewpoint in the morning. You can look around a sea of mist and mountainous scenery, stretching away for about 20 kilometers. The route is still a laterite one.

3. Huai Nam Dang Waterfall
Huai Nam Dang Waterfall are fall originates from a canal, passing through 3-4 levels. Its height around 50 metres and width 10 metres.

Besides, in the Huai Nam Dang National Park has a many tourist attraction such as Pong Duead Hot Spring, Tha Pai Hot Well, Mae Yen Waterfall and many things. Huai Nam Dang National Park of Thailand has services accommodation and facilities for visitors.

More information at Huai Nam Dang National Park, Mu 5, Kit Chang Sub-district, Amphur Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50150 Tel. 0 5324 8491, 0 5326 3910.

Zappion Gardens at Athens in Greece.


(image) The Zappion Gardens at Athens in Greece, which are immediately south of the National Gardens, are much more formal. In fact, there is more concrete than lawn at the Zappion in Athens of Greece. There is a rather large road that passes through the heart of the gardens from Amalias Street to Koumbari Street. The good news is that the road is closed to vehicles, so the road is filled with walkers. Making the walk even more pleasant is that the road (as are all roads in the Zappion) is tree lined. There are even benches along side the trees so that one can sit and watch the world go by.

However, there’s enough in the park to see that sitting doesn’t seem like much of an option unless you are tired or not a tourist. The main site to see is the Zappion building in Athens of Greece. While it is an impressive building, we could never figure out for what it is used. Lonely Planet says that it is now used for some government offices. We did see a couple of armed guards patrolling the front steps. When Dianne tried to get a peek inside, one of the guards made it clear that she could only enter up to a point and then had to turn back.

The Zappion Gardens at Athens in Greece is a wonderful place to take a break from the urban grind that is Athens. However, the Zappeion Gardens are open 24 hours a day.

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National Garden at Athens in Greece.


(image) The National Garden at Athens in Greece, open from dawn to sunset, is an oasis in the centre of the city. It has a total area of 160,000 square metre. Some five hundred different kinds of plants, bushes and trees from various locations around the world are grown here. Tha National Garden at Athens in Greece which was formerly the palace garden was laid out from 1838 - 1860.

There are four entrances : at Vassilisis Sophias Avenue, Herodou Attikou, and an entrance connecting the National Garden to the Zappion at Athens in Greece. It is a good place to go far a walk, sit on a bench, listen to the singing of the birds and relax. You wil also find here a lake with ducks, the Botanical Museum, a small traditional cafe, a children's library, and a playground. The National Gardens at Athens in Greece close shortly after sundown

Wonderful Pollino National Park in Italy.


(image) When you visited in Italy you can enjoy with here especially the Pollino National Park. The Pollino National Park is in a top ten Regional and National Parks of Europe. So the Pollino National Park is the best choice for you in Italy.

The Pollino National Park in Italy is the largest natural park area in Italy located between Calabria and Basilicata. Pollino National Park is surprisingly green, sheltering a wide variety of plant species, many of which are protected. The park’s symbol is in fact the rare loricate pine, an ancient species that was once widespread but which has declined since the last Ice Age as the climate has warmed.

In view of Pollino National Park in Italy, besides the activites aimed at environmental protection, initiatives for furthering the economic growth of the local population have been planned with incentives and financial supports being provided for environmentally-friendly enterprises such as Rafting by canoe or inflatable raft and Trekking-Tour in the Pollino National Park of Italy.

Visiting the Pollino National park is a unique opportunity to spend some time in a full-immersion of wilderness culture, to widen your cultural horizons and join us in a never ending mystic experience.

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Mae Wa National Park , Lampang, Thailand


(image) Mae Wa National Park located in Mae Wa, Thoenburi , Lomrat, Mae Pa , Mae Mok, and Wiangmok sub-districts, Thoen district, Phrabatwangtuang sub-district, Mae Phrik district, Lampang province, and Wanchan sub-district, Samngao district, Maesalit sub-district, Ban Tak district, Tak province. It consists of complicatedly high mountains, productive forest which are the habitat of a great number of animals in many kinds, and wonderful places to visit such as Mae Wa Waterfall which has water flow all the year round and been well known by many people. Having convenient way to visit and locating only 19 km. from Thoen District Administration Office, Mae Wa National Park is about 587 square kilometers and has been declared a national park since November 17, 2000.

How To Go Mae Wa National Park

By Car; Use national road number 1 (Asia Highway Road) from Lampang Province to Tak Province and turn left at a byroad between kilometer stone number 498 – 499 for 10 kilometers. In addition, the north part of the surveyed forest is close to national road number 1048 which goes from Thoen District, Lampang Province to Thungsaliam District, Sukhothai Province.

Mae Wa National Park address

Mu 2, Mae Wa Sub-district, Thoen, Lampang, Thailand 52230

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Khao Yai is Thailand’s oldest National Park, Thailand


(image) Khao Yai is Thailand's oldest and most revered national park. Spanning four provinces, this 2,000-square-kilometer biological wonderland contains more than 70 mammal species, including tigers and elephants, as well as 320 varieties of birds. It has been declared an ASEAN National heritage site and probably it will be by the United Nations soon, too.

Like most of Asia's wildlife sanctuaries, Khao Yai has been long under threat from poachers who are stripping the forest of its plant and animal wealth. In March 2000 the government launched the so-called Khao Yai Conservation Project, so hopefully future generations are able to visit this outstanding piece of nature. The park has over 50 km hiking trails, many of them formed by wildlife movement. Elevations range from 100 to 1400 metres. It is easy to get lost so it's recommended to hire a guide. Trips to the park can be arranged easily from Bangkok.

(image) Khao Yai National Park consists of complicated mountains such as Khao Rom, the highest about 1,351 meters, Khao Lam about 1,326 meters, Khao Keaw about 1,292 meters, Khao Sam Yod about 1,142 meters, Khao Far Pha about 1,078 meters, Khao Kampang about 875 meters, Khao Samor Poon about 805 meters and Khao Kaew about 802 meters above sea level. Moreover, the area has vastly grassy field alternating with productive forest. The north and the east part are smoothly sloping down, while the south and the west part are rising up. The area is the source of five main rivers as follows.
(1) Prachin Buri River and
(2) Nakhon Nayok River situated in the south part and important for local agriculture and economy, meet each other in Chachoengsao District to become Bangpakong River go to the Gulf of Thailand.
(3) Lam Ta Kong River and
(4) Praplerng River, in the north part, go to maintain the agriculture of Korat Plateau and meet Moon River, the main river of Southern Isan that goes to Khong River.
(5) Muag Lek Stream, located in the northwest part and going to Pasak River in Muag Lek District, is valuable for local agriculture and cattle, and has water all the year round.

Khao Yai National Park
P.O.Box 9 Amphur Pak Chong Nakhorn Ratchasima Thailand 30130
Tel. 0 4429 7406, 0 4429 7426 Fax 0 4429 7426

Relax with Family at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok , Thailand


(image) Dusit Zoo, which is the predecessor of the Zoological Park Organization under the Royal Patronage of H.M. the King was established in 1938 by the Municipality of Bangkok.

Formerly, Dusit Zoo was a part of the Royal Dusit Garden Palace with the local name of "Khao Din Wana"

which was set up by King Rama V as his private botanical garden. In 1938, the goverment of Field Marshal P. Pibunsongkram, the Prime Minister of Thailand at the time, asked the King for the land to set up the zoo for the public. King Rama VIII granted the land. Then the government asked the Bangkok Municipality to establish the zoo in March, 1938. Thereafter, the zoo was turned over to the Zoological Park Organization in February, 1954.

The area is approximately 47.2 acres; broken down into 35.2 acres of land and 12 acres of water.

The zoo opens daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. There are 288 mammals, 1018 birds and 292 reptiles.

(image) In this zoo, there isn't only the animal zone. There is a rest area as well. This area is used for the families to come here for a picnic or for boyfriend and girlfriend to play on the paddle boat. People can sit on the grass and have some food or sleep, up to them. After they finish their activities, they have to clear up the ground as well, make it look good for other people.

How to get there:
The zoo is in the Dusit district between Chitlada Palace and the National Assembly Hall; the main entrance is off Ratwithi Rd. Buses that pass the entrance include the ordinary No. 18 or 28 and the air-con No. 10. Tel. 281-2000, 281-1039

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Travel and Relax in Winter at Thung Buatong Forest Park in Mae Hong Sorn Province, Thailand


(image) Tung Bua Tong Forest Park located in Mae U Kor Sub-district’ s Moo 6, Khun Yuam District, Mae Hong Sorn Province in Thailand, situated in Mae Surin National Forest Park, covered the area of 7.10 The Royal Forest Department declared this forest park on July 21, 1999.

Thung Buatong Forest Park : Geographical Features

Tung Bua Tong Forest Park located on the mountain where is 1,600 metres above the average sea level. There’s beautiful scenery that is like complex ocean waves. In this forest park area, natural forest is grown mixed with planted pine forest. Thung Buatong Forest Park is one of the leading National Parks and Relax Parks in Thailand

Thung Buatong Forest Park : Weather Condition

(image) Cool throughout the year. It is very cold in the winter. There are heavy fogs in the morning and cold during the day because of the wind blows all day long. Thung Buatong Forest Park First Choice to Travel and Relaxing In Winter

Varieties of Plants and Wild Animals

It’s Hill Evergreen Forest and Pine Evergreen Forest. Most of Hill Evergreen Forest has been found in the north and west of Tung Bua Tong. Flora species grown around the hill slope and valley consist of Castanopsis species and so on.

In the eastern and southern part of Tung Bua Tong, Pine Evergreen Forest has been found. It’s planted by the Forest Industry Organisation based on its concession condition. Flora species found are Pinus merkusii and Pinus kesiya.

Thung Buatong Forest Park : Contract

Thung Buatong Forest Park
Mae Ukho Sub-district,, Khun Yuam, Mae Hong Son, Thailand 58140
Tel. : 0 5361 2996 Fax : 0 5361 2996

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Phu Kradung National Park - First Choice to Travel In Winter


(image) Phu Kradung National Park is one of the leading National Parks and Relax Parks in the country and houses the highest peak in Loei (1360 metres). The park is 359 square kilometres in size and extremely well organised. It offers numerous trails (around 50 kilometres worth in total) taking hikers past waterfalls, through pine, oak and beech forests, and past glorious fauna and flora. The Relax parks is home to countless species of wildlife - jackals, elephants, deer, gibbons, bears, and a small number of tigers. There is a good chance you will spot something along the way.

Phu Kradung National Park, Venture to the top of the central peak and you experience temperate conditions all year round. The trail to the top is 6 kilometres long which an averagely fit person would complete in around 3 hours. The trail is littered with ladders and stairs that help make it quite an accessible hike – there are even food stalls along the way and if you have too much stuff to carry it is possible to hire people to carry it for you.

(image) You can hire people to help you carry your gear at a cost of 20 Baht per kilogram. March to June are the hottest months and suitable precautions need to be taken if you intend to go to the Relax parks at this time; likewise between December and January when temperatures of 0°C are often recorded. The park is closed during the rainy months because it becomes to dangerous for visitors. As a National Park there is a 200 Baht entrance fee for adult visitors and a 100 Baht fee for children (under 14). Camping is available (tents for hire) on the top of Phu Kradung.

Phu Kradung National Park : How to get there

Buses are available from Khon Kaen or Loei to the village of Pha Nok Khao. From there take one of the trucks that service the 5-kilometre stretch of road to the park headquarters.


Phu Kradung National Park
Moo 1, Tambol Sitan
Amphur Phu Kradung
Loei Province
Tel: (043) 291-393

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Nature Study in Thailand’s National Parks


Thailand’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are some of the best and most extensive in Southeast Asia, and although abundant wildlife is found everywhere in the kingdom, they are the best places to see rare and protected species. Almost all parks have on-site accommodation and food, trails of varying levels of difficulty, and many organize trips, recreational and educational activities.

Huay Kha Khaeng and Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuaries in Uthai Thani and Kanchanaburi provinces respectively are two of the best places to start. They contain such magnificent creatures as bears, Leopards, tigers, elephants, tapirs, deers, gibbons, monkeys, macaque, guars, shy forest ox, and banteng, or wild red cattle.

Khao Yai National Park, three hours from Bangkok, is another excellent nature study site, with many research projects currently underway on creatures such as gibbons, tigers and hornbills. Khao Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary in Chon Buri Province has an open zoo which makes its wildlife particularly accessible. Species include guar, dusky languor, barking deer and brow-antlered deer. In one of the largest aviaries in the world, it also has the sarus crane and black-necked stork, which it is hoped will one day be reintroduced to the wild. In Kaeng Krachan National Park, the country’s largest pristine forest, there are superb walking trails around a 36 kilometre road, and treks of up to two weeks can be organized. Be prepared for some truly inspiring trees, 70 metres tall and more. Where the forest is open, it is like being inside a living cathedral.

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Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 Opening


(image) Announcement Guideline for Guests and Participants Part of the Expo will be closed for The Grand Opening Ceremony

To comply with official security measures, some parts of the Exposition will be closed from noon onwards on November 1st, 2006 for the Grand Opening Ceremony.

(image) Guests are welcome to enjoy the visit to the whole area of the exposition from 09.00 am until noon and enjoy spending time in the Thai Tropical gardens, the Expo Center (parts of which will also be temporally restricted during the time of the royal visit to the area) and the Souvenir Plaza after the restricted time. Kindly also note that the In Show Transit shuttle service will also be suspended from noon onwards. The Project Management apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

International Horticultural Exposition
for His Majesty the King
At the Royal Agricultural Research Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand
1 November 2006 – 31 January 2007

Benjasiri Park Bangkok - A Good Place to Relaxing


(image) Benjasiri Park was built in 1992 to celebrate the Queen's 60th birthday, Benjasiri is often referred to as "Queen's Park." This is definitely the place to be for sculpture lovers, as several of the best examples of Thai sculpture are scattered around the parks.

Benjasiri Park is located next to The Emporium shopping center on Sukhumvit Road. You can take the Skytrain to Prompong station for instant access to the park.

Benjasiri Park : Between Sois 22 and 24, Sukhumvit Road Klongtan Sub-District Bangkok 10110

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Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park, Phitsanulok, Thailand


Generally steep mountains. The park borders with Laos in the northern part, in Chaiburi dstrict. The southern part of the park runs into Phitsanulok province in Thailand. The mountain range includes the peaks of Phu Pangma, Phyu Lomloh, Phu Hin Rong Kla and Phu Mahn Yow, the tallest in the park at 1,800 meters above sea level. The second tallest in the park is Phu Lomloh at 1,664 meters. The park is the source of headwaters of many streams including Huay Muad Kon and Huay Luang Yai.The climate is similar to that of Phu Kra Dung and Phu Luang. Because of its high altitude, the park is cool all year round, especially in the cool season (November to January) when temperatures can occasionally drop to near freezing point.The park has mixed deciduous, dry dipterocarp, dry evergreen, and hill evergreen forests. The mixed deciduous forest tends to be spacious and open. Tree species commonly found include Dipterocarpus obtusifolius, Shorea obtusa, Shorea siamensis and Dipterocarpus tuberculatus.The dry evergreen forest has better and moister soil, particularly in higher elevations and along the streams. Species include Dipterocarpus alatus, Hopea ferrea, Hopea oborata, Anisoptera cochinchinensis, Dalbergia oliveri, Chukrasia venlatina, bamboo, and Brahm among others.Hill evergreen forest is seen at higher elevations of 1,000 meters and up. Species tend to be soft woods. Important species include Dacrydium elatum, Betula alnoides, Eugenia cumini, Anneslea fragrans Podocarpus imbricatus and Pinus merksii P. kasiya.The sandy flat areas on ridge tops support Sphagnum recuryum, algae and perennial plants such as Burmannia disticha and Osbeckia chinensis. In addition, may orchid species can be found in rocky areas, including Lycopodium phlegmaria and rhododendron. These flowers bloom between the rainy and cool seasons, in November.It is believed that the park areas, in the past, had a large diversity of wildlife. During the years of fighting between the communists and government forces a lot of forest area were disturbed and much of the wildlife was gone. Remaining wildlife includes tigers, leopards, Asiatic Black Bears, wild boar, fox, monkeys, leopard cats, wild hare and many bird species such as boves barbets, common Flameback, Asian Barred Owlet, Brown Hawk-Owl, jungle fowl, bulbuls, and swallows.Highlights and tourist attractionsCommunist headquarters: Three km from the park's headquarters are located the former office buildings from which the communists insurgents carried out their administrative functions. There are a cafeteria, cloth shop, meeting place, jail and intelligence center.Villages: There are villages with 40 to 50 houses each. The houses are small, having dirt floors and wooden tiles roofs. Each house has a dug out area used to hide during the air raids.Hospital: Two km from the headquarters was a hospital equipped to treat the sick and injured. Doctors could perform a variety of minor surgeries. China provided training, technical assistance, and intensive courses. Among the remaining artifacts were Chines medical texts.Lan Hin Tak: 300 meters to the west of the Thai army headquarters (Than Pacharin) is Lan Hin Tak (broken rock field). Along the path, growing in rock crevices, are various plant species including mosses, ferns and ground orchids. Peering into the depth of crevices can be eerie. Some crevices are narrow enough to jump across. Loud echoing of[...]

Most Popular Parks and Gardens in Bangkok - A Good Place to Relax


Bangkok's parks and gardens offer welcome respite from city heat and noise.
They include:
  • Lumphini Park at the northern end of Silom Road, and bordered by Wireless and Rajdamri roads. Lumphini Park is popular with joggers, keep-fit enthusiasts, families and sportsmen, particularly during the early morning and late afternoon.
  • Chatuchak Park near the Paholyothin and Viphavadi Rangsit Highway junction at Lard Prao, on the way to Bangkok's Don Muang Airport, is also the site of a famous weekend market that sells almost everything made and grown in Thailand.
  • Khao Din Zoological Garden is an artfully landscaped enclave with an artificial lake. The zoo neighbours Ratchadamnoen Avenue's Royal Plaza, and National Assembly Building, and contains a fine collection of African and Asian mammals, reptiles and birds.
  • King Rama IX Park or Suan Luang Gardens is an extensive park with fine botanical gardens deep inside Sukhumvit Soi 103 in Bangkok's eastern suburbs. The botanical gardens were opened with private and public donations in 1987 to celebrate H.M. King Bhumibol's auspicious 60th birthday.

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