, (PressExposure) July 10, 2006 -- Royal Flora Ratchaphruek, one of the largest horticultural expositions ever planned for Southeast Asia, is scheduled to take place in the Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai over a three-month period, from November 1, 2006 to January 31, 2007. Calypso Island Tours, an agency that specializes in botanical and nature tours, offers a special 8-day/7-night tour to Thailand for this unique horticultural extravaganza.
Commemorating the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne and his 80th birthday, Royal Flora Ratchaphruek will feature over 2,200 species of tropical flowers and plants, not to mention over 50,000 orchid plants of a thousand different varieties from around the world. There will be specialized exhibitions, competitions, conferences, workshops and seminars in addition to a vast marketplace for plants and flowers, souvenirs and traditional handicrafts. Blending in with the mountainous landscape, over 30 International and 80 Thai gardens featuring plants and flowers from Thailand will be on display.
The tour commences in Bangkok, the vibrant cosmopolitan capital of Thailand, where a botanical highlights tour will take you to Suan Pakkad Palace, Rama IX Gardens and Jim Thompson House and Gardens. Continuing to Chiang Mai, gateway to Northern Thailand and the formal capital of the once glorious Lanna Empire, you'll have an opportunity to shop for indigenous handicrafts from the various factory outlets in the area when you're not attending the Royal Flora Expo. Included is a special tour that will take you into the countryside just outside of Chiang Mai, visiting the magnificent Doi Suthep temple and pagoda, which is situated on a mountaintop with outstanding panoramic views and to the beautiful Bhubing Palace, the summer home and estate of the Royal family.
Rates for this 8-day/7-night tour are from $679 per person, based on double occupancy, and include accommodations - three nights in Bangkok and four nights in Chiang Mai - touring and sightseeing, all transfers, admission to two days of the Royal Flora Expo, breakfast daily and two lunches.. International airfare is not included. Choose between five tour dates: in 2006 - Nov 3-10, Nov 17-24 and Dec. 1-8, and in 2007 - Jan. 5-12 and Jan. 19-26. Additional discount will apply if there are more than 5 participants per tour date. Other tour dates are on request. An optional extension to the Golden Triangle and to the lovely beach resorts of Koh Chang and Phuket are also offered. For more information, call (866) 682-2121 or (650) 866-3654 or visit [http://www.calypsoislandtours.com/trip_info.php?id=17].