Garlands for Mothers

'Thai Flower Garland for Mom' Festival. Photo: Pichaya Svasti

From tomorrow until Aug 14 except on Aug 8, the Museum of Floral Culture will host its 3rd annual flower festival titled "Thai Flower Garland for Mom" on Samsen 28, Dusit, Bangkok, to celebrate the 84th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen on Aug 12 and to promote the art of making Thai flower garlands and conserve Thai floral culture.

According to founder Sakul Intakul, visitors will see a flower tunnel, art installation of fresh and artificial flowers, inspired by flower garlands, and small sculptures and plastic flowers, inspired by Pak Khlong Talat. A highlight is an exhibition named after Her Majesty the Queen, such as Dona Queen Sirikit, Cattleya Queen Sirikit and Nymphaea Queen Sirikit, as well as flowers of which names were bestowed by the Queen, such as Soi Suwanna and Dusita.

Visitors will be able to observe floral arrangement demonstrations free of charge. They can pay 500 baht to attend 1.5-hour fresh flower garland making workshops on the weekend and on Aug 12-14. On Saturday and Aug 13 1-4pm, there will be paper flower garland making workshops by artist Wirin Chaowana for 1,200 baht per head.

Admission fee is 150 baht per adult and 75 baht per child. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Visit or call 02-669-3833/4.

Flora fair for the Queen

From Aug 8-14, the "10th Colours of Flora in Honour of Her Majesty the Queen" fair will take place at the Queen Sirikit Park in Chatuchak district, Bangkok, 8am-9pm, in celebration of the Queen's birthday.

Visitors will be able to explore royal projects at an exhibition by 25 organisations and watch exhibitions on youth camps, rare animals as seen in the movie Zootopia, butterflies, mangrove forests and sea turtles. There will be free concerts by Academy Fantasia singers and bands of Kasetsart University and the Forestry Department, handicraft-making and silk-weaving demonstrations, flora contests, free haircuts and free animal health check-ups. Visitors can buy farm produce, plants, gardening tools, dried seafood, silk and can can take home free tree saplings.

Call the Crown Property Bureau on 02-787-6911/4.

Pomelo Fair

From tomorrow to Sunday, the public and private sectors of Samut Songkhram will hold the annual "Khao Yai Pomelo and Prized Products of Samut Songkhram" fair in front of the provincial hall in Muang district, 9am-6pm.

The khao yai (big and white) strain of pomelo has brought fame and income to local farmers. It is known for being seedless and its flesh is the colour of honey and tastes sweet and sour. Taste and buy pomelos from 60 orchards and shops at low prices, purchase local handicrafts and products from more than 40 stores in the province's three districts and see exhibitions and contests.

Call the TAT Call Centre on 1672.

Mother's Day Trip

From Aug 12-14, the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Kanchanaburi Office presents a car caravan on the Bangkok-Sangkhla Buri route to celebrate the Queen's 84th birthday, promote tourism among self-drive tourists and enhance the province's brand as "Heaven of the Western Region".

Destinations include the Mon Village, Mon Bridge, Three Padogas and Wat Wang Wiwekaram in Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi, as well as Wat Sao Roi Ton, Wat Chedi Thong, Phaya Thone Zu Market and a duty free shop in the Myanmar border town Phaya Thone Zu. The fee per person is 2,490 baht for self-drive tourists and 3,690 baht for those wanting to travel by van. The price is inclusive of two nights' accommodation, six meals, admission fees to all attractions and travel insurance.

Call the three participating tour agents -- Image Edutainment and Travel on 088-262-4419, Tour Khun Chai on 098-641-9654 and SMC Travel on 094-216-2014.

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