Endowed with a humid tropical climate, Thailand is renowned for its plethora of stunningly beautiful orchid varieties, which can be found naturally in forests, in botanical gardens, and among the multitudes of commercial orchid farms. In fact, orchids form a significant part of Thailand’s flower exports, and are highly valued for their beauty and uniqueness.
Colorful orchids are a common feature in many tropical Thai gardens with new, increasingly beautiful varieties appearing year after year. They are arguably one of Thailand’s national flowers, adding splendor and color to gardens in parks, temples, and homes throughout the country. Below are some awesome photos which I took during my brief visit to the Orchid Paradise Exhibition which was held in Bangkok’s Siam Paragon shopping complex.
The orchids below have some of the biggest blooms I’ve ever seen, which are indeed magnificent.
Below are some cute, hanging orchids whose petite blooms resemble those of Japanese cherry blossoms.
Below are some stunningly colorful potted orchids that were on display, which are also sold. These make great additions to Thai gardens, adding a sense of cheerfulness and vitality.
These orange orchids, relatively rare in Thailand, are my favorites.
Several orchid varieties on display were very unique, such as the ones below whose flowers resemble those of spring hyacinths (a spring bulb plant common in cold temperate zones).
Another scene of colorful hanging orchids at the exhibition.
These peached-colored orchids were very charming and fetched very high prices, due to their beauty and rareness.
Here’s another close-up view of some colorful Thai orchid blossoms. Note the stunning details on the petals, which are products of decades of diligent cross-breeding.
I was very impressed by these large orchids, which had bright yellow blooms with brown specks on their petals. The stalks of these orchids were majestically long!
The floral exhibition also featured another perennial Thai favorite: intensely colorful tropical water lilies (many of them strikingly fragrant), which are commonly found in gardens throughout the country.
Numerous tropical water lily plants were also on sale at the floral exhibition. These can be readily planted in real or artificial ponds, an integral part of Thai tropical gardens.
Another photo of awesome Thai water lilies for sale. The blossoms of these water plants are usually pleasantly fragrant, attracting a considerable number of bees in the morning.
Happy gardening, wherever you are in Thailand, and around the world!
Lat (Ratasit C.)