First day covers sought by collectors
Nopniwat Krailerg and Preeyanoot Jittawong
Post Office Area 5, Chiang Mai organized a stamp exhibition on May 5-9, 2006
on the third floor of Kad Suan Kaew Department Store. The post office had
prepared stamps showing images of HM the King for residents to purchase for
their stamp collections.
depicting the 60 year anniversary of the ascension to the throne of HM the
This exhibition aimed to honor HM King Bhumibol on the occasion of the 60
year anniversary of his ascension to the throne. The exhibition displayed
the first set of coronation stamps with images of the King shown in six
styles, which were offered for sale at 18 baht per set. Chiang Mai Post
Office had a limited quota of 2,100 sets and this attracted many keen
philatelists. The stamps could also be bought over the internet, but sales
were restricted to only one set per person.
There were many other stamps representing the works of King Rama IX; as well
as a souvenir sale, a questionnaire to complete for prizes and a sale of
photographic postcards. The latest set of diamond jubilee stamps was
released on May 9, 2006 printed with an image of HM the King and was offered
for sale at 100 baht per set. More information is available from Post Office
Area 5, Chiang Mai or by phoning 053-279761.
Doi Suthep Statue of Buddha Honored in traditional Ceremonies
Ritual water and Pha Trai (set of monk’s robes) presented in Wai Sa Parami Tradition
5 May 2006: The traditional ceremonies of Wai Sa Parami
(presentation of a new set of robes to Doi Suthep Statue of Buddha) and
Tiaw Kuen Doi (walking up the mountain) commenced with a celebration at
the Three Kings Statue in Chiang Mai.
ritually bathing the Buddha at Wat Lok Mo Lee diring Wai Sa Parami
Udornphan Chantarawiroj, a layman, was honored to be president of ritual
water and Pha Trai presentation to the Busabok Carriage (a vehicle used
in the important ceremony) and led a parade along Phra Pok Klao Road to
present them at Wat Lok Mo Lee on May 5–10. Every evening there will be
a ceremony, called “Cha Roen Phra Phutamon”, preaching, celebrating
ritual water and Pha Trai for people to join in worship.
On the evening of May 11, there will be ritual water and a set of monk’s
robes presented; the parade will move from the courtyard in front of Kru
Ba Sri Wichai Statue to Doi Suthep Statue of Buddha, called “Pra Phe Nee
Tiaw Kuen Doi” by Chiang Mai people. Ritual water and set of monk’s
robes will be presented to Doi Suthep Statue of Buddha in the morning of
the next day, Visakha Puja Day.
People will offer food to 500 monks and present other offerings. In the
afternoon, there will be a royally sponsored ritual water presentation
and 10 ranking rank monks will pray for good luck.
Both the Wai Sa Parami at Doi Suthep Statue of Buddha Tradition and Tiaw
Kuen Doi Tradition are not only to follow the ancient tradition of
Chiang Mai, but also to celebrate the 635th year of Doi Suthep Statue of
Buddha and 60th year of ascending to the throne of His Majesty.
On May 9-11, Wat Suan Dok together with Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya
University and Arts and Culture Promotion Office of Chiang Mai
University will organize an event, called “Wan Wisakha Tham Kee Ta 2006”
with the same purpose with as the two previous traditions. It is also to
celebrate the repair of Statue of Buddha pagoda at Wat Suan Dok, to
celebrate the beauty of music, to promote respect for differences of
culture, and to create unity in the community through art.
CEC Members Learn about Botany
An interesting encounter.
Thirty-five Chiang Mai Expats Club members and
friends met at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens early Saturday
morning, May 7. Don Lee of the Club had organized this and had arranged
for a Garden botanist, Piyakaset Saksathan (Et) to be our guide amongst
the myriad varieties of plants.
It took two trams to carry all of us and we changed our seats to get to
know one another or to get another perspective. Our first stop was at
the Medicinal Plant house. The plants are all labelled with their Latin
names, and these medicinal plants had the uses written in Thai only, so
Et described many of their uses to us. One of them, Euphorbia Tiracali,
which had miniscule leaves, had sap described as poisonous and could
cause blindness unless it was mixed with another substance, at which
time it could help muscle spasms.
The next stop was the Thai Plant house, many of which were familiar to
us. Then the Arid Plant house which had many cactus and succulents, all
equipped with leaves and stems to conserve water. Some of these plants
had pasts that extended back to prehistoric times. We were told that the
older ones had separate male and female plants, whereas the more modern
ones have become more efficient with both sexes in one (hermaphrodite).
Many of the cacti were familiar from the United States southwest
We walked over to the Tropical Rainforest house, the largest glasshouse
at the Garden which has a walkway in the treetops 20 feet up. Many of
these plants are familiar to South Thailand. Et pointed out leaves that
are used for cooking. One of the more unusual plants there was what is
commonly called Boog, a thick, light green, spotted stalk that would
grow up to eight feet high before spreading its small succulent
We went to the Orchid house which had a wonderful variety, many common
to Northern Thailand. Ferns and bromeliads (pineapple, Spanish moss,
etc) lived there also.
After a short break we got back into the trams to stop at the climbers,
the arboretum and the orchid nursery on the way back to our cars. We
finished our outing with a fine Thai lunch at one of the local orchid
Piyakaset Saksathan plans to speak to the Club about plants in Thailand
at the June 10th meeting.