orchid has a long history in the country’s trade,
being exported in large quantities. About 45% of
Thailand orchids are sent outside the country and
the rest is sent to the domestic market. Thailand
offers the natural habit for many orchid species but
the exotic materials were introduced in 1913 by a
foreign person. Prince Krompranakornsawan-
transformed his hobby for orchids into commercial
interests. Rapee Sagarik is the one who formed the
Thailand orchid society, in 1957, under the royal
patronage. The work and the propagation of the
orchids started at the Chulalongkorn
University in 1967.
Thailand is known as the land
of the orchids because the typical plant of this country is
the orchid. There are about
1300 orchid species growing in Thailand. You can meet them
about everywhere. They grow especially in South and in the
high regions from North.
You can find here the wonderful white, purple, pink,
dark red and yellow flowers.
Some inflorescences are very
delicate, others are strong, some will be plate,
other sharp – you will see all kind of orchids in
Thailand, impossible to forget! Thailand orchid is
very important for export. Today, its export reaches
about $50 million yearly.
flowers are exported especially to USA and Japan.
More, almost each tourist imports this flower from
Thailand. The cut flowers are everywhere around you
– in markets and flowers shops. You will see them
prepared in wrappers for gifts or in carton boxes
for storekeepers, in bouquets of few orchids or
don’t want to get in conflict with the law, remember
that is forbidden to pick orchids by yourself from
nature. For the ones who love plants, Thailand is
the heaven on Earth.
The production of cut orchids or as hybrids in flowerpots
represents an important part of the Thailand’s economy,
respectively an important export item. The local companies
are famous for the cultivated flowers’ quality and the
Americans as well as the Europeans buy seedlings from here
to cultivate them alone and to sell them to their clients.
At Bangkok, in the city’s market you
will find thousands of flowers but especially
orchids. A few streets, on the Chaopraja River’s
shores, are practically flooded by so many flowers
that you haven’t seen at any botany garden.
You can buy small bouquets, at kilo
for the daily decoration of the house but also
wonderful bouquets and floral arrangements for
exterior or special occasions. Thousands of people
from Bangkok live from the business with flowers.
At the orchids market you will find
roses, tulips and lotuses but the main flowers are
the orchids. Today, they grow not only in the forest
but also they are cultivated in special farms for
At the flowers market, the shapes and the
colours offer a view that can be admired again and again.
During your visits to Thailand, don’t forget to visit some
places in which orchid farms are present, such as the Nong
Nooch village (tropical garden with orchids, elephants and