Chiang Mai’s Royal Park Ratchaphruek is staging a festival in honour of the Thai version of the tulip flower. Billed as the Garden in the Rain, the event pays homage to the vivid purple-hued flower known as patumma to Thais and the 30 different sub-genres of it. Various patumma sculptures and topiary creations as well as the flowers themselves are the key attractions of the event.
Garden in the Rain kicked off at the start of July and will run through until the 31 August. Standard Ratchaphruek entry fees apply for Garden in the Rain. For international visitors, these are: THB200 for adults, children up to 140 centimetres in height are THB150, while children under 100 centimetres are admitted free. Opening times are daily and between 08:00 and 18:00.
Despite being referred to as the Thai tulip, patummas are actually a variant of medicinal ginger. The flowers are tropical and grow wild in the region stretching from Northern Thailand and down through Laos to Cambodia. The What’s Up Guide to the Best Parks and Gardens in Chiang Mai has a few more details about Royal Park Ratchaphruek.