Thailand IPS Biennial 2012 Begins...

Thailand IPS Biennial 2012 Begins…

On September 11, 2o12, the International Palm Society Thailand Biennial began with the welcome dinner (pictured above) at the Grand Four Wings Hotel, Bangkok.

After a fabulous breakfast the next day at the Grand Four Wings (Stir Fry! I LOVE savory food for breakfast) we set off in a caravan of 7 large buses, for our first adventure. The “we” here =’s me and about 240 other people: Palm cultivators, Palm Collectors, Palm Enthusiasts and a smattering of loved ones whose palm interest is not quite as intense but nurtured through proximity to these folks.

The “Tourist Police” were our official escorts (which I did not realize until about halfway into the bus ride) which basically meant we had no red lights or traffic whatsoever to contend with.

Above photo:  We were given leech socks just prior to arriving at Khao Yao National Park.  I thought these were just a preventive measure to the “possibility” of leeches.  Little did I know…

After a delicious outdoor Thai Buffet at the Park, we had a chance to wander around a bit, see the local wildlife and head off into the jungle for the brief hike in which I found leeches abundant.  Everywhere!   I freaked out.  Those are some fast moving little guys.  And they seem to have the ability to jump…

Should have just stayed put watching these guys instead of going on the Leech Walk…

At Khao Yao National Park

“I’d like a side of fries with that please.”

In addition to deer watching, this was truly the highlight of the day.  Arriving at Tawa Ravadee Resort in Prachinburi for the night.  Prior to the trip, I had no idea where this particular overnighter would be or where we were staying so this was an extremely pleasant surprise.  Amazingly relaxed environs, beautiful hotel, welcoming warm pool…

Sunset energy…poolside at Tawa Ravadee Resort

The party went from the pool, to the dinner and then to the lovely lobby of the resort.

Me & my Pina Colada & Good Company!

Lotus Flower viewing in front of the Resort the next morning before we head out on the bus for Nong Nooch…