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Bonsai in Thailand

Postby daiviet_nguyen » August 15th, 2010, 5:18 pm

I went to Thailand for a two-week holiday. One of the attractions for me is bonsai.

-- Particularly the nursery of Dr. Montri Suksermsongchai (Whom I was under the impression
still is the President of Thai Growers Association - Bangkok.) And the nursery of Mr. Revat
Wongkasem.

Not only I was able to see the nursery of Dr. Montri Suksermsongchai. But by pure chance,
I ran into an exhibition by the Thai Growers Association - Bangkok. And a few other public
places.

I think I took well over 300 pictures of bonsai and natural trees. I just got back on the
night of 14th. Woke up at 2:30PM today.

I am still sorting out the photos. During the week, I will first post the photos of the
exhibition by the Thai Growers Association - Bangkok.
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby Mitchell » August 15th, 2010, 5:29 pm

Sounds like a fantastic experience!! Can't wait to see the shots, care to post one now as a taste tester? :D
Regards, Mitchell.



"It is one thing to shape a tree into form, but when you are able to convincingly deceive ones perception of reality, something much more is accomplished than just a simple bonsai."

"In a perfect world, we would all be giants and all plants Bonsai."

"Grow big, finish small."


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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby daiviet_nguyen » August 15th, 2010, 6:28 pm

Hi Mitchell,

I cannot wait either :) But each photo is about 4MB (Cannon 1000D EOS.) I need to crop
them and resize etc. This is one of the tree at the exhibition, we might have seen it
elsewhere on the web. A ficus, but I am not sure what ficus it is.

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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby anttal63 » August 15th, 2010, 6:32 pm

You lucky man Viet, you got to see this in the bark 8-) 8-) 8-)
Regards Antonio:
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Bangkok Exhibition

Postby daiviet_nguyen » August 16th, 2010, 10:22 pm

(Please note: Thai Growers Association in the previous posts should read Thai Bonsai Association.)

As I mentioned before, by pure chance I found out that there is a bonsai exhibition being held in Bangkok. It was a very sunny day. I first admired the stunning bonsai on display. Then went about take pictures. After taking about 1/3 of the bonsai on display, I got exhausted by the heat. By then, my T-Shirt was all wet from the sweat.

I went to the tent where the organisers were sitting about. I showed my printed page with English details of Dr. Montri Suksermsongchai and Mr. Revat Wongkasem addresses. It turned out, the gentleman whom I was speaking too is Mr. Revat Wongkasem, the Vice President of the Thai Bonsai Association. I was made very welcomed by the organisers. I was offered coffee and water. I was absolutely touched by the reception.

Here are the trees. I believe I missed only two:

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Photo 1a - a ficus

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Photo 1b - one-side trunk details of the above (1a) ficus

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Photo 2 - a ficus (I think)

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Photo 3 - some small bonsai

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Photo 4 - a ficus -- this bonsai belongs to Mr. Revat Wongkasem, who is the Vice President of the Thai Bonsai Association.

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Photo 5 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 6 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 7 - a ficus (?)

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Photo 8 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 9 - a ficus religiosa

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Photo 10 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 11 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 12 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 13 - a ficus

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Photo 14 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 15 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 16 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 17 - a ficus (?)

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Photo 18 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 19a - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 19b - a side view of the above (19a) tree

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Photo 20 - a ficus

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Photo 21 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 22 - a ficus

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Photo 23a - a ficus -- this bonsai also belongs to Mr. Revat Wongkasem, who is the Vice President of the Thai Bonsai Association.

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Photo 23b - one-side trunk details of the above (23a) ficus

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Photo 24 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 25 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 26 - a ficus (?)

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Photo 27 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 28 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 29 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 30 - Ebony Diospyros rhodocalyx Kurz Ebenaceae. I first saw this (type of) tree on a Vietnamese web-site (Vietnamese name is cẩm thị.) The bark is naturally as black as burned timber. They can be very large trees in nature. I believe their timber can also be used to build furnitures.

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Photo 31 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 32 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 33 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 34 - a ficus

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Photo 35 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 36 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 37 - a ficus. Rather stunning!

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Photo 38a - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 38b - Thai label of the above (38a) tree

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Photo 39a - a ficus

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Photo 39b - one-side trunk details of the above (39a) ficus

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Photo 39c - Thai label of the above (39a) tree

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Photo 40a - a ficus

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Photo 40b - one-side trunk details of the above (40a) ficus

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Photo 40c - Thai label of the above (40a) tree

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Photo 41a - a ficus

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Photo 41b - one-side trunk details of the above (41a) ficus

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Photo 42a - a ficus

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Photo 42b - fruiting details. Stunning!

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Photo 43 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 44 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 45 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 46 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 47 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 48 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 49 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 50 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 51 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 52 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 53 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 54 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 55 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 56 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 57 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 58a - a ficus

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Photo 58b - one-side trunk details of the above (58a) tree

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Photo 59 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 60 - Tamarindus Indica Caealpiniaceae. A very common tree in South East Asia (or at least Thailand and Vietnam.) Their fruits can be quite edible when ripe, but one should not eat too much, can get stomach upset, which requires extremely frequent toilet visits, I am speaking from my personal kiddy experiences. Its young fruits (sometimes leaves) are used to make sour soup in Vietnamese cuisine, and I believe it is the case in Thai cuisine as well. They can be very large tree. The trunk can reach metres in diameter. In some streets of Sai Gon city, one can find them as street trees. When the winds come, old leaves fall off like rain, a subject of beautiful romantic songs and poems in the 1960s. Some even claimed this is a unique feature of Sai Gon city.

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Photo 61a - a ficus

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Photo 61b - one-side trunk details of the above (61a) ficus

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Photo 62 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 63 - a ficus

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Photo 64 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 65 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 66a - a ficus

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Photo 66b - one-side trunk details of the above (66a) ficus

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Photo 67 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 68 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 69 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 70 - a ficus (?)

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Photo 71 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 72 - Wrightia Religiosa. This type of tree has also been very popular in Vietnam is past few hundred years. When in flower, in the night, when the wind comes, the flowers release a very pleasant scent, not unlike that of jasmines. That is why a lot of people confuse it with jasmine. There is no relations between the two. Its Vietnamese name is Mai Chiếu Thủy.

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Photo 73 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 74 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 75 - I do not know the name of this tree. It is one of my favourites.

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Photo 76 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 77 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 78 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 79 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 80 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 81 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 82 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 83 - I do not know the name of this tree

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Photo 84 - Ixora Coccinea Rubiaceae Rubiales. I have seen this tree in Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. They are used as ornamental street shrubs and hedges. They are also popular in Vietnam.

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Photo 85 - I do not know the name of this tree

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After a little while, another gentleman appeared, whom Mr. Revat Wongkasem introduced the President of the Thai Bonsai Association -- Mr. Pisit Ariyaamornkul.

Mr. Pisit Ariyaamornkul gave me the 5th edition of the book Attractive ornamental and other rare plants guide book in Thailand by TU. Mr. TU is the short name of Mr. Sirisak Boonyagarn. Needless to say, I did not expect to receive gift. And I feel absolutely honoured.

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Mr. Revat Wongkasem right in front of the exhibition area

Mr. Revat Wongkasem also runs Namsaisuay Resort And Bonsai http://www.namsaimaisuayresort.com.

The English version of the resort address is:

63 Moo4 Tambon Lumsum
Aumper Saiyok, Kanjanaburi 71150
Tel: 081 9037786, 081-8035706


Mr. Revat Wongkasem says that there is a bonsai garden at the resort with thousands of bonsai on permanent display. I did not have enough time to go there.

Kanjanaburi is about 4 hours from Bangkok and Metro Train, and about 2 hours by car. Travel by taxi-meter could cost up to 2000 baht each way -- from and to Bangkok.

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Mr. Revat Wongkasem beside one of his trees at the exhibition

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Mr. Revat Wongkasem standing close to the middle rows

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The organisers. Left to right: I apologise for not getting the name of the gentleman on the left-most, Mr. Chatchai Phetsuwan, Mr. Charal Poweatchakul, Mr. Revat Wongkasem

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With Mr. Pisit Ariyaamornkul

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Young people who ran the sales tables

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Some of shohin pots on sales

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Pots on sales

The sales area is small compared to what we usually have in Australia.

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This is the name of the place where the exhibition was held. When travel around in Thailand metro areas, it is much easier if we have addresses written in Thai, the taxi drivers will have troubles understanding the English version of addresses.

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This is the book that was given to me by Mr. Pisit Ariyaamornkul. The gentleman on the cover is the author: Mr. Sirisak Boonyagarn (Mr. TU.) I have also met Mr. TU at the exhibition. But I did not take any picture of him or with him with my camera. His appearance on the cover is not as striking as when I met him on the 10th/August/2010.

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Some of the trees I took pictures of above also appear in this magazine. Needless to say, the quality of the photos are much better.

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I observed that Thai people are rather formal in greeting, addressing and introducing names. The title Mr. is almost always preceeds the first name. Also "thank you" is often accompanies by "Mr." or "Sir" at the end.

-- Next I will write about bonsai in Nong Nooch Garden, Pattaya.
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby yadibrar » August 16th, 2010, 10:52 pm

hello frnd,
thanks for sharing u r such a great experience.......keep it up ;) :!: :!: :D :D :D

and i think tree in pic 83 is ficus green island.
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby Rod » August 17th, 2010, 1:26 am

daiviet thanks for sharing these great trees with us. The fig 61a is fantastic, next time you are over there can you bring it home for me PLEASE ;) :lol:
oh well good try :)
Cheers Rod....... :)
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby Jake » August 17th, 2010, 8:11 am

cheers for posting daiviet! :D some awsome trees there!! :o
...Hooked on mame & shohin... :D
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby thuynguyen001 » August 17th, 2010, 11:54 am

Thank you for sharing,Dai Viet!
It must be a great effort taking and posting these photos!
...yum yum! cheers.
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby kingwoo » February 13th, 2011, 3:16 pm

Bonsai tools ,Pots and Accessories in this Exhibition come form "Angkarb Bonsai Nursery and Pottery " more detail (See below)

Angkarb Bonsai Nursery and Pottery
384 Kamphaeng phet, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
website : www.angkarb.com

for my opinion Angkarb is the answer for me about bonsai in thailand .

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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby gollum » February 13th, 2011, 11:07 pm

just found this post

wow

thanks for taking the time to post all the great pics

so many stunning trees

I love the quality of them all, climate must be close to perfect for figs

cheers Jason
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby Jerry Meislik » February 14th, 2011, 1:21 am

Thanks for sharing all the pictures and the information.
The Thai's are great people. They are the most friendly people in the world. I think your experience confirms that.
Sorry I couldn't be there to enjoy the visit in person.
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby woody » February 14th, 2011, 7:32 am

G'day Dai Viet,
thank you very much for posting these amazing bonsai. It would have taken awhile to crop and post. Blown away by the buttress on 61b, and the branch layout on 66a. Two words for you sir...sweet dreams :lol: .
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby dragon » February 14th, 2011, 7:39 am

:gday: dai viet
just wondering did you pick up a catalog from there with the tools if not i will order 1 from the net they have some nice tree's there
you did them justice in the pictures :aussie: dean
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Re: Bonsai in Thailand

Postby Hutch11 » February 15th, 2011, 8:38 pm

Hi daviet,

I am also heading their later in year, can u tell me where the nursery is located

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