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Evening Reception Celebrates Kew Gardens' Orchids Festival

On the evening of February 26 a glittering reception to mark the attendance of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was hosted by the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Royal Thai Embassy in the United Kingdom at the Orchids Festival at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

On arrival at the reception, held at Kew’s Princess of Wales Conservatory, Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI, Acting President, presented a special wrist garland to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

THAI is the proud sponsor of this, the 23rd Orchids Festival, the first time Kew’s annual floral extravaganza has been inspired by Thailand which is home to an extraordinary 1,100 species of orchid.

During the Festival, four pairs of package holidays to Thailand are to be won, courtesy of complementary economy return flights provided by THAI (the public can find more information on entering the competition at their local Gails Bakery). THAI passengers will also receive a 25% discount on the Kew admission fee when showing their THAI Boarding passes during the event (10 February till 11 March 2018).

Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo said “Orchids are our national flower as well as the inspiration for the logo of our national airline.   We are therefore very proud to be representing the Kingdom of Thailand during the Festival and promoting tourism between our two countries.”

From 1 February, 2018 Thai Airways reintroduced the Boeing 777-300ER on its uninterrupted double daily service from London to Bangkok. The world’s largest twinjet aircraft once again took to the skies on THAI’s overnight TG917 service from London Heathrow to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, replacing the A350 introduced last September.

TG917 (B777) departs Heathrow at 21:35 daily, arriving at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at 16:00. 

TG911 (A380) departs Heathrow at 11.50pm daily, arriving at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at 06.15am.*

THAI is the national carrier of Thailand, a founding member of Star Alliance and has been flying from the UK for over 40 years.

It serves 61 destinations in 33 countries across five continents and is proud to be one of the largest airlines in South East Asia. 

For more details about Thai Airways visit or call 0330 400 4022.


*The departure and arrival times mentioned above are for Thai Airways’ International Winter 2017/2018 Programme which runs until 23/03/18. Timings may change for the Summer 2018 Programme that follows without prior notice.  Passengers should always check the correct times for their flights at 

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international and a top London visitor attraction. Kew’s 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst, attract over 1.5 million visits every year.

Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. Kew receives approximately just under half of its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and research councils. Further funding needed to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.

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Photo 1: HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirinhorn received a wrist garland from Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President upon her arrival to the Reception.


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Photo 2: Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President and Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, EVP, Commercial Department in front of a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.




 27 February 2018