Friday, September 3, 2010

New license plate images

Four new license plate background images were announced in the Royal Gazette recently, one was an updated design and for three there was no design yet.
  • Suphanburi [Gazette]
    The dragon from the new Chinese heritage museum next to the city pillar shrine was added to the previous design. The other element easily to recognize is the observation tower in Suphanburi city. I am not sure what the various animals stand for, they might point to the zoo and aquarium at Bueng Chawak.

  • Khon Kaen [Gazette]
    The license plate shows a dinosaur, referring to the Phu Wiang Dinosaur Museum. The dinosaurs first discovered in the hills of Phu Wiang have their scientific names pointing to their Thai origin - Phuwiangosaurus sirindhornae, Siamosaurus suteethorni, Siamotyrannus isanensis, Kinnareemimus khonkaenensis. The flowers are from the provincial flower, the Golden Shower Tree.

  • Nakhon Phanom [Gazette]
    The design for Nakhon Phanom shows three boats floating on the Mekong river.
  • Phitsanulok [Gazette]
    The license plate for Phitsanulok is rather crowded. The flowers in the middle are probably the flowers of the provincial tree Millingtonia hortensis. To the right is the dam of the Huai Nam Khem reservoir. The cock below it is the Naresuan Fighting Cock, the local breed of cock. The rafting boat refers to the Khek river, said to be most difficult of all rafting rivers in Thailand. Phitsanulok has several waterfalls, but from the photo in the Wikipedia article the one depicted might be Kaeng Sopha waterfall.

If you can add anything to the above descriptions feel free to post a comment to this article, as I am no specialist about all the local specialties which could make it on these license plates.

I am slowly filling an album with all the designs, including the ones which were updated already. It seems there is no good website which collects them all in a reasonable resolution, so it seems I can fill a gap again.

But the best ever license plate in Thailand was posted on Twitter quite some time ago, but you'd need some Thai knowledge to get its meaning.


Anonymous said...

I think your assumption is right about the animals (at least the fish) in Suphanburi. I think they're pretty proud of the aquarium they have there. I wouldn't have been surprised if they also had a road on their numberplate - they have the best kept roads in all of Thailand.

The number plate links is pretty funny. I was told of another combination(though I would like to see it on an actual number plate).
ตด 8888
It is something like what you may hear the day after eating too much som tum bpoo maa. (sorry to lower the class of your above post.)

Ian said...

I have seen the horse. It is a statue in the park next to the lookout tower. I have a pic of the statue and its plaque. The plaque says something like, 'best horse'. I am planning to waymark, when I get around to it. I can email pics if you want.

Mike said...

Hi Andy
I didn't realise the PKK plate was showing the bays at Ao Manao and Ao Prachuap.
But maybe I am not surprised since a print in my living room wall shows the real image used for the plate, taken from an ariel photograph courtesy of Wing 5 at Ao Manao.

I haven't actually seen any on local cars yet.

Ian said...

Hi again,
I am in Cambodia for September, and plan to visit Battambang. One reason -- to visit and photograph the Thai Lak Mueang of Battambang. A variety of sources have told me that this exists, but I have not been able to find its location. Do you have any idea where it might be located?



Camille said...

Hi Andy,

The Twitter link is really funny indeed! I like it, gimme gimme!