Monday, April 2, 2012

License plate update for Nakhon Si Thammarat

I almost missed another license plate graphic announcement, as on March 21 a new graphic for Nakhon Si Thammarat was published in the Royal Gazette. The graphic shows the natural abundance in the province in the middle - fish, palm trees and birds. To the left is a shadow play figure, in the special style only found in this province. I am not sure what is the special meaning of the dancer to the right, probably a special cultural feature of the province.
Nakhon Si Thammarat 2012
Interestingly, when comparing the graphic with the one published in 2006 [Gazette], one notices that the graphic is in fact identical, the only difference are the colors - whereas in 2006 the dancer and shadow play figure are in purple and white, in 2012 especially the dancer is much more colorful.
Nakhon Si Thammarat 2006
As these license plate graphics are becoming a quite popular topic of this blog, and I was just asked about it, I checked through the Royal Gazette announcements to check which provinces have not received any license plate graphic yet. Interestingly, this is not just the recently created province Bueng Kan, but another seven further one - Amnat Charoen, Nong Bua Lamphu, Mae Hong Son, Samut Songkhram, Ranong, Narathiwat and Yala. And maybe Betong could also be missing, as that district has its own license plates and does not use the one of Yala province. I have no idea if these provinces really have no graphic yet, or if these graphics were only not published in the Royal Gazette.

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