The Society for Economic Botany
Fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people.
Economic Botany 2006
The 47th Annual Meeting
June 5 - June 9, 2006
Symposium: Folk Botanical Wisdom: Towards Global Markets
Abstracts | Scientific Program
SEB Sponsored Symposium Program
MEDICINAL PLANTS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Abstract: This symposium is dedicated to a review on the state of studies of medicinal plants in Southeast Asia, focusing on the accomplishments of research, and the contributions and potential contributions of medicinal plants originated from this region in improving the health and welfare of the people, locally, regionally, and globally, past, present and future, while also identifying the shortcomings, as basis for future planning in research on medicinal plants toward higher productivity and sustainability, for the well-being of mankind.
Symposium Coordinator: Dr. Djaja D. Soejarto (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA); Dr. Charlotte Gyllenhaal (Co-Coordinator, University of Illinois at Chicago); Dr. David Lentz (Adviser; Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois, USA).
Symposium Chair: Dr. D.D. Soejarto
Welcome and Introduction [Dr. D. D. Soejarto; Dr. David
Lentz, President of SEB]
Medicinal plants of Vietnam: Past, present and future
[Dr. Tran Cong Kanh, Hanoi College of Pharmacy, Hanoi]
Symposium Chair: Dr. Charlotte Gyllenhaal
Medicinal plants for drug development in Thailand [Dr.
Nuntavan Bunyapraphatsara, College of Pharmacy, Mahidol
Curriculum Development and Ethnobotany Certification
Chair: Brad Bennett (USA)
Field Methods and Development of Economic
Chair: Kim Bridges (Hawai'i)
rests at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range,
a striking and dramatic landscape with craggy limestone
mountains and thickly forested rolling hills and valleys.
The city of Chiang Mai province has a population of 160,000
people and is considered the cosmopolitan center of northern
Thailand. Chiang Mai has managed to cultivate a melting
pot of local and international diversity, while at the
same time preserving its unique historical and cultural
character. Over 300 temples can be found in Chiang Mai
and ancient city walls from over 800 years ago still mark
the perimeter of the old city. Chiang Mai provides a place
of trade and sale for local people, which is most apparent
in Chiang Mai's colorful Night Bazaar. Just to the north
of Chiang Mai is the Golden Triangle, which marks the
convening point for the political boundaries of Myanmar
(Burma), Laos and Thailand.
Information on Thailand Visas - Australia, Japan,
Vietnam, Malaysia, New Zealand, United States, United
Kingdom and Canadian Nationals of the may enter Thailand
without a visa in accordance with Ministry of Interior's
regulation for a maximum stay of 30 days. List
of Countries not Requiring Visas.
Tourist Information - Thailand
International and Domestic Travel | Currency
Chiang Mai is Thailand's 2nd largest city, situated in the northern part of Thailand and is approx. 800 kms from Bangkok. There are many direct flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai which take 1 hr and 10 mins. The one way cost is about US$55 (2,275 baht). You can also fly from southern Thailand - Phuket, Koh Samui & Krabi (you usually have to take a connecting flight in Bangkok). There are also direct international flights from Singapore (Silk Air), Kunming, China (Thai Airways) and Luang Prabang/Vientiane (Lao Aviation). Once at Chiang Mai Airport you can take an airport taxi into the centre of town; this is only a 5-10 min. journey.
Bangkok International Airport has two international terminals and a domestic terminal that supports more than 80 airlines. Flights can be arranged to fly from your country of departure to Chiang Mai International Airport. Information on Thai Airlines
Please see www.airasia.com for the least expensive flights in Thailand.
Trains from Bangkok take 13-15 hours to reach
Chiang Mai; prices range from $11-22 USD one-way.
Check out this website for Train Travel - http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm
A time table for the Northern line can be found at http://www.railway.co.th/English/Time_HTML.asp
The official site for information on rail travel in Thailand
A map of the rail stops can be found on this site as well.
If you are coming from the Don Muang International Airport,
the closest train station is Don Muang train station.
Air condition buses to/from Bangkok take 10-11
hours to reach Chiang Rai and cost about $8-11 USD one-way.
Accommodation and Local Transportation
There are numerous budget hostels, guesthouses and hotels in Chiang Mai. The most inexepnsive rooms start at US$2.50 (private bathroom and hot water), while rooms with A/C, cable TV, and hot water can reach up to US$12. Top-end luxury hotels have rooms ranging from US$30- $120. There are local taxis available, which will usually cost less than US$2.50 for a one way trip within Chiang Mai city.
All accommodation is within a 5 minute walk to the conference
venue. Prices are per room which accommodate up to 2 people.
153 Sridonchai Road, Changklan District, Amphur Muang,
Chiangmai 50100 Thailand.
Conveniently situated in the heart of downtown and adjacent
to the famous shoppers paradise Night Bazaar.
Just a 10 minutes drive from the Chiangmai International
Airport and only 5 minutes drive from the
110 Changklan Road, A.Muang, Chiangmai 50100; local calls:
Amenities: coffee shop, restaurant, swimming pool and
massage center. Includes breakfast. Taxi service can be
arranged from airport.
Low Budget Guesthouse
Sarabu Guesthouse, $7/night
Participants will need to make their own reservation.
Other recommended accommodation options (from the
Lonely Planet, Thailand)
All are located 5-10 minutes walk from conference venue. Please research and book these rooms yourself. Note: Budget accommodation often does not accept advance bookings. While accommodation cannot be assured without prior booking, the conference will be held during the low tourism season which makes it likely that there will be rooms available upon arrival.
Royal Lanna | On-line
900 B ($23)/night
800-1350 B ($20-35)/night
Budget Accommodation (all have fan only)
1. 100-150 Baht, Ratchada Guesthouse (phone: 053-275556,
55 Soi 3, Thanon Tha Phae):
4. 100-200 Baht, Midtown Guesthouse (053-273191):
7. 200-280 Baht, Littlehouse Guesthouse (phone: 053-273662,
email@example.com, 1/1 Soi 2, Thanon Kotchasan):
Currently organized for all day Friday, field trips are
o Field Trip A: Home Industry and Craft Production: Tour
of silk and cotton weaving, plant fiber craft production,
wood carving and fresh plant markets.
o Field Trip B: Royal Projects: Tour of Thai royal family
sponsored community development projects on ornamental
plants, fruit crops, and ecological sustainability.
Update on Bird Flu
o Thailand has excellent medical facilities and is probably
one of the best places in the world to be located should
a pandemic emerge.
o The organizers do not see any reason to fear that bird flu will pose a problem during the conference and hope that participants will support Thai and other SE Asian colleagues through active participation in the meetings and field trips.