SEB Sponsored Symposium Program
MEDICINAL PLANTS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA: PAST, PRESENT AND
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,
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]
Studies on medicinal plants of Laos [Dr. Bounhong Southavong,
Director, Traditional Medicine Research Center, Ministry
of Health, Vientiane]
Developing Indonesian vegetables and medicinal plants
for economically valuable products [Dr. Leonardus B. Kardono,
Director, Research Center for Chemistry, Indonesian Institute
of Sciences, Serpong, Indonesia]
Symposium Chair: Dr. Charlotte Gyllenhaal
Medicinal plants for drug development in Thailand [Dr.
Nuntavan Bunyapraphatsara, College of Pharmacy, Mahidol
Studying herbal medicine - An Hong Kong experience [Dr.
Chun Tao Che, Director, School of Chinese Medicine, The
Chinese University of Hong Kong]
Search for bioactive compounds from plants of Vietnam
and Laos: A paradigm for an international cooperation
[Dr. D. Doel Soejarto, College of Pharmacy, University
of Illinois at Chicago and colleagues]
Summary and conclusions [Dr. Charlotte Gyllenhaal and
Dr. D.D. Soejarto, University of Illinois at Chicago).
Field Methods and Development of Economic
Collections for Ethno- and Economic Botany: Museum and
Herbarium Collections Development and Management
Chair: Jan Salick (United Kingdom)
Curriculum Development and Ethnobotany Certification
Chair: Brad Bennett (USA)
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.
Language and Communication
Many Thai people can communicate with English speakers,
especially the younger generation, and this is even more
apparent in larger or high tourism towns. University students
develop a solid base in the English language, and graduate
degree seekers are expected to master fluency. Banks and
ATMs, internet access, faxes, post and domestic and international
telephone service (landline and mobiles) are available
throughout most large towns in Thailand, including the
city of Chiang Mai.
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.
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
Mai International Airport. Information on Thai
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
For details on trains from Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok,
please look at the website:
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.
Conference Hotel (4-star)
Mae Ping Hotel
153 Sridonchai Road, Changklan District, Amphur Muang,
Chiangmai 50100 Thailand.
International: +66 (0) 5328 3900
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
Chiangmai Railway Station.
Medium Budget Hotel
Hotel | Online
110 Changklan Road, A.Muang, Chiangmai 50100; local calls:
International: +66 53-270051
Amenities: coffee shop, restaurant, swimming pool and
massage center. Includes breakfast. Taxi service can be
arranged from airport.
Baan Jong Come Guesthouse
Amenities: AC, TV, hot water, no breakfast
Low Budget Guesthouse
Sarabu Guesthouse, $7/night
Amenities: fan only, no breakfast
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
Royal Lanna | On-line
900 B ($23)/night
Amenities: New hotel, Next to night Bazaar, AC, hotwater
showers and bathtub, TV, phone and fridge, breakfast buffet,
800-1350 B ($20-35)/night
Amenities: Close to banks, shops and restaurants on Tae
Phae road. AC, hotwater, TV, phone and fridge, No breakfast
Budget Accommodation (all have fan only)
1. 100-150 Baht, Ratchada Guesthouse (phone: 053-275556,
55 Soi 3, Thanon Tha Phae):
2. 100-200 Baht, Sarah Guesthouse (phone: 053-208271):
3. 100-200 Baht, Tha Pae Guesthouse (phone: 053-271591):
4. 100-200 Baht, Midtown Guesthouse (053-273191):
5. 120-180 Baht, Flamingo:
6. 150-250 Baht, Living house (phone: 053-275370, email:
7. 200-280 Baht, Littlehouse Guesthouse (phone: 053-273662,
email@example.com, 1/1 Soi 2, Thanon Kotchasan):
Field Trips - Friday June 9th (all day)
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.
o Field Trip C: Botanical Garden and Hike: Tour of Queen
Sirikit Botanical Garden followed by a guided hike through
Doi Pui-Suthep National Park.
Update on Bird Flu
There is no current reason to believe that travel
in Thailand is more dangerous than in other developed
regions. Reports of Bird Flu have thus far been
concentrated in areas that are quite distant from the
conference site and there is no cases have been reported
in the conference or field trip areas.
o Bird Flu cases have been limited to individuals handling
birds (mostly dead chickens) and there are no cases of
human to human transmission.
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 Travel to and within ANY country, including the USA
includes risks of being exposed to dangers.
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.