BANGKOK, 8 July 2012 – HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej has officially opened 5 royally-initiated irrigation projects amidst cheering crowds.
His Majesty the King, along with Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, left the Chalerm Phrakiat Building of the Siriraj Hospital at 4.26 pm to the Siriraj pier to start the cruise trip to Nonthaburi Province.
The royal trip along the Chao Phraya River was commenced, amidst cheering crowds, on the Angsana ship, provided by the Royal Thai Navy, with the destination at the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) Headquarters.
HM the King traveled to the RID HQ to preside over the opening of 5 royal irrigation projects. They included the Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam in Nakhon Nayok, the Khwae Noi Bam Roong Dan Dam in Phitsanulok, the Lam Phayang Bhumipat water tunnel in Kalasin, the Thoranit-Narumitr Water Gate in Nakhon Phanom and the Uthokvibhajaprasit Water Gate in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Along the route, Thais, many clad in pink, awaited excitedly and cheered “Long Live the King” when they saw the royal vessel.