Bees in Thailand

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Today we visited a bee farm in Thailand, Chiang Mai and would like to share our impressions and discoveries. We hardly found this place, asking Google at first and then Thai people on the road. Bee farm is quite small.

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We bought few products in a shop and asked to show us an apiary.

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An old man affably invited us and lead us for just 100 meters to the backyard. We saw about 50 hives. He opened a hive and showed us 10 honeycombs with honey and brood. He told that in this district bees collect nectar only from longan for 6 weeks in a year in March and April. And other honeys come from other nearest districts throughout a year. The honey is quite liquid, because Thais learned beekeeping from Chinese. Chinese like to give sugar to bees.

Also he told that the bees had problems with Varroa mite, beekeepers use little sticky papers against them.

Bees give about 50 kg of honey for 6 weeks.

Beekeepers store honey in such metal barrels.

 

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We were staying near the open hive and the beekeeper worked with the bees (opened the hive, took away the frames and so on), but none bit us. They were very calm.

 

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After we went to another big honey shop.

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It had rather expensive prices, but it looked more glamorous. We tasted different types of honey, pollen, royal jelly and different products and sweets with honey.
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Children liked the ice-cream with honey))
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And these wallpapers are from this shop:
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  1. Svend Aage soerensen says:

    Hallo.
    I am on hollyday for 1 month in Hua Hin. I would lik to know if somebody know a place here near to where I can go and see beekeeping going on.

  2. Jon Edwards says:

    I kept bees as a hobby for a time after reading what Tolstoy’s treaty on the subject. Re. the report on the Thai apiary: I question the info that bees could/would gather pollen/nectar only from Longan 6 weeks, and apparently needed supplementation with sugar the rest of the time (and even during the 6 weeks?). Bees will gather pollen/nectar indiscriminately from almost anything that blooms , usually a matter of proximity (my hives were on my patio in the French Quarter in the middle of New Orleans). They’ll fly miles to find their natural food, and the honey they make sustains them in times of low plant blooming time. They should NEVER be fed sugar. It increases hive growth and honey production, but it is as bad for them as it is us, and makes them more prone to disease and mites. But the sugar doesn’t cause the honey to be watery or less viscous. That takes place when water, which mixes readily, is added to increase volume.. and profit. I suspect even Longan and other flavors are added to compensate for the dilution. Both SUGAR AND WATER ARE CHEATING! They are adulterants and reduce the valuable enzymes that come from blossoms and flowers and make honey resistant to oxidation and degeneration. Edible honey has been found in Amphora brought up from Greek & Roman ships sunk 2,000 years ago. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find unadulterated honey in Thailand due to no controls.

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  4. HlaingMinOo says:

    I would like to know about bee price and at least cost
    for beginning of bee keeping..

  5. Ray says:

    Hello Every body
    Thanks alot for made this website.
    I’m a beekeeper and specialist on insemination on honey bee from Germany.
    we would like open one company about beekeeping and teach this technique in Thailand.
    I’m very intersting for get in touch with beekeepers and anypeople knows about this in Thailand.
    I’m looking forward to hear from somebody about that.
    Very Best Regards
    Ray

  6. Jay says:

    Hi Ray,

    I am just starting out a small holding farm in Chiangmai. I am interested in apiaries for each farm. Please get in touch with me so that we can learn from you and teach local people.

    Thanks,
    Jay

  7. Martin Ziegler says:

    I live in Chiang Mai and would love to visit any apiaries in the area. Can anyone tell me where I can find any including addresses or directions?

    Would appreciate any info you can give me. Thanks.

  8. Steve Chor says:

    I am looking for honey bee supply, or just the queen with some small swam of bees. Contact me for price and I’m in Malaysia now.

  9. william bailey says:

    I am retired and living in Thailand and want to start a bee hive as a hobby. Where can I purchase bees and hive equipment. I live on Koh Chang Island.

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