Dik Diem Tree at Wat Prang
Wat Prang is a temple located in Pua Subdistrict, Pua District, Nan. What attracts visitors to the temple is the Dik Diem Tree, a fantastic Gardenia turgida Roxb tree. It is a large tree that stands facing the temple’s Wihan with its back facing the sun. It is the only Gardenia Turgida Roxb tree in the temple.As for the general information of the Dik Diem tree, its scientific name is Gardenia turgida Roxb. It is a member of the Rubiaceae family. In Thailand it is known by different names; for example, it is known as Ji Diem or Dik Diem in the Tai Lue Language, Krabian in the central region, Ji Diem in the North, Kradan Pon in Tak, Mui Daeng in Loei and Makok Pran in Kanchanaburi.It is generally a small or mid-size tree. It has yellowish white flowers whose base is yellow. They look similar to plumeria flowers. Although superficially, the Dik Diem tree at Wat Prang looks like an ordinary tree, it is actually such a fantastic tree that it is considered “Unseen Thailand”, a must-see for those who visit Nan as well as Thailand.The special thing about this tree is that when you touch or stroke it gently, you will notice that its branches and leaves move slightly without any wind as if it were tickled. This will absolutely amaze you. Unfortunately, since there is only one Dik Diem tree in the temple, visitors are not allowed to touch it. However, the abbot will be the one who touches it in order to let visitors observe the amazing reaction of the tree. You can visit the temple to see the Dik Diem tree every day from 6:00 to 18:00.