Island naming rights

1 04 2015

Readers may have noticed a report from a few days ago that had it that one of Thailand’s princesses was so struck by a holiday visit she made to an island that she decided it should be renamed after herself.

The Bangkok Post reported that “Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana has renamed an island in Phangnga province after being impressed by its white sandy beaches and crystal clear water.” Known as Tachai Island, and a part of the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea, the egotistical princess commanded that its the new name be “Sirivannavari.”

She is one of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn’s daughters and we have posted on her several times before as she has had her posterior polished in various ways.

According to the report, she “made the decision after holidaying on the island last week,” and the Department of Natural Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation was “preparing the relevant documentation to give the island its new name.” At the same time the young woman “also named three stone heaps close to Tachai Island as Nariratana 1, Nariratana 2 and Nariratana 3…”.

The director of Thailand’s National Parks department says the name of Ta Chai island has not been changed, reversing another official’s announcement over the weekend that the daughter of the Crown Prince had renamed the island after herself.

Soon after, Khaosod reported something else: “… Nipon Chotibal, director of the central Department of National Parks, said on 29 March that the name has not been changed.”

“It is not true,” Nipon told reporters, “Her royal visit to the island was to study nature. She is interested in marine and coastline resources, and she gave moral support for the officials in the National Parks of Similan and Surin.”

“There has been no action to give a new name to Ta Chai island,” he said.

Obviously, something odd is going on here. Princesses and other royals often get things named after them, including roads, dams, parks and so on. It is all part of the sycophancy that dominates royalist Thailand. What seems different here is that the young woman has been seen to publicly ask for this naming. Usually they send minions to make the suggestion-cum-demand.


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1 08 2015
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[…] Nariratana. We don’t usually follow her travels and son on, although we have mentioned her call for an island to be named after her, a report of her luxury travels and we have mentioned her capacity for luxury and wasting […]

1 08 2015
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[…] Nariratana. We don’t usually follow her travels and son on, although we have mentioned her call for an island to be named after her, a report of her luxury travels and we have mentioned her capacity for luxury and wasting […]

29 04 2021
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[…] kerfuffle regarding her earlier trip to the islands, her great love for the islands, even wanting one named after her, and her political bet that celebrity royals can flaunt their prestige, wealth and power without […]

30 05 2021
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[…] for herself and a coterie of pampered friends. Her renowned selfishness extended to demanding that an island be renamed for her. She’s never been shy about flaunting royal power or royal […]