Attraction 386 Moo 10, Namprae, Hangdong 50230 Hang Dong Chiang Mai, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016
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Why Dokmai Garden is special ?
Dokmai Garden is a private tropical botanical garden in the Hang Dong district in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The aim of Dokmai Garden is to impart knowledge about tropical organisms in general, and monsoon gardening in particular.
The garden was developed by the Seehamongkol family in collaboration with western scientists who transformed a former longan plantation (Dimocarpus longan, an edible fruit) into a modern ethno-botanical garden with emphasis on fruits, vegetables, trees, and mushrooms. The garden opened in 2009 and covers 4 hectares (10 acres) and features more than 1000 plant species and a number of free-living butterflies, birds, reptiles, and fish. There are multilingual informational signs (English, Japanese, Thai) throughout the garden, providing scientific names, history and information about 500 selected plants.
Dokmai Garden is a centre for seminars, excursions and courses in collaboration with local universities, amateurs and enterprises. The associated Dokmai Dogma is a forum for sharing experience on monsoon gardening. Dokmai Garden also hosts the Orchid Ark aimed at the conservation of Thai orchids.
What to explore at Dokmai Garden?
This private botanical garden south of Chiang Mai preserves and propagates native flora and floral knowledge. The garden contains over 1000 plants and their friends, including bees, birds and butterflies. The plants are signed with detailed information providing their scientific names and cultural applications. You can wander around the garden yourself or sign up for one of their guided tours for more in-depth discussions. Guides are available to show you plants, explain their use, and even let you participate in harvesting, processing and cooking. You can enjoy a meal at the restaurant in there after visiting time.
How to get to Dokmai Garden?
It takes 35 mins driving from Chiang Mai International Airport.
20-30 minute drive from downtown Chiang Mai, past Hang Dong
- Worthwhile, educational, and off the tourist track
- A really interesting botanic garden, plus great food
- A great insight into plants and culture of the area
- Amazing collection of trees, plants and orchids
- Fun and informative
386 Moo 10, Namprae, Hangdong 50230 Hang Dong Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tips for you
The wonderful reviews of this place are all completely true. My friend and I were planning on taking a cooking class when I stumbled apon Dokmai Garden online. We decided that a day with a market tour and botanical edible garden would be more interesting than just hanging out in a kitchen all day. I love to visit local markets when i visit new countries, and going with Eric was really the best way ever! He brought us to a local food market where he described the fruits and vegetables, their origins and how they are prepared. I was very interested and asked a lot of questions, so we stayed even longer. Eric is truly fascinated with botany and was a fantastic guide to these things that I would have otherwise just looked at and wondered about. Also,anything we came across that was particularly rare or interesting to him or us, he purchased to prepare for us. Then we had a tour of the beautiful garden and ate star fruit, cocoa, rose apple,mulberries,and other fruits and herbs off the trees. After the tour, we prepared an omelette, a curry, hibiscus-type tea, mango salad, and vegetables from the market with Kate and her mother. It was more a "how to choose thai foods and prepare them in thai style" than a western-style recipe-based class, which I think is much more helpful in cooking at home. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who truly enjoys learning about and tasting new foods on their vacations!