Attraction Botanic Resort, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016
|2 hours 30 mins|
|08:30 AM - 05:00 PM|
Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden is special ?
Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens was established in 1993 By the Botanic gardens Organization of Thailand. It is situated in the Mae Sa area about 20km from Chiang Mai at the foothills of the Doi Suthep/Pui Mountain. The gardens cover an area of 1000 hectares. The main objectives of the garden are to serve as a center of Thai flora for botanical study and research, to render services concerning bio diversity and environmental conservation, as well as an aesthetic place for the general public. Vehicles are allowed into Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and unless you are fit and don't mind an uphill walk then taking the vehicle is probably a good way to see some of the gardens. A paved road winds it way up the gardens to the visitor center and glass houses before making its way back down to the main entrance. There are plenty of parking bays so that you can be set down and view the various parts of the garden that interest you by foot. There are a variety of glasshouses featuring various groups of Thai flora including a house dedicated to carnivorous plants. The main glass house complex features a display of plants from the tropical rainforest with a raised walk way and waterfall.
What to explore at Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden?
The garden sprawls over a hillside climbing from the Mae Sa stream at about 500m reaching a highest point (in a conservation zone) at about 1200m. Encompassed within this area are gardens, glasshouses, trails and natural vegetation ranging from hill evergreen through dry dipterocarp forest to pine forest areas. Three streams flow through the garden into the Mae Sa stream, which also runs through the gardens and down the Mae Sa valley.
Within the garden you can explore walk trails, gardens and glasshouses all showcasing a rich diversity of plants either in their natural settings or arranged according to some theme or classification.
Passing by Mae Sa stream and Mae Sa Noi Waterfalls this trail leads to the garden's ornamental flower beds and onto the Thai Wild Orchid Nursery. Plants from the families Agavaceae, Moraceae, Verbenaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Cactaceae, and Clusiaceae are featured along this trail.
Ornamental Garden Ornamental Garden: This garden is a colorful mixture of plants to appeal to the visual senses. Colorful beds mixed with mature ornamental plants from as far off as Australia are always make for good photo opportunities. Stop off just before the Glasshouse Complex and enjoy.
How to get to Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden?
To get there you will have to either charter a tuk tuk or Songthaew or if you have your own transport then head out of Chiang Mai on the Mae Rim Road 107 and then turn left towards Samoeng on the 1096,The botanic gardens will be on your left hand side. Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is usually visited with some of the Mae Sa areas other attractions.
- Beautiful and Wondrous
- So many gorgeous greenhouses
- A beautiful and peaceful place to visit
- Amazing place for plant lovers
- Quiet place surrounding by hills
Botanic Resort, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tips for you
Nice greenhouses and pond next to them, but steep roads not good for walking so take a motorbike
About an hour outside Chiang Mai. This garden is set on a huge hill and from the glasshouses at the top the view is fantastic. A collection of amazing plants. The orchids were fantastic and will be better when the full orchid house is open in mid 2015. The rain forest section was also good. The water lilies were fabulous. It is so hard to greo those things in the UK it was amazing to see the beauty of the plants. The rest of the garden is worth a walk but make sure it is downhill! Our car dropped us at the top and we walked down through the gardens at different levels. Not all the park is open yet. The tree top walk was under repair. Worth the visit and the time spent there. Very relaxed.