Ratchaphruek Garden and Expo

Attraction Rural Road Chiang Mai 3044, Mae Hia, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016

2 hours
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:15 AM
11:15 AM
First-time visit
Theme Park
Must see
1.40 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Garden is situated 10km southwest of Chiang Mai, in Mae Hia sub-district Nestled in a lush mountain landscape.

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Why Ratchaphruek Garden and Expo is special ?

The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Garden is situated 10km southwest of Chiang Mai, in Mae Hia sub-district Nestled in a lush mountain landscape, this 400 rai (240,000m2) of land is indeed a picturesque setting not only the garden itself with its many plant and flower species but also its unique and delicate artwork and architecture which enriches the minds of its visitors with its seductive natural beauty.

The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek is the national flower of Thailand. It is also named “Khun” or “Chaiyaphruek”. The reason that the Ratchaphruek is used to symbolize the nation lies in color: its yellow blossoms match the yellow of Buddhism; furthermore, the Thai people regard yellow as the color of the King as well. Moreover, all golden shower trees bloom at the same time; this unity in flowering is felt to reflect the unity and identity of Thais.

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What to explore at Ratchaphruek Garden and Expo?

Ho Kham Royal Pavilion: Visitors will be amazed by the uplifting beautiful of Lanna wisdom and craftsmanship. The insides showcase Paintings of King Bhumibol many activities aimed at the improvement of life for all Thai people. These works are an innovative juxtaposition of modern and traditional styles. The artists employ subdued tones of grey, red and gold, imbuing their work with a Strange. These Paintings feature backgrounds drawn from the stylized tradition of temple mural Paintings. with crisp – almost photographic “forms superimposed over them, imbuing the paintings with a surreal, otherworldly quality.

Thai Tropical Garden: The enormous 100,000-square-meter garden showcased the diversity of tropical horticulture: fruit varieties, plants, flowers, herbs, and rare plants.

Corporate Gardens: Presented by various organizations and State enterprises, the Corporate Gardens showcase sustainability and eco-friendly agricultural techniques. The philosophy of these Gardens is driven by His Majesty tremendous insight and ingenuity to improve his people well-being. The idea is to spread knowledge and provide a model which Can inspire those who visit the Gardens to internalize His Majesty- theories and to go on to Iearn and Care for the world.

International Gardens: This is an area where visitors Can enjoy unique and innovative landscaping as well as horticultural highlights from 33 countries around the world, such as Japan, India. Bhutan, and South Africa.

Indoor Exhibition:The indoor exhibit consists of hydroponics, a tissue culture nursery, as well as a dome for tropical plants and buildings for desert and temperate plants.

Outdoor Exhibition: The Outdoor Gardens includes water plants, a lotus garden, plants from each province in Thailand, plants which are believed to be auspicious, plants from Buddhist history, and plants painstakingly trained into incredibly beautiful shapes. There is also a building which exhibits information on the history of Thai horticulture. The enormous Outdoor Garden showcases the diversity of tropical horticulture.

Rare Plants: Ratchaphruek Garden displays rare plants including the ‘Royal Palm’ and the Double Coconut’, which Stand at the garden entrance, and ancient pine trees which species dates from 250 million years ago.

‘Royal Palm‘: The smooth gray trunk, which is swollen at the base when it is young and at the middle when it is mature, sculpts the palm into a bottle Shape. Its strikingly tall trunk can reach up to 20 meters in height, and its deep-green leaves make for an attractive tropical look.

‘Double Coconut’ or ‘Coco de Mer‘: A native of the Seychelle Islands in the Indian 0cean. this palm is mostly- grown for ornamental reasons – the fruits resembling a double coconut contain the largest seeds in the plant kingdom – they are up to a0cm in diameter, 45 cm in length and Can weigh up to 14 kg. เท years past, the nuts were believed to have aphrodisiac qualities, probably owing to their similarity- in appearance to the female pelvis region.

Expo Plaza: This was the focus of the exposition’s fun-filled activities, amenities, and services. Visitors were able to purchase products from the Royal Projects and authentic local products from Chiangmai such as handicrafts, paper umbrellas, and souvenirs.

Cultural shows: A total of 45 cultural shows from various regions of Thailand were performed here, including traditional music and dance. In addition, cultural performances from other nations were presented in this place.

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How to get to Ratchaphruek Garden and Expo?

The botanical gardens are located near the Chiang Mai night safari in Mae Hia subdistrict, about 12 kilometers South West of downtown Chiang Mai. A tuk tuk ride from downtown Chiang Mai should cost about 200 Thai Baht.

Selling points

  • A Nature-Lover Must See
  • A beautiful taste of flora and culture
  • Amazing new attraction for garden and nature lovers
  • Well-designed garden
  • Great place for family with kids
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Rural Road Chiang Mai 3044, Mae Hia, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

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  • Visitors can rent a bicycle or use an electric tram at 20 Baht per person.
    Things to do
  • You must take with you a hat and a bottle of water as it gets somewhat hot.
    What to bring
  • You should bring repellent to avoid insect.
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  • You should bring your camera to caught the spectacular sightseeing of the nice garden.
  • You should wear the comfortable and cool clothes.
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  • The park is best visited early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat.
  • Just like other places, you should keep a clean environment in this garden.
  • You should take an umbrella or wear a hat, as shady areas are limited.
  • The normal opening hours for the gardens are from 08.00 to 18.00 but during Royal Flora 2011 that will change to 09.00 to 21.00 (22.00 at weekends) with special events and concerts scheduled to take place on selected evenings and an illuminated garden close to the entrance.
  • Parking is available.
  • For the festival is 200 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for children. The admission is free for senior citizens and children under 100 cm. tall.
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Today we visited the Royal Park, although it is after the tourist season, there is still so much to see. You must take with you a hat and a bottle of water as it gets somewhat hoot. We decided to be lazy and hire a buggy with driver at Baht 600 per hour, this is good as you can decide yourself where you want to see and take time to take photos and then jump back on the buggy rather than wait for the shuttle bus. Entrance to the park is only Baht 100 per person, very cheap when considering what it is offering. You need at least 3 hours to view the park in depth, there are so many great photo opportunities, the orchid pavilion was amazing, especially with its waterfalls, l especially liked the garden of Bhutan. There are many places to eat, and inside the park there are numerous 'bathroom facilities', very clean, it really is a great place to visit

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