01 The TripPacker's Review
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
While thewinter winds begin to blow in the northern part of Thailand, particularly Chiang Mai, some of you may enjoy the cool breeze, and some may miss the hot heat. Nonetheless, the trees, flowers, and gardens are in bloom at this time of the year. It is certain that as the flowers and gardens bloom, they bring color and beauty for the eyes to see. Now let’s take some time and visit the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden located at Mae Rim.
- From December 4th to the 12th 2011, the 2nd Botanic Fair will be held, where there will be several fun and intellectual activities.
- Those of you who prefer to drive their own cars into the garden should be careful. Roads are steep and have sharp turns.
- For those who do not wish to drive, the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden offers transportation (trains) to visit all the different gardens.
- In the case that you would like a Guide Speaker, please contact 053 841 000
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden was established in 1993, and is located within the perimeters of Doi Suthep – Pui National Park. The garden covers 6,500 acres. Within this area is a school and various gardens. The gardens are used for conservation, collection, and studying of plants. Accommodation is also available for visitors who want to relax and take it slow while visiting the gardens. For those of you who would like to come and visit, you have the choice between driving your own car and using the services offered. The area where the transportation service will stop and spend the most time at is the Greenhouse Complex.
The Greenhouse Complex consists of several exhibition conservatories and greenhouses for plant collection. To give you a preview of what to expect, here are the names of a few plants that you’ll get to see inside the largest greenhouse in the garden, the Tropical Rainforest House. You will find a variety of tropical plant and tree species from Thailand and Southeast Asia such as palm trees, the Golden Leaved Liana that reflect the sun’s rays to make the leaves yellow, the Gold Leaf Bauhinia, and plants belonging to the ginger family. Visit all the gardens and greenhouses to see many more rare and interesting plants such as begonias, insect-eating plants, and drought-resistant plants.
To sum up, if ever you decide to go visit the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, it would be best to go in the morning and spend the whole day there. Before you leave the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, there are souvenir shops which sell a variety of plants at cheap prices.
02 General Info + How to go
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
|Address||:||Mae-Rim District, Chiang Mai, 50180|
|Contact no.||:||053 841 000|
|Fax||:||053 298 177, 053 299 754|
|Opening Hrs.||:||Open every day from 08.30 - 17.00|
|Best time||:||During the winter season, from December to January|
|Hilight||:||Rare flower and tree species all found in one place|
How to get there
From the inner city of Chiang Mai, take route 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang) towards Mae Rim District. Once you get to the 17th kilometer marker, turn left onto route 1096 (Mae Rim-Samoeng). Keep driving straight pass Maesa Elephant Camp for about 2 kilometers. The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden will be to your left.