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“A must see for garden lovers close to Chiang Mai”

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
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US$65.80*
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Private Half-Day Hmong Nong Hoi Village and Botanic Garden in Chiang Mai
Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Mae Rim
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Queen Sirkit Botanic Garden is one of the most renowned gardens in Thailand and a major hub for scientific research. Visitors can view beautiful Thai orchids and palms while walking around the expansive grounds.
Sydney, Australia
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“A must see for garden lovers close to Chiang Mai”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

A Sydney landscape gardener friend of mine who has a Thai partner put me onto this and it was an excellent day out. We paid a meter taxi driver 1500 THB (about $A50) for the whole day. This was arranged by our hotel front desk (Rimping Village Hotel, Chiang Mai) and the driver was happy to take us anywhere en-route and wait as well. Travel time to the botanic gardens was a bit over one hour or so.

The gardens themselves are beautifully maintained and offer some rare, wide open space amongst the crowds of Chiang Mai and the dense jungle in which they are set. For the botanists, there is a vast range of species to explore and for those more inspired by aesthetics the flowers and layouts are beautiful.

Entry fee was 200 THB for me and free for my 10 year old. You can either walk or drive around the 4km road that loops the entire place. We chose to walk and it was steep but you do see more. The highlight is not until you reach the top - the gardens are set on a hillside - when you discover the 7 or 8 large greenhouses, each displaying a different range of plant life from aquatic plants to cactus. The ultimate greenhouse is home to a mini tropical rainforest and it's glass roof soars almost 40 or 50m. It would be quite at home on an Attenborough documentary!
A cafe and gift shop, also at the top, offer terrific views and snacks to suit both Thai and western tastes. We spent a total of about four hours and didn't see everything, so make it a half day trip at least. On the way back to Chiang Mai we stopped at Tiger Kingdom, about which I'll write a separate review.

We visited on a weekday and almost had the entire place to ourselves, however a US expat I chatted to there said it can get very busy on public holidays.

Visited July 2014
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Aonang, Krabi
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“Very nice half day at the Queen's Botanical Garcens”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Loved everything about the gardens. We spent half a day wandering between all the displays of plants , just lovely. We had children with us and they also.enjoyed the space and freedom.

Visited July 2014
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Lake of Geneva
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“Amazing garden for flower lovers”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We rented a motorbike and it was a lengthy drive out of Chiang Mai to the Queen Sirikit Gardens, but well worthwhile. The plantings are very well presented and represent all climates. Especially good are the green houses with a lot of orchidees.

Visited November 2013
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“A Garden Worthy of a Queen”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Beautiful gardens outside of the Queen's Pagoda inside Ithanon Park. Although the day was wet and the cloud cover made it difficult to see from the King's Pagoda over to Her Majesty's and beyond into the gardens, we were able to walk through and enjoy the serenity pervading this lovely place.

Visited June 2014
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Beautiful gardens and botanical displays !”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

It was a lengthy drive north of Chiang Mai to the Queen Sirikit Gardens, but well worthwhile. I combined it with a visit to an orchid ranch and a stop & walk to the Mae Sa Waterfalls & park. The gardens , grounds and fountains are beautifully done. The many big, well kept green houses had every group of plants displayed, from desert to jungle, including many spectacular orchid displays. My favorite green house was the huge "rain forest" exhibit that even had elevated walkways inside. The grounds are on a steep mountainside, so be prepared for some stair climbing.

Visited May 2014
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