Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens
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. The Gardens are opened from 08:30am to 5pm daily.
The Gardens are situated about 20 km from Chiang Mai in the Mae Sa area. To get there you will have to either charter a tuk tuk or Songtaew 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.