At every new continent, country, city, village or any place, there is always so many things people don’t know about. If you are already a traveler, you will relate to it. The principle of travelling is to find out that places and explore it. Make it you own hub for the chores you listed for the travel.
The traveling doesn’t mean to just explore the central part and famous attractions in the capital, but also to explore other parts and find adventure within.
One of the dream countries in Asia for travelers is Thailand and with that name what come’s in one’s mind is always Bangkok located on the Chao Phraya River. But, 700 km north of Bangkok is a valley situated on the banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is an ancient capital of Lanna Kingdom and was found in 1296.
One of the major attractions for people who want to explore nature anywhere they go is the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden Travel. It is located 30 minutes north of Chiang Mai along the road to Samoeng.
In 1992, the government of Thailand set up the Botanical Garden Organization (BGO) to conserve the natural resources of Thailand and also conduct research on it to take out the maximum benefits. The Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden comes under the Ministry of Natural Resources & Management.
Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden is also known as Mae Sa Botanical Garden. It is first botanical garden of international standards in Thailand. Established in 1993, the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden covers an area of 6500 acres.
It was 1994 when the Queen granted the royal permission to name it Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden after her Majesty’s name. This project was supported by Directors and Administrators from different Botanical Gardens due to the rich natural resources of Thailand which are unique and hard to find.
The Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden is made to conserve the natural habitat in flora and fauna. The precious types of species are conserved here and also studying of plants for their benefits and use.
This place also provides educational and guided tours to visitors where people and children too can learn a lot about the biodiversity. So prepare your cameras and get ready to witness some of the best and unique experience you are going to get.
The park is established on the mountains of Doi-Suthep and the temperature is always suitable here to explore the place. The layout of the garden is connection of roads and footpaths all the way with lush green and colorful plants and trees everywhere you can see.
The park is divided into different parts that are:
· General information center.
This is the first place you’ll see on entrance. This place is sufficient enough to bring out further interest in you to cover the place. There are Thai plants present there which you won’t see anywhere else. The botany exhibitions are held here and you can buy seeds, plants from this place.
Also you can find books and other information in the center. You can book your transport too from here to roam all over the place.
· Glass Houses and Green House Building
The green house area is the most famous attraction of this place. It consists of four conservatories and eight glass covered buildings.
The glass houses are located on a hill which already gives a great view on the outside and also in the inside the bizarre view will boggle your mind for sure. There are many species of plants, tropical rain forest from around Asia and outside countries.
The biggest of them is the new generation of technology itself. It uses technology to maintain a forest like environment inside by continuous water spraying and controlling of temperature and humidity as required.
The main idea is to grow and conserve these plants, trees, tropical rain forests and natural resources in the most decent and organic as well as natural manner as possible.
Other glass houses conserve other plant categories which require different condition of environment as per requirement. The building is set in such a way to support this requirement. Some of them are water plants, desert plants, orchids, lilies, medicinal plants, carnivore plants etc.
There are more than 350 kinds of forest orchid present in the orchid glass house. Some of them are really rare and are collected from all over the world from tropical rain forest to deciduous dipterocarp forests.
One of the houses is dedicated to carnivore plants that feed on insects and bugs, hence these insects and bugs are also in abundance there as they attract to the scent.
The green house buildings are two in number and are really big in size. One of the building houses tropical trees and plants and other houses cacti and other categorical arid zone plants.
· Botanical Learning Path
The Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden is so big that you’ll need a transport to cover the place. If you go by walk by any chance then you’ll find these learning stations in the way which will guide you about the topics. These are Waterfall trail, Climber trail, Arboretum trail, Local Plant trail.
This place is good for picnic. There are over 30 species of plant there with their name and description. You can do photography, chill here, enjoy the waterfall, gain knowledge on plants or just take a long walk.
· Canopy Walkway
This is the most interesting thing in the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. It was established in 2015 and the cost to construct this project was 50 million Baht. It is the longest in Thailand and heights 20 metre and 400 metre long.
The floor is made up of glass so that people can get bird’s eye view of the garden and enjoy the mesmerizing view offered to them. If you are adventurous enough to walk on this bridge then you will be the lucky one to experience the surreal beauty of this park and capture the moment.
Apart from these sites, you can find cafés and restaurants there too in case you forget to pack your own stuff. Also, ATM is present there and souvenir shops too. You can buy plant seeds, plants, souvenirs etc. from this site. Also, a coffee and a delicious cuisine with a splendid view of the park are worth anything.
There is also a Museum of Natural Science which offers educational and knowledgeable tour for interested people in a real fun way. Interactive displays, 4D screening makes the idea even better.
The park is really big and walking is not a good option if you want to cover every spot of the place. There are many methods by which you can cover the place.
You can find a travel agent who can fix transport for the day. You can bargain with him and it will cost you around 700-800 Baht to fix one. This will include other attractions as well as basic guide also who will be the driver himself.
You can also book a taxi for a day who will take you however you want for a day. It will cost you 1100 Baht at max. You can put your luggage in the taxi and you won’t get bothered for getting late and all.
You can also rent a motorbike or a scooter for a day which will cost you around 300 Baht. It will require submitting you ID card and also rent a helmet. It is the best option as there is no fee for entry of a bike.
These transportation techniques will help you to commute from the central city to the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden as the garden is around 30-45 minutes’ drive away from Chiang Mai.
There are also bus service available inside for 200 Baht and also a train is available but is preferred less by visitors.
Entry fee: The entry fee of Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden is 50 Baht for an adult, 20 Baht for children. The entry of a car costs 100 Baht extra. The ticket includes a map also.
The canopy walkway costs 40 Baht for locals and 100 Baht for visitors. The Museum of Natural Science costs 300 Baht.
Opening Hours: The garden is open from 8:30 am in the morning till 4:30 pm. The Canopy Walkway is also open at the same time and closes at same too.
Address: 9 Mae Raem, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
Overall, this place is one of the best places to explore in Thailand. The greenery of the place along with the immense knowledge and beauty of plants and trees from all around the world is an experience given by very less cities nowadays. Travelling is not only about skyscrapers and street cuisines.
There are many options to follow and spend a day in Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. You can picnic on the grounds, you can do photography, you can learn about the nature and botanical or just have a good walk in peace.